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Natural heritage


More than 30 large species of animals have been recorded such as the olinguito, tigrillos, the Andean white-eared fox, deer and emblematic species, unique in the Andes, such as the spectacled bear, which is one of the eight existing species in the world and that, unfortunately, in Ecuador is in danger of extinction.

The Chocó Andino de Pichincha Biosphere Reserve is home to various species of birds and countless insects.





1960 plant species have also been recorded, representing 12.50% of all Ecuador's flora, including 76 endangered species, which represent 16% of the plant species on the red list of the International Union for the Conservation of IUCN Nature, of the entire northwestern Ecuador.



The forests of the Chocó Andino Biosphere Reserve protect around four hundred thousand people from the risk of landslides and massive earth movements. On its existence depend productive tourist and livestock activities that allow food security and recreation.



4 794 masl Guagua Pichincha

4 698 masl Rucu Pichincha

4 520 masl Enchanted Father

4,000 masl Cruz Loma

3920 masl Loma de Las Antenas

3356 masl Pululahua

3497 masl Casitagua

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The Chocó Andino de Pichincha Biosphere Reserve is the pantry of millions of Pichincha inhabitants. It is an area where tropical fruits, dairy, sugarcane and its derivatives, cocoa, export coffee, orchids, bromeliads, tilapia, hearts of palm are produced, among other products. The area represents the fastest growing area in the production of specialty coffee for export in the country.


Ríos y Cascadas

Los visitantes pueden contemplar y disfrutar de la frescura de las aguas del río Caoní y de las espectaculares cascadas como la Azul en Pedro Vicente Maldonado, la cascada del Amor en Mindo o la fabulosa cascada del Salto del Tigre.

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Ríos y Cascadas
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