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  1. Geology;

  2. Hydrology;

  3. Conservation status;

  4. What to do;

  5. Vegetation;

  6. Mammals;

  7. Birds;

  8. Other critters;

  9. How to get there on your own;

  10. Best tour.





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Conservation status


MANGROVES CAYAPAS MATAJE ECUADOR: Fisherman throwing net in Mangrove estuary, Ecuador



MANGROVES CAYAPAS MATAJE ECUADOR: Fisheries in the Mangrove forest estuaryMANGROVES CAYAPAS MATAJE ECUADOR: Father and son fishingMANGROVES CAYAPAS MATAJE ECUADOR: Fishing in the Mangrove estuary

Laden with fine sediments, mangroves Cayapas Mataje in Ecuador are extremely nutrient rich waters, which is reflected in the presence of great densities of fishes, giving opportunities to local fishing communities.

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Thinks to do

MANGROVES CAYAPAS MATAJE ECUADOR: Mangrove trips and tours on the coast of EcuadorMANGROVES CAYAPAS MATAJE ECUADOR: Mangrove tour stopping at a restaurant on stilts in Ecuador

Tourism still is not well developed in the Mangroves Cayapas Mataje, Ecuador and conditions are primitive while arrangements are not always as punctual as one would wish. A bit of travel flexibility helps making a visit successful though.


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Along the Pacific coasts of the Americas, mangrove forests are rather rare, and considered as their total surface, they are extremely rare coastal forests. One finds a few small mangroves along the Mexican and Guatemalan Pacific but the first well developed mangroves are found from El Salvador to Costa Rica. From Panama to Northern Colombia, mangroves are present but only from the Middle of Colombia to northern Ecuador, again mangroves have developed to their full potentials with extensive networks of creeks and tidal estuaries. However, In Colombia, the mangrove forests along the Pacific Ocean are found on the Chocó coast, which still is part of the last FARC bulwarks! So, in reality, of all mangroves of the South American Pacific, only the mangroves in Ecuador are open to the public.


Unfortunately, many mangrove forests in Ecuador have been converted into shrimp farms, but a few are well protected, the best area being Cayapas Mataje Ecological Reserve. MANGROVES CAYAPAS MATAJE ECUADOR: White Mangrove forest at the coast of Ecuador

MANGROVES CAYAPAS MATAJE ECUADOR: Red Mangrove forest, Pacific Ocean, EcuadorMANGROVES CAYAPAS MATAJE ECUADOR: Conocarpus erecta Mangrove with air roots, Pacific Coast, Ecuador

MANGROVES CAYAPAS MATAJE ECUADOR: Stilt roots of Mangrove forest on the coast of EcuadorFlooded during high water, the root systems of Mangrove trees make mangrove estuaries some of the most productive natural ecosystems in the world. Ecologically, mangrove forests are considered the nurseries of the oceans!



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Mangroves: Low biodiversity, high numbers per species

MANGROVES CAYAPAS MATAJE ECUADOR: Birding trip in Mangrove deltaMANGROVES CAYAPAS MATAJE ECUADOR: Brown Pelican in Mangrove waters

MANGROVES CAYAPAS MATAJE ECUADOR: Birdwatching in the Mangroves of the Coast of EcuadorBird diversity in mangroves is not as rich as in the tropical rain forests, but the species composition is totally different, and anyone who wants a representative species list of tropical birds of South America or of Ecuador, needs to spend some time in a mangrove.


A great advantage of the mangroves is, that many of the bird species are relatively numerous and large. A trip to a mangrove may well add some 50 species to a first time visitor in a tropical country.



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Other critters



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How to get there on your own




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Best tour

Dear visitor, our website gives you info about our National Parks Tours, our Galapagos programs, the Cuyabeno Loop, as well as our Cuyabeno  and Cofan Lodges in the Amazon.   For those who want to combine the Exuberant Nature of Ecuador with the Famous culture of Peru, we even have a 7 days Highlights of Peru extension! Our website gives you the best information on the internet, because we are the only tour operator run by professional biologists. Take a look:



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Indians take you in their agile dug-out canoes along winding rivers.


Start your Cuyabeno journey on Ecuador's most scenic wide Amazon tributary, the Aguarico River. Spend 3 nights in the Cofan Lodge, exploring the lower Cuyabeno and Zábalo Rivers.



Price: $ 499

 4 days

Children learning about the rainforest.


The Cuyabeno Loop explores the breathtaking scenery of lower Cuyabeno and Zábalo Rivers and the Cuyabeno Lake. Watch the amazing birds and wildlife. Pass 2 nights with the amazing Cofan Indians in the Cofan Lodge and enjoy 2 nights of comfort in the famous Cuyabeno Lodge.

Price: $ 799

5 days


Birdwatching by visitors of the Amazon in Ecuador


The Lagarto Cocha Expedition on hidden creeks and lakes is the best Amazon journey in Ecuador! Discover Indian tribes in Ecuador, Monkeys, Sloths, Dolphins. No other Amazon rainforest in any of the Amazon-Andean countries can match the wildlife viewing of Cuyabeno and it is far better than Yasuní!


Price: $ 1099

7 days

excursion on Lake Cuyabeno


The Cuyabeno Lake Program explores all the wild places surrounding the Cuyabeno Lake. Bonsai-shaped Macrolobia trees with the whispering of the mysterious prehistoric Hoatzin birds and the noisy Blue and Yellow Macaws. Our Cuyabeno Lodge is on the best location, because we were the first and chose the best location on a seasonal island in the Cuyabeno Lake itself.

Price: from $ 410

4 - 5 days


Alpacas in Chimborazo Wildlife Reserve are the domesticated form of the vicuñas.


Our Northern Andes Tour lets you get a taste of some of the best Andean National Parks, visiting the highest groves in the world: the Polylepis trees, the highest mountain in the world calculated from the center of the Earth, the Chimborazo with Vecuñas and Lamas, the highest active volcano in the world, the Cotopaxi.


Price: from $1149

5 days

San Rafael Falls


Our National Parks Tours take you on a fantastic journey along the best possible sample of Andean and coastal parks. They have been designed to complement Galapagos and/or Amazon cruises. They can start from different places, particularly Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca. While the full program lasts 9 days, it is possible to make a limited selection of parks, like the 6 days' "Andes and Coast" module.

Price: $ 1999

9 days


Bartelome Island at Galapagos National Park


We have a fabulous selection of Galapagos programs, including cruises, island hopping, scuba diving or relaxing on one of the many different hotels varying from modest inns to deluxe resorts.


Price: from $ 550

from 3 days

Inca wall in Cusco.


A fabulous program for visiting the most famous cultural highlights Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. At the same time it serves as the Lima hub for the Peru National Parks Tour. This module is an extension to our National Parks Tour Ecuador and/or Galapagos National Park and/or Amazon Cruises.

Price: $ 1199

7 days

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