Sumaco Ecoroute Guide

The Sumaco Ecoroute is named after the Sumaco Biosphere Reserve (SBR) and the Sumaco Napo Galeras National Park (SNGNP), which is located inside the SBR. Together both areas cover a total extension of 996.436 hectares, representing 8% of the northern Ecuadorian Amazon. The ecoroute starts in the city of Quito, continues through the populations of Baeza, Consanga, Hollin, Guagua Sumaco Pacto, Sumaco and ends at the SNGNP trail. The route covers approximately 220 km crossing numerous climatic zones and different types of vegetation from high wetlands to evergreen forests in the foothills. This ecological variability has contributed to the route’s high biodiversity, given that each climatic zone is characterized by its typical selection of species. More specifically the ecoroute passes through eight life zones including:

1. Humid montane scrubland            5. High montane evergreen forest
2. Herbaceous high wetland             6. Montane cloud forest
3. Mossy high wetland                      7. Low montane evergreen forest
4. High montane lake grassland        8. Montane evergreen forest

This route covers heights of 4.100 meters above sea level (masl) in the La Virgen high wetlands to 1.300 masl at the town of Guagua Sumaco.

The ecoroute encompasses Quito, Papallacta, Baeza, Hollin, Guagua Sumaco and Pacto Sumaco and also includes the SNGNP trail which leads to the summit of the Sumaco Volcano. The principal axis of the route from the city of Quito (2.800 masl) is the Interoceanic Highway (E20, Quito-Papallacta-Baeza Road). Along this route you are able to appreciate areas of spectacular biodiversity. Towards the north and south of this highway (between the towns of Pifo and Papallacta) there are further natural protected areas (the Cayambe Coca Ecological Reserve and Antisana Ecological Reserve respectively).

From the town of Baeza (1.900 masl) the route continues along the E45 Highway towards Narupa. From Narupa (at an altitude of approximately 1.400 masl) it continues along the road bordering the Sumaco-Galeras National Park to the south.  Upon arriving at the town of Guagua Sumaco (1.347 masl) one can take the side road to Pacto Sumaco (1.538 masl) and enter to the SNGNP.

This guide also includes information on the trail located in the SNGNP from the park to the summit of Volcano Sumaco (at an altitude of 3.827 masl).

This ecoroute guide has been developed by the BioCAF Program with the support of the Investments and Exports Promotion Corporation’s (CORPEI) National Biotrade Program. BioCAF’s general aim is to promote the conservation and sustainable use of ecosystems, genetic and natural resources and biodiversity through sustainable environmental practices.

The book is for free, but you need to cuote like this:

Toulkeridis, T., Zak, V., Delgado, F., Leon Reyes, A., Silva, X., Burbano, F. and Rodriguez, A., 2009: Sumaco Ecoroute Guide. Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF): 76pp
Link de descarga: Sumaco book

Sumaco Ecoroute Guide
Toulkeridis, T., Zak, V., Delgado, F., Leon Reyes, A., Silva, X., Burbano, F. and Rodriguez, A., 2009
Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF): 76pp

Grupo de Investigación en Geodinámica Interna y Externa ¨GEO1¨ – Research Group of Internal and External Geodynamics ¨GEO1¨