A GENERAL VISION
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.
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