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NATIONAL PARKS IN ECUADOR



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Ecuador National Parks System

The Ecuador National Parks System has 45 protected areas of different categories. The differentiation between the different categories often is not all that clear and certainly not a criterion to decide whether or not you could be interested in an area.

 

The Scoring System

We tried to give some indicational scoring to the areas, so that you may have an idea what could be important areas for you to visit. The scoring is from 1 - 5; the latter being very good, while comparing between these areas in Ecuador, in order to distinguish among them. 

 

While most areas are scenic, some stand out for dramatic landscapes that are not found as abundantly in the other areas. All areas with snow-caped mountains have scored high. Tropical low-land areas score high if there are lakes from where birds and other wildlife can be watched. Access scores a 5 if there is very convenient road-access to good trails or well-organized access over water that can be easily contracted. Ecological interest is based on whether or not a visitor can actually experience and see and experience the biological highlights. Overnight facilities score high if in or very nearby the port of access of an area. 

 

Map National Parks and Protected Areas Ecuador

 

Scoring Table

 

Scenic

Access

Ecological interest

Overnight Facilities

Galapagos NP

5

5

5

5

Galapagos Marine

The marine part of the Galapagos Islands

Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

5

5

5

5

Cofan Bermejo

2

2

2

1

Limon cocha

4

5

3

5

Yasuni

3

3

3

1

Sangay

5

2

5

1

Llanganates

3

1

3

1

Sumaco

3

1

4

1

Podocarpus

3

3

5

1

El Condor

3

1

3

1

Cajas

5

5

4

5

Chimborazo

5

4

3 (vecunas)

3

Ilinizas

3

3

2

3

Cotopaxi

5

5

3

4

El boliche

3

5

3

4

Antisana

3

2

2

1

Cayambe Coca

5

3

5

1

El Angel

5

3

5

3

Pululahua

5

5

2

5

Cotacachi- 

Cayapas

5

5

4

5

Cayapas Mataje

3

2

4

1

La Chiquita

2

4

2

4

Machalilla

3

5

5

5

Mache Chindul

       

Cayapas Mataje Ecological Reserve

5

2

5

2

Churute mangrove

3

3

4

3

Salado Mangrove

2

3

2

2

Rio Muisne Estuary

2

2

2

2

Santa Clara Island

2

2

2

2

Corazon and Fragatas Island

2

3

2

2

Lago Recreation

2

5

1

3

Arenilla

2

4

1

3

We marked the best areas for visitation in green.

 

TOP NATIONAL PARKS IN ECUADOR

AREA

NATIONAL PARK HIGHLIGHTS

Galapagos National Park

Rather obvious

Cuyabeno Faunistic Reserve

The only low-land Amazon area with lakes and micro channels from where one can observe wildlife and watch birds as well as Amazon Jungle Animals and Amazon Rainforest Plants on Ecuador Amazon Expeditions to Cuyabeno National Park.

Podocarpus National Park

Interesting forest with the only South America coniferous trees

Las Cajas National Park

Very scenic high land paramo landscape with many beautiful lakes

Chimborazo National Park

Besides being the furthest point from the center of the earth, the area has a small herd of introduced vecunas.

Cotopaxi National Park

Beautiful scenic volcano top 

Pululahua

Charming volcano close to Quito. Great for a morning visit when chances of decent weather are best

Sanguay National Park

With three volcanoes and beautiful lakes, this area can be extremely beautiful, but the skies are rarely clear and the chances of spending all your stay in the fog and drizzling rain are extremely high. Only for very hardy outdoors people.

Cotacachi- 

Cayapas National Park

A cable cart takes once close to the top of the Pichincha mountain top, part of falls in the Cotacachi Cayapas reserve. Highly recommendable for the fabulous view of Quito.

Machalilla National Park

This area has a very rare transition forest from wet conditions in the North and the Peruvian coastal desert in the south. The landscape has suffered from human intervention, but there are still very valuable pockets of deciduous forests and bottle shaped trees. The beaches are accessible and offer plenty of over-night facilities.

Cayapas Mataje Ecological Reserve

These are the best Mangroves in Ecuador. The area is little visited and it takes a bit of an effort to reach San Lorenzo and find a boat to take you around.
 

While all National Parks in Ecuador can be reached in a day's travel, for most of them you will need several days to actually visit and appreciate them, as only very few have actual road access into the park, and if they do, the high quality ecosystems are at a distance from the road.  

 

Plan your trip ahead of your travel, so that you avoid losing valuable vacation time figuring out what you would like to do, or worse, finding out, what you really would have liked to do is not possible, because you did not plan and organize it beforehand. Please contact us; we love to help you plan and organize a great trip.

 

We organize a variety of daytrips and tours throughout Ecuador: Galapagos National Park, Cuyabeno Amazon visits with the best Cuyabeno Lodge rates, Ecuador Amazon Expeditions, Galapagos National Park Cruises and Ecuador Andes Treks, Cuenca, Ecuador's capital Quito, etc. 

 

For detailed information on climate and weather conditions read: climate of Cuenca, Ecuador; climate Galapagos Islands in Ecuador; climate in the Amazon of Ecuador and climate of Ecuador. If you want to learn more about the country, read Ecuador Facts.

 

   

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