ANDEAN SPECTACLED BEARS

Minutes away from the lodge, yearly during bear season, which lasts between 4 and 10 weeks, watching elusive endangered Andean bears is a unique experience.

What is Bear Season at Maquipucuna
What is Bear Season at Maquipucuna

Bears find a way to know when the massive fruiting of the Pacche trees (genus Nectandra) occur at Maquipucuna. The elusive endangered Andean bears are seen only minutes away from the lodge. In the past bear seasons have occurred between July and February.

Andean Spectacled Bear Watching
Andean Spectacled Bear Watching

Bear feasting on a small avocado fruit (genus Nectandra), which is abundant only in the Maquipucuna Reserve

Spectacled Bears are Great Climbers
Spectacled Bears are Great Climbers

They use their huge claws to quickly climb up to 30 meters to find the berries they feed on.

What is Bear Season at Maquipucuna
What is Bear Season at Maquipucuna

Bears find a way to know when the massive fruiting of the Pacche trees (genus Nectandra) occur at Maquipucuna. The elusive endangered Andean bears are seen only minutes away from the lodge. In the past bear seasons have occurred between July and February.

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BIRDING PARADISE

Maquipucuna is home to more than 400 species of birds or 4% of the world's bird diversity, so there's plenty to discover.  A huge diversity of Andean and Chocó specialists can be found in primary forest as well as open areas, easily accessible through trails and view points.

Arcenio Barrera - Senior Guide
Arcenio Barrera - Senior Guide

Maquipucuna's local bilingual bird and naturalist guides have an intimate knowledge of the forest and will help you find these amazing jewels. Their stories are inspiring, their enthusiasm contagious, their knowledge amazing.

Torrent Ducks in the Umachaca River
Torrent Ducks in the Umachaca River

Right by the entrance bridge to the lodge, Torrent Ducks (Merganetta armata) display for months every year.

Metallic Green Tanager
Metallic Green Tanager

For serious birders, Maquipucuna is bird haven. More than 150 bird species have been spotted in one day!

Arcenio Barrera - Senior Guide
Arcenio Barrera - Senior Guide

Maquipucuna's local bilingual bird and naturalist guides have an intimate knowledge of the forest and will help you find these amazing jewels. Their stories are inspiring, their enthusiasm contagious, their knowledge amazing.

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ORCHIDS & BUTTERFLIES

The abundant colorful jewels that adorn the forest during the day

Glasswinged Butterfly
Glasswinged Butterfly

About 400 species of butterflies are expected to exist at Maquipucuna. The whole of the USA has 750 species of butterflies. Species like the Glasswinged butterflies are indicators of healthy forests

Pansy daggerfly
Pansy daggerfly

The Maquipucuna lodge is surrounded by a butterfly garden. This is the Pansy Daggerwing (Marpesia marcella). Those purple splotches are created from structural color so when you look at it from a different angle the purple disappears and it just looks brown.

Orchid garden
Orchid garden

Take a stroll to the garden and enjoy many of the flowering orchids right by the lodge.

Glasswinged Butterfly
Glasswinged Butterfly

About 400 species of butterflies are expected to exist at Maquipucuna. The whole of the USA has 750 species of butterflies. Species like the Glasswinged butterflies are indicators of healthy forests

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 NIGHT HIKES

Come face to face with insects, frogs, bats and other creatures of the night!

Sounds of the Night - Crystal Frog
Sounds of the Night - Crystal Frog

At night too, you will encounter some of the most colorful inhabitants of the forest. Maquipucuna also has high frog diversity. This Crystal frog is Espadarana prosoblepon. It's active at night on vegetation or rocky surfaces 0-20 m from the water.

Love the Night Creepy Crawlers
Love the Night Creepy Crawlers

Maquipucuna comes to life at night. Our resident entomologist will be happy to answer all your questions.

Wildlife at Night - Kinkajou
Wildlife at Night - Kinkajou

Nightjars, owls, fire flies, moths, bats, frogs, armadillos, kinkajous, agouties could all join your night walks at Maquipucuna

Sounds of the Night - Crystal Frog
Sounds of the Night - Crystal Frog

At night too, you will encounter some of the most colorful inhabitants of the forest. Maquipucuna also has high frog diversity. This Crystal frog is Espadarana prosoblepon. It's active at night on vegetation or rocky surfaces 0-20 m from the water.

