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Cloud Forest Lodges

Where rainforests meet mountains, a type of ecosystem known as 'cloud forests' prevails. Swathed in cool mists that form as humid air rises from the lowlands and chills, the trees are shorter than in a rainforest but are smothered in greater numbers of epiphytes - plants that grow on plants. So rich is the profusion of plant life that cloud forest can seem more lush than rainforest.

In under two hours drive from Quito the cloud forests of western slopes of the Ecuadorean Andes provide an excellent taste of pristine tropical forests with some of the best and easiest bird watching in the world (with beautiful tropical birds that thrill both the novice and experienced bird watches alike). We recommend a two day minimum stay in the cloud forest, if you have longer you may wish to visit Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest.

El Monte EcolodgeEl Monte Ecolodge

A fantastic riverside lodge set in the lush tropical cloud forest of Mindo, just two hours’ drive from Quito. All built using local materials, with simple but elegant styling, the lodge is comprised of five private riverside cabanas which allow you to experience first hand the charms of the Cloud Forest; moss covered trees, crystal clear streams, spectacular orchids and exotic birds, and awaken to the symphony of forest noises... Find out more »


A comfortable and cozy wooden lodge set in lush tropical cloud forest just next to the Mindo-Nambillo reserve. Built from wood, the lodge is comprised of several cabins next to the forest and a main building with accommodation on the first floor and a main dining/lounge area with beautiful views to the forest and garden of native plants and humming bird feeders which are literally buzzing with activity...
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The accomodation itself is simple, but comfortable. The forest around the lodge is literally buzzing with hummingbirds, which you can observe from your private balcony and the main area around the lodge. As well as spotting some spectacular birdlife the 360 degree view from the Dome also allows you to see across the forest canopy to the rugged peaks of the Pichincha and Cotacachi Volcanoes in the distance. At an elevation of 1,650 to 2,350 meters... Find out more »

Extend your Galapagos cruise:
, Galapagos, Peru, Andes, Amazon, Ecuador’s Pacific Coast, Cloud forest, Quito or Ecuador’s Northern and Southern Andes

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