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Maquipucuna Reserve

#32 of 199 things to do in Quito Features Animals
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 5 August 2014

We (me, my spouse, and daughter) traveled to Maquipucuna on July 26th and stayed for 4 days. We loved it. Luis, the driver, picked us up at our hotel in Quito and provided a good history on the 2 hr drive. We stopped and viewed...More

7  Thank Akjackson
Reviewed 23 July 2014

Again, what can I say! There wasn't much about Ecuador that I did or saw or ate that I didn't absolutely love!

Thank Debra R
Reviewed 8 July 2014

This is an eco lodge in the lower altitude cloud forest. It is lower than Bellavista or Tandayapa, so the flora and fauna are a bit different. This is a place to enjoy relaxing, walking in the forest and sharing in the natural experience with...More

5  Thank Lyndle
Reviewed 9 June 2014

This place is wonderful, there you can find waterfalls, so don't forget to carry your water boots, nature that you can observe there is so amazing, weather is hot and it has some kind of humidity. sun protector and repelent are indispensable.

2  Thank Negro1974
Reviewed 20 May 2014

We stayed for 3 nights and took the Classic package with all the meals and wildlife guide included. We had a cabin away from the lodge but it was spacious and had a lovely veranda with hammocks to relax in and enjoy the sounds of...More

3  Thank Ratty27
Reviewed 25 April 2014

I just returned after 4 nights at Maquipucuna Cloud Forest Reserve. Have you ever had an experience that was life changing in so many ways? This was it for me. The pure silence (with the only sound being the river rushing), the amazing Arsenio, Luis,...More

4  Thank sealizis
Reviewed 22 April 2014

Visited the lodge with my friend – reviewed above (April 6, 2014). It’s a beautiful place, and we appreciate what is being done there for the environment and for the local people. However, I’m writing to correct a couple of the responses by the management....More

1  Thank stuart g
wisearth, Owner at Maquipucuna Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2014

Dear Stuart g, Maquipucuna is beautiful and Maquipucuna is our passion and we are as involved or more than we ever did. I will not go into further details, because I already provided them in the response to your partner. During your call in the...More

Reviewed 6 April 2014

First the positives – lovely location – tremendous rushing river, lots of birds, good trail system – easy access to trails. Good birder guide. Major problem is that it is over priced for what you get and it is not well run. First the price...More

2  Thank jcw721
wisearth, Owner at Maquipucuna Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2014

We appreciate very much all constructive criticism that we receive, as we continuously strive to improve the Maquipucuna experience. We are very sorry that we failed to provide enough of our great coffee, and even more saddened that you used that failure to misconstrue in...More

Reviewed 17 March 2014

It has been almost a year since I was there and the magic of Maquipucuna will never leave me. I'm an avid explorer, love the outdoors and nature and a grand place to just relax- this is the place! Simple not complicated, far enough away...More

2  Thank Rochelle M
Reviewed 10 February 2014

We stayed at the lodge, and I will review that experience elsewhere. The hummingbirds did not disappoint. There were plenty to see all day. I was told not to use a flash to photograph them as it's not good for them. As a professional photographer...More

1  Thank John D
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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