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    Cotacachi Cayapas Reserve

    Situated in the Imbabura Province of Ecuador, the Cotacachi Cayapas Reserve is a beautiful nature reserve with a number of biological zones. The reserve covers approximately 752 235 acres of land and is part of the Ecuadorian reserve system. Since it extends from the heights of the Sierra Mountains to the western edge of the Esmeraldas region, it enjoys Andean, Sub-tropical and rainforest ...

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    Cayambe Coca Reserve

    It isn’t difficult to spot the beautiful Cayambe Peak that towers above surrounding mountains and hills at 5 790 m above sea level. This striking, often snow-capped mountain is Ecuador’s third highest and is also a dormant volcano. It has long been recognized amongst mountaineering enthusiasts as offering a spectacular climb, but is not recommended for amateurs since the strong southeastern ...

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    Antisana Ecological Reserve

    The pristine natural refuge known as the Antisana Ecological Reserve is simply breathtaking. Striking mountains unfurl into dense forest and deep gorges while crystal clear lakes reflect the mesmerizing mountain scenery around them. The reserve stretches out over some 120 000 hectares of land and, if you do decide to visit it, you should make sure that you remember to bring your camera with you.

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    Mache Chindul Reserve

    To reach the Reserve you can go through four different cities: Esmeraldas, Muisne, Atacames or Pedernales. The Mache-Chindul Ecological Reserve's whole purpose is to make a concentrated inventory of all the flora in the Mache-Chindul Mountains and of the northern part of the Pacific coastal range of western Ecuador. The organizations that contribute to the Management Plan for the ...

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    Illinizas Ecological Reserve

    Illinizas Ecological Reserve, also sometimes referred to as Illinizas National Park, is a 149 900ha protected area in the provinces of Cotopaxi and Pichincha. It lies just 55km from Quito and this makes it a very popular tourist destination. It is known for its beautiful cloud forest and the Laguna Quilotoa. Those who enjoy hiking and mountain climbing should definitely head off to Illinizas ...

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    Pululahua Reserve

    Situated in the Pichincha province of Quito, the Geo-botanical Reserve of Pululahua is a relatively small reserve that incorporates an area which is roughly 3 383 ha (8 400 acres) in size. The park is run by the INEFAN and it enjoys a variety of altitudes between 1 600 m above sea level to 3356 m above sea level. It caters for recreational activities by making two camping areas available to ...

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    El Angel Ecological Reserve

    El Angel Ecological Reserve, created in 1992, is located 170 miles north of Quito in the Province of Carchi and is made up of 15,715 hectares of land. It is in the northernmost province of Ecuador and lies 11,950 to 15,640 feet above mean sea level. Temperatures in the reserve range from 5° to 18° Celsius (41° to 64° F) during the daytime. The moorlands that you find in El Angel can only be ...

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    Cotopaxi National Park

    The Cotopaxi National Park is a massive nature reserve and the most popular in Ecuador. This Ecuadorian national park encompasses an area of 33 393 ha and extends into the Cotopaxi, Pichincha and Napo provinces. The park is also well known for the four volcanoes within its bounds. Located beside Cotopaxi National Park is the El Boliche National Recreational Area. This stunning park possesses ...

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    Pasochoa Wildlife Refuge

    The spectacular Pasochoa Wildlife Refuge is conveniently located just 45 minutes from the city of Quito in Ecuador. Extending across 500ha, Pasochoa encompasses rare humid Andean shrub forest around an extinct volcano crater. The main forest of Pasochoa was discovered by Dr. Fernando Ortiz back in the 1970s. Ecuador's Ministry of Agriculture allocated the area as a Protected Forest in 1982 ...

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    Mindo Nambillo Reserve

    With an elevation that ranges between 1 180 m to 4 780 m, the Mindo-Nambillo Ecological Reserve offers the average visitors something different. The main feature of this reserve is the Mindo-Nambillo Cloud Forest, which stretches out over 19 200 hectares and is situated near the small village of Mindo. Mindo, which is just north of Quito, could be called the ‘control-center’ of the reserve ...