Pacoche Forest with Naturalist Guide
Spring (Apr - May)
Visit one of the last remnants of semi-dry tropical forest on the Ecuadorian coast.
Admire the lush forest along less congested trails, which give you a better chance to view wildlife.
Delight your eyes with interesting flora and fauna that can range from palm plants (used to make the Panama hats), to the giant palm that produces Tagua (known as vegetable ivory), and the beautiful Heliconia flowers that attract hummingbirds.
Enjoy fresh air as you look up into the trees in search of howler monkeys and capuchin monkeys.
Coastal Ecuador is largely covered in dry forest, which makes the lush green Pacoche Forest all the more unique and ecologically complex. Forests such as Pacoche once covered vast areas of the coastal region and were home to an enormous wealth and diversity of species. They have now been reduced to a dispersed chain of forest remnants that are under constant threat and facing an uncertain future.
We depart the quayside and travel via the coastal route to the Pacoche trailhead. Along the way, we take note of the predominant dry forest and the stark contrast between the dry and wet forest areas. The change between the two is so radical that it looks like an invisible boundary.
The route chosen for this walk is away from the typical tourist routes in Pacoche Forest, which should appeal to those with a keen interest in nature. The forest is home to hundreds of bird species, as well as a unique species of howler monkey endemic to the forest. After spending a few hours with our specialist nature guide, we will enjoy fresh fruit and a refreshing drink at the end of the route before heading back to the ship.
Language: English (French and German at extra cost)
Included: 1 x 500 ml bottle of water per person on the bus Includes: 2 rations of fruit, 1 cool drink, plantain chips, granola, or chocolate bar
Remarks/requirements: Guests are recommended to wear comfortable light clothing, hat, and sunglasses. They should bring bug spray and comfortable walking shoes with quality soles. Binoculars (if possible) and a camera
Walking information: Distance: 0.6 miles. Trails can be very muddy and wet, especially during rainy season (December to May) and they cover uneven and hilly terrain and some dirt steps.
Wheelchair accessible: No.