Introduction to the Reserve
Lalo Loor Dry Forest Reserve protects 200 hectares (approx. 500 acres) of tropical
deciduous forest, south of the town of Pedernales in the Pacific coastal province
of Manabí, Ecuador. This forest lies in a transition zone between the very
wet forests to the north and the very dry forests to the south. As such, the
Lalo Loor Dry Forest is incredibly diverse, having representative species from
both kinds of habitat. In fact, this particular forest reserve is considered
by many experts to be one of the most unique and pristine locations in the entire
region! Ceiba recently signed a conservation agreement with the reserve's owner,
Sr. Lalo Loor, to protect the forest and develop the site as an educational and
tourist destination. This brand-new reserve project is progressing rapidly, so
please return to this page for more details.
Volunteer in the Dry Forest
The Lalo Loor reserve presents many exciting opportunities
for volunteers. Help
us recuperate forest by working in our reforestation plot. We offer ongoing environmental
education and community development programs -- if you speak Spanish well and
plan on a longer stay, your help will be invaluable. The reserve's EcoCenter
needs constant attention and updating of informative displays. Participate in
ongoing research projects tracking the recuperation of wildlife,
or assessing the potential impact of tourism on resident howler monkeys
to better manage visitors. Maintain trails and signs, including the brand-new
Three Forests trail that will connect the Loor reserve to several other forests.
Live under the palms, fall asleep to bird songs, and wake up
to monkeys overhead, what could be finer?! Visit our volunteer
page to apply!
Contact and Reservations
Visitor's to the reserve are welcome at any time; however if you plan to stay
overnight at the reserve please contact Ceiba's office in
the United States or in Quito to make a reservation. The biological station has room for up to 24 people, with all meals provided. We offer reasonable rates for day and overnight visitors, researchers and volunteers. The reserve's EcoCenter can be contacted during business hours by calling 09-238-2193 (when calling internationally, dial +593-9-238-2193).