SAN FRANCISCO CLOUD FOREST
Podocarpus National Park
The Arcoiris Reserve is located in San Francisco cloud forest in the northern part of Podocarpus National Park. It is at an altitude of about 7,150 feet (2180 meters) above sea level. It's in the Zamora Chinchipe province, and is only 14 miles (23 kilometers) from the city of Loja. It's temperature varies between 53° and 64° C (12° and 18° F) all year round. It is currently used for environmental investigation, recreation, and education. Arcoiris performs all administration of the reserve, working to ensure the conservation of the natural resources and biodiversity of the area.
In the reserve it is easy to come across several endangered plant species. Podocarpus pine trees, the trees from which the national park receives its name, are the only conifers native to Ecuador. The Cascarilla, or Cinchona, is an important medicinal plant and is the national tree of Ecuador. Other less endangered plants include orchids, bromelias, mosses, and ferns, which all help maintain the natural springs of the area. There is also an abundance of bird species, including the Dusky-legged Guan, tanager, toucanet, and hummingbird, among others. This area is also the natural habitat of the spectacled bear, the northern pudu, and pumas, tapirs, and tree frogs.
The reserve also includes a 25-person refuge. It has three bedrooms, each with several beds and bunks with blankets. There is also a kitchen, a living room, a bathroom with hot water, a conference room for environmental education, a parking lot, and several hiking trails. We also offer lodging, food, and guides, as well as technical assistance in anything related to the management and conservation of nature.
- Entrance : $ 10.00 for foreigners, $2.00 for citizens
- Lodging : $ 10.00 per night per person
- Guide: $ 40.00 per day
HOW DO YOU GET THERE?
The best way to get to the reserve is to board a bus from the terminal in Loja bound for Zamora. The bus will pass directly by the entrance to the reserve on the highway to Zamora, and you can ask the driver to let you off there. The bus fare generally costs 80 cents. If you prefer, you could also take a taxi from Loja, which will cost you about $15.00.
For visits, please contact:
FUNDACIÓN ECOLÓGICA ARCOIRIS
Ciprés Street 12-202 and Acacias - La Pradera Sector
Telephone: 2572926 – 2577449