San Jorge de Estero Hondo Reserve
THE RESERVESan Jorge de Estero Hondo is a private tropical reserve located in the Pacific lowlands of Ecuador. The reserve is located in a transitional zone between the semi-humid and dry tropical forests of the now endangered Tumbesian Endemic Corridor. San Jorge de Estero Hondo is rapidly becoming one of the last pristine reserves in the lowlands of the west. The reserve is home to unique wildlife find nowhere else in Ecuador.
WILDLIFEThe Pacific Lowland forests have sadly suffered the highest levels of deforastation in Ecuador. Fragmentation due to agricultural practices has led to a dramatic population density reduction of bird, plant and animal species. Estero Hondo and other private reserves adjacent to it, seem to be the last hope to save these magnificinet forests and all the wildlife who shelters on it. The reserve is still home to stable populations of mantled howlers, white-fronted capuchin monekys, peccaries, jaguarandis, ocelots and tamandua anteaters. Estero Hondo is also a paradise for birds with roughly 300 bird species within the reserve and other sites nearby. About 40 species of reptiles and amphibians have been recorded so far and new species are being added thanks to biologist and herpetologists who have shown recent interest in the reserve.
LOCATIONSan Jorge of Estero Hondo is located 5 hours away from San Jorge de Quito Lodge, and 2 hours and 45 minutes away from San Jorge Eco-lodge Milpe.
Excellent, central location if you are planning day trips to: Lalo Loor Dry Forest Reserve, Isla Corazon Mangrove Sanctuary.
Lalo Loor Dry Forest Reserve: Located roughly 15 minutes away, Lalo Loor reserve is situated at a lower elevation where forest thend to be drier than in Estero Hondo.
Isla Corazon Mangrove Sanctuary: Located roughly 1 hour away, Isla Corazon is a mangrove sanctuary where thousands of seabirds breed and nest. Excellent location to see and photograph frigatebirds, egrets, herons, ibises, gulls, terns, kingfishers, and numerous boreal migrants.