has a rich and epic history, which in modern times has seen Tinalandia
play the role of visionary in land management and tourism as one of the
first ecotourism projects in South America. But it
is the natural history of Tinalandia that has made it famous around the
Numerous biologists, writers and nature enthusiasts
have visited us over the years, and have raved about the natural wonders
of the reserve - its bird life being the most famed.
Tinalandia Nature Reserve spans about 200 acres,
the majority of which is primary rainforest, with an adjacent reserve
of 600 acres. Located at an elevation of approximately 2,000 feet, its
tropical climate is gorgeous year-round and hosts incredible
biodiversity. In 1998, we purchased an
additional 16 Hectares (about 40 acres) to increase the size of the
protected forest. Plans are constantly in development to raise funds
to purchase more virgin forest and to continue protecting the
surrounding area from deforestation. Your stay at Tinalandia is a
contribution that enables us to continue protecting our forest and
expanding it at a time in history when our natural treasures are
disappearing at an alarming rate.
Location: To reach
Tinalandia Hotel from Quito by car, drive south along the Pan American
Highway for roughly 40 km to Aloag. Here, turn west towards Sto. Domingo
del los Colorados. After about 70km of this road you will see a stone
marker opposite the hotel's entrance. From here, drive into the Tinalandia
reserve and enjoy all it has to offer. (If you pass a military
installation on the left, you've gone several kilometers too far.)
Activities at Tinalandia
Birdwatching: Tinalandia is considered to be a premiere location for bird watching in
Ecuador due to its outstanding biodiversity and proximity to Quito.
Located on the western slope of the Andes Mountain Range, botanists and
ornithologists consider this region to be the most bio-diverse region in
A simple morning walk among the grounds of Tinalandia brings
you in contact with flocking groups of up to 15 Toucans -
often for visitors that are not even out birding.
Hiking in the Rainforest: A short trek from the lodge brings you to the edge of the primary
rainforest, spanning over 60 acres. Three trails offer 1 to 4 hour hikes
on cascading hillsides with a whitewater stream of rocks and boulders to
challenge ultimate sport enthusiasts. The highlands of Tinalandia offer a
panoramic view of the rainforest canopy, something so often missed on
Amazon tours that stay at ground level. Being eye to eye with the
rainforest canopy, these hikes give you the opportunity to face the birds
inhabiting the forest from a new perspective. The furthest trek takes you
on foot to one of the world's few remaining moss forests.
available at Tinalandia is a spectacular class III river-rafting ride down
the Toachi River. A well-equipped US tour operator in the area can easily
arrange all that you would need to brave these rapids.
Tinalandia has two main lodging facilities: on the
lower bank are the reception area and dining hall; the other on the upper
bank hosts the main guest rooms and a recreation hall. Next to the upper
cabins is our 9-hole golf course which, due to its location at the edge of
the rainforest, provides an one-of-a-kind play, and possibly better
birdwatching than golfing itself. The 16 rooms,
each with its own unique style, accommodate 41 guests and give Tinalandia
an aristocratic character and charm.
Diving: The meals at Tinalandia are wholesome, home-cooked, delicious dishes. Most
of the fruits are collected from Tinalandia's own gardens - we harvest
only that which is necessary and leave the rest to drop to the ground for
the birds and insects of the region. Most vegetables are bought in Quito
from a hydroponic and organic French farm. A typical meal consists of
soup, potatoes or rice, vegetables, and meat or fish.
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