El Refugio de Intag - Cloud Forest Lodge

El Refugio Cloud Forest Lodge is located in Intag, in Imbabura Province, Ecuador. The lodge is on 75 acres of land, partly fields and partly forest. The Toabunchi River passes through it. At 6,000 feet, the weather is spring-like, with cool temperatures in the evening, typically ranging into the 70s during the day.

There are seven guest rooms. The Hummingbird House first floor has two bedrooms, a kitchenette, a bathroom, and a screened-in porch. The second floor suite has a private bath and a balcony. The Trogon House has four guest rooms, each with private bath. The house also features two spacious glassed-in porches with comfortable seating.

The River House is the owner´s house and is available at certain times of the year.

Northwest Ecuador cloud forests have been described as perhaps the most biologically diverse in the world. Hiking is possible on the private reserve and public trails. Bird watching can be especially wonderful. There are many beautiful birds for bird watchers: Trogan, Toucan Barbet, Cock of the Rock, Nunbird, Black and Chestnut Eagle, many colorful tanagers, and humming birds. The farmland and surrounding forests of El Refugio have a prodigious number of orchids and other flowers, of trees (including the medicinal wonder-tree Sangre de drago), and of various epiphytes (plants that grow on other plants), such as bromeliads. Mammals are much harder to see, but many interesting ones live at or pass through the farm.

El Refugio de Intag

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