Guayaquil - Cerro Blanco Dry Forest
Join us on a tour of the Cerro Blanco Dry Forest, just outside the city and one of the largest, best-conserved dry forests in Ecuador. This forest protects approximately 100 of the 500 species of registered vascular plants that are endemic in the tropical dry forest region.
We start our excursion by walking along a trail through several landscapes of forest and mangrove. The trail is about 1.1 km long and has an elevation change of 150 metres. The route is divided into two sections: one, semi-mountainous terrain with small slopes, rocky paths and beautiful scenery, and where native dry forest vegetation grows, and two, second-growth forest.
The biodiversity of Cerro Blanco protected forest includes:
- 700 species of vascular plants, 20% being endemic to the south-west of Ecuador
- 54 species of mammals: monkeys, peccaries, agouti, six species of wild cat including the jaguar, and 34 species of bat
- 221 species of birds, including the Great Green Macaw (Papagayo) – a species in critical danger in Ecuador and the symbol of Cerro Blanco
- Eight species of amphibians
- 12 species of reptiles