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Visiting El Pahuma

The natural beauty of the forest and its waterfalls, the abundance of spectacular birds and mammals, and the singular opportunity to walk the ancient Yumbo trail, are unforgettable attractions that bring visitors to El Pahuma for reasons beyond orchid viewing. These visitors help support the reserve’s conservation, education and research programs, and gain in return an awareness of the diversity of orchids and the value of protecting their habitats.  Once revealed in detail, the splendor of a montane forest’s diversity of plants and animals is undeniable, and visitors to El Pahuma depart bearing a unique appreciation of the worth of a forest left standing. We welcome researchers interested in studying the vast biodiversity of this unique reserve and the surrounding region.

Getting There

El Pahuma is located about 1 hour from the capital of Quito, and can easily be reached by bus, taxi, or rental car.  The reserve is on the main road that passes through the Mitad del Mundo (Equator) monument about 25 km before reaching El Pahuma; this road continues on to Mindo, San Miguel de Los Bancos, and the coastal city of Esmeraldas.  Buses can be found readily in Quito — consult guidebooks or websites for the most up-to-date information — that will take you to Mitad del Mundo.  From there, you can catch almost any bus continuing northwest, and ask the driver to let you off at El Pahuma.

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