Maquipucuna Cloud Forest Lodge
The Maquipucuna Reserve is at the heart of the Ecuadorian cloud forest, with exceptional wildlife.
Situated only 50 miles from Quito, the Reserve has around 15.000 acres of primary and secondary forest and is located within the Choco Andean Bioregion.
Maquipicuna is home to a great variety of species, many of them endangered and/or endemic. There are around 2,000 plant species, more than 349 bird species and more than 50 species of mammals. Residents include toucanets, spectacled bears, armadillos and it houses an active Cock-of-the-Rock Lek.
The Maquipicuna Foundation was established in 1988 as a nonprofit local organization, with the vision of working on biodiversity conservation and sustainable management of natural resources in Ecuador.
There is also a Research Station that provides basic laboratories and accommodation for 20 scientists, naturalists and volunteers and a camping area for those who are looking for a deeper contact with nature.