Province: Pichincha
Community: Quichua
Limits: Ecoruta Paseo del Quinde
Date of creation: 2001
Area: 2667 acres
Temperature: 8 19 °C
Ecosystem: High Andean Forest and páramo
Climate: Templado y cálido con, con una cantidad
significativa de lluvia durante el año.
Altitudinal rage: 3200 4400 masl

Fundación Jocotoco created Yanacocha reserve with the aim of protecting the Black-breasted Puffleg (Eriocnemis nigrivestis), a hummingbird that is critically threatened, and has a very limited range of distribution.

In 2001, Fundación Jocotoco acquired almost 950 hectares of good forest to manage it as a private reserve. Subsequently, small additions were made that expanded the reserve to its current 1,080 hectares.


Yanacocha is located 45 minutes from the city of Quito, on the western slope of the Pichincha volcano. From Occidental avenue you must take the overpass of Machala avenue, entering the "Mena del Hierro" neighborhood, via Nono. 9 km from the route and after passing the Rundupamba church, there is a sign of the Yanacocha reserve and a stone path that starts on the left side of the road. Follow 8 kilometres until you reach the facilities of the Empresa de Agua Potable de Quito (EPMAPS), continue 2 more kilometres until you reach the entrance of the Reserve.

For visits DURING THE WEEK* and for food service you must BOOK IN ADVANCE, from Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5:30 pm, to the following contacts : 0992440038

* Weekends and holidays do not require prior reservation to visit.

BUSINESS HOURS: 7 am 3 pm (last entry at 11:30 am)

ENTRY FEE: $15 foreign / $5 nationals.

Directions for the visitor:

  • Pets are not allowed
  • Entry with bicycles is not allowed (we have parking for bicycles)
  • Do not touch or feed wild animals.
  • Wear a mask when you meet people outside your group.


Three globally threatened bird species are found in the reserve: Andean Guan, Andean Condor, Imperial snipe, and Giant Conebill. Other species of birds in the place includes the Tawny, Undulated, Chestnut-crowned and Rufous Antpittas, in addition to the Ocellated Tapaculo.

Among the mammals that inhabit the reserve are the Spectacled Bear, Andean Wolf, Western Andean Coati, Andean Guanta, Red brocket deer, Oncilla, and Puma. On the other hand, 5 species of frogs and a reptile have been found.

Reforestation projects are currently being carried out for the protection, restoration, and habitat enrichment of the Black-breasted Puffleg hummingbird.


The Café del Zamarrito restaurant is located within the reserve, here you can enjoy delicious breakfasts, lunches, and à la carte dishes. In addition, other services include:

  • Camping Area
  • Interpretation Center
  • Eight trails of low and medium difficulty
  • Inca Trail, a 2.3 km trail
  • Hummingbird Garden
  • Mindo River Waterfall
  • Polylepis Forest
  • Picnic area


Fundación de Conservación Jocotoco carries out a habitat restoration program that involves the reforestation of some pastures in the lower part of the reserve, as well as some high areas that were burned in past decades. This program includes the planting of thousands of young Polylepis trees and other native species.

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