About This Reserve

Copalinga provides access to one of Earth’s richest areas of biodiversity—the eastern slope of the Ecuadorian Andes. The Reserve is adjacent to the Podocarpus National Park where the altitude ranges greatly and supports a variety of different ecosystems, contributing to the incredible number of plant and animal species found here. It is estimated that over 1,000 plant species are endemic to the region, and mammals such as fox, deer, puma, mountain tapirs, and spectacled bears are also known to occur.

At the reserve, 420 bird species have been recorded, and include 30+ species of hummingbirds and birds such as Gray Tinamou, Rufous-breasted Wood-quail, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Andean cock-of-the-Rock, and Foothill Elaenia (all regularly seen along the trail), Ruddy Pigeon, Military Macaw, White-necked Parakeet, and Coppery-chested Jacamar.

Copalinga Reserve is owned and managed by Ecuadorian non-profit conservation group Jocotoco Foundation, who took possession of the 370-acre property in late 2017.


  • Cabins

    There is dormitory style housing with bunk beds and a shared bathroom, or you can choose one of the six small cabins with private bathrooms, and each a balcony with excellent views over the Bombuscaro Valley.

  • Cabins

    Capacity at Copalinga is 18-20 people

  • Cabins

  • Dining Facility

    Copalinga has a spacious dining area that offers free Wi-Fi access and plenty of good photography opportunities while you wait on your meal. All meals must be requested in advance.

Bird Feeder
Dining Available
Overnight Accomodation
Trails Available

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What You'll See

  • Andean Cock-of-the-Rock

    Michael Stubblefield

  • Coppery-Chested Jacamar

    Dusan M Brinkhuizen

  • Military Macaw

    Dennis Jacobsen

  • Sickle-Winged Guan

    Martin Mecnarowski

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