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WATERFALLS, SWIMMINGHOLES

& 32 KM OF TRAILS

Hidden Pools
Hidden Pools

Bathe in refreshing waterfalls, relax in hidden swimming pools, and come face to face with Maquipucuna's wildlife.

Cascada Unión de los Ríos
Cascada Unión de los Ríos

There are many waterfalls at Maquipucuna. Some are located just 10 minutes from the lodge, some hours away. But they all have crystal clear pure water.

Trail System at Maquipucuna
Trail System at Maquipucuna

32km of trails waiting for you to discover their treasures. From easy to very difficult, they offer unparalleled opportunities to explore Maquipucuna.

Hidden Pools
Hidden Pools

Bathe in refreshing waterfalls, relax in hidden swimming pools, and come face to face with Maquipucuna's wildlife.

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THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO EXPERIENCE AT MAQUIPUCUNA

From harvesting and processing your coffee, to learning our cooking secrets, to roasting and prepping your own cocoa for sumptuous chocolate massage... Or if you just need a day off, relax with one of our chocolate massages.

Visit our biodymic coffee lots
Visit our biodymic coffee lots

Shade grown coffee that is good for you and biodiversity

Maquipucuna Coffee
Maquipucuna Coffee

Wake up every morning with a cup of our freshly made coffee! Then learn about the process right here on the Maquipucuna grounds!

Maquipucuna Camping Site
Maquipucuna Camping Site

Bring a tent and get an even closer experience with nature. Latrines, sink, camp showers, and fire place are available for campers.

Visit our biodymic coffee lots
Visit our biodymic coffee lots

Shade grown coffee that is good for you and biodiversity

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DID YOU FIND YOURSELF WITH A DAY OFF?

Visit Mindo, a bustling town revolved around conservation where you can learn about butterflies.

Discover the ruins of the Yumbo, pre Inca people, in Tulipe, or

for an exciting adventure, fly though the skies on Tucanopy's ziplines!

Tucanopy Canopy Walk
Tucanopy Canopy Walk

Walk 40m above the ground in the canopy of the trees in the Intillacta reserve! If you're quiet you might even be able to see the Howler monkeys!

Tucanopy Ziplines
Tucanopy Ziplines

Fly through the Intillacta reserve on their 1.5 hour zip lining circuit! Learn about conservation efforts as you soar above the reserve!

Tulipe
Tulipe

Visit the ancient Yumbo ritual pools and learn about this fascinating culture that was here before the Incas!

Tucanopy Canopy Walk
Tucanopy Canopy Walk

Walk 40m above the ground in the canopy of the trees in the Intillacta reserve! If you're quiet you might even be able to see the Howler monkeys!

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VISIT COMMUNITY

PROJECTS

You can chose to combine Yunguilla-Maquipucuna, Yunguilla-Sta Lucía-Maquipucuna or Maquipucuna-Sta Lucía. You must plan to spend at least one night at each of the the locations if you add on any of these community oriented tours.

Yumbo Trail Yunguilla to Maquipucuna
Yumbo Trail Yunguilla to Maquipucuna

Homestay in the Yunguilla community and take a guided 8 hr hike to Maquipucuna through the Pre-Inca Yumbo trail. It is strenuous hike downhill from 3000 meters to 1300 meters.

Santa Lucia Cloud Forest Lodge
Santa Lucia Cloud Forest Lodge

Perched in the clouds, 2 hrs on foot up the hill from the Maquipucuna eco lodge, is the Santa Lucia eco lodge. This is one of the community projects initiated by Fundacion Maquipucuna to promote forest conservation.

Yunguilla Host Family House
Yunguilla Host Family House

You will have your own bedroom and private bathroom with hot showers. You will cook and share meals with your host family.

Yumbo Trail Yunguilla to Maquipucuna
Yumbo Trail Yunguilla to Maquipucuna

Homestay in the Yunguilla community and take a guided 8 hr hike to Maquipucuna through the Pre-Inca Yumbo trail. It is strenuous hike downhill from 3000 meters to 1300 meters.

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