If you include a nature tour to the cloud forest in your Ecuador trip you will have the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful activity of orchid spotting. Orchids are abundant in certain areas of Ecuador, which boasts over 4000 species. New species continue to be discovered and classified all the time.
Orchids can be present in many types of ecosystems but they flourish in the humid conditions of the Ecuadorian cloudforests and rainforests, often growing as epiphytes on the trees in these environments. These delicate flowers can add a vibrant splash of colour to these luscious green worlds.
If you don’t have time to include a visit to the cloud forest or rainforest in your Ecuador holiday programme, consider a visit to the Botanical Gardens in Quito. This well run project, as well as offering displays of plants covering Ecuador’s many ecosystems, boasts two large orchid houses offering a fantastic display of orchids from both humid and dry forest regions.