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Tulipe Pachijal Cloud Forest


Tulipe is in the Choco Andean range. Pre-montane cloud forest is formed when hot equatorial air from the Pacific hits the steep slopes of the Andes, rises up and bathes the mountains with moisture and clouds. This cloud forest is known as the ‘Andean eyebrow’, due to its luxuriant vegetation. Since the forest is on a slope and the terrain is irregular, the sun’s rays are able to penetrate deeper, thereby encouraging a richer diversity of animal and plant life. Because of this unique climate combination, the forest is home to plants and animals unknown in other parts of the world. One of the most obvious features of cloud forest is an abundance of trees, shrubs, lianas and creepers as well as mosses, lichens, ferns, orchids, bromeliads and epiphytes on every tree and rock surface. Los Amigos del Bosque Tulipe-Pachijal is working towards minimising the damaging effects of deforestation and hunting currently threatening the area.

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Animal and Bird life


Tulipe is a haven for a wide variety of mammals, birds and other species, many of which are rare or endangered. Some are endemic. Wildlife is notoriously difficult to spot in the dense cloud forest, but we hope you’re lucky and we’ll do our best to encourage any elusive animal to show its face!

A paradise for the birdwatcher with around 400 species of birds, Tulipe is less well-known than nearby Mindo, but with the added advantage of having fewer tourists. The Tulipe area is home to 32 species of endemic birds and 39 species of humming bird, including the endangered black-breasted puffleg/eriocnemis nigrivestis/zamarrito pechinegro – symbol of the city of Quito.

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Mammals, both large and small abound (including the rare spectacled bear), though we have to admit you’ll be extremely lucky to spot many animals because they are very shy and are still being hunted.

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You´ll be delighted by the brilliant colours of the butterflies, which include the legendary and elusive electric blue morpho. Tulipe is also home to a variety of beetles, crickets and the fabled praying mantis.


The Tulipe region supports around 15 species of amphibians and 20 species of reptiles as well as crustaceans.

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