This is a fascinating landscape, where the damp, humid environment is dominated by gnarled, moss-clad trees. There are excellent outdoor activities, along with superb birdwatching.
Reasons to visit the Cloudforest include:
The cloudforest has a warm climate and can be visited all year, though rains can occur between November and May, when the trails may be muddy.
A fabulous spot in the cloudforest two hours north of Quito. Excellent birding, natural history and eco-adventure.
A small lodge in the remote Mindo cloudforest, with committed local guides, friendly staff and environmentalist owners.
This strikingly modern and stylish lodge is in a splendidly remote setting in pristine cloudforest, a great base from which to explore.
Septimo Paraiso is an ecological country lodge in a private forest reserve. Superb accommodation and forest adventures.
Time: GMT -5 hours
There is an international airport at Quito and at Guayaquil. KLM and Iberia have routes via Europe to both cities. The flying time is about 14 hours. It is also possible to fly via America.
Language: Spanish is Ecuador's official language.
Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.
There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if visiting the rainforest. Malaria prophylactics are also recommended in the rainforest.