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The Limoncocha Biological Reserve is located in the canton of Shushufindi in the province of Sucumbíos, in the northern Amazon region of Ecuador. It covers 4,613 ha.
It is located in the Sacha-Shushufindi Corridor, and is mainly composed of the Limoncocha Lagoon (formerly called Capucuy), the surrounding areas and the Black Lagoon, also known as Yanacocha. 100% of the area corresponds to a Wetland, declared a Ramsar site by UNESCO in 1998. The Laguna Negra and the Jivino and Capucuy rivers form the core of this wetland and also the intangible and pristine zone of the Reserve.
The areas occupied by the Limoncocha and Yanacocha lagoons and adjacent wetlands are believed to be former meanders of the Napo River, which carries large quantities of sediment from the western foothills of the Andes. The Limoncocha lagoon is interconnected with the Napo River and its level is summer dependent on rainfall in the Payamino, Napo and Coca river basins.
The reserve is covered by two types of forest, to the north it is covered by tropical humid plateau forest and is a plain that is between 15 and 20 metres above the level of the lagoon. The forests to the south and west of the lagoon are low and flooded in the period from January to May and are mainly covered by flooded lowland palm forest (várzea or igapó) (moretal) and lowland lacustrine grassland; there are also areas that were possibly in prehistoric times sandbanks of the Napo River and are the preferred nesting areas for caimans.
In general, the Amazonian fauna in the Reserve has a high level of biodiversity, but with a low population density. At least 53 species of mammals, 92 of reptiles and 292 of amphibians have been recorded. In this area are very common the black caiman, and the aquatic turtle locally called charapa; uncommon are: the white caiman, the Boa snake, the motelo turtle and some mammals such as the black guatuza, the woolly monkey, the howler monkey, Marmosets, night monkey, Capuchin monkey, “spider” monkey, the Ocelot, Peresozo and the capybara among others.
Historically there are 317 species of birds recorded in the reserve, including at least two endangered species such as the marsh vulture (Anhima cornuta) and the black crab hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus), and one endemic to Ecuador, the Ecuadorian cacique.1
The Oriental North region of Ecuador is classified as the area with the highest concentration of amphibians in the world, according to publications in Scientific American magazine in 1986, based on studies carried out in the Cuyabeno National Park.
There are a great variety of fish in the lagoon, including the electric fish, white piranha, red piranha and several species of catfish.
Limoncocha comes from the Amazonian Kichwa language, which means “Lagoon of water with lemon colour”. The first inhabitants who arrived in this area named it this way.
So until today.
Now we invite you to get to know this hidden place and the closest to the city.
Includes: Lodging, meals, walks in the jungle, boat ride along the huge lagoon.
We have this place with the best views for colourful bird watching. We are very close to the Harpy Eagle, the largest and fastest eagle in the Amazon. You can observe it, our local guides will take you to this unique place. Maximum 7 people can arrive in each group.