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Visit Ecuador: Fundación Pro-Bosque

Ceiba trees in the Cerro Blanco Reserve © Fundación Pro-Bosque

Key activities, species and places of interest

  • Learn about the biodiversity of one of the last remaining Ecuadorian dry forests.
  • 54 characteristic mammal species including Mantled Howler Monkeys, White-fronted Capuchin and South American Coati.
  • Important Bird Area (IBA) with 219 bird species recorded: 30 endemic to Tumbesian ecoregion, 8 globally threatened including the Great Green Macaw.
  • Over 100 endemic plant species.
  • Activities include hiking on nature trails, wildlife and bird watching. Canoe tours of nearby mangroves also available.

The Cerro Blanco reserve covers 6,078 hectares and is situated in the Tumbesian ecoregion in the coastal Cordillera Chongon, near Ecuador's largest city Guayaquil. Stretching from south western Ecuador into Peru, the Tumbesian ecoregion is characterised by tropical dry forests and is one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world. The reserve, which ranges from 50m to 500m above sea level, is one of the best remaining examples of Ecuadorian dry forest.

Fitness levels required

There are 3 different trails at Cerro Blanco Reserve with accessible hiking for all age ranges and fitness levels.

Seasonal information

The rainy season is from December to May and visitors are recommended to bring insect repellent during that time. The months from June to November are drier.


Ecotourism helps Fundación Pro-Bosque to continue protecting the high biodiversity of Cerro Blanco. This is done in a number of ways including funding rangers, environmental education with visitors and local communities and the restoration of habitats through tree planting.

Foliage Gleaner Lodge, Cerro Blanco Protected Forest

  • Comfortable accommodation with room for up to 4 people in private and shared rooms. Bathroom facilities are shared and there is no hot water.
  • Approx US$12 pp/night, meals are not available but there are cooking facilities.
  • Easy to get to from José de Olmedo airport in Guayaquil, 45 minutes using public transport or 25 minutes in a car.

Camping area, Cerro Blanco Protected Forest

  • Camp site with capacity for up to 30 people, with shower and toilet facilities.
  • Approx US$4 pp/night, meals are not available but there are cooking facilities.
  • Easy to get to from José de Olmedo airport in Guayaquil, 45 minutes using public transport or 25 minutes in a car.

Hiring a guide service to explore the reserve is needed for safety and also to help you get the best from your stay. This can be done at the reserve and costs approximately US$20 per day for a Spanish speaker or US$50 per day for an English speaker.

Enquiries: Tania Rios (593) 98622 5077

Visit Fundación Pro-Bosque's website

You can find Fundación Pro-Bosque on Facebook and Twitter (CerroBlancoGye).



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