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4.2.10 Wildsumaco Lodge and Wildsumaco Wildlife Sanctuary

Wild Sumaco Lodge and Bird Sanctuary are owned and managed by the Río Pucuno Foundation.  The reserve is 120 hectare in size, with another 130 hectare leased from the community of Sumaco to preserve the forest and use for ecotourism activities.  Río Pucuno Fundation is looking forward to allocating more resources and receiving donations to increase this protected area to at least 500 hectare.  This reserve is located in Napo Province. 

The reserve lands are located at elevations between 1200m to 1500m.  As of June, 2010, reserve staff and visitors recorded 452+ bird species.  This private reserve is near the 105,294 hectare Sumaco Napo – Galeras National Park.



Foothill Forest.



Wildsumaco Lodge and Wildsumaco Wildlife Sanctuary

There is regular bus transportation from Loreto to Archidona and Baeza, but bus transportation to access this reserve may be difficult, so driving your own vehicle is a better alternative. The site can be visited yearround.  To drive the last section of road on the way to the reserve, a high clearance vehicle or four wheel drive vehicle is necessary.

To visit the place you can arrange you visit directly through the Wildsumaco Lodge at:, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Wild Sumaco office can be reached at Phone: 02-2446175 during working hours (9:00 AM to 1:00 PM), Monday to Friday and the cell phone at Wildsumaco Lodge: 091459159. This is a wonderful lodge with astonishing views of the valley down bellow it.

Visits can also be arranged through any of the birding tour agencies in Ecuador.

The lodge will provide you with full board during your stay.  The only way to visit this site is by pre-arrangement, as the staff needs time to prepare the lodge and purchase supplies for your stay.   If you are not staying in Wildsumaco lodge you will be ask to pay a day use fee of $20 per person per day. Day use passes are for the use of the Wildsumaco trail system only, and no meals or drinks are included or available at the lodge.

The lodge can also help you organizing transportation from and to the lodge.



To access this site you can drive along the Quito-Baeza-Narupa-Loreto road and continuing from the Loreto Road and Narupa Reserve sites. To get instructions as for how to get into these sites, please see the birding instructions from the respective subchapter on how to get there.  Starting at the Narupa Reserve main trail 0.0 km, go along the Loreto Road and drive east for 2.6 km. At this point look for any good size forest patch and look for Foothill Elaenia. Continue driving for another 21.1 km, or 23.7 km from Narupa Reserve.  At this point you will drive through the town of Guamaní.  Drive on for another 5.3 km, or 29.0 km from Narupa Reserve.

(Click here to download Map. Wildsumaco English).

At this point you will see a dirt road on the left of the highway.  This secondary road leads to Pacto Sumaco and goes to the Wildsumaco Lodge.  Take the road heading to Wildsumaco.  The first part of this road goes through farmland and might be a good place to look for common birds during the rainy afternoons.  Some interesting birds that can be found in this section of road are:  Black-banded Crake, Dusky Spinetail, Dark-breasted Spinetail, Lined Antshrike and Golden-winged Tody-flycatcher. 

Drive for3.4 km away from the highway.  At this point the road starts climbing the mountain, and at the Second-growth at the base of the hill is a good place to start looking for birds.  Drive up the hill for 1.6 km, or 5.0 km from the highway.  At this point you will see a shack on the left and the beginning of a trail on the right.  This trail provides access to a system of trails in the forest around the “Residence Area”.  One of the places that should be visited in this area are the hummingbird feeders by the workers house where you can see:  Pale-tailed Barbthroat,Great-billed Hermit, Green-fronted Lancebill, Napo Sabrewing, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Wire-crested Thorntail, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Many-spotted Hummingbird, Rufous-vented Whitetip, Ecuadorian Piedtail, Black-throated Brilliant, Gould's Jewelfront and Booted Racket-tail.

