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Tour Ecuador - Mysteries of the Ecuadorian Cloud Forest
The cloud forests of Ecuador are a unique and fascinating ecosystem located at between about 800 meters to 2,500 meters elevation, on both slopes of the Andes. Our base on this exploration tour is the Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve, about 2 hours from Quito, in the northwest of Pichincha Province. The reserve and surrounding privately protected areas offer opportunities to learn about the flora and fauna of this special environment, in which the epiphytic flora is considered the most diverse on the planet.
On this bio expoloration tour, you will learn about the equatorial cloud forest ecosystem, with an emphasis on ornithology, plant communities, including medicinal plants, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects. There will be discussions of and experiences with sustainable human activities in northwestern Ecuador. There will also be opportunities to photograph much of the wildlife we will encounter.
Cost per person, double occupancy: Contact us
Number of participants: 10
Duration: 11 days
Overnight stays: Comfortable cloud forest lodge and Quito city hotel
Itinerary: Quito- Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve – Mindo - Visits in the region – Otavalo – Quito
Tour Dates: on demand
Activities in Ecuador
You will explore many trails within Bellavista Reserve, with hands- on discovery of the secondary and primary forest ecosystems. You will visit a butterfly farm and an orchid reserve, and meet local people involved in environmental education and other sustainable activities. There will be discussions of the flora and fauna to gain deep insight into the ecosystem, experiential activities integrated into the reserve explorations and field visits. You will also visit the indigenous market of Otavalo and the colonial center of Quito.
Tour Leader - Richard Parsons
Richard Parsons, owner of Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve, former academic director with the School for International Training´s College Semester Programs in Ecuador and Madagascar, and Galapagos guide and lecturer. Local guides and experts will also be on hand.
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