Sachatamia, perfect spot for birdwatching surrounded by magnificent vistas!
Ecuador. with an area of 256 370 km2, is a country well know for its mega-diversity. The country has 1659 bird species according to birdlife.org and Sachatamia Lodge with over 320 species is an idyllic place to enjoy some of this diversity.
This private ecological reserve in an area of 120 ha. of lush cloud-rain forest near Quito is an ideal location to visit whether you are planning to have a day trip together with friends or a relaxing weekend with the family off the beaten track. The ecological reserve is located near the protected forest of Mindo, an area well know for the biodiversity in Ecuador.
When to go
Best season to visit goes from November to June, when birds return from the mountains from their mating season.
Spend the night at Sachatamia Lodge, and you will enjoy a peaceful and charming lodge with well-furnished cabins. The feeders are strategically located, so that you will find yourself admiring a myriad of birds and specially hummingbirds, together with stunning settings anytime, a great option is to eat outdoors.
Activities in Sachatamia Lodge:
This is of course a hotspot for birdwatching not only in the area but in Ecuador as well. In addition, it is also a perfect place to enjoy outdoor activities, such as zip lining and hiking. There is a nice path down to a lake past the swimming pool, where you can take a break, take a good book and rest in comfortable chairs while you are inspired by the beautiful surroundings and magnificent birds coming so close, that you will think they are there in order to greet you.
It is amazing to admire the wide variety of birds that kept showing along the way and the beauty of their colors made this a fantastic experience, not only for me but for my husband and my parents as well. They could not stop taking pictures and we were all just delighted by all the beauty mother nature had put together in this special place.
Some of the birds that you can spot in situ, include: hummingbirds, toucans and barbets. Here are a few pictures for you to enjoy:
Activities in Mindo:
– Butterfly garden
– Bicycle riding
– Visit to waterfalls
Disclosure: I was the guest at Sachatamia Lodge, however, all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and based on my personal experience.
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