Thursday, 10 December 2015

Staying at Bellavista Lodge in Mindo


After spending a few days in Quito in Ecuador, I was dying for some peace and quiet, so I booked a two-night stay at Bellavista, a private reserve in the middle of Mindo cloud Forest. I was really looking forward to getting back to nature and some well-deserved R&R after a lot of sightseeing.

Staying at Bellavista Lodge in Mindo

 I was picked up at 6 AM on the dot from my Quito hotel and, together with another Dutch couple, driven to the lodge through really pretty countryside.

Staying at Bellavista Lodge in Mindo

At Bellavista we were welcomed with breakfast and some very much needed, hot coffee. After breakfast we went on our first guided nature walk around the lodge’s trails, with many more to follow. It’s a bird lover’s paradise as there are hundreds of different bird species living here, but you can also spot hundreds of pretty flowers. My favourite spot was right in front of reception where hummingbirds were having a party on the sugar water feeders hanging from the trees.

Staying at Bellavista Lodge in Mindo




Staying at Bellavista Lodge in Mindo

The afternoon and evening was spent sleeping, eating, drinking and reading. Now a little word of warning if you’re on your honeymoon or a romantic getaway; Don’t even think of getting all hot and heavy at Bellavista, the rooms have no soundproofing whatsoever. You can literally hear your neighbour breathe. Having said that, I slept like a log, even with my neighbour’s snoring and all.

Staying at Bellavista Lodge in Mindo



Staying at Bellavista Lodge in Mindo

The next day started off with walks at 6 am, and one at 9am. I went for the latter one as I felt that a bird looks the same at 6 as at 9 in the morning. Now if you’re like me, and like to watch a few birds for a wee while, but then get extremely bored with it, then there are other slightly more exciting options at Bellavista as well. You can book various excursions, but they are on the pricey side. I opted to go ziplining and ended up paying USD110, while the actual ziplining only costs USD15-20. You’re better off booking a taxi yourself.
I was a little miffed about that, and I am hoping that my money will be used to protect pretty birds rather than ending up in someone’s pocket. In any case, I had a pretty exhilarating afternoon.

Staying at Bellavista Lodge in Mindo

The last day I went on one more morning walk, and finished my stay with lunch after which I was taken back to my hotel in Quito. I had a lovely few days at Bellavista and bar the cost of the ziplining and the paper-thin walls in the rooms, I would totally recommend a few days here.

10 comments:

  1. Where is this place?! I have never heard of Quito or Mindo Cloud Forest. The name alone sounds so beautiful that I want to visit now

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  2. This looks lovely! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. You are very welcome. I had a wonderful time there.

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  3. Sounds like such a beautiful place to visit. Stunning images

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    1. Thank you! Yes, it was a very photogenic place to spend a few days.

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  4. It sounds like you had a wonderful break, the photos look amazing! Exactly what I could do with after this rather hectic (but enjoyable) festive period is over!

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    1. haha, I think I could do with another one of these as well in Jan.

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  5. Those hummingbirds look beautiful. I think I'd end up watching them all day!

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    1. haha, that is pretty much what I did there. They are soooo cute.

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