Fact Sheet

Creation Date: April, 2012

Hectares Protected: 240 ha (593 ac)

Altitude: 2100 m.a.s.l (6889 ft)

Habitat Type: Montane Evergreen Forest of the Western Andes Range

Important Bird Area: Mindo and the Western Flanks of the Pichincha Volcano (EC043)


COME VOLUNTEER WITH US

We have an active and successful volunteer program and have had the pleasure of receiving volunteers from several continents. We look forward to working with you, so please contact us to inquire.

This stunning forest reserve is 240 ha (593 ac) total with a working dairy farm on 24 of those hectares and is near the headwaters of the Pachijal river in Nanegalito parish.

By contract MCF manages the property to conserve its important flora and fauna, developing a pilot experience and transition away from unsustainable dairy production to birding, nature and educational tourism. In 2019 we began the restauration of 13 ha (32 acres) with native species seedlings produced in the nursery we manage there.

Puyucunapi is at average 2000 m.a.s.l (6700 ft) and is located near the Paseo del Quinde Ecoroute and the Tandayapa Cluster of forests we own and protect. The location offers warm days and cool nights ideal for relaxing in front of the fireplace.

Velvet-purple Coronet



COME STAY WITH US

The beautiful, well-appointed and rustic farm home is available for weekend rentals (or longer periods as the case may be).

Puyucunapi—in the clouds in Quichua—is the perfect base for birders who want to explore northwest Pichincha with a little more privacy, independence and comfort as compared to the normal lodge or hotel experience. Please write for pricing and availability.

If you can´t stay long, the hummingbird garden and fruit feeders are open for day visits.


Entrance Fees

We charge entrance fees to help defray our operating and maintenance costs:

Per site: $12

Combo ticket: $22 (gives you multiple entrances to all sites for a three day period)


Map & Directions

The Puyucunapi Pilot Project has facilities for birders, feeders and forest trails, plus a native tree nursery and student cabins. Please contact us to arrange visits. From km 62 of the Calacalí-Los Bancos highway take a left and follow road uphill for 3.5 km following "Bellavista" signs. The entrance is on your right, in front of Quinde Luna.


Map & Directions

The Puyucunapi Pilot Project has facilities for birders, feeders and forest trails, plus a native tree nursery and student cabins. Please contact us to arrange visits. From km 62 of the Calacalí-Los Bancos highway take a left and follow road uphill for 3.5 km following "Bellavista" signs. The entrance is on your right, in front of Quinde Luna.

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