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.Now they have been reduced to a dispersed chain of forest remnants under constant threat and facing an uncertain future.
We depart the pier and travel by motor vehicle along 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 delineated by what looks like an invisible boundary, the change is so radical.
The route chosen for this walk is specifically away from the typical tourist trails in Pacoche forest, and 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. After spending a few hours with our specialist nature guide, we enjoy fresh fruit and a refreshing drink before heading back to the ship.