Bellavista Birdy Club

Trip Start Jan 20, 2009
Trip End Jan 19, 2010

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Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve

Flag of Ecuador  , Pichincha,
Thursday, May 28, 2009

After our time in Colombia, it was time for a return to the cloud forests of Ecuador to an Eco-lodge named Bellavista (after an obligatory stop in Quito).

Our time in Colombia meant we were a little under budget for our South American leg of the journey - this meant we could go wild and treat ourselves for a little while. We decided to go to an eco lodge that was a whopping 10 over budget per day each (we know how to go crazy)! 

Around an hour and a half outside of Quito this area was originally farm land - 15 years ago however a man from England (Derbyshire of all places!) decided to buy some land and return it to its former state - cloud forest. Over the years he acquired further land (as have like minded people) and today they have regenerated some 700 hectares of forest. The forest now contains some of the finest wildlife (particularly birds) in Ecuador and the lodge educates local communities to the benefits of ecotourism over destructive slash and burn farming techniques.

We spent 3 days in the forest and it was a breath of fresh air after a couple of days in Quito. The lodge itself was a fantastic looking place - a dome perched on a hill side made of wood and glass. The views over the forest were beautiful. Each day consisted of 3 different walks through the hill forest taking in the beautiful scenery, flora and fauna. You didn’t have to walk far however to see the wild life - special feeders meant that only some 10 yards away from the lodge 7 or 8 different species of humming birds could be seen. Over the course of the 3 days we saw more toucans ( Blue Mountain & Toucan Barbets this time!), parrots, various brightly coloured tanagers, fly catchers, Trogans, woodcreepers, warblers and Tourquise Jays to name a few. We walked through forests, along babbling brooks and past tumbling cascades and waterfalls.

A great couple of days and great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Quito.

Here are the pictures…

Next stop Quito!
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