Province: Pichincha

Date of creation: 2001

Area: 2667 acres

Temperature: 8 - 19 °C

Ecosystem: Páramo, High Andean Forest

Altitudinal range: 3200 - 4400 m

The reserve was created with the aim of preserving the Black-breasted Puffleg hummingbird (Eriocnemis nigrivestis), which is critically threatened, and has a very limited range of distribution.

In 2001, Jocotoco Conservation Foundation acquired almost 950 hectares of good forest to manage it as a private reserve. Subsequently, small additions were made that expanded the reserve to its current 1,080 hectares.


Yanacocha is about 45 minutes by car from the city of Quito, on the northern slopes of the Pichincha volcano. To reach the reserve, take the old road to Nono or Ecoruta Paseo del Quinde (which starts at a detour from Occidental Avenue "Barrio Mena del Hierro"). At about 10 km along this road, turn left where there is a Yanacocha Jocotoco Reserve sign. Continue for 9 kilometers to reach the entrance gate to the reserve.

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.


In the Yanacocha Reserve, a worm feeder was created for the Grallaria Leonada and the Grallaria Rufa, the latter being seen more regularly in the area. In addition to finding several species of Wavy Grallaria, Nuquicastaña and the Ocelado Tapaculo. There are also three species of globally threatened birds: Andean Condor, Imperial Woodpecker and Giant Conebill.

In mammals we found the Spectacled Bear, Andean Wolf, Western Andean Coati, Andean Guanta, Dwarf Stag, Red Soye Deer, Spotted Spotted Tigrillo and Puma. On the other hand 5 species of frogs and a reptile have been found.


  • Interpretation Center
  • Restaurant
  • Spectacled Bear Interpretation Trail (For Children)
  • 6 trails of varied difficulty (easy, moderate and difficult)
  • Hummingbird Garden
  • Mindo River Waterfall
  • Polylepis Forest


Fundación de Conservación Jocotoco carries out a habitat restoration program that involves the reforestation of some pastures in the lower part of the reserve, as well as some high areas that were burned in past decades. This program includes the planting of thousands of young Polylepis trees and other native species.

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