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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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    Machalilla National Park

    Machililla National Park can be found on the western side of Ecuador along the coastline, making the 60,000-hectare coastal park one of three that can be found in Ecuador. Of this 60,000-hectares, 20,000 hectares is made up of ocean and incorporates many islands, like Isla Salango and Los Frailes beach line. These islands are important feeding areas for many bird species, like frigate birds, ...

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    El Cajas National Park

    El Cajas National Park is 70,000 acres (29,000 ha) in size with as many as 250 lakes and ponds located within the park, making it vital water source in the region. Visitors can take advantage of a number of different fishing facilities, including fly-fishing facilities, at various lakes and ponds that are located amongst a number of striking peaks. This beautiful and varied landscape is ...

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    Sangay National Park

    Sangay National Park is a very important protected area located across the provinces of Tungurahua, Morono Santiago and Chimborazo of Ecuador. In fact, it was inscribed as a Natural World Heritage Site in 1983. The park covers some 517 765ha of varied ecosystems, encompassing all types of habitats from glaciers to rainforests, plains to volcanoes. A number of vital indigenous species reside ...

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    Llanganates National Park

    A destination filled with mystery and legend, the Llanganates National Park boasts some of the most beautiful landscape and grand biodiversity. Contributing to the sheer magnificence of this natural area in Ecuador is the tale of Atahualpa. According to local legend Rumiñahui hid the renowned treasure of Atahualpa or El Dorado in the region. This remarkable legend has resulted in many ...

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    Galapagos National Park

    The Galapagos National Park is one of the greatest natural treasures in the world. Virtually untouched for eons, this small archipelago is rich in natural flora and fauna. The some 1 714 000 acres of land (693 700 ha) that now make up the Galapagos National Park were first set aside for this purpose in 1959, but it took thirteen years of planning and development before the first park ...

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    El Condor National Park

    The impressive size and grace of the Andean Condor has instilled awe and respect in millions of observers over the centuries. Despite its somewhat unattractive facial features, this fascinating black and white bird has a wingspan of 274-310 cm (108-122 in) which enables it to soar effortlessly over the Andean mountains. Admiration for this ‘king of the skies’ has resulted in the naming of ...

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    Sumaco Napo Galeras

    The Sumaco-Napo-Galeras National Park is a mid-sized nature reserve that covers an area of approximately 205 249 hectares. Thus it falls into two different provinces – that of Napo and Orellana – and it can be accessed from either side. When looking for it on a map, one will probably notice that the park is situated roughly in the middle of the Ecuadorian Amazon. This means you can expect to ...

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    Podocarpus National Park

    In the southern region of Ecuador you will find the 360,000-acre (146,300-hectare) Podocarpus National Park. The park is made up of two primary areas: the upper pre-montane section with tropical cloud forests and the lower subtropical section. You will also find large areas of virgin forest containing three specific species of genus Podocarpus. You will definitely feel like you have just ...

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    Yasuni National Park

    The Yasuni National Park is a beautiful natural treasure that can be found in the Napo Province just 190 miles away from the city of Quito. The sizable park covers an area of some 1 679 643 acres and features several camping sites where visitors can make themselves at home when they are not exploring the many wonders of the park. The park’s immense size and variety makes it one of the ...