About This Reserve

Canandé Lodge is located in Esmeraldas Province of northwestern Ecuador, two hours from the town of Pedro Vicente Maldonado. The lodge is situated at about 300m altitude—an ideal setting to experience humid Chocó tropical forest.

There are 62 species of birds endemic to the Chocó eco-region. Of those, 37 can be found in the Canandé Reserve. Species of interest include the Scarlet-breasted Dacnis, Golden-chested Tanager, Rose-faced Parrot, Great Green Macaw, Long-wattled Umbrellabird, Banded Ground-Cuckoo, Yellow-green Bush-Tanager, Sapayoa, Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle, Chocó Poorwill, White-tipped Cotinga, Great Jacamar, Plumbeous Forest-falcon, Baudo Guan, Black-tipped Cotinga, and Scarlet-thighed Dacnis.

Camera traps have also revealed there are populations of four feline species in the reserve: Jaguar, Puma, Ocelot and Margay, as well as Pecaries and Red Deer, plus three species of monkeys: Howler monkeys, Brown-headed Spider monkeys and White Capuchins.

Accommodations

  • Chocó Lodge

    The Chocó Lodge has four rooms, each with a private bathroom (and hot water), for a total overnight capacity of 11 guests.

    David Wiedenfeld

  • Chocó Lodge Porch

    The Chocó Lodge has four rooms, each with a private bathroom (and hot water), for a total overnight capacity of 11 guests.

    Doug Wechsler

  • Canandé Room

    The Chocó Lodge has four rooms, each with a private bathroom (and hot water), for a total overnight capacity of 11 guests.

  • Dining Facility

    The dining facilities at Chocó Lodge. Laundry service is also available.

    David Wiedenfeld

  • Canandé Trails

    There is an extensive trail network and an observation tower.

Bird Feeder
Dining Available
Guide Available
Overnight Accomodation
Photography Opportunity
Trails Available

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Bird Checklists

What You'll See

  • Banded Ground Cuckoo

    Roger Ahlman

  • Baudó Guan

    Scott Olmstead

  • Great Green Macaw

    Ondrej Prosicky

  • Scarlet-breasted Dacnis

    Dušan Brinkhuizen

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