They are built within forested land, surrounded by gigantic kapok (or ceiba) trees. Social areas include an open and bright restaurant-bar, the best in the entire region, from where numerous fauna and flora species, endemic and rare, can be seen; this includes a wealth of dry forest specialized and globally threatened birds like the Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner. Jorupe is also the ideal headquarters for exploring Utuana, another reserve owned by Jocotoco Foundation.
Six beautiful independent cabins with private bathroom, for an overall lodging capacity of 12 guests.
Facilities and services
We have hot water and electricity (110 volts); an open restaurant, bar and shop, laundry service using biodegradable products; also an extensive network of easily accessible trails.
Nearby Macará City, in the province of Loja.
Activities and Biodiversity
Urraca Lodge is a strategic point for watching birds of Tumbesian dry forests, in an area characterized by the special charm of gigantic Ceiba trees. We have the following trails:
- Trail 1 journeys across a dry forest remnant typical of the Tumbesian region, wherein colossal Ceiba trees prevail.
- Trail 2 has an enormous Ceiba tree known as Goblin’s House, owing to its unusual silhouette.
- Trail 3 traverses the summit of an arid gorge clad in dry forest typical of the Tumbesian region, dominated by Ceiba trees. Ideal for mountain biking. This trail houses another Ceiba tree, this one known as Ceiba Macho for its unique shape. Likewise, another Ceiba is called The Little House.
Noteworthy bird species in this reserve are, amongst others: King Vulture, Ochre-bellied Dove, Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner, Blackish-headed Spinetail, Watkins’ Antpitta, Gray-breasted Flycatcher, and White-tailed Jay.
How to get to the Urraca Lodge
From Loja, take the road to Macará passing by Catacocha. Once in Macará, take the road to Sozoranga for an additional 15 minutes drive until you get to the Reserve’s entrance, on the left hand side of the road, where Jocotoco Foundation’s signs are placed. You will need to call park guards’ attention as to get access to the Reserve. When the doors are opened, dry for 2 further km to get to the Urraca Lodge.