The Maquipucuna Reserve is a 6,000-hectare privately owned and managed nature reserve, surrounded by 14,000 hectares of protected forest. Eighty percent of Maquipucuna consists of steeply-sloped, undisturbed cloud forest. Covering four different habitat zones ranging from 1,000 to 2,800 meters above sea level, the Reserve is home to a tremendous diversity of flora and fauna. In fact, it is located within the Choco-Andean Corridor, one of the planet's top five 'biodiversity hotspots'.
Archaeological studies indicate that the area in and around Maquipucuna was home to pre-Incan peoples known as Yumbos. To this day, one can still find ceramics, burial sites and buried pathways used as they traveled between the highlands and the coast.
Within the Reserve is a comfortable yet unpretentious lodge which provides accommodation for up to 30 people in five separate bedrooms and shared bathrooms, 3 suites with private bathrooms, and a family cabin with private bathrooms. All bathrooms offer hot showers.
It also offers a magnificent porch where you can relax and enjoy the sounds of the forest carried on the warm breeze while watching flying colours of birds against a background cape of green foliage.
The kitchen serves three delicious meals a day utilizing the best of local ingredients and recipes. An abundance of fresh vegetables are grown and served from the Reserve's own organic garden.
While at the Reserve, the lodge will be your home-base for exploring the surrounding forest in the company of our naturalist and local guides.
Maquipucuna Reserve is a prime location for birdwatching and for discovering the secrets of the cloud forest. It is also an excellent example of how local communities can join forces to protect their environment.
On the way to Maquicupuna we will visit the Middle of the World monument and museum which mark the equatorial line. Arrival at the Maquipucuna Reserve for lunch. In the afternoon we will hike in the cloud forest along the river trail. We return to the lodge for a dinner at sunset.
After an early morning breakfast we will head out on the Bear Trail with a boxed lunch. We return to the lodge by mid-afternoon, which leaves time to swim in the nearby clear-water river, to swing in your hammock or check out the lodge's mini-library.
We leave early for the Birdwatching trail and return in time for lunch. During the second half of the day we will visit the local sugar cane mill where you can try a glass of 'guarapo' and see how 'aguardiente' a popular spirit is made locally. We return to Quito, arriving late in the afternoon.
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