Quito is one of those cities that requires several days to visit or attend the most attractive monuments, museums, fairs and local events. But Ecuador is much more than its capital, and its surrounding areas give tourists a wide and varied offer that will like everyone. What are yours?
Thanks to the Ecuador’s privileged location,a huge variety of different habitats, biomes and climates can converge in the same area. The nature lover will be short of time if s/he pretends to explore all its wonderful things. A few kilometres from Quito, you will find ecological reserves and natural parks, volcanoes, lakes, steep rivers, streams, forests and the chance to visit them walking or even on riding tours. Please take your camera with you!
Excitement and adventure
The same landscape that provides such great pictures for memory, it also offers much more emotional and exciting possibilities: mountain biking, canoeing, rafting, trekking, canyoning … Even in the city of Quito, one of the largest parks on the continent is exclusively devoted to extreme sports, only for those who are looking for real excitement.
On the other hand, if what are you looking for is calm, around Quito you will find multiple spas and thermal baths flowing from volcanic rocks. It is not only designed for extreme relaxation, but also for illness treatments, due to the nature and properties of these mineral waters places.
A relaxation should be accompanied by good food, enjoying the local cuisine, with typical dishes and drinks, or even visiting some of the craft fairs where you will find not only handmade objects, but also artisanal food.
The list is extensive. The country, too. And the region surrounding the capital is full of opportunities for travellers like you. So if you plan a trip of several days in the area, it will be very useful to you to stay in one of the hotels near Quito that will allow you to visit the city’s land, the people and the attractions around. Here it is our proposal.
The wonders that await in Mashpi Lodge will delight even the most ardent nature lover. Located at 950 meters (3,116 feet) above sea level and surrounded by montain forest and rainforest, the lodge is surrounded by an abundance of plant species, from ferns and bromeliads to hundreds of species of orchids, many newly discovered. It is estimated that there is a staggering 500 species of birds – including 36 of them endemic – fluttering in the canopy. Monkeys, peccaries, pumas that have its home in the forest surrounded by waterfalls and trails.
Mashpi Lodge is fully designed to immerse you in the cloud forest while keeping its wildlife at a safe distance – a cocoon of luxury amidst the clouds and mountains. The rooms on three floors, all in the north, have panoramic glass from floor to ceiling, with the forest a few meters away.
You wake up with a spectacular view full of green and brown, with branches, vines, leaves, birds and clouds all around. It’s almost like you’re in a capsule, watching life beyond the comfort of your bed. When you open the window the birdsongs and the croaking of the frogs will captivate you. The lighting in the rooms is splendid, and LED light hidden in the headboard, provides a magical touch.
Sachatamia Lodge is a wonderful nature reserve with 120 hectares of cloud forest. Sachatamia is privileged to be located next to the Bosque Protector Mindo-Nambillo. The area is recognized as one of the most abundant biodiversity of flora and fauna. The facilities have been built in an elegant rustic retreat that offers maximum comfort, allowing guests to enjoy gourmet food in complete union with the natural environment.
In Sachatamia, visitors can walk through the subtropical forest through pristine rivers while enjoying and observing the variety of trees, plants and endemic flowers such as orchids, bromeliads, heliconias, among others. One of the main attractions are the hundreds of species of birds that inhabit the lush forest.
In the main house dining room, there is a bar and 5 rooms, all with private bath. There are also three cabins with double room with sofa bed and private bathroom. Serenity, peace, spiritual balance. Sachatamia natural paradise offers a peaceful world where guests escape the noise and stress of the city.
It is an ecological site located in the Desert of Antisana industry Antisanilla to 3550 m along the cliffs of Isco, it is a set of rock faces is one of the main roosting and resting place of the Andean condor, noting the immensity of this landscape we are inspired to keep and this led to the construction of the lodge, which is made with taste and imagination transforming it into a place like no other where today you can enjoy the comfort in a country setting.
