Province: Esmeraldas
Nearby communities: La Yuca and Hoja Blanca
Limits: South of the Esmeraldas province
Creation year: 2000
Area: 14332 acres
Temperature: 30°C
Ecosystem: tropical forest of the Choco
eco-region, lowlans evergreen forest
Climate: tropical
Altitudinal range: 100 - 500 masl

Fauna and flora: Great Green Macaw, the Baudó Guan, Plumbeous Forest Falcon, Banded Ground-Cuckoo, Long-watled Umbrellabird, Scarlet-breasted Dacnis and the Yellow Green Bush-Tanager are registered. The enigmatic Sapayoa is observed, along with the Black and White Hawk Eagle, the Chocó Poorwill and the Great Jacamar. Amphibians such as the Kiki, the Horned Marsupial Frog and glass frogs are also protecter in the reserve

Canandé Reserve was established with the aim of protecting one of the most important and threatened biodiversity hotspots the Chocó, known as the non-Amazonian locality with the largest herpetofauna in the world.

The population centers located in the surroundings of the reserve include Zapallo east of Quinindé / Rosa Zarate and the small towns of Puerto Nuevo where the barge crosses the Canandé River, La Yuca that is next to the reserve, and Hoja Blanca. The Jocotoco Foundation seeks to work with these communities in ecology and environmental care workshops.


Take the route Quito - Calacalí - Puerto Quito. In the last town take the detour to the village of Las Golondrinas. Pass the towns of La Te and Zapallo, turn right towards Puerto Nuevo at the side of the Canandé river. Take the barge to cross the river (you must have a permit signed by Fundación Jocotoco to pass the barge in Puerto Nuevo). Continue to the Reserve, it is 45 minutes away on the way to Hoja Blanca. Look for signs for Choco Lodge.

To visit us, you must BOOK IN ADVANCE through our tour operator JOCOTOURS.

Indications for the visitor:

  • Pets are not allowed.
  • Do not touch or feed wild animals.
  • Use a mask and keep distance with the reserve staff.


Dear customers,

We inform that our Chocó Lodge - Canadé reserve IS CLOSED for remodeling until October 31, 2021.

We appreciate your attention and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.


The management


There are 62 species of birds which are endemic to the Choco eco-region. Of those, 37 species can be found in the Canandé Reserve. Some of these species are threatened (endangered or vulnerable).

Trap cameras have revealed that there are populations of four feline species in the reserve: Jaguar, Puma, Ocelot and Margay, as well as Pecari and Red Brocket Deer, as well as three species of monkeys: Mantled Howler monkeys, Brown-headed Spider monkeys and White Fronted Capuchins.

The reserve also protects endangered plant species such as a colony of a critically endangered Lily (Eucaris sp.), a rare Geonoma palm, the Anthurium andreanum and a new species of Liparis Orchid.

In addition, a reptile and amphibian study conducted by the Ecuadorian Museum of Natural Sciences (MECN) in the reserve, recorded 71 species, of which 35 are endemic and 3 are threatened worldwide.


It is possible to stay within the Canande Reserve, at the Chocó Lodge, managed by Jocotours. To know more about accommodation services and touristic offers, please get in touch with our touristic operator.

Outside the Lodge:

  • Canande River
  • Tesoro Escondido Reserve
  • "Casa del Medio" (only for volunteers and researchers) located in the heart of the reserve, only accessed by foot.


The surroundings towns of the reserve include Zapallo, (east of Quinindé / Rosa Zarate) and Puerto Nuevo (where the barge crosses the Canandé River), La Yuca, and Hoja Blanca

The Ecuadorian Chocó has suffered a high deforestation rate, only 2-5% of the original forest remains. That is why we want to expand our protected areas and connect the Cotacachi- Cayapas National Reserve. Here you can learn more about our project to create a biological corridor.

Several of the recently acquired properties that were deforested due to cattle are now in process of natural restoration. The combination of rain and warm weather offers optimal conditions for seedling, and thus, creates a high rate of natural regeneration.

Our Canande Reserve protects more than 17,000 acres and it contains one of the five most important and threatened hotspots of biodiversity in the world: the Chocó. Fundación Jocotoco and the NGO Rainforest Connection (RFCx) work together to monitor part of the Canande reserve and protect the Choco. RFCx created the world's first scalable real-time acoustic system to monitor the forest's soundscapes 365 days a year. This system automatically detects the sounds of chainsaws and gunshots and sends and instant alert to the mobile phones of our park guards. In addition, it detects the sounds of endangered species such as the Great Green Macaw and Brown-headed Spider Monkey, collecting real-time presence data which can be analyzed over time. It is possible to listen to the sounds of the Chocó rainforest with a live link. This way our park guards are able to monitor the amount of acres we own, and the respond is quicker and more accurate.

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