ABOUT COPALINGA RESERVE
Province: Zamora Chinchipe
Creation date: 2020
Area: 269 acres
Temperature: 16 - 30 C
Ecosystem: Humid temperate / subtropical climate
Climate: Tropical climate
Altitudinal range: between 950 m. - 1600 m altitudinal
Fauna and Flora: Barred Hawk, Jasper Hummingbird, Coatí, Yaguarundi. As for plants, Orchid Bee. It is estimated a total of 220 species of birds only in the lower part of the reserve.
This reserve belonged to a Belgium couple, Boudewijn and Catherine Vits, for over 20 years. They named it Copalinga due to the trees Copal (name in Spanish) and the species Inga (scientific name), also known as guabo.
In 2017 they sold their property to our Fundación Jocotoco because they knew about our efficient conservation work throughout the country,
Less than 10% of the area has been altered, the rest is covered by primary forests. There is great biodiversity in flora and fauna. There are approximately 220 bird species in the lower part of the reserve.
HOW TO GET THERE
From the bus terminal of Zamora, take the road to the roundabout of "La Chapetona" and go through the detour to the Podocarpus National Park. Copalinga is located at Km 3 of this road, before the Bombuscaro entrance to the park.
The trails are open only for our Lodge guests, and those who have a previous reservation in our restaurant.
NOTE: The animals in the reserves must be fed ONLY by the persons in charge.
PLACES OF INTEREST
It is possible to stay within the Copalinga Reserve, at the Copalinga Lodge, managed by Jocotours. To know more about accommodation services and touristic offers, please get in touch with our touristic operator.
Outside the Lodge:
Small Orchid Garde
Waterfall on orange trail
OTHER IMPORTANT ASPECTS
In the reserve several guabo trees have been planted at the foot of the slopes to improve soil drainage (the guabo helps to subtract water from the earth for high evapotranspiration), in addition to several native plants cedar, arabisco, pachaco, copal , yarasu wild, chonta, cannelloni, porotillo, guabillo, jíbaro in the surroundings of the area. On the other hand, a limited and controlled livestock of two horses is maintained to cut the grass in the pastures and produce fertilizer.