Cloud Forest

Why visit the Ecuadorean Cloud Forest

It is a birders' paradise. Without counting the seemingly endless species of hummingbirds, the list of bird species seen here would rival any location in the world. As well as the fauna, the flora is fascinating, the myriad of greens in the lush, cool, cloud forest is well worth exploring.

About the Ecuadorean Cloud Forest

An hour and a half north of Quito stands a moss and vine draped, mist shrouded, primeval cloud forest. Spilling over with lush vegetation, find epiphytes, bryophytes, mosses and lichens clinging to the trunks and branches of the trees. Amongst this web of flora from the forest floor to the canopy, including thousands of varieties of orchid, there is a rich variety of insects, reptiles, mammals and birds. Due to the mountainous terrain, views through the trees can be beautiful over the canopy top.

  • Walk down through the forest for a refreshing shower under a waterfall
  • Search for different colour orchids
  • Find bioluminescent rotting wood on a night walk
  • Say hello to plate sized butterflies landing on your shoulder

 Beyond the Ordinary

Cycling Mashpi Lodge’s sky bike, or riding the 2 km gondola, through and over the cloud forest canopy affords you a bird’s eye view of this biodiverse wonderland, over waterfalls and treetops alongside toucans and hummingbirds.

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