about us

Bellavista offers comfortable lodging, its own 700 hectare (2000 acres) private reserve, as well as tasty and varied cuisine and fine wines.

The Colombo-British owners and all who work here believe in genuinely friendly, personal service. We strive to offer the elements for your own special experience both for you and for those accompanying you. Ecotourism as it trully should be: options to explore the many trails of our own reserve with our naturalist guides, or indeed alone…!

Birding, giant tree ferns, cascading waterfalls, the enigmatic Olinguito, fantastic views of forest and plunging valleys.

Come for a few days, or, if time is truly short, for just a day trip.

Explore our forest and then expand your experience with trips to other cloud forest highlights of the Northwest: Cock-of-the-Rock, Umbrellabird, canpy zipline and more waterfallls.



Forests of high biodiversity, with a profusion of little-studied wildlife and plants.

Bellavista is at the southern edge of the species-rich Choco/Andean region

The first area so designated in South America, by Birdlife International in 1997

Bellavista is located on the equator, flowers are in bloom year round.

A cup of coffee or a nice long drink gazing at hummingbirds sound nice?

Bellavista’s resident mammals include the endangered Spectacled Bear, the Mountain Lion, the Andean Coati, Kinkajoo, the Tayra (Giant Weasel) , and the newly discovered Olinguito!



Our 5-day trip is a wonderful way to get to understand the special environment of a cloud forest and its myriad birds - so close to Quito – only one hour 50 minutes away! This “birds galore” trip also travels down to lower elevations for more birds! We offer our guests a unique stay in paradise, above the forest canopy, surrounded by myriads of hummingbirds! You will enjoy our generous servings of gourmet food, the fabulous views of forest and mountains, and our extensive network of safe, well-marked trails.

Day 1:

6.15/ 6:30h: Departure from your hotel.
Arrival at Bellavista and breakfast.
Settle in, and take a reconnaissance hike into the forest and trails. Lunch.
Afternoon: Forest hike – discover the ecology of this mysterious forest – and/or bird
watching. Dinner. Overnight: Bellavista Lodge Meals: B, L, D

Day 2:

6.15 / 6.30h: Early morning bird hike
8:00h: Breakfast
Birding and / or natural history discoveries in Bellavista (shared services).
Afternoon: Further options for easy hikes or true adventure, alone or with a guide! Dinner

Day 3:

Early morning bird hike
8:00h: Breakfast
Morning: Visit the Alambi hummingbird reserve: known for its feeders full of
hummingbirds of 10-12 different species, sometimes more! Also excellent views of
tanagers, Red-headed Barbet …..
Lunch, Guided Hike in the Reserve
Overnight: Bellavista Lodge Meals: B, L, D

Day 4:.-

5:30 departure to to Santa Rosa Bird Garden
Box Lunch
San Tadeo Hummingbird Garden,
Short visit to Milpe reserve: easy birding- Toucans and the Rufous Motmot often seen at
close quarters.
Dinner and overnight at Hotel El Borojo in Silanche Region.

Day 5:

Full day birding in Rio Silanche reserve, with a visit to reserve where the Long-wattled
Umbrellabird is usually seen.
Late PM drop off in Quito

Note: Hiking / birding routes are flexible

• 14 meals, starting with breakfast Day 1, and finishing with lunch on Day 5.

• 4-nights standard accommodation (or Superior accommodation option for the 3 nights spent in Bellavista)

• Shared Naturalist Guide Service at Bellavista, private guide for excursions beyond Bellavista, shared round trip transportation from Quito

• Access to 700-hectare Reserve,

• Private transportation for excursions.

• All entrance fees to all visited places.

Drinks, tips, personal items, other services.

• T-shirts or comfortable blouses/shirts

• Sweater or fleece for the evenings

• Quick drying trousers (blue jeans not

• Lightweight socks

• Change of clothes

• Sunhat and sunscreen

• Rain poncho (a few available if

• Camera

• Rubber boots are provided – to size
47 (few pairs in large sizes)

• Binoculars recommended (available
for rent)

• Water bottle for hikes

• Small daypack for hikes

• Flashlight and batteries

• Plastic bags to protect camera, etc



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