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Urraca Lodge, Jorupe Reserve, Ecuador

Top 10 Species

1Watkins's AntpittaGrallaria watkinsi2-10km
2Ochre-bellied DoveLeptotila ochraceiventris2-10km
3Grey-cheeked ParakeetBrotogeris pyrrhoptera11-50km
4Henna-hooded Foliage-gleanerHylocryptus erythrocephalus2-10km
5Blackish-headed SpinetailSynallaxis tithys2-10km
6Pale-browed TinamouCrypturellus transfasciatus11-50km
7Grey-breasted FlycatcherLathrotriccus griseipectus2-10km
8White-tailed JayCyanocorax mystacalis2-10km
9Rufous-necked Foliage-GleanerSyndactyla ruficollis11-50km
10King VultureSarcoramphus papa2-10km

Urraca Lodge

The Urraca Lodge is settled in Jorupe Reserve, a few km northeast of Macará City, close to the border between Ecuador and Peru, at 500 m elevation. It has six bioclimatic, luminous cabins, especially designed for your relax and rest.

They are built within forested land, surrounded by gigantic kapok (or ceiba) trees. Social areas include an open and bright restaurant-bar, the best in the entire region, from where numerous fauna and flora species, endemic and rare, can be seen; this includes a wealth of dry forest specialized and globally threatened birds like the Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner. Jorupe is also the ideal headquarters for exploring Utuana, another reserve owned by Jocotoco Foundation.

Six beautiful independent cabins with private bathroom, for an overall lodging capacity of 12 guests. We have hot water and electricity (110 volts); an open restaurant, bar and shop, laundry service using biodegradable products; also an extensive network of easily accessible trails.

Urraca Lodge is a strategic point for watching birds of Tumbesian dry forests, in an area characterized by the special charm of gigantic Ceiba trees. We have the following trails:

Trail 1 journeys across a dry forest remnant typical of the Tumbesian region, wherein colossal Ceiba trees prevail.
Trail 2 has an enormous Ceiba tree known as Goblin’s House, owing to its unusual silhouette.
Trail 3 traverses the summit of an arid gorge clad in dry forest typical of the Tumbesian region, dominated by Ceiba trees. Ideal for mountain biking. This trail houses another Ceiba tree, this one known as Ceiba Macho for its unique shape. Likewise, another Ceiba is called The Little House.
Noteworthy bird species in this reserve are, amongst others: King Vulture, Ochre-bellied Dove, Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner, Blackish-headed Spinetail, Watkins’ Antpitta, Gray-breasted Flycatcher, and White-tailed Jay.

How to get to the Urraca Lodge

From Loja, take the road to Macará passing by Catacocha. Once in Macará, take the road to Sozoranga for an additional 15 minutes drive until you get to the Reserve’s entrance, on the left hand side of the road, where Jocotoco Foundation’s signs are placed. You will need to call park guards’ attention as to get access to the Reserve. When the doors are opened, drive for 2 further km to get to the Urraca Lodge.

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