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A unique lodge, located in the Bella Vista Cloud Forest Reserve. Accommodation is in 16 quirky rooms with en-suite facilities and hot showers.

The Dome, or Tarzan’s Tree House offers five double rooms with private balconies and individual hummingbird feeders where guests can look out across the top of the forest canopy to the rugged peaks of Pichincha and Cotacachi in the distance. The Bamboo House is located near to the Dome and has three rooms with balconies, including a two storey upper balcony with 360 degree views.

The Trailhead House is the newest two storey brick and wood construction specially designed to blend into the forest and the surrounding landscape. It has spacious balconies each with chairs and hammocks, where guests can rest while watching the hummingbirds come and go. It can accommodate a family of 6 on the second floor and has a couple of very cosy double rooms on the first floor. For a bit of extra luxury and privacy there are also the large Bellavista Suite, the Cabin in the Woods and Gloria’s Honeymoon House.

Feeders are located everywhere around the lodge which attract from eight to 20 species of hummingbirds most days of the year. Bella Vista also hosts researchers, student groups and budget travellers in its research station and hostel rooms.

Key info

This accommodation is located in:

Mindo Cloud Forest

This area of primary forest is considered to be one of the finest birding areas in South America. The varied terrain supports more than 400 species of birds, including the elusive Andean cock-of-the rock. There is a remarkably high number of endemic plants, and orchids, bromeliads and heliconias grow in abundance.

  • Where: Pichincha Province
  • Ideal for viewing: Andean cock-of-the-rock, club-winged manakin, long wattle umbrellabird, puma, torrent duck
  • Excellent for: River safaris, Birdwatching