The “cloud forest" are little explored ecosystems, that interest the scientific community. Several scientists, including the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE), have studied the cloud forest of Los Yaltes.


There have been completed the first surveys (ornithological and botanical) finding a great diversity of orchids, including some very rare plants, vanilla or even medicinal plants as the Sangre de Drago.

In order to promote scientific research in this type of ecosystem, researchers would have access to a study site of the "cloud forest" and new scientific discoveries could be important arguments for informing the public and the institutions about the need for their conservation.


There is a botanical study project of one hectare of the Cloud Forest, in collaboration with the Universidad Católica del Ecuador.

List of birds
in the reserve
Los Yaltes

Nowadays, the reserve consists of a typical old house, dating back to the decade of 1940. From this house was built a room with a terrace, with a view of the cloud forest. In the course of the year 2017 three "cabins" were built. These facilities allow to gather comfortable tents for biologists, researchers, visitors and scholarship grantees.


The implementation of the scientific station will have the following infrastructure:

  • The house will consist of two platforms of "cabins", of 36 m2, with individual bath, in each room can be installed to 4 people with a double room or 8 people in twin beds.

  • The third platform will become a meeting room and a rest room for a scientists  

  • For scientists a research laboratory will be built (2 large working tables with cabinets for storing samples, especially botanicals)

  • A bird watching platform will be built in the heart of the jungle

  • Creation of a net of trails and observation tower.

  • Monitoring of trap cameras.

The ecotourism and scientific tourism can be done in Los Yaltes.

  • Construction of a resort with a 12 people capacity with a all of ecological tourism quality international norms.

The activities that can be offered include:


  • Trails in cloud forest, exploration trails

  • Birdwatching (35 species that in 1981 were described as attractive for ornithologist lovers (cf. bird list, classified species ' ATRAC ')

  • Visit and knowledge of the productions of the Reserve (Granadilla, Naranjilla, bananas, organic gardens ...)

  • Bathing in the natural "Jacuzzis" formed by the Chontal river, which works in the heart of the Cloud forest.

  • Exploration and knowledge of the botanical diversity of the cloud forest (orchids, medicinal plants)

  • Naturalistic Photography

  • Participation of monitoring trap cameras

  • Trekking in the cloud forest

  • Visit of the organic jardin


A bilingual guide will be available to tourists, for the discovery of the "cloud Forest".

Provide an opportunity for volunteers to participate in a cloud forest conservation project by participating in tree planting, scientific research, or even by promoting sustainable agriculture.


Possible activities:

  • Tree planting in areas degraded by deforestation

  • Development and design of trails

  • Botanical data collection at the Scientific station

  • Planning an orchid garden in the heart of the Cloud forest, on the edge of the Chontal river

  • Development of an organic orchard and the application of sustainable practices

  • Plantation of Granadilla, Naranjilla, bananas.

  • Naturalistic photographs

  • Oversight of trap cameras

  • Construction of study structures (bird observatories)

  • Communication through social networks


Volunteers will be able to enjoy the same infrastructure for scientists and tourists, at different times though.