Guandera Reserve and Biological Station

Guandera Reserve and Biological Station

“…the last remaining relict of pristine inter-Andean cloud forest and paramo… to be enjoyed by birdwatchers, biologists and nature lovers in general …”


The Guandera Biological Station and Reserve is located in the high Andes of northern Ecuador in the Carchi Province. Guandera is in the midst of the only remaining expanse of ancient high altitude forest that once covered the Ecuadorian Andes. Now the forest is found in an area in which less than 4% of the original forests were left intact. This forest is found only on the inter-Andean slopes, in the valley between the eastern and western cordilleras.

The station lies on a transitional ridge where the forest abruptly ends and turns to páramo grassland. At 3,100 to 3,600 meters above sea level, the forest is unique on a world scale because it possesses a surprisingly diverse flora and fauna for such a high altitude site. Norman Myers has recently classified the Andean Mountain forests as the world’s first “conservation hotspot”.

The Guandera Reserve and Biological Station is a centre for field research, education, and ecotourism. The reserve includes over 1000 hectares and is available for use by researchers, universities and tourists interested in exploring the fascinating flora, fauna and culture of the Ecuadorian highlands.




  • Oster Blender
  • Pressure cooker
  • A complete computer
  • 20 thermal bedspreads
  • 10 mattresses Chaide & Chaide of a square
  • 20 cushions
  • 20 pillows
  • 2 doors of wood
  • Chough 20m



Guandera Biological Reserve.

  • Planting of Andean tubers.
  • Seed collection (about 10 to 15 species of seeds are harvested every week).
  • Project to introduce trout in the area, which is why the construction of 2 pools, where trout will be placed is made.
  • Cleaning and maintenance of the plants.
  • Arrangement of trails.
  • Food and care of guinea pigs.
  • Educational hikes, volunteers make trips to the forest and moor. (This activity takes place on Friday).
  • Care of the botanical garden of the area where the tree nursery is located.
  • Cleaning the roof of the houses belonging to the station.
  • Cleaning and maintenance of forest nursery, 3 times a week.
  • Vermiculture, where the compost is mixed to fertilize different species of Andean tubers are planted at the station, about 10 types of potatoes are planted.
  • Planting organic vegetables in season.
  • Clean Water System (tanks).
  • Arrangement of trails, this activity is done once a week.
  • Building signage for the trail leading to the waterfall Britain and the River.
  • Making labels to mark each plant found in the botanical garden.
  • Learning about proper tree planting.

Mariscal Sucre Community.

  • Working on the organic farm of Emilio Montenegro, where vegetables are planted.
  • English classes at the village schools.
  • Community Minga, loading materials for the village water system.

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