Los Illinizas Ecological Reserve – Ecuador National Parks


The Los Ilinizas Ecological Reserve is located in Ecuador, about two hours from Quito. This reserve has very important natural attractions, such as Cerro Los Ilinizas (5263m), Laguna de Quilotoa and Volcán Corazón (4800m). The reserve has páramo areas in the highest areas, and cloud forests on the western slope facing the coast. Right there, where the Toachi and Pilatón rivers begin their journey, there is the greatest diversity of flora and fauna. Many mammals live sheltered among the humid forests, such as margays, armadillos and cusumbos; There is also a great diversity of birds, some of which are critically endangered, such as the yellow-eared parrot. And among the threatened flora species whose conservation is being promoted is the wax palm, where the yellow-eared parrot roosts.

Los Illinizas Ecological Reserve
Info Los Illinizas Ecological Reserve
Protected from 1996
Area 500ha
Elevation 2800 – 4210m
Facilities Quilotoa Sector: hiking trails, viewpoints of the lagoon, horse and kayak rental. Yagual Sector: trails on the slopes of Los Ilinizas; Los Ilinizas refuge (private administration). Termas de Cunuyacu Sector: trails and stream of hot springs
Activities Mountaineering, hiking, biking, photography, camping, climbing, kayaking in the Quilotoa, horseback riding