Things to do in Pedro Vicente Maldonado, Ecuador
Pedro Vicente Maldonado, located west of the province of Pichincha in mega diverse Ecuador is a great destination to enjoy natural activities. This area is part of the Choco–Andino Model Forest, one of the most biodiverse and vulnerable ecosystems on the planet, attracting tourists to visit its waterfalls, rivers and due to the diversity.
Pedro Vicente Maldonado is named after the 18th-century Ecuadorian scientist Pedro Vicente Maldonado. The city has a warm humid weather, with an average of 16°C and attracts local and international tourists year round.
Top things to do
A short drive will bring you to the place where you start this short 15 minute hike to the blue waterfall. This place offers beautiful scenery, outstanding views and a great opportunity to recharge close to nature. The waterfall is formed by river Negrito and is a must for visitors to Pedro Vicente Maldonado.
Another activity not to miss, attracting visitors from all over the world to visit the Choco Andino ecosystem is birdwatching. Here visitors can enjoy birdwatching, with hummingbirds, parrots, woodpeckers and pigeons as some of the hundreds of species to spot in the area.
Mirador los bancos
If you are a birder and love birdwatching as much as we do in my family, you get to visit the lookout Mirador los Bancos. This is a wonderful place that offers accommodation, food and attracts visitors due to its awe-inspiring view over the cloud forest.
What and where to eat
Batido de Borojó: This is one of the drinks traditional from this area. This shake is made with the pulp from the fruit called borojó, milk and sugar. This fruit due to a large amount of aminoacids has been used as a source of energy for years.
The area is also big on palmito, yucca or cassava and cacao, which will be some of the main ingredients in the dishes you find in the restaurants of the area.
How to get there
To arrive to this Para llegar a este atractivo turístico de Ecuador, hay que dirigirse al recinto San Juan de Puerto de Quito, en ese lugar se toma la vía Los Laureles hasta llegar a un camino lastrado. Después de casi seis kilómetros de recorrido finaliza la vía, esto marca el inicio de la caminata de una hora, por medio de senderos rodeados por un bosque secundario.
Desde la ciudad de Quito se debe coger los buses de Transportes Kennedy, San Pedrito y Aloag. Adicionalmente existen los buses de Transportes Esmeraldas y Occidental.
What to bring
Sunblock, long-sleeves, hat or sombrero and insect repellent is rarely needed.
Where to stay
When it comes to places to stay I personally have visited 3 great options, so depending on your budget these are my recommendations.
Budget friendly: Borojo
High-end, luxurious: Mashpi
I´ve found a great website that will help you book any of these options .
Perfect destination for birdwatching and to enjoy a close encounter with nature. Pedro Vicente Maldonado, located in the Choco–Andino Model Forest is one of the most biodiverse and vulnerable ecosystems on the planet, attracting tourists to visit its waterfalls, rivers and due to the diversity.
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