AYAMPE RESERVE

The Great Green Macaw Project provides the opportunity for future conservation of this species and its reintroduction in the wild. Biologists can learn and work closely with the incredible Great Green Macaw (Ara ambiguus). The subspecies (Ara ambiguus guayaquilensis) is a critically endangered bird with less than 60 individuals in the wild. The species became extinct in the area of liberation Ayampe more than fifty years ago.

Our objective is to establish a wild population in the Ayampe Reserve and its surroundings. We have the incredible support of the Loro Parque Foundation and we work together with the Jambeli Rescue Center, the only conservation Center for the captivity of parrots in Ecuador.

ACTIVITIES IN AYAMPE

The Great Green Macaw Project provides the opportunity for future conservation of this species and its reintroduction in the wild. Biologists can learn and work closely with the incredible Great Green Macaw (Ara ambiguus). The subspecies (Ara ambiguus guayaquilensis) is a critically endangered bird with less than 60 individuals in the wild. The species became extinct in the area of liberation Ayampe more than fifty years ago.

Our objective is to establish a wild population in the Ayampe Reserve and its surroundings. We have the incredible support of the Loro Parque Foundation and we work together with the Jambeli Rescue Center, the only conservation Center for the captivity of parrots in Ecuador.

Activities

Activities will vary according the season and will include:

  • Data collection
  • Monitoring of birds released with telemetry (VHF and GPS techniques)
  • Collection of native fruits and seeds.
  • Daily food preparation.
  • Pre-release birds feeding and food supplement for released individuals.
  • Maintenance of aviaries, cleaning and natural enrichment of cages.
  • Environmental education in local communities.
  • Field work: depending on the season, this will include going to the forest and climbing trees to monitor the nests.

ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD AYAMPE

The volunteers are housed with host families who live around the Reserve. The water is not drinkable. Therefore, there will be bottles of drinkable water available for your consumption. We provide 3 meals daily (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and offer different menus in case of dietary restrictions (vegetarian, vegan, or celiac).

LEISURE & CULTURE

The community of Las Tunas is close to many touristic attractions close to the reserve:

La comunidad de as Tunas es un punto clave para cientos de actividades y atractivos que existen al rededor de la reserva:

  • Los Frailes Beach
  • Montañita Beach
  • Machalilla National Park
  • Island of la Plata
  • Community of Agua Blanca
  • Whale watching (June to September) .

HOW TO GET TO AYAMPE?

The Ayampe reserve is located near the community of Las Tunas. It is located 15 minutes from Puerto Lopez in the north, and 25 minutes away from Montañita in the south.

From Manta: Take the "costanera" route (2 hours).

From Guayaquil: Go through the coast to "Libertad" and then take the Spondylous route for 1.5 hours until you reach Las Tunas.

From Quito: Take a flight Quito-Manta (45 min.), then take a bus to Ayampe (2 hours).

Alternatively, you can take a bus Quito-Puerto Lopez (10 hours) and then a bus or van to Ayampe (15 min.).

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