Santa Lucia Ecuadorian Cloud Forest Reserve

Santa Lucia Ecuadorian Cloud Forest Reserve
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Reviewed by Kate Siber

Before travelers even arrive at Santa Lucia, they've been completely submerged into the cloud forests of northern Ecuador. Just getting to the lodge requires a 90-minute-plus uphill hike through jungle brimming with colorful birds and exotic mammal species.

Why build a lodge on the top of a remote hillside in the middle of the Ecuadorian wilderness? Good question. Santa Lucia was the brainchild of a group of campesinos (local farmers), who own the land upon which it now sits.

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Home to the endangered Andean Spectacled Bear, in a biodiversity "hotspot," Santa Lucía reserve offers a wide range of attractions such as hiking through primary forest to mountain waterfalls on trails used by the Yumbo people; first class birding with over 394 species of birds including a dawn visit to the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock lek; taking part in making panela (sugar) the traditional way; finding out about our reforestation and other conservation and community projects or simply relaxing in the hammocks and taking in the spectacular panoramic views over the cloud forest.

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