In the northeastern part of Sucumbíos, this reserve covers
a territory of 655,781 hectares, between the river basins of the San
Miguel and the Aguarico. One of the main objectives of the Cuyabeno
Reserve is to preserve an area of the Amazonian ecosystem, the most
complex ecosystem in the world. This protected area is characterized
by its high biodiversity and the interactions between species. It
houses a forest with a tropical climate and immense lakes like Zancudococha.
Many species of birds, some in danger of extinction, and a large variety
of fauna also live in the ecological reserve.
Limoncocha Biological Reserve
This is basically made up of the Limoncocha Lake, the adjacent area
and the lake Yanacocha or Black Lake. The reserve is approximately
two and a half square kilometers in size and houses an enviable biological
Yasuní National Park
It is made up of an infinite succession of small, soft hills that
are the result of the millennia of passing rivers. Like most of the
remaining pristine rainforest, Yasuni houses an impressive biodiversity.
The Park includes important watersheds of the Napo, Yasuni, Tiputini,
Nashiño, and Cononaco rivers and several tributaries of the
Curaray, the river which borders the park to the south.
Sumaco-Galeras National Park
In the provinces of Napo and Orellana, this Park covers an area of 205,249 ha. Two main centers make up the reserve: Sumaco volcano and its peaks and the mountains of Negro and Pan de Azúcar; and the Napo Galeras whose flanks take in an area very rich in streams and springs. For visitors to this Park there is a trail that crosses six altitudinal peaks before reaching the Sumaco volcano.
Sangay National Park
The Sangay National Park extends from the Andes Mountains and is shared by the provinces of Tungurahua, Chimborazo and Morona Santiago. Its altitude ranges between 800 and 5,400 meters, favoring the existence of different animals like the mountain tapir, spectacled bear and the ocelot. The main mountains of this reserve are the Sangay, El Altar and Tungurahua and there are many areas of virtually unaltered highland and lowland forest. Recent field investigations have confirmed the singularity of the ecology of the region and cite the high levels of species diversity in the north while the south has a high level of endemism. These facts caused the area to be declared a Natural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 1983.
Kapawi Lodge is located in one of the most remote regions of the Ecuadorian Amazon. You reach the area in a small plane arriving at the community of Scharamentsa. From there, you travel in canoe to Kapawi. It was constructed by the Achuar Indians following their traditional construction techniques. The guests are housed in 20 comfortable double cabins, each with a private bathroom, hot water (produced by solar energy) and electricity produced by solar energy. You can relax on the terrace and watch the daily visitors: ducks, hummingbirds, herons, parrots, etc.
One of the great advantages of Kapawi is that there is no pre-set or fixed program, but the excursions (with maximum 10 people) are adapted to the interests of the guests. A naturalist guide will tell you all about the secrets of the tropical rainforest. You can also visit an Achuar village where you will learn about the exceptional way of life of this indigenous group.
Where to Stay
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