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Bellavista Lodge is a sustainable eco-lodge located deep in the cloud forest of Northwestern Ecuador, just two hours from Ecuador’s capital Quito. Situated within its own 400-hectare (four square km, 1000 acre) reserve, Bellavista receives visitors from all over the world, and offers naturalist and birding hikes deep into the forest, for observation of flora and fauna, and also down to a hidden waterfall.

In 2019, Bellavista Reserve became the first officially recognized Private Protected Area in Ecuador, becoming part of Ecuador’s National System of Protected Areas (SNAP). This protects the forest forever against deforestation, hunting, and the most important for our planet at this time, mining. Tandayapa Valley is today an area that holds more healthy forest and habitat for an amazing diversity of species than it did 30 years ago. A story not easily repeated in most parts of our planet.

Bellavista offers comfortable lodging with its own individual style, and all rooms have a great view into or over the surrounding forest, and to the mountains beyond. They provide comfort and high quality services that might be considered hard to find in a remote area like the Tandayapa Valley. They receive groups, families, couples, and individuals, many of whom take advantage of their transport-inclusive packages from Quito City or Quito Airport.

Their story

The lodge owners, Richard Parsons and Gloria Nicholls, bought the first piece of land, 57 hectares (about 130 acres) in 1991. The decision to buy was made at first because they wanted to protect a small piece of land, and have a place to come on the weekends, away from the city where their work was at that time based. It was late in 1993 that they decided that the best plan to be able to protect the land and its forest, and indeed eventually to be able to live at Bellavista, was to build a lodge.

The lodge opened in May 1995, with a geodesic dome, and has expanded from there with other types of architectural concepts. At the same time, they also bought new pieces of land from neighbors who decided to sell.

The goal today is to improve the quality of the lodging, always with deep conviction of the importance of long-term sustainability. Where neighboring land becomes available, their goal is to help negotiations so that other people and organizations keen to protect land, can become part of a dedicated group of people who wish to see the forest of Tandayapa Valley intact and protected forever. Read more about them here.

Sustainability actions

Lowest impact construction and operation

High level of energy efficiency

Pioneer in waste management

Fully organic and chemical-free operation

Actively protects nature and community

Most Popular Activities near Bellavista Lodge

  • Birdwatching (hummingbird observation)
  • Nature walks
  • Hiking
  • Waterfalls
  • Orchids



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