Just half an hour from the southern outskirts of the city of Quito, Ecuador’s capital and the First World Cultural Heritage Site, at KM 20 of the route Aloag – Santo Domingo towards the Pacific Coast, on the Western Cordillera and part of the Illinizas Reserve, we will find Bombolí, a private reserve at 3000 meters of altitude with more than 120 hectares of upper montane forest. This amazing reserve has been conserved and cared for by a couple of nature lovers, Marianita and Oswaldito. They have spent more than thirty years of their lives fulfilling their great passion: Making Bombolí a place of indescribable beauty that can us show that, with patience and love, we can make this world a better place.
This adventure begins very early when our guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you to paradise. Just half an hour from the southern outskirts of Quito is the private Ecological Reserve Bombolí which welcomes us with a unique peaceful environment that only nature can provide in its purest form.
Our first adventure will be a two hour hike to an ancient fern forest of indescribable beauty, filled with giant ferns that are the main protagonists of this surreal landscape. On the way, we will discover trails surrounded by over 200 species of wild orchids, begonias and countless other species that grow richly in this area. Our final destination is a waterfall and a small water spring of about 5 meters in height located in the center of this forest. The vast ecosystem of natural richness and breathtaking beauty is the result of years of care and conservation by the owners.
After this experience, we will return to the country house where we will have a delicious lunch, made with natural and organic products, which have been planted and harvested mostly in the garden of the family.
After lunch, we can choose from some of the recreational activities offered here. One is the production of cheese which has been prepared here with dedication for years, resulting in a product of excellent quality and taste. A second option is to take a cooking class with Marianita preparing fresh cheese, sweetened condensed milk or 1 of her 15 types of jams. Furthermore we can visit the garden where we will see the bold “Bombolí” idea of reusing tires as pots, creating microclimates capable of giving life to sick plants. We will also see a large variety of other plant species, such as lettuce, lemon, mint, onion, lemon verbena, lavender, chamomile, lemon balm, leek, red alder, lemon, elderberry, and much more.
Later on, we will enjoy a traditional coffee or chocolate accompanied by desserts prepared by the talented hands of Marianita.
Today we will get up at 05h00 am in the morning to take advantage of the day. Before having breakfast, we will walk an hour and a half close to the hill of Bombolí to listen to the birds. They join on this hour to feed on the pollen of the flowers, forming a concert of songs that will brighten up our morning.
After breakfast, we hike for about three hours to the lower part of the reserve to explore the beautiful landscape that the rainforest makes up. It is a privileged rich ecosystem that developed hundreds of rivers and waterfalls over time. We will visit the top of two waterfalls of about 250 meters in height, where we can admire nature.
Coming back well adventured and hungry, we will enjoy our last lunch, prepared with produce offered by this generous land, and enjoy the flavors and smells of Bombolí!
Before returning to Quito, we will have the chance to learn the art of making mirrors, which are made out of wood from the forest. Either from fallen trees or donated from the surrounding properties. With this technique, also other objects such as beds, tables, chairs, decorations and many more can be made. The ingenuity and creativity might open our minds to conversation and reuse of material that nature provides us.