ABOUT THE RESERVE COPALINGA
Province: Zamora Chinchipe
Limits: On the east, the Bombuscaro River, on the west with the Lebanon mountain range and on the south with the Loma Redonda ravine.
Area: 146 hectares (361 acres)
Temperature: 16 - 30 C
Ecosystem: Humid temperate / subtropical climate
Altitudinal range: between 950 m. - 1600 m altitudinal
Fauna and Flora: Barred Hawk, Jasper Hummingbird, Coatí, Yaguarundi. As for plants, Orchid Bee.
Formerly known as "Loma Redonda", now called Copalinga, because of the important presence of trees of the species "copal" (name in Spanish) and of the species "inga" (scientific name) or guabo.
Its relief is very steep so it presents slopes, gorges and dry edges. Less than 10% of the area has been altered, the rest are mostly primary forests. Presents a great biodiversity of fauna and flora, since, it is estimated a total of 220 species of birds only in the lower part of the reserve.
HOW TO GET THERE
From the 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 kilometer 3 of this highway.
The hours of service for the visit of trails is from 07h00 to 15h30.
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.