ABOUT COPALINGA RESERVE
Province: Zamora Chinchipe
Creation date: 2020
Area: 108.96 hectares (361 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.
A Story To Be Told
For almost twenty years, Copalinga was owned by Boudewijn and Catherine Vits, a couple born and raised in Belgium. In 1998 they decided to leave their home country and change their life style. They left their office jobs at the University of Ghen and moved to the South of Ecuador. They chose to settle down in the beautiful Bombuscaro valley, "far away from stress and pollution," and "surrounded by mountains and tropical forest," close to the Podocarpus National Park.
Until 2019, we held the Nest Box Program for the Whit-breasted Parakeet.
In 2020, we are more focused on monitoring 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.
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.
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.