PUYANGO PETRIFIED FOREST
Once covered by the ocean, Puyango Petrified Forest originated as a result of cataclysms and geological events from thousands of years ago which brought an incredible collection of marine fossils and petrified wood to the surface forming an invaluable sample of the remote past of our planet. A walk through the forest is a travel in time. It takes your breath away to see the gathering of petrified Araucarios, which are more than 100 million years old and are believed to be the largest collection of petrified wood in the world. By contrast, petrified fossils co-exist beautifully with live vegetation and animals in a tropical forest where you can see more than130 species of birds and animals such as deer, small leopards, squirrels, foxes, armadillos, amphibians and reptiles.
: Trekking, Natural Reserve, Sightseeing, Bird Watching
In the southern region of the coast expands the Buenaventura reserve with more than 1500 hectares of cloud forest and four different microclimates. The reserve is managed by a private foundation in charge of protecting the habitat for more than 320 species of birds including 36 species of hummingbirds and 30 local species; 255 species of butterflies; and a diversity of marsupials, reptiles and amphibians. An easy guided walk along one of the five 5 trails available will immerse us in a sub-tropical forest naturally adorned with exotic orchids. A true natural paradise that will attest to Ecuador’s being the most biodiverse country in the world.
: Trekking, Bird Watching, Natural Reserve