We stayed in Santa Lucia for 2 nights and had an amazing time. The tough, sweaty hike up to the top of the mountain where the lodge is located is worth every second. The views from the lodge are stunning – you get 360 degree views of pristine cloud forest. The birdwatching is superb, we saw around 50 species of birds and we’re not even birders. The staff is very friendly and the food is tasty, filling and healthy. Bring torches and batteries as there is no electricity. You should also bring your favorite snacks as the selection is limited. Be prepared to hike up and down a lot, as essentially every trail requires a steep descent into the forest. We did the hike to visit the cock-of-the-rock lek, which was quite demanding (waking up at 4am and hiking in the dark for a few hours) but the experience was amazing and definitely worth it. We rented a private cabaña which was super clean and comfortable and had the most incredible views. Our local guide was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable – he really knew the forest and the birds. Definitely recommend this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Community-based, Santa Lucia owns a 1800 acre montane cloudforest reserve in the Chocó Andean region, a biodiversity 'hotspot. Just 2.5 hours from Quito, we offer beautifully crafted cabañas on a mountain peak with amazing views over the forest. 80% primary forest, the reserve has over 394 species of birds; 45 species of mammals including pumas and the endangered Spectacled Bear; and thousands of tropical plants native to the region. Ideal for birding and hiking. ... more less