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Maquipucuna Reserve

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Baquerizo E 9-153 | Between Tamayo & Plaza, Quito 170168, Ecuador
+593 99 421 8033
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The most unique cloud forest in the Andes, Maquipucuna offers easy to moderate trails to access forests for easy sightings of the elusive and endangered Spectacled Bear. Spectacled bear season in 2017 is expected around November or December. Daily sightings of up to 10 different bears; that is more Spectacled Bears that mosts bear scientists have seen in their entire careers. Besides being the official home of the Spectacled bear and thousand other wildlife species, Maquipucuna is a birdwatchers paradise. Up to 184 birds have been spotted in a single day. The Reserve has an internationally awarded Maquipucuna Ecolodge. The nearly 15,000 acres Maquipucuna Reserve, located only 2 hours away from Quito, is also home to around 400 species of birds, 45 species of mammals, 250 species of butterflies and over 2000 species of plants. Maquipucuna is so biodiverse and well protected that it harbors about 10% of Ecuador's plant diversity and 4% of all the bird species known for the entire planet! Maquipucuna has the category of Protected Forest and has been declared as Important Bird Area (IBA).
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Baquerizo E 9-153 | Between Tamayo & Plaza, Quito 170168, Ecuador
+593 99 421 8033
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Reviewed 26 August 2016

Beautiful stay , service was amazing , food was excellent, absolutely everything was perfect! Getting there was a bit tricky as you are on very thin roads that overlook a beautiful valley. The whole experience was worth it. I would go back again and again.

3  Thank Elena R
Reviewed 21 April 2016

The hikes around are breathtaking as a suggestion consider hiring horses to cover more ground. The fauna and bird life particularly the humming birds are really special and everywhere.

2  Thank Mark O
Reviewed 26 March 2016

We stayed 2 nights/3 days at the Ecolodge and enjoyed the experience. Arsenio was our guide and and a phenomenal birder. Hikes in the cloud forest were easy along former roads to moderate on the Pre-Inca trails. Arsenio kept the hikes interesting as he whistled...More

2  Thank Dazzle2016
Reviewed 20 March 2016

I have spent my entire career in environmental conservation. First as a ranger in California, as director of California State Parks and as deputy director of the National Park Service. Maquiepucuna is the epitomy of what an ecolodge should be. It sits lightly on the...More

8  Thank AndesInstitute
Reviewed 13 March 2016

If you are planning a trip to Ecuador then Maquipucuna ecolodge should be on your list of places to stay! I stayed here for 10 days on a tropical semester in 2014. I loved it so much that I had to return this time bringing...More

4  Thank Tanja W
Reviewed 30 January 2016

My stay was such fun, a perfect trip for the outdoors-lovers! The food was delicious and they catered to my gluten intolerance with the greatest of ease. I was hesitant about some noodles in my soup only to realize they were rice noodles, specially prepared...More

2  Thank Melissa E
Reviewed 17 January 2016

I stayed in Maquipucuna for 2 nights. The travel from Quito was organized for free.It was a great experience because of all the nature and the birds and other interesting animals. The workers there are amazing and really take care of you. The birdwatcher guide...More

2  Thank sararW6283CV
wisearth, Manager at Maquipucuna Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2016

Thank you for your review! we are happy to be able to understand and accommodate our visitors needs and preferences. Our vegan, gluten free carrot cake is one of our new favorite recipes :) The cacao beans for the chocolate massage is cacao arriba and...More

Reviewed 20 August 2015

We stayed at Maquipucuna for three nights recently and would have probably been happier staying two, mostly because in general we prefer more independent travel. We have some lovely memories of Maquipucuna and appreciated the friendly and helpful staff. We were disappointed by what was...More

4  Thank cosmil
wisearth, Manager at Maquipucuna Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2016

Thank you for your review. Up until the summer of 2015 we did have a large volunteer camp of international high school students coming to stay in the neighboring town and to work for a few days at the Reserve. We don't foresee such a...More

Reviewed 17 August 2015 via mobile

We stayed at the lodge as a couple for four days and three nights. Maquipucuna Lodge offers packages which include a guide for unlimited walks each day, all meals, a room with a private bathroom (and HOT water, a rarity in Ecuador), unlimited boiled water...More

7  Thank Martin M
Reviewed 13 August 2015

I had the chance to visit this ecological reserve and was a wonderful experience. I highly recommend for travelers who prefer nature than cityscapes. They have conserve a beautiful pristine tropical rain forest close to Quito. You have some small waterfalls where you can go...More

2  Thank Fjose C
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12 March 2017|
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Response from wisearth | Property representative |
Yes! Maquipucuna offers transfers to and from Quito's hotels, airport or airport hotels, and Otavalo and farms up to 2 hrs from Quito.
19 April 2016|
Response from wisearth | Property representative |
He have had day trips; however we don't encourage them because it takes 2:30 hours to travel each way from Quito's center. It can be done, it's a beautiful trip, but you will not see as many birds past 8 in the morning. Have... More