Where rainforests meet mountains, a special type of ecosystem known as ‘cloud forests’ prevails. The rare and beautiful cloud forests that flank the eastern and western slopes of Ecuador’s Andes are one of the country’s little know gems. Just 2 hours drive from Quito they make a wonderful addition to a Galapagos cruise, providing an excellent taste of tropical forests, with a very pleasant year round climate. Filled with orchids, ferns and bromeliads, waterfalls and crystalline rivers, butterflies and perhaps most notably some of the best and easiest bird watching in the world, with beautiful tropical birds that will thrill both the novice and experienced bird watchers alike.
“I run out of superlatives when I describe our holiday to friends – the wildlife, the scenery, the service & the friendliness. Everything was an absolute joy. We thought the guides were excellent. The organisation was perfect.”
Our most popular cloud forest holidays
These trips are simply to show you some of the possible ways you could include the cloud forest in your Galapagos and Ecuador holiday. The great thing about Ecuador’s cloud forest, is that it is just 2 hours drive from Quito, so potentially if time is tight, you could even go for just one day (although we definitely recommend one night if possible, and 2 nights or more is even better!).