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Map of Cloud Forest Experience - Independent including Ecuador

Wake up surrounded by orchids and hummingbirds in the cloud forests of the Andes

Embracing its position as the highest capital city in the world, Quito offers the opportunity to have your feet on the ground and your head in the clouds – quite literally. Journey from the colonial city streets to the cloud forest jungle to discover the verdant slopes of the Andes, where more than 330 species of bird make their home and the bright flowers of orchids and bromeliads vie for your attention.

Quito, Ecuador
Quito, Ecuador
Independent Experiences
Physical rating
Trip rating
1 review
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 4

Why you'll love this trip

  • Explore the charming cobbled streets and architectural marvels of Quito's old town

  • Take in spectacular views along the scenic mountain road en route to the ecolodge

  • Hear the many different timbres of tweeting tropical birds as you awake each morning

  • Hike through the cloud forest with a naturalist guide to learn more about this remarkably diverse ecosystem

  • Discover one of four beautiful waterfalls hidden in the forest

Is this trip right for you?

  • Peregrine’s Independent Experiences are a range of short ‘mini tours’ that you can add to other Experiences or as an extension to a longer tour, to craft your perfect holiday itinerary. Independent Experiences are for 1-4 travellers, come accompanied by a local Peregrine guide and depart daily.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019.
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Your trip starts today in Quito with an airport arrival transfer. Your local guide will welcome you this evening at your hotel. Afterwards, you are free to go out and enjoy a dinner (optional) in one of Quito's many fantastic eating spots. Quito sits 2850 metres above sea level, under the towering Volcan Pichincha. It is a beautiful city – arguably one of the most beautiful in South America. The city stretches along the valley and is surrounded by the Andes. Quito is not only the capital of Ecuador, but it also has one of the most impressive and well-preserved Old Town areas amongst all the South American cities.
  • Hotel Patio Andaluz or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today you are picked up from the hotel at approximately 6.30 am. Leaving Quito we descend a scenic mountain road with forested mountains and beautiful views. Reaching the turn to Bellavista, you climb to the top of the mountain, again with fabulous views, where Bellavista lodge is perched. Settle into your room, enjoy a special breakfast whilst admiring the hummingbirds. Then you are invited to join the first hike into the forest. After a tasty lunch, you can take a guided hike with a Bellavista naturalist, or explore on your own. A guided hike will acquaint you with the exuberant vegetation (orchids, bromeliads, ferns, trees, etc) of the cloud forest, its bird life, and the fascinating adaptations to life in this special environment. The evening is relaxed; we recommend you take time to admire the incredible variety of moths, many of which are unknown to science. Keep an eye out for night birds such as the common potoo.
  • Bellavista Cloud Forrest lodge (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After a refreshing night’s sleep, an early morning bird hike in the serene morning light is well worthwhile. At approximately 8 am, our special Bellavista breakfast is served. Afterwards, perhaps explore on your own, or go with a guide to a waterfall! Every hike reveals something new even for those of us who are fortunate enough to live in the forest every day! Lunch is served at 1 pm. Afterwards you can choose to take a short hike or just relax and enjoy observing the activity of the hummingbirds in flight. You are then driven back to Quito for your final night. Arrival in Quito is expected between 5 pm and 5.30 pm.
  • Hotel Patio Andaluz or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Your Independent Experience finishes after breakfast with a departure transfer to the airport. Alternatively, why not join another Independent Experience to the majestic Cotopaxi volcano on the Cotopaxi & Quilotoa Experience – PSCOX. 
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Departure Transfer
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
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3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner


Private vehicle


Eco Lodge (1 night), Comfortable hotel (2 nights)

Included Activities

  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
  • Complimentary Departure Transfer

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