Visiting Lalo Loor
The Lalo Loor Dry Forest Reserve is located about 20-30 minutes south (by bus) from the coastal town of Pedernales, in the Manabí province, Ecuador. Pedernales can be reached by paved road from Quito (6 hours) via Santo Domingo, or from Guayaquil (5 hours) via Manta and Bahía de Caráquez. The reserve entrance is just south of the town of Tabuga, and just north of the entrance to Camarones.
Detailed Directions from Quito:
Take the 9:00 a.m. bus from Quito to Pedernales (5 ½ hours, $10 approximately). The bus departs from the Quitumbe bus terminal in Quito (South of Quito). Once in the bus terminal look for the “Transvencedores” bus company office to purchase your ticket to Pedernales. At the Pedernales bus station, take a bus heading south towards Jama, Canoa or San Vicente (25 mins., $1.00). After leaving Pedernales, you will pass through Coaque, Palmar, Cabuya and Tabuga. The Lalo Loor Dry Forest Reserve is 2 km after the town of Tabuga. You must mention to the bus driver that you want to be dropped off at the “Reserva Lalo Loor” after Tabuga. At the entrance to the reserve you will see a round, yellow, thatched building which is our environmental interpretation center and a large sign that reads ¨Reserva Bosque Seco Lalo Loor.¨ The entire trip takes around 7½ hours. Estimated time of arrival to the reserve is 4:30 p.m.
Once you have arrived at the reserve there will be staff members to greet you and walk you up to the volunteer accommodations. Please make sure to communicate your travel itinerary with Ceiba staff so that our reserve staff know when to expect you.