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Bellavista

Western Andes – Cloud Forest – Lower Mountain Forest.

Overview

At an elevation of 1,650 to 2,350 meters, with plunging valleys and tall trees festooned with orchids and bromeliads, the Bellavista Reserve is a perfect place to discover the beauty of a cloud forest.  It is located above the famous Tandayapa Valley, in the buffer zone of the Mindo-Nambillo Reserve. 

It boasts 320 species of birds around the reserve and Tandayapa Valley, and is well known for the Hummingbirds teeming around the lodge which you can observe from your private balcony.  It is also one of the only places to see Tanager Finch and the easiest to see Plate-billed Mountain Toucan, two important Choco endemics.

Making a Difference
Bellavista started off in 1991 as a deforested farm of 55 hectares which was purchased by the British-Colombian owners. It is now a reserve of over 700 hectares in the buffer zone of the Mindo-Nambillo Protected Forest.

 

If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or emailemail us today.

Facilities

Accommodation

  • The accommodation itself is simple, but comfortable. As well as spotting some spectacular birdlife, the 360 degree view from the Dome also allows you to see across the forest canopy to the rugged peaks of the Pichincha and Cotacachi Volcanoes in the distance.  In all there are 15 rooms with hot showers and comfortable beds in different houses, to suit different needs.
  • Simple but tasty Ecuadorean and international cuisine (vegetarian, trout, chicken – red meat not usually offered)

Activities

Bellavista offers an excellent network of more than 10 km of trails through the 700 hectare reserve around the lodge. The trails range from easy to genuinely adventurous through some truly beautiful forest filled with amazing birdlife with some small waterfalls hidden deep under the forest canopy. Additionally you can visit Mindo, with its Butterfly and Orchid Farms and different bird species to be discovered. Horse-back riding and mountain biking are also available. 

 

If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or emailemail us today.

Birding

Fantastic birding, from the joy of watching hummingbirds from your own private balcony, to explorations to find elusive forest species, with over 320 species of birds recorded in the Tandayapa Valley where the lodge is located.

The main attraction for Bellavista is that it is the easiest place to see Plate-billed Mountain Toucan (the front cover of the book “Birds of Ecuador”).  It holds an amazing variety of unique species such as the very rare Tanager Finch, White-faced Nunbird and Beautiful Jay.

The network of minor roads around Bellavista makes for great birding along them looking at the forest on either side of them.  There you can look for flocks that include Grass-green Tananger, Green and Black Fruiteater, Plushcap and Western Hemispingus. 

 

If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or emailemail us today.

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Rachel DexCall Rachel,
Ecuador Specialist
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