It is settled at 300 m elevation, in one of the wettest regions of Ecuador. Three primate species are regularly observed, along with many threatened and range-restricted birds. The Lodge, equipped with four comfy rooms with private bathroom, is available year round for our guests. An excellent restaurant amidst tropical rainforest highlights the Lodge’s social area. Soon after your arrival, you will feel as part of this magical environment, peaceful and filled with natural beauty.
Facilities and services
We have hot water and electricity (110 volts); restaurant, bar and shop, laundry service using biodegradable products; also an extensive network of trails and a superb observation tower.
Four rooms with private bathroom, for an overall lodging capacity of 11 guests..
Esmeraldas Province, two hours from the town of Pedro Vicente Maldonado.
Great Biodiversity in one of the Last Forest in Chocó Region
Bird Life International has listed 62 endemic bird species in the Chocó bioregion. There are 37 threatened and (Chocó) endemic bird species known from the reserve, of which seven are globally threatened (Endangered or Vulnerable). In addition, the Great Curassow is present; this is not globally threatened but is close to extirpation within Ecuador.
Noteworthy bird species in this reserve are, amongst others: Plumbeous Forest-falcon, Baudo Guan, Rose-faced Parrot, Great Green Macaw, Banded Ground-cuckoo, Black-tipped Cotinga, Long-wattled Umbrellabird, Scarlet-brested Dacnis, Scarlet-thighed Dacnis, Emerald, Gray-and-gold and Scarlet-and-White Tanagers.
How to get to the Chocó Lodge
Rio Canandé Reserve is located roughly 5 driving hours from Quito. Take the Quito-Calacalí-Pedro Vicente Maldonado-La Independencia road. In Pedro Vicente Maldonado, take a secondary road towards Golondrinas, passing by La Celica. At Golondrinas, take a dirty road to La Te settlement and take a detour to Zapallo; then turn right towards the Canandé River, to a place known as Puerto Nuevo. Here, you will need to cross the river in a barge owned by Botrosa Timber Company (you will need a signed permission from Jocotoco Foundation’s office in Quito to get into the barge of Puerto Nuevo). The Reserve is 45 minutes further, on the road to Hoja Blanca. Road signs of Jocotoco Foundation will be found two km before getting to Agua Blanca.