A trail worth exploring is the “Piha Trail”.  To visit the Piha Trail you should go down the hill from where the “Manakin” and the “Leafthosser” trails join the Piha Trail.  The Piha Trail is a loop trail that descends along a gentle slope, beginning near the junction with the Manakin trail and goes out to the road throughout a steeper section.

While descending along the hill look especially for: Rufous-breasted Wood-Quail, Gray-throated Leaftosser, Yellow-throated Spadebill and Gray-tailed Piha. Once the Piha Trail gets to a level area at the bottom of the hill and starts looping back to the road, you will see another trail heading off to the right.  Follow that trail and explore the flatter section, for in this area the Andean Laniisoma had been recorded.

Return to the road backtracking your steps.  The second half that loops back to the road is steep and will be almost impossible to be able to watch birds, as you will be paying attention where you set your feet at all times.

Continue driving up the road for only 0.2 km, or 5.2 km from the highway.  Here in the right side you will be the start of the Manakin trail on the right.  Drive on for 0.3 km, or 5.5 km from the highway.  At this point you will reach the end of the forest along the road.  

A good strategy here would be to walk all the way until the forest starts.  While birding this area you should look for: Maroon-tailed Parakeet, Foothill Screech-Owl, Rufescent Screech-Owl, Band-bellied Owl, Coppery-chested Jacamar, Striolated Puffbird,Gilded Barbet,Red-headed Barbet, Lafresnaye’s Piculet, Ash-browed Spinetail, Black-billed Treehunter, Strong-billed Woodcreeper,Red-billed Scythebill, Russet Antshrike, Ornate Antwren, Yellow-breasted Antwren, Blackish Antbird, White-backed Fire-eye, Ecuadorian Tyrannulet, Black-and-white Tody-Flycatcher, Lemon-browed Flycatcher,Slaty-capped Shrike-Vireo, Rufous-naped Greenlet, Gray-mantled Wren, Golden-collared Honeycreeper, Orange-eared Tanager, Golden-eared Tanager,Paradise Tanager, Spotted Tanager, Slate-colored Grosbeak, Olivaceous Siskin andBronze-green Euphonia.

Continue driving up the hill for 0.6 km more, or 6.1 km from the highway.  At this point you will see a small roof over a gate on the right.  This is the beginning of the F.A.C.E. trail.  FACE trail goes down for a long distance mainly through nice forest.  The lower section of this trail is where you can see: Buff-throated Tody-Tyrant and Andean Laniisoma.  Other inside forest birds along this trail include: Black-streaked Puffbird, Plain-winged Antwren, Foothill Antwren, Scale-backed Antbird, Short-tailed Antthrush, Plain-backed Antpitta, Chestnut-crowned Gnateater, Northern White-crowned Tapaculo, White-crowned Manakin, Blue-rumped Manakin, Scarlet-breasted Fruiteater,Spotted Nightingale-Thrush and Fulvous Shrike-Tanager. You will have to return to the road by retracing your steps on the trail.

Drive on for 0.4 km, or 6.5 km from the highway.  Here you will see the Wildsumaco driveway on the left.

The lodge has several hummingbird feeders where most of the hummingbirds mentioned before can also be seen.  The balcony behind the dining room is a wonderful place to watch out for raptors and big birds such as:  Buckley's Forest-Falcon and Black-mandibled Toucan.

There are a couple of trails just behind the Northern section of the cabins that you could walk if you have a little time.   From the lodge’s front gate, you can drive for some 0.3 km to an open area where you can try for Red-billed Tyrannulet.  The more adventurous birders can take a hiking-birding excursion to the Sumaco Napo-Galeras National Park at the end of the road.  You will have to organize camping equipment, mules and supplies for at least 2 days, and have a better chance to see some other birds inside the park, not seen around the lodge. Worth mentioning here are: Subtropical Pygmy-Owl, White-streaked Antvireo and Plumbeous-crowned Tyrannulet.

