Avitourism, nature tourism and biodiversity in Ecuador

83% of the surface of the Chocó Andino Biosphere Reserve is located in the Metropolitan District of Quito

(Source: Quito Turismo)

The City Council, through Quito Turismo, promotes and promotes the attractions that the Capital of the Center of the World has so that local, national and foreign visitors can enjoy activities related to conservation, biodiversity and ecotourism.

Among the attractions of the capital is the Chocó Andino Biosphere Reserve, located in the northwest of the province of Pichincha and which, with an area of ​​286,805 hectares, extends mainly (83%) in the Metropolitan District and reaches the cantons. of San Miguel de los Bancos and Pedro Vicente Maldonado.

The Chocó Andino Reserve has a great richness in flora and fauna, in it there are 12 types of forests; more than 3 thousand 200 species of plants; 5 water basins; more than 140 species of amphibians; and at least 270 species of mammals, including the spectacled bear, pumas, and olonguitos, among others.

In addition, in the Chocó Andino territory located in the Metropolitan District, there are 55 species of hummingbirds and 542 species of birds, 64 endemic at the national level and 1 exclusively endemic at the global level, the Black-breasted Puffleg (Eriocnemis nigrivestis), an emblematic bird of quit.

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