"Santa Lucia in the cloud forest" Nanegal by MalenaN
Nanegal Travel Guide: 23 reviews and 136 photos
Santa Lucia Cloud Forest Reserve is situated about 80km northwest of Quito. It is an area which is great for hiking and bird-watching. The mornings can be clear and sunny with good views, but in the afternoon it is always cloudy.
Landless families bought land here after a land reform in 1976 and started an agricultural cooperative. It was not easy to farm the land as it led to environmental problems, and then the area was also declared a Protected Forest. Eventually the families turned to ecotourism and built a rustic lodge. The lodge is owned and run by the local families and besides tourists also volunteers and scientists come here to work with different projects.
I did several hikes while staying at Santa Lucia Eco Lodge. Some of the hikes can be done without a guide and on some of them you must be accompanied by a guide. On most of the hikes you follow trails through beautiful primary forest full of bromelias and epiphytes, and also orchids. It is a very tranquil place without TV or Internet (you can’t even charge your batteries at the lodge). There are no roads to the lodge, but you have to hike uphill for 1-2 hours to come here. It is a lovely place!
My first day of hiking I wanted to do a long hike and my guide Jorge suggested that we do the Tower Hike. It is a hike... more travel advice
To see, and hear, the Andean Cock-of-the Rock birds during their mating ritual (lek) you must leave Santa Lucia very... more travel advice
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