Maquipucuna Reserve in Ecuador

Brian V. Brown brianb at BCF.USC.EDU
Mon Jun 24 13:10:02 CDT 1996

Colleagues: I recently spent a month in Ecuador, and visited this site among
others. I was collecting specimens of phorid flies for revisionary studies,
and found that the Fundacion Maquipucuna staff were highly interested in my
research as well as cooperative. The food and accomodations were excellent,
and the people extremely friendly. I highly recommend it!


>Fundacion Maquipucuna, an Ecuadorian non-governmental organization
>concerned with conservation of biodiversity and sustainable use of
>natural resources, has recented completed construction of ecotourist
>and scientific facilities at the Maquipucuna Reserve.  They are
>easily accessed by car, only two hours northwest of Quito on the
>western slopes of the Andes.  Researchers and visitors of all types
>are encouraged to come to learn, study and experience the tropical
>forest's diversity.
>The Maquipucuna Reserve is 4500 hectares, 80% of which is undisturbed
>cloud forest, ranging from 1200 meters to 2800 meters in altitude.  It
>is surrounded by an additional 14,000 hectares of "protected forest,"
>which is adjacent to one of the world's top ten biodiversity
>"hotspots," the Choco Bioregion.  Like many cloud forests, it is
>extremely rich in epiphytes, many of which have not been identified.
>The total number of plant species is close to 2000.  In addition, the
>Reserve contains at least 320 species of birds, 45 species of
>mammals, and more than 200 species of butterflies.  Other groups are
>yet to be studied in detail.  In addition, Maquipucuna has a wealth
>of pre-Incan archaeological resources.  Buried trails, ceramics and
>burial mounds and ruins of monuments from the Yumbo culture are
>evident, though not well researched.
>Aside from inventory work, there is an infinite number of questions
>that need to be answered about cloud forest ecology and conservation.
>The Maquipucuna Foundation encourages scientists of all types to
>conduct studies on basic natural history and especially on applied
>topics which can be related to improving management of natural
>and cultural resources in and around the Reserve.
>Accommodations and facilities included a tourist lodge situated on a
>clean, free-flowing river and housing up to 18 people.  In addition,
>there is a separate scientific research station for 12 people and an
>adjoining laboratory.  Public space is available for meetings or
>instruction (the Fundacion encourages educational programs and
>course).  Meals are served to all visitors and are based on local
>on local recipes.  A network of trails allows tourists and
>scientists to easily access a variety of natural habitats in
>different stages of succession.  Interpretive materials are being
>developed for the Reserve and library resources are available at the
>Fundacion's office in Quito.
>Anyone interested in tourist or research opportunities at Maquipucuna
>should contact:     Abigail Rome
>                    Fundacion Maquipucuna
>                    Casilla 17-12-167
>                    Quito, ECUADOR
>                    Fax:  593-2-507-201
>                    e-mail:  abi at
>Abigail Rome
>Fundacion Maquipucuna
>Baquerizo #238 y Tamayo
>Casilla 17-12-167
>Quito, Ecuador
>Tel: (593-2) 507-200 / 507-202  Fax: (593-2) 507-201


Brian V. Brown                       email - brianb at
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