Contact and Reservations
Visitors to the reserve are welcome at any time; however if you plan to stay overnight at the reserve please contact Ceiba’s office in the United States or in Quito to make a reservation. The biological station has room for up to 24 people, with all meals provided Monday through Friday. We can accomodate day and overnight visitors, researchers and volunteers. The reserve’s EcoCenter can be contacted during business hours by calling 99-238-2193 (when calling internationally, dial +593-99-238-2193).
Volunteers and interns play an integral role in the success and advancement of conservation and environmental education efforts at the Lalo Loor Reserve. You may spend a week to several months enjoying the beautiful coastal surroundings of the region while contributing to ongoing research and maintenance at the reserve. Visit our Get Involved page for more details on projects.
We also host researchers interested in studying tropical dry forests. Learn more about how to apply.
Activities and Facilities for Visitors
The Lalo Loor reserve boasts several trails that reach some of the forest’s most attractive features, including large fig trees and beautiful ephemeral waterfalls. Views of the surrounding forest, clouded hillsides, and the gorgeous Pacific Ocean can be enjoyed from the reserve’s scenic overlook. A hike through the forest offers a chance to see wildlife such as the endemic Ecuadorian White-fronted Capuchin monkey, Mantled Howler monkey, Red-masked Parakeet, Pacific Royal Flycatcher, Jaguarundi, Tamandua, Boa constrictor, and a stunning array of frogs and lizards.
The new biological station was completed in 2016, and can accommodate up to 24 people. The station provides basic lodging for visitors, researchers and volunteers and serves as the center for research, reforestation and conservation projects in the reserve and surrounding region. Contact Ceiba to arrange for accommodation during your visit!
In order to protect the pristine beauty of the Lalo Loor Dry Forest, we ask that visitors please adhere to a few basic rules, which help others enjoy the forest in its natural state:
- Do not litter, use appropriate trash receptacles
- Do not light fires
- Stay on designated trails
- Do not remove or collect plants, animals or archaeological artifacts
- Observe silence — radios are prohibited
- Do not harass wildlife
- Pets are prohibited
- Quiet is observed between 9:00pm and 7:00am
- No smoking on reserve property
- Alcoholic beverages are prohibited
Thanks, and enjoy your stay!