Guáytara Hosteria- lodge is surrounded by fascinating mountain scenery, we have horseback riding, variety of routes for both hiking and for observation of the condors roost, mountain biking, camping and fishing.
Hosteria Guaytara has restaurant service in which offers typical food of the Ecuadorian highlands made in wood stove, the house specialty is trout.
In Papallacta, at 3,300 m. (10,800 ft) above sea level, you can enjoy a unique experience in penetrating forests, rivers and waterfalls of Canyon Ranch, one of the revenue to the Cayambe – Coca Ecological Reserve. In Jambiyacu and spas supplies, you will appreciate the remarkable beneficial effects of crystalline thermal waters (alkaline clorosulfatadas TASKS) in rheumatism, arthritis, respiratory, digestive, neural, etc.
At only 67 km (40 miles) from Quito, in the route followed by Francisco de Orellana in 1542 to discover the Amazon River, is located the Spa and Resort Termas de Papallacta.
Elevation: 3,300 m (10,827 ft).
Climate: humid forest of high mountain. Wet weather.
Winter (Similar to cold and rain fall): June, July and August.
Summer (Similar to Spring): December, January, February and March.
The other months are transitional between winter and summer.
PAKAKUNA, that in Quechua means”hiding”, is a country estate, consisting of approx. forty acres, located in the Czech province of Pichincha, 40 kilometers, just 45 minutes from Quito, in the valley of Tumbaco.
Pakakuna height is at 2450 meters above sea level, 400 m lower and approx. 4 degrees warmer than Quito. Pakakuna Gardens, with approx. 40 000 square meters, are owners of special beauty, with ecological and landscape unusual concept. They are approx. 500 landraces that brought from different parts of the world. Plants of different climates, as high frailejones, bananas and other ornamental plants also acclimated. Among the attraction sites are various ponds and wells with waterfalls and aquatic plants, a space for native and large orchids variety of bromeliads in a tropical environment, a forest with different tree species, collections of pink (earrings) and Brugmansias (or datura Datura) thanks to the climate are almost always in bloom. There is also a large number and variety of birds that can be seen, such as: hummingbirds of many varieties and colors, birds red woodpeckers, cardinals, doves, blackbirds, swallows, huirachuros and many others.
Gardens Pakakuna are considered the greater diversity and extent of Ecuador.
Mindo Garden, Camping. Mindo, Ecuador. Mindo Garden is located 90 km from Quito. Your private reserve reaches approximately 741 acres. It offers an intimate, comfortable space with a stylish and harmonious décor along the Rio Mindo. It is surrounded by orchids, bromeliads, anthuriums. It offers accommodation in cabins with family villas equipped for long stays single, double, or quadruple. Restaurant food gourmet national and international. Pizzas and grills.
Crater Suites Hotel and Restaurant, is located 8 minutes from the Equator and 25 kilometers from Quito, in the Geobotánica Pululahua Reserve, bordering the only inhabited crater in the world. Its unique architecture offers visitors a 360 degree visibility on a constantly changing landscape that allows you to recover harmony and peace.
It is equipped with 12 spacious suites, with a panoramic view of the volcano and the Equator line. The use of natural elements, both in architecture and interior design and fittings provide a mark of distinction to this space.
The rooms are equipped with comfortable king size or double beds, orthopedic mattresses covered with natural fibers, like quilts and pillows natural feather and wool blankets.
Likewise, the host also provides heating, mini-bar, DVD player, flat screen TV, movies, music, internet and library.
Crater Restaurant is world renowned for its excellent service, and is a place where tourists can enjoy local and international cuisine in an elegant, sober and warm atmosphere in harmony with the environment.
The crater also has a multipurpose room, ideal for workgroups and events, and the Art Gallery, featuring samples of paintings and sculptures of the most prominent artists in Ecuador.
