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Maquipucuna Reserve

#33 of 206 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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Baquerizo E 9-153 | Between Tamayo & Plaza, Quito 170168, Ecuador
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We saw a large variety of birds including hummingbirds, toucans and woodpeckers. Lovely walks through the cloud forest and along the river.

Thank ashryn
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed 2 wonderful days in the Eco Lodge and the reserve and relished every minute. A fabulous experience only 2 hours away from the buzzing megacity of Quito. A large variety of birds from tiny colibris to big aras, the profound knowledge of our...More

Thank DoRoVanBonn
Reviewed 11 January 2017

This a solid conservation project that is preserving thousands of acres of cloud forest, opportunities to see Andean spectacled bears, birds and enjoy comfortable rooms at the lodge.

Thank MarkThurber
Reviewed 9 January 2017

It was a wonderful nature experience and we arrived just in time for the Spectacled Bears. For those who have a few spare days in Quito but would prefer to be in the jungle rather than the city, Maquipucana is perfect. It's only around two...More

Thank Tobias_River
Reviewed 10 November 2016

This may be one of the oldest cloud-forest reserves in the area but it's not only the infrastructure that shows definite signs of age, also their administration processes seem to start falling apart. There are many shortcomings in maintenance to the buildings and infrastructure. The...More

4  Thank Oliver R
wisearth, Manager at Maquipucuna Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2016

We are committed to share Maquipucuna and that our visitors have the best experience in our piece of paradise, so we are deeply troubled by the experiences you describe. In summary, we feel like we did everything in our power to accommodate and provide for...More

Reviewed 4 November 2016

Our 3 day visit to this ecolodge was definelty a highlight of our trip : bird spotting with knowledgable local guides with excellent English , reading in the hammock, eating the fresh prepared local foods, Walks , plants, birds, insects . Fantastic . highly recommended....More

1  Thank atholea68
Reviewed 30 September 2016

Our stay was awesome, peaceful, AND educational. Arsenio was our host and guide for our stay. He took us on great hikes thru their property where we saw lots of birds and unique flora. Arsenio is very knowledgeable, but more than that, he's genuinely excited...More

2  Thank Steve D
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
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archana765
do you do airport pickups and drop-offs ?
11 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.
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F H
Do you offer any single day trips from Quito?
19 April 2016|
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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
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