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2.2.11 La Perla Protected Forest

La Perla Protected Forest has a 250 hectare, well preserved forest with an adjacent 130 hectare of tall second growth forest, that are part of a bigger 650 hectare of property.  The forest protected by the Susan Sheppard Foundation is one of the last remnants of forest type in this region of Ecuador.  Most of the formerly vast Chocó lowland rain forests have been turned into farmland and grasslands.


Chocó Lowland Rain Forest.


La Perla Protected Forest.

This site is located very close to end of the Quito-Calacali-La Independencia Highway.  The closest place to access the La Perla Protected forest is very close to the town of La Concordia  located at the end of the Quito-Calacali-La Independencia Highway.   The best Hotel to stay in La Concordia is the Hotel Atos This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Phone: 2725445.  The La Perla forest can also be visited from Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas, formerly known as Santo Domingo de los Colorados.   If you have visited Tinlandia it is only a half hour drive from that town.

There is plenty of bus transportation to La Concordia from both the Calacali-La Independencia highway and Santo Domingo de los Colorados.   Once in La Concordia is easy to hire a pickup truck or taxi. 

The Foundation  Bosque Protector La Perla charges $5 US  per day for foreigners,  $3 US for Ecuadorian citizens, $2 US for high school students and $1.50 for elementary and middle-school students.  There is a camp ground for those who have their own camping gear, with bathrooms and showers.  There is a $5 US fee per camper to use these facilities.  To find further information regarding La Perla you can write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call these two cell phone numbers:  093058696 or 091897599 during normal working hours.


La Perla Protected Forest.

The site can be visited by continuing along the Quito-Calacali-La   Independencia Highway from the entrance road to Silanche Bird Sanctuary.  After the Silanche Bird Sanctuary entrance 0.0km, drive towards the lowlands for 14.6 km.   Here you will find a fork in the road.  Avoid the right hand fork as it goes to the town of Puerto Quito.  Take the left hand road which is the Puerto Quito by pass.  After only 1.1 km from this point you will be exiting the Puerto Quito by pass which is 15.7 km from the Silanche entrance.   Stay on the left hand fork heading to the lowlands for other 27.1 km or 42.8 km from the Silanche entrance.  Here there is a fork in the road again.  The right hand side goes to the northern outskirts of La Concordia.  Take the left hand road and drive for 6.0 km more or 48.8 km from the Silanche entrance.   At this point you will reach a roundabout on the southern outskirts of La Concordia.   Take the left exit, as the right side goes to the town of La Concordia, and drive for 1.8 km heading to Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas (Santo Domingo de los Colorados).   There in front of a big gas station you will see the drive way entrance into the Bosque Protector La Perla.  Drive along the dirt road for 200 meters and you will reach the headquarters of the La Perla Reserve.

If driving from Santo Domingo de Los Tsachilas (Santo Domingo de los Colorados),  beginning of the Esmeraldas highway right on the roundabout along the Santo Domingo by pass drive for 37.2 km right in front of a big gas station you will see the drive way into Bosque Protector La Perla.

Birds to look for

La Perla Protected Forest.

SecondGrowthForest (2GF), Forest   (F), Grasslands (G), Rivers (R).

Common: Ecuadorian Ground-dove (2GF, G), Pacific Parrotlet   (2GF, G), White-necked Jacobin (2GF, G), Pale-mandibled Araçari (2GF, F),   Black-cheeked Woodpecker (2GF, F), Pacific Hornero (G), Plain-brown   Woodcreeper (2GF, F),Wedge-billed Woodcreeper (2GF, F), Streak-headed   Woodcreeper (2GF, F), Chestnut-backed Antbird (2GF, F), Sooty-headed Tyrannulet   (2GF), Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet (2GF, G), Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet   (2GF), Yellow-bellied Elaenia (2GF, G), Common Tody-flycatcher (2GF, G), Bran-colored   Flycatcher (2GF), White-bearded Manakin (2GF, F), Lesser Greenlet (2GF, F),   Band-backed Wren (2GF), ), Bay Wren (2GF), Blue Dacnis (2GF, F), Thick-billed   Euphonia (2GF, F), Bay-headed Tanager (2GF, F), White-shouldered Tanager   (2GF, F), Lemon-rumped Tanager (2GF, F), Buff-throated Saltator (2GF, F), Variable   Seedeater (2GF, G), Chestnut-throated Seedeater (2GF, G).

Uncommon: Rufous-headed Chachalaca (2GF, F), White-throated   Crake (G),  Spectacled Owl (F),  White-whiskered Hermit (2GF, F), Stripe-throated   Hermit (2GF, F), Baron´s Hermit (2GF, F), Black-throated Mango (2GF, F),   Green-crowned Woodnymph (2GF, F), Western White-tailed Trogon (2GF, F),   Northern Violaceous Trogon (2GF, F), Rufous Motmot (2GF, F), Blue-crowned   Motmot (2GF, F), Broad-billed Motmot (2GF,   F), Orange-fronted Barbet (2GF, F), White-whiskered Puffbird (2GF, F), Chocó   Toucan (2GF, F), Olivaceous Piculet (2GF), Red-rumped Woodpecker (2GF, F),   Lineated Woodpecker (2GF, F), Scarlet-backed Woodpecker (2GF),  Buff-throated Foliage-gleaner (2GF, F), Red-billed   Scythebill (2GF, F), Fasciated Antshrike (2GF, F), Great Antshrike (2GF, F), Western   Slaty-Antshrike (2GF, F), Ochre-bellied Flycatcher (2GF, F), Black-headed   Tody-flycatcher (F), Pacific Royal-Flycatcher (2GF, F),   Ochraceous Attila (2GF, F),   Purple-throated Fruitcrow (2GF, F), Blue-crowned Manakin (2GF, F), Gray-and-gold   Warbler (2GF, F), Purple Honeycreeper (2GF, F), Scarlet-thighed Dacnis (2GF, F),   Yellow-tufted Dacnis (2GF, F), Guira Tanager (2GF, F), Silver-throated   Tanager (2GF, F), Dusky-faced Tanager (2GF, F), Crimson-breasted Finch (2GF,   G).

Rare: Little Tinamou (2GF, F), Bronzy Hermit (2GF, F),   Little Woodstar (2GF), Cinnamon Woodpecker (2GF, F), Rufous-winged Antwren (F),   Red-legged Honeycreeper (2GF, F).

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Lelis Navarrete – Birding tour leader. Lelis has 19 years of experience as a birding guide and naturalist in the field. He has led groups of birders throughout most of Latin America, guiding frequently in countries like his native country of Ecuador and in the Galapagos Islands, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and Panama. A Biology B.Sc. graduate from Universidad Católica in Quito, Lelis has supported Jocotoco Foundation since its founding in 1998 and was an active Board Member until 2010 supporting Ecuadorian bird and wildlife conservation. Lelis divides his time between his two great passions in life: birding and spending time with his wife Solange and son Fabian with whom he lives in Quito.


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