As we know, Ecuador is a country that grows every day in a tourist way, there are many people who travel to this small country to know its 4 worlds, the warmth of the Coast, the cold of the Andes, the forests of the Amazon, and The famous Galapagos Islands are the 4 regions that you can visit in Ecuador. But that's not all, recently the tourism ministry launched a campaign called Ecuador and the 4 worlds of the south, which are 4 cities, Loja, Zamora Chinchipe, El Oro and the Jambelí archipelago, which have natural reserves and protected areas They have great diversity of flora and fauna. If you are a wildlife lover, these places are ideal for you. Next, I will tell you about the nature reserves and forests that you can visit.
The Podocarpus National Park
Podocarpus park is located between the provinces of Loja and 6 km from Zamora Chinchipe, in the Sabanilla knot, in this park you can find more than 4,000 species of plants and an infinite variety of orchids. It also has great tourist attractions such as: waterfalls, rivers with crystal clear waters, deep canyons, lagoons with rocky beds, all with an extraordinary beauty. It has around 3,000 to 4,000 plant species, and 306 species of them are endemic.
If you dare to take a walk around the park, you can observe 630 species of birds, of the 1600 species of the total Ecuadorian fauna. This Park is ideal to visit it in the company of your family and friends, and enjoy nature.
The island Santa Clara
Santa Clara Island has a great diversity of species, it is the largest refuge of seabirds of the Ecuadorian continental coast. It is located 43 kilometers west of Puerto Bolívar and 25 kilometers southwest of Puná Island. It has a tropical climate, with a variable temperature of 22 to 34 degrees Celsius. This island was declared a Wildlife Refuge, by ministerial agreement on June 3, 1999. It has characteristics similar to the Galapagos Islands, such as the volcanic structure and fauna, during July to September, there is sighting of humpback whales , in the flora we can observe several species such as: cortadera, graminea, capparis, muyuyo, cactus.
Ecological Reserve Arenillas
The reserve arenillas is located in the province of El Oro, in southwestern Ecuador, very close to the border with Peru. Here you will find dry ecosystems that include forests and bushes. The levels of endemism are as impressive as their biodiversity: there are many species that are only found in the dry equatorial forests of southern Ecuador and northern Peru. It has a climate that is warm and dry at a temperature above 24 ºC. Within its fauna it is estimated that there are between 60 to 80 species of mammals, and about 153 birds have been recorded. You can observe the anteater, armadillo, coastal fox, opossum mouse, and more species that will surely surprise you. The endemism in this area can be known in its birds that fill with songs to this place.
El Zarza Wildlife Refuge
This refuge is located in the canton Yantzaza, province of Zamora Chinchipe. It has an area of 3,696 hectares. Its temperature is 22.5 ° C. The travelers that are encouraged to visit this place, will find diverse vegetation in their valleys and high parts. Within your route you can see trees of colorado or guarea and the pambil. In the higher parts, you can see trees of avocado, cinnamon, rosemary and orchids.
I hope you enjoyed the information of this publication, and you are encouraged to visit, the reserves and ecological park of the 4 worlds of the south that Ecuador has. Remember to follow us on our social networks to let you know when we upload new content, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.