Your Travel Experience with Galapagos PRO
Departure from hotel in Quito
6:30 AM: Departure from your hotel in Quito City (Special fees apply for pick ups and drop offs at the Quito Airport or hotels nearby. Airport pick ups are available any day from 6 AM to 6 PM.) Leaving Quito you descend a scenic mountain road with forested mountains and beautiful views. Reaching the turn to Bellavista, you climb to the top of the mountain, again with fabulous views, where Bellavista lodge is perched. Settle into your room, enjoy your special breakfast and watch the hummingbirds. Then you are invited to join the first hike into the forest.
After a tasty lunch, you can take a guided hike with a Bellavista naturalist, or explore the forest on your own. A guided hike will acquaint you with the exuberant vegetation (orchids, bromeliads, ferns, trees, etc.) of the cloud forest, its bird life, and the fascinating adaptations to life in this special environment. The evening is relaxed; the recommendationwould be that you take your time to admire the incredible variety of moths, many of which are unknown to science. You can also look for night birds such as the Common Potoo.
Bird walk, hikes and waterfalls
Early morning bird hike – pre dawn departure Breakfast Hike to a waterfall hidden in the forest, or walk our Self-guided Trail. Lunch Afternoon: Further options for easy hikes or true adventure, alone or with a guide! Dinner
Day Three: Early morning bird hike Breakfast Optional- we offer more than 20 optional day excursions. Please enquire with our Quito office or at Bellavista Lunch Afternoon: siesta 3 PM departure from Bellavista Arrive at your Quito hotel at around 5 PM
On day three, an early morning bird hike is recommended to discover more about the colourful denizens of the forest. After breakfast, we offer the chance for an adventurous hike to a waterfall hidden deep in the forest.
Others may prefer a more leisurely hike along trails closer to the lodge, or to simply soak in the fascination of the ever-present hummingbirds.
After lunch you are welcome in the office of the lodge to pay your final bills and then take a final short hike in the forest, or a peaceful siesta, until it is time to leave, normally at 3 PM, to be back in Quito by around 5 PM.