Pacto Sumaco Community
We are a small community of three hundred families dedicated to farming and working for a better future of our children. We are blessed with the exuberant biodiversity of the Sumaco Biosphere located west of our town. We are very interested in protecting the nature that surround us but we find it very difficult to meet our basic needs. It is for this reason that we have formed a tourism association to develop alternative sources of income that do not hinder on the conservation efforts of the biosphere.
We have received support from the Ecuadorian Foundation Aves & Conservacion. They visit us every month and provide education regarding the importance of conserving the environment so that our birds will have a home for the future. We have also received books, bird guides, and they teach us about the different species that live and migrate to these mountains.
We have a community supported rustic cabaņa from were you can witness the flight and nesting habits of the Chestnut-fronted Macaws and the Military Macaws which are listed as vulnerable. Our cabaņa is visited every morning and late afternoon by these beautiful birds.
The cabaņa has an incredible view of the Sumaco Mountain and, on a clear day, it also possible to see the Antisana Tungurahua and Chimborazo mountains.
Antisana Mountain at dawn.
We hope that you can visit us to see the Chestnut-fronted Macaws and the Military Macaws that visit the trees next to our cabaņas. This is important to us since your visit increase the awareness in our community of the benefits of conservation. We have enough patches of forest that provide great birds and an unforgettable birding experience.
ECOTOURISM AND CONSERVATION
Many thanks to our sponsor the Pululahua Hostal for helping us build and manage this web site so we can reach more people interested in saving the forest through our eco-tourism program.
Check out these great partners for affordable birding programs that support the Ecuadorian people and businesses through the Bird Watching for Conservation Association.
Laguna Paikawe - A tiniy Amazonian lake with big birds that are loved by Pedro.
Mashpi-Amagusa Reserve.- The site with the highest Choco Endemic birds in Ecuador: Indigo Flowerpiercer, Moss-backed Tanager, Rose-faced Parrot, and many more.
23 de Junio.- Stay at 23 de Junio for fantastic views of the Long-wattled Umbrellabird and help conservation.
Pacto Sumaco.- Best birding option to visit the Sumaco Biosphere National Park and help the local community of Pacto Sumaco.
Isla Corazon - Community owned birdwatching and mangrove tours. A fantastic place to see mangrove and estuary birds and also help the community of Puerto Portovelo.
Pululahua Hostal - Ecuador Birding Tours that conserve the forest and money.
Refugio Paz de las Aves - A successful birds for conservation project and get close to the anpittas with Angel.
Gareno Lodge - Visit the Rufous Potoo up close and help the conservation of the Huaorani forest.
Cueva de los Tayos.- See and photograph the Oilbirds close to Mindo