"Main Region, with Jewels a-plenty" Provincia de Pichincha by HasTowelWillTravel

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This lodge was the focus of my visit to Ecuador this past January. Located inside the province of Imbabura, about 90 minutes northwest of Quito, The Maquipucuna Foundation comprises a reserve of 6,000 hectares. This reserve, consisting of both primary and secondary cloud forests, serves as the base camp for a number of ecologically friendly education for Ecuadoreans, as well as ecotourism.

The foundation helps to promote ecologically responsible methods of tourism and living. They run workshops to help assist local farmers in organic methods of crop production. There is a bird-friendly, shade-grown organic coffee farm not too far away. They offer a multitude of hiking and birdwatching activities throughout the reserve. They run an orchid farm and propagation laboratory, helping to maintain rare orchids and prevent their extinction. Even their lodge is ecologically produced, made from local, sustainable bamboo varieties with a kitchen supplied from their organic farm.

It is a great area to visit and explore, I highly recommend it.

  • Last visit to Provincia de Pichincha: Jan 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Sep 18, 2010 at 7:05 AM

    The Ecolodge in Maquipucuna sounds like a great place to stay at and the surroundings looks beautiful!

  • Elena77's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Great tips and beautiful photos, too. It seems like a fascinating place to visit!


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