The Chakana Reserve is just 30 miles from Quito, the capital of Ecuador, and is the perfect place to go to get out of the city for the day. If the sky is clear, you will get stunning views of the snow-capped Antisana Volcano, which provides an amazing contrast to the rolling green páramo grasslands that surround it.
Chakana is 7,000 acres in size and part of an expansive conservation corridor that includes the Antisana Ecological Reserve, Sumaco-Napo Galeras National Park, and the Cayambe-Coca Ecological Reserve. Combined, it’s over 300,000 acres of land for conservation!
Chakana is owned and managed by Ecuadorian conservation non-profit organization, Jocotoco Foundation. American Bird Conservancy helped Jocotoco establish the Reserve in 2014 to protect important roosting sites for the Andean Condor, and several other species, including Giant Hummingbird, Ecuadorian Hillstar, Shining Sunbeam, Aplomado Falcon, and several migratory bird species as well.
The Andean Condor is known from several South American countries, but in Ecuador the population is estimated at only 100 individuals. Chakana provides one of the greatest opportunities to see the Condor and other wildlife, such as the Spectacled Bear!