Santa Lucia Cloud Forest Reserve

At 1400 to 2600 MASL (4592 to 8528 ft) is a medium to high altitude community owned reserve located north west of Nanegalito, which is on the road from Quito to Mindo.  It has 728 hectares (1800 acres) of primary and secondary recovering cloud forest, and it is surrounded by other protected forests such as Mauipucina. It is protected by the local community of La Delicia which has owned the land since 1976. The Ecotourism alternative became an option in 1999 when they built the Ecolodge.  This community project has become a success and was helped by Maquipucuna, Rainforest Concern UK, and Quest Overseas.

The Ecolodge of this 100% community owned and managed reserve sits at 1900 MASL (6232 ft) with a capacity for 20 people with private cabaņas and shared rooms built of wood.

This remote reserve is a little more difficult to access and requires a steep climb to the lodge.  The reserve is connected to the Yunguilla reserve through an ancient trail probably used by the Yumbos.  It will be necessary to sleep here if you are interested in visiting a very large lek of up to 30 Cock-of-the-rock birds performing and dancing for their partners. 

For more information visit :

Bird list:

BIRDS Of Santa Lucia


Santa Lucia Lodge




Masked Trogon


Andean-Cock-of-the Rock

Grass-green Tanager

Masked Trogon

Beryl-spangled Tanager

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