Bomboli Cloud Forest

Orchids paradise.

Welcome to the private Ecological Reserve Bombolí. This beatiful cloud forest is cared for by an Ecuadorian couple who firmly believes in the conservation and preservation of nature. Oswaldo (Oswaldito) Haro Aguirre, 72, and his wife Mariana (Marianita) Pérez, 62, bought this property over 34 years ago with only one goal in mind, to restore the land. Never did they imagine that the reserve would gain such recognition. The name “Bombolí” was second in line for this paradise, first was “El Eden” or “Eden” but Oswaldito was not satisfied with the name. He thought the name should be more significant, which is why he chose “Bombolí” keeping it basic and naming it after the hill it is on. The hill has a shape like a “bomba” or a balloon.


Bomboli Cloud Forest is committed to a sustainable approach for tourism grounded in the proper use of the natural landscape and the support of its local economy, offering the traveler a unique and localized experience.The house and infrastructure are completely made from wood that comes from renewable forest plantations of the region to prevent the harvesting of primary forests. Water comes from the natural creeks and springs that flow through the forest. Ninety percent of the energy the Ecolodge uses comes from clean sources; however, propane is needed for hot water showers because of the lack of energy.

Most of the food offered is grown and processed in their organic farm. In the past development agencies promoted the plantation of foreign tree species, as can be seen along the road that comes into the house. We are currently committed to the restoration of cloud forest ecosystems through the planting of native trees and other natural vegetation that is important for local wildlife and for our neutral carbon commitment.

The makeup of the ecosystem continues to change and enrich itself with the interactions of the natural vegetation with local wildlife. This modification combined with our expertise in forest ecology and agro forestry systems, and our philosophy of life, to live simply and in harmony with nature, is continuously shaping our approach to how we manage the reserve on a daily basis, and give the visitor a truly unique experience that integrates all the necessary elements.


At Bombolí we offer an array of activities so there will never be a dull moment. You can choose from hikes in the area, outing on horses, visit to the orchid’s hospital, handicrafts, and the making of cheeses and jams. We also can arrange activities in the surrounding areas if you would like to step off the reserve, for example a visit to a nearby Hacienda or a trekking adventure on the borders of the property.

If you are an adventure enthusiast, you will love our adventure activities. We offer hikes to over 13 waterfalls in the area as well as walks along the fern covered pathways. In the area of 190 acres total, there is plenty of room for walks without repeating the scenery. Horseback rides are also available on the reserve for a change in pace. Riding through the pathways gives a different perspective on the environment and allows a better view of the higher vegetation. For a little more extreme adventure we also have the option of rafting. Rafting activities are done off the reserve but are arranged by us!

A strong point here at Bombolí is definitely the cuisine. We offer all natural and organic food to our passengers. The reserve has its own garden and livestock so about 60% of all the food prepared and served is from their own harvest. Marianita does all the cooking and has gained the admiration of all visitors. Apart from preparation of meals she also does preparation of cheese, jams and marmalades, condensed sweet milk, chocolate and butter. You can participate in the making of these products to experience firsthand the work that goes into each commodity.

To help reduce stress and become one with nature, take advantage of our good-life visits. Being on the reserve itself will certainly bring you down to earth but there are extras that are worthwhile. Paying a visit to the orchid’s hospital will lift your spirits seeing how they regain life through the care and love of Oswaldito. The organic garden is always open for visitors as well; there you can have a taste of fresh lemon lettuce! Furthermore, let your creativity shine doing handicrafts. Accompany Oswaldito in making handmade furnishings such as tables, mirrors and chairs. All the above mentioned activities are definitely going to leave you feeling at peace with yourself as well as with nature.

In addition to the activities offered in Bombolí we can arrange some that are off the reserve. A visit to a rose plantation that is nearby is one option, where you can see the beauty of how Ecuador’s famous roses are grown. Another option is to make a trip to a Hacienda combined with a horseback riding trip through the Andes mountain range. An interesting visit to the Indigenous community of the Tsachilas in Santo Domingo is a wonderful interactive option! Rafting adventures are also available.