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Podocarpus National Park


Localization: Prov. Loja and Zamora Chinchipe 146,280 there is.
Extension: 1000- 1600 m. s. n. m. low zone
Height: 1600-3600 m.s.n.m. high zone
Climate: temperate - permanent humid
Temperature: 12°C high zone 18°C low zone
Annual precipitation: 850- 1500 high zone and more than 2000 m. m. low zone
Zones of life: bmh-PM, bmh-MB lop-M, bmh-M, bh-MB
County bióticas: forest clouded of them Walks.


Maintaining in being natural and protect the flora and characteristic fauna of the region that they are in imminent danger of extinction for the exploitation [indiscriminada] of the resources, especially the forests of Podocarpus that constitute the only generate of native Coniferas of the Ecuador.

Providing opportunitiesfor the recreation outdoors, the ecotourist, the investigation and the integration of the community lojana and of Zamora in the benefits.

Ecological and "socioeconómicos" under the concept of use "sustentable" of their resources

- Preserve and maintain unaffected, a sample of the ecosystems in the forests humid Montano and Montano Under, located in the Knot of Sabanilla, as well as of the forests very humid Montano and Premontano in the basin of the Numbala River.

- Conserve the vegetation protector of the v floor the resources "bióticos" of the Region, constituted by the high basins of the rivers: Jomboe, Sabanilla. Bombuscaro, Numbala, San Luis de Loyola, Nagaritza and Vilcabamba.

- Provide opportunities for the investigation, environmental education and recreation outdoors, for the population of the region, especially the cities of Loja and Zamora.


The vegetation native characteristic of the area is very diverse and abundant, characteristic of the well-known county like the "Botanical Garden from America" where they stand out a great variety of orchids, the centennial [romerillos] like: Podocarpus [rospigliosi] (fine [romerillo]) Podocarpus mountain, Podocarpus [oleifolius] ([romerillo azuceno]) that they stay in small forests in the [estribaciones] of the mountain range, being the species that has given the name to the Park are also the Cinchona [succirubra] (husk), this last is ruffle in [quina], used chemist birth combat the [paludismo], /it are in danger of extinction.

The vegetation of the moor in the Park, it present marked differences with the moor of the north of the country since they are but first floor and only in the crests of the mountains, being possibly the zone of transition of a true moor that doesn't come for the little elevation; we between these species have: Hypericum [quidioides], Gynoxis [colyculisovens]. Gaultheria [glomerata], [licopodios] and a Juncaceae RostRovia well-known [magellanica] only like of Antarctica distribution, opposing in this region.

The traditional hunt until before the creation of the Park mainly in the accessible near areas to the towns the population of animals has diminished considerably, arriving in some you dig to put in danger of extinguishing to several species; