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Cayambe Coca Ecological Reserve

 

 

Location: 60 miles Northeast of Quito   Map

Area: 914,270 acres (3,700 km2)

 

 

 

Description of Cayambe Coca Ecological Reserve

Cayambe Coca Ecological Reserve is a nature reserve situated 60 miles Northeast of Quito in Ecuador. It covers a total area of 914,270 acres (3,700 km2). Large birds such as the Andean condor and the brown eagle are common in the skies above the reserve. Bears, foxes and deer are some of the largest animals in the reserve. Rabbits and armadillos are the smallest fauna. There are 106 species of mammals (including the Andean tapir, puma and culpeo), 395 species of birds, 70 reptiles and 116 amphibians.

Flora
Habitats vary from the grasslands of the moorland to the montane rainforests. Ichu, ferns and lycopodia are the most common plants. There are more than 100 species of endemic plants.

Culture
There are indigenous communities that live within the protected area, such as the Kichwa of the Oyacachi community on the western side of the Andes Mountains and the Cofan of the Sinangué community in the province of Sucumbíos.

Attractions
Papallacta hot springs are visited to relax in the spas and the nearby meadows of the highlands are frequented for fishing and bird watching.
Canton Cayambe includes the pre-Inca structures Pambamarca, Temple of the Sun and the Moon in Puntiatsil and part of the Inca Trail.
The Cayambe volcano: active volcano covered with snow and favorite of the climbers, which presents a seismic anomaly that indicates a possible reactivation after 230 years of lethargy, but still, tourism continues. (5790 masl)
Puruhanta Lake: located in the north, the lake has roads, camping, as well as ancient ruins (called "La Mesa") with diverse flora and fauna.
San Marcos Lake: it has an observatory where the diverse flora and fauna of nature can be seen.
Oyacachi: its main attraction is the community and the meadow
The San Rafael Waterfall: with a drop height of 131 m, it is one of the most impressive features of the park and the highest waterfall in Ecuador. It is located on the Quijos river and can be accessed by road.
Quijos: cultural and natural tourism
Buga waterfall and Paquiestancia primary forests
Sinangoe Cofan: Prairie Community
Other summits: Sarahurco (4725 masl), El Reventador volcano (3485 masl), Cerro Puntas (4452 masl)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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