The Wildsumaco Lodge and reserve are a great way to access the lowland lodges along the Napo River.  From the entrance road to Wildsumaco and the highway, mark 0.0 km, and drive east for 39.5 km.  At this point you will drive through the small city of Loreto.  Drive on for 51.4 km, or 90.9 km from the Wildsumaco road entrance.  Here you will find that the road divides.  The left hand fork goes to Nueva Loja, which is also known as Lago Agrio.  The right hand road goes to Puerto Francisco de Orellana also known as Coca.

Reset your odometer to 0.0 km and take the road to the right.  Coca airport is only 3.7 km away from this point.  If you are planning to visit any of the Amazonian Lowlands Rainforest Lodges along the Napo River you will have to head south into Coca and to the river to continue with your trip.


Birds to look for

Wildsumaco Lodge and Wildsumaco Wildlife Sanctuary

Forest (F), Second-growth (2G), Hummingbird feeders (hf), Pastures   (P).

Common: Pale-tailed Barbthroat  (hf), Great-billed Hermit (hf), Violet-headed Hummingbird (hf), Fork-tailed Woodnymph (hf), Golden-tailed Sapphire (hf), Ecuadorian Piedtail (hf), Booted Racket-tail (hf),Maroon-tailed Parakeet (F,2G), Collared Trogon (F), Gilded   Barbet (F,2G), Red-headed Barbet (F,2G), Dusky   Spinetail (2G),  Dark-breasted   Spinetail (2G),  Ash-browed   Spinetail (F,2G), Black-billed Treehunter (F,2G), Lined Antshrike (2G),   Russet Antshrike (F,2G), Yellow-breasted Antwren (F,2G), Foothill Antwren(F), Blackish   Antbird (2G), White-backed Fire-eye (F,2G),Scale-backed Antbird(F),Short-tailed Antthrush(F),Chestnut-crowned Gnateater(F),Northern White-crowned Tapaculo (F,2G),  Ecuadorian   Tyrannulet (F,2G),White-crowned Manakin (F), Blue-rumped Manakin (F), Spotted Nightingale-Thrush (F),Orange-eared Tanager (F,2G), Paradise Tanager (F,2G),   Spotted Tanager (F,2G), Olivaceous Siskin (F,2G),   Bronze-green Euphonia (F,2G).

Uncommon: Rufous-breasted Wood-Quail (F), Buckley's   Forest-Falcon (F,2G), Rufescent Screech-Owl (F),   Band-bellied Owl (F), Napo Sabrewing (hf), Wire-crested Thorntail (hf), Many-spotted Hummingbird (hf), Black-throated Brilliant (hf), Gould's Jewelfront (hf), Black-mandibled   Toucan (F), Coppery-chested Jacamar (F,2G), Striolated Puffbird (F), Lafresnaye´s Piculet (F,2G), Strong-billed Woodcreeper (F,2G), Red-billed Scythebill (2G), Ornate Antwren (F,2G), Plain-backed Antpitta (F), Foothill Elaenia (F,2G), Lemon-browed Flycatcher (F,2G), Slaty-capped Shrike-Vireo (F,2G), Rufous-naped Greenlet (F,2G), Gray-mantled Wren (F,2G),   Golden-collared Honeycreeper (F,2G),   Golden-eared Tanager (F,2G), Fulvous Shrike-Tanager (F,2G),Slate-colored Grosbeak (F,2G).

Rare: Black-banded Crake (P), Foothill Screech-Owl (F), Green-fronted Lancebill (hf), Rufous-vented Whitetip (hf), Black-streaked Puffbird (F), Gray-throated Leaftosser (F), Plain-winged Antwren (F), Yellow-throated Spadebill (F), Black-and-white Tody-Flycatcher (2G), Scarlet-breasted   Fruiteater (F), Gray-tailed   Piha (F), Andean Laniisoma (F).

For a complete Wildsumaco Bird list visit Birds of Wildsumaco


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Meet the Author

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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