Bellavista is a dream that became reality for us and for every bird lover or nature lover in abundance, for all whose imagination is stimulated by this strange concept “Cloud Forest”. Created by a Colombian-English couple, Gloria and Richard, in 1991, which was initially a reserve of 55 hectares has grown into the hands of Richard and Gloria and others with a conservation vision up to become a private reserve of 700 hectares certified organic area. Ideal for anyone looking to get lost in its mysteries, absorbed in its vast landscapes, discover its rare and endemic birds, orchids and other species, who wants to find true peace and wild nature, who loves the forest place, there are few places so accessible like this.
Bromeliads and orchids, hummingbirds and tanagers, toucans and Antpittas, are able to catch all our attention, and can maintain the enthusiasm of any naturalist observer for a lifetime! In addition to this, the experience of adventure feeling every time a path is taken, or deep to climb a creek adventure to reach 3 hidden waterfalls! All this means that we have the ingredients for a travel experience on which the famous photographer Galapagos Tui Roy wrote: “I will return again and again to Bellavista, because I am going to find pure magic”.
Less than 1 hour 45 minutes from the heart of Quito. “Bellavista is located at the top of the famous Valley of Tandayapa near Mindo, in a sector that was designated” International Birdlife “as the first Area of Important Bird in South America in 1997. Additionally, it has won the category’s highest bird count in 24 hours, the event “Audubon Christmas Bird Count for the Americas” in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Create a space for active conservation of the cloud forest, and provide recreation, education and a place for contemplation, for visitors of all ages around the world.
Our total commitment to forest conservation is progressing far beyond our individual efforts to create a national reserve all Tandayapa Valley, to include all private reserves of the valley … something that has been our aim since we started … .
Bellavista offers comfort, a rich and varied cuisine and fine wines combined with an original and comfortable accommodation. The Colombian-English owners and all who work here believe in a personal and genuine service, and they did everything to drive their own special experience, both for you and for accompanying. There are many trails to explore within the reserve, and the option to explore further, a charm of northwestern Ecuador … different birds, the butterfly, the “Canopy Zipline” (flight cables through the forest), and lots of waterfalls … we recommend coming for a few days, although one will be great, if you are lack of time.
ARASHÁ is much more than an exotic tropical fruit; Resort is a renowned and internationally acclaimed.
Located just two hours from Quito, amid the most biodiverse “hot spot” (shiny area) on the planet. With its ecofriendly bungalows, ARASHÁ offers to guests the opportunity to be immersed in the richness and tranquility of this most fragile region combined with both luxury and comfort in the middle of the rainforest.
From enjoying an aromatic anti-stress massage, participate in one of our ECO-tours, to prepare a delicious chocolate fondue, ARASHÁ it is an experience that delights every one of our senses.
Awarded several times by prestigious international tourism organizations, ARASHÁ has been recognized for its impeccable personalized service, exquisite cuisine and luxurious accommodation.
Once our guests are here, they can recognize why in ARASHÁ poetry can be found living in every corner of this charming paradise.
The Spot Hot or shiny area is a unique place in the world characterized by high levels of flora and fauna that hosts their environment.
For the qualification of “Hot Spot” must meet two important and strict requirements: Possess at least 1,500 endemic plant species and have lost about 70% of its original habitat.
ARASHÁ It is located in the “Hot Spot” richest biodiverse in the world, with more than 35,000 species of plants (which constitute about 10% of the flora of the planet). Of the 35,000 species of plants, over 50% are endemic to the region, the area also contains the largest variety of amphibians in the world with 664 different species. It also the home of about 500 species of birds, many of which are endemic and ARASHÁ has been observed over 150 species of birds in their perimeter.
Nearly 450 species of amphibians are threatened and endangered. ARASHÁ is aware of this situation from the moment you arrive, so you can be part of the conservation efforts they have implemented as an organization and as a family.
There are only a few hot spots on the planet the same as collectively constitute only 2.3% of the Earth’s surface, where more than 50% of the fauna and approximately 45% of all vertebrate species are endemic to this region. Here you will absorve the energy of nature, the environment and the beauty, health and life source.