Maquipucuna Reserve, Quito

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One of the top-five biodiversity spots on the planet, Maquipucuna Reserve 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. Use our Quito trip app to arrange your visit to Maquipucuna Reserve and other attractions in Quito.
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  • Overnight stay, Christmas week, so was pretty quiet in the reserve. We were there only 26 hours or so. After arriving, Arcenio gave us a rundown of the reserve, the trails, history, animals. He booted...  more »
  • I booked my 2 1/2 day stay after reading all the reviews AND recommendation from the adventure tour company I was using for my Galapagos trip to follow. The on-line is thorough letting you know what t...  more »
  • I had a great 3-day/2-night stay at the eco lodge. We went hiking, bird-watching, and night-walking. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and fun to learn from. I wish I would have had another day....  more »

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