Province: Esmeraldas

Nearby communities: La Yuca and Hoja Blanca

Creation year: 2000

Area: 13 008 acres

Temperature: 30 °C

Ecosystem: Tropical Forest of the Choco eco-region

Altitudinal range: 100 - 500 m

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.

Fauna: We hold the monitoring of migratory birds that come from Canada and Unites States such as: Cerulean Warbler; Canada Warbler; Eastern Wood- Pewee; Western Wood-Pewee; Swainson Trush; Blackpoll Warbler; Black- and-White Warbler; Summer Tanager; Blackburnian Warbler, and Olive-sided Flycatcher. And the spider monkey monitoring


Take the route Quito - Calacalí - Puerto Quito. In the last town take the detour to the village of Las Golondrinas. Pass the town of La Te and the town of Zapallo, turn right to go towards Puerto Nuevo at the side of the Canandé river. Take the barge to cross the river with the Botrosa company (you must have a permit signed by Fundación de Conservación Jocotoco of Quito 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, Fundación de Conservación Jocotoco.

Time to use the trails: 07h00 to 15h30.

NOTE: The animals in the reserves must be fed ONLY by the persons in charge.


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.

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