Pacoche Wildlife Refuge
Pacoche Wildlife Refuge
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Allen F
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
A truly amazing place. The sounds of the rainforest are so cool! Not far from the ship port and a taxi ride is only $20 each way. Recommend stopping at the Pacoche Lodge. Wonderful folks there and a guide costs $15 plus admission to the preserve for another $5 pp
Written 25 December 2023
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Richard M
Phoenix, AZ451 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
This the Ruta de Monos walking trail. Take a guide or you will miss dozens of things, such as tarantulas which hide in their homes, the different types of wood and other foliage. It takes about an hour and half to do the walk.
Written 9 September 2019
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Andy U
60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018
We had an excellent guide (which is required to go through the park) he made sure we saw everything... monkeys, tarantulas, frogs, etc. He knew all of the plans very well and made the hike very enjoyable.
Written 21 March 2018
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Gonefishingx
Melbourne, Australia306 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
We went as part of a cruise tour and enjoyed the half day there. The forest part was interesting though it does require good mobility as some parts were very steep both up and down and very slippery. There were a number of educational activities which led to a buying opportunity. I normally tune out at this stage but credit where it is due these ones were interesting. Nut carving, hat making, sugar pulping, and lunch making (more interesting than it sounds) - all well handled and interesting. It had a feeling of value add rather than sales pitch. Not much in the way of wildlife but 40 people just aren't qiite enough. It would be better with smaller numbers. All up a worthwhile experience.
Written 20 August 2017
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Judith G
Adelaide, Australia458 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
We visited the Pacoche lodge and reserve as part of a bus tour from Manta, it was a 10 hectare wildlife refuge, peaceful, green, welcoming, and from the start we admired what they were doing, I think they should be very proud of what they have done in the time it has been going, much of the forest has grown since the area was returned from being farmland, it is so good to see. We walked along the path to the lodge and looked at the balcony over the forest where butterflies were eating mashed bananas or plantains, they just flew out of the trees to feast. We walked into the forest in two groups, split to keep the numbers small, and to reduce the noise that would of course upset the wildlife. We came to a hut where two young men were carving "Ivory nuts" to make owls, parrots, monkeys etc, they talked to us while they carved and painted, and we could buy their products there, then we watched a young woman cook a local dish wrapped in banana leaf in an oven, and of course we tasted this. Then we walked on and a man with a donkey grinding sugar cane to produce syrup and then cooking the sugar juice to make a dried and very concentrated hard sugar "rock". Then we walked through the forest, up and down hills looking at the forest, hearing about trees, vines, flowers, nuts, birds, snakes etc. it had been raining overnight and so the Howler Monkeys were not around but we could hear them, and we saw several different small birds. When we finished the walk we came back to where several locals were making and selling local crafts and jewellery, and all aspects of making the famous hats we incorrectly call a "Panama" hat, which is really an Equador hat. We walked chef the weaving, shaping the crown and brim, and finishing off the brim in the traditional way. Pacoche made a perfect showcase of the new environmental tourism of Equador. It was so good to see it developing here, I hope I can get back in a few years to see how they are going. If only the local farmers will support this sort of enterprise they can save the endangered forests and wildlife. Keep it up Pacoche. And we liked the manager, she was passionate and motivating.
Written 3 May 2017
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