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Maquipucuna, Quito

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#2 of 15 in Wildlife Areas in Quito
Forest Wildlife Area
One of the top-five biodiversity spots on the planet, Maquipucuna provides a home to a whopping four percent of the world's bird life. Head to the reserve--not far from Quito--to take hikes through the jungle to waterfalls, or to inspect intricate orchids in the onsite garden. Bird-watchers are rewarded by a hugely diverse array of species. Take a dip in the natural pools, repel down cliffs, and, if you're lucky, spot the rare and vulnerable spectacled bear, which can be seen between November and December. Arrange your visit to Maquipucuna and discover more family-friendly attractions in Quito using our Quito vacation trip planner.
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Most visitors to Quito choose to stay in La Mariscal, a touristy neighborhood filled with guesthouses, restaurants, and bars. This area is also the town's nightlife hub, drawing a young crowd of revelers from around the world. If you prefer less noise, look for a bed in La Foresta, a quieter and less crowded alternative just a few blocks away from popular entertainment opportunities. For upscale sleeping options head to the old town, boasting many of Quito's top hotels in some of its prettiest buildings.
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  • We saw a large variety of birds including hummingbirds, toucans and woodpeckers. Lovely walks through the cloud forest and along the river.  more »
  • We enjoyed 2 wonderful days in the Eco Lodge and the reserve and relished every minute. A fabulous experience only 2 hours away from the buzzing megacity of Quito. A large variety of birds from tiny c...  more »
  • This a solid conservation project that is preserving thousands of acres of cloud forest, opportunities to see Andean spectacled bears, birds and enjoy comfortable rooms at the lodge.  more »