One translation of the Quichua word guango into English is a mouthful: "a place of great mountains that crisscross, whose waters concur to form mighty rivers in deep valleys covered by the cloud forest of the Andean slopes, under an ever-changing climate and a typical drizzle." Here, more concisely, is what you need to know about the Guango Eco-lodge. Just an hour's drive from the Quito Airport, it is situated right in the midst of a cloud forest and is a little bit like Woodstock for hummingbirds. The simple but comfortable lodge is home to many species of these fascinating birds whose brief but beautiful lives are beat out in a flurry of buzzing wings. Luring the hummingbirds is the lodge's own orchid garden—indigenous species of these luxuriant flowers are in bloom year round. Pack layers for sudden cold and rain showers but leave your Wellington boots at home—the lodge is well stocked with lots of sizes for padding through cloud forest mud in search of that new species of hummingbird or one of the other hundreds of indigenous birds that make this area on the Andean slopes home.
In partnership with Adventure Travel Trade Association