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Jorupe and Utuana Reserve

Southern Andes – Humid Montane Forest and Dry Forest

Overview

Located in the Tumbesian region of south west Ecuador, Jorupe, is a few km north east of the town of Macara which is near the Ecuador/Peru border.   The lodge in the Jorupe reserve is called the Urraca Lodge and is constructed on a hill overlooking the Jorupe Valley and Peru. It is built literally inside the forest so you are surrounded by the Tumbesian decidious forest with Ceiba trees, a very unique feeling.

The lodge is at 480 metres above sea level surrounded by 1500 hectares of the Reserve which is being gradually expanded to protect the surrounding area.  190 species of bird are found here, with at least 50 of these being endemics.   Feeders near the dining area attract White-tailed Jays, Watkins Antpitta, Plumbeous-backed Thrushes and at particular times in the year Pale-browed Tinamou.

This is the best place to stay to visit the Utuana Reserve, which has more unique species for birdwatchers. The reserve at Utuana, protects a small remnant of hilltop evergreen forest at 2500m altitude in the transitional zone between humid montane forest and the dry forest of the Tumbesian endemic region. This Reserve is currently around 300 hectares.

Jorupe - Making A Difference
The Tumbesian forest is a conservation priority because very little of this type of habitat remains, and this reserve protects one of the larger intact sections. Fundación Jocotoco intends to increase the size of this reserve in future years, if sufficient funds can be raised. By staying at this lodge you are supporting the conservation work being carried out here.

 

If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or emailemail us today.

Facilities

Accommodation

The main dining area has been designed to be open with huge windows (covered by mesh to keep bugs out) to allow for a better flow of air and more importantly allowing birders to keep an eye on outside activity! 

The lodge has a capacity for 12 guests with six individual cabins which are simple, but comfortable, with two beds and a private bathroom. Each room has a private porch, so no time is wasted as you bird from your door.

 

If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or emailemail us today.

Birding

Jorupe

Some of the bird species seen at the lodge are White-tailed Jays, Ochre-bellied Dove, Slaty Becard, and Elegant Crescentchest. Around the lodge, there are some huge Ceiba trees which are very characteristic of the dry forest. These trees are home of birds like the Gray-breasted and Baird’s Flycatchers.  At night we can search for the very elusive West Peruvian Screech-owl.

Utuana

Numerous endemic birds are present in Utuana Reserve, including Piura Hemispingus, Black-crested Tit-tyrant, Rusty-breasted Antpitta, Rainbow Starfrontlet, and Bay-crowned Brush-Finch, to mention just a few.

 

If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or emailemail us today.

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