Reaching Guango Lodge from Quito is easy, especially with much of the road now recently paved.
From Quito, takes the Via Interoceanica east past the towns of Cumbaya, Tumbaco, and then Pifo in the central valley. You will notice that the road starts to climb toward the continental divide, or what is also known as the Papallacta Pass, and then afterwards continues as downward slope passing through the small town of Papallacta. Guango is located 10 kilometers past the town of Papallacta town. You will see a sign on the right side of the road.
Guango is at 1 hour drive from the new airport, so why drive to Quito with intense traffic, when you can be in the middle of nature in just one hour?
Guango Lodge, located at 2,700 meters above sea level, is a charming tourist facility on the eastern slope of the Andes, surrounded by a 300-hectare reserve in an area classified as humid temperate forest, a habitat characterized by its more stunted trees, cooler climate, and stunning orchid diversity.
Guango is only a short drive from the tree-line forests and treeless paramo zones above, where an almost entirely group of bird and plant species await you. Only 11 kilometers down the paved Interoceanica Highway from the town of Papallacta, Guango is easily reached from Quito in about 1 ½ hours, and serves as a Gateway of sorts to Ecuador’s Amazon region. Why fly to the lowlands directly when you can start here and travel down the slopes of the Andes while enjoying the magnificent scenery, wildlife and culture?
Our now famous hummingbird feeders adorn the gardens of the great stone lodge house, attracting some exciting hummers such as the Sword-billed Hummingbird, Tourmaline Sunangel, and Mountain Avocetbill among many other species.
Trails that radiate out from the lodge, which is surrounded by our orchid garden, dazzling flocks of temperate forest birds, and comfortable accommodations make Guango a strategic starting point from which to begin your Amazonian adventure. The lodge’s location also means you have the opportunity to spot a Spectacled Bear, Mountain Tapir, or Andean Fox, all of which are seen with increasing frequency thanks to the newly established national park and the images captured by our trap cameras in the forest. Guango Lodge guarantees that another large area of ecologically important land is both productive and protected, allowing guests to appreciate Ecuador's natural beauty.