Between the Clouds – Yanacocha Reserve
If you thought you’d already seen everything in Quito and believed that there were no new places to go, well, you are wrong! There exists a magical place full of beautiful landscapes with spectacular flora and fauna, hidden among the clouds, and the most important thing is, that it is only an hour away, a paradisiac place in the parish of Nono, northwest of the city of Quito, its name is Yanacocha.
The Yanacocha Reserve or “black lagoon” is located between 3.200-3.700 m above sea level, offering tranquility and a natural environment, thanks to its cloud forest. You will observe the most enchanting landscape that your eyes will ever be able to see. Its spectacular flora guides us to the way “Trocha del Inca” located in the reserve. There are mosses, ferns, bromeliads, bamboo, polylepis (paper tree) and orchids that bloom in the month of November, they are best observed and how not to mention their fauna starting with deer, crazy birds, wild turkeys, the masked bird, empitas and especially the beautiful hummingbirds that fill this landscape with color with their extraordinary flutter.
In this beautiful place, you will find the black-breasted zamarrito which is considered to be an emblematic bird of the place. As not to continue speaking of the hummingbirds because they steal the show when crossing from all sides, very close to people´s faces, even posing for the cameras, very gallant. When this happens they can be observed so closely that it is almost impossible not to take photographs, to realize the characteristics of each one of these hummingbirds as the White Puffleg with its fluffy slipper-like feet. These beautiful birds offer spectacular scenery. What attracts the attention of this place is its wildlife, to see them free. Of course! The most beautiful thing is to see these animals in their own space and time moving around because the whole landscape belongs to them.
The Reserve offers the following attractions: the spectacled bear trail (soon in operation), hummingbird garden, Polylepis Forest, Inca Trail, Viewpoint, Waterfall and a cozy cafeteria where you can protect yourself from the cold with a coffee or hot chocolate.
This paradise is recommended for people who love nature, who want to disperse and get out of the daily routine, if you are interested in this place it is recommendable to bring warm clothes and comfortable shoes for walking, sunscreen, cap and the best predisposition to get to know a new place so close to the city because this hidden paradise is really unique. Let’s take care of it!