Polylepis Magical Forest

Take a walk thought an enchanted ancient forest. Come enjoy the beauty of magical trees. Only 3 hours north of  Quito, right in the middle of the Ecuadorian Andes its a Private Reserve located at 3581 masl. Through Ecotourism, they seek the conservation of the last remnant of the Polylepis Incana Ancient Forest in the world!. In addition to the Frailejón; endemic plant of the Ecological Reserve of El Ángel, it’s the responsible of providing a unique beautiful landscape at the Ecuadorian highlands.


2 day



Multiple Days


Bilingual guide


2 Lunch

1 Dinner

1 Breakfasts

Group Size


Key Features

  • Otavalo Market

  • Forest Hike

  • Horseback Riding

  • Museums

From $ 550 / per person


We will enter with the charming encounter of the unique ecosystems in the world: the Polylepis Forest and the Frailejones  Paramo. It is a hotel within a magical forest with a unique atmosphere aurrpunded by various trees and nature that has been born for a decade. It focuses especially on ecotourism and environmental clothing.

With the support of the community, we ensure the conservation of wetlands. We spread to each visitor the value and importance of this reserve in order to protect it. This project focuses on the development of life of the sorrounding populations, ensuring an improvement in social and environmental quality.


Polylepis Forest

Polylepis forests covered the high Andes. These magical trees with their wind-blown, sinuous trunks, paper-thin layers of rust-red bark, and tiny green leaves intertwine to make dense, dark forests.

Paramo Frailejones

It is 85% covered by frailejones and has pads that are large reserves of water, with a velvety texture, known as "rabbit ear", which also has a crown of leaves in rosettes covered with whitish hairs that protect them from the cold.

Otavalo Market

The Otavalo market is a favorite for travelers and not to be missed - this is the largest market of its kind in all of South America, and well worth a visit! Packed with famous Otavalo textiles woven with love, sweaters, jewelry, souvenirs, fresh fruits and vegetables, and yummy street food, the Otavalo Market Ecuador has it all.

San Pablo Lake

Is a beautiful eye of water guarded by the Imbabura volcano and is only 5 minutes from Otavalo. Discover here its location, how to get there, what to wear, recommendations, activities, flora and fauna, meaning, legend and more.

Polylepis Magical Forest

  • Amazing Star gazing
  • Paper Three Forest
  • Mand made crafts
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Plaza de Ponchos

Mercado Artesanal Otavalo, Otavalo, Ecuador

Polylepis Lodge

J394+8HP, El Angel, Ecuador

San Pablo Lake

6Q4G+QM San Rafael de la Laguna, Ecuador


Leaving from Quito, we will go as the first point to the Otavalo market, where we will learn about this culture, the handicrafts and textiles that they make and the famous “ponchos”.

We will go to the Polylepis Lodge where we will spend the night. We will carry out various activities such as walks through the Polylepis forest, the frailejones paramos and we will appreciate the environment that surrounds us and at night we will observe the stars, we will also visit the museum in the Lodge.

The next day we will go to San Pablo in Otavalo towards the Lagoon where several photos can be taken and observe the view towards the mountains before returning to Quito.

Travel Tip

It is necessary to bring a warm clothes, thick jacket or thick sweater, hiking pants (if it is impossible waterproof), high socks, trekking shoes, high rubber boots, rain poncho, winter hat and gloves, sungalasses and sunscreen.

These types pf clothes are very necessary because we are going to walk through wet. Also exist windy and very cold places, so there are no problems to enjoy the wonderful ecosystem.


Tour details.

Departure Time
  • 6:00 am
Return Time
  • 6:00 pm
  • Bilingual guide

  • Breakfast

  • Transportation

  • Lunch

  • Dinner

Not Included
  • Extra drinks

  • Tips

  • Extra meals

  • Other activities that aren't detailed in the itinerary

Meeting point

Hotel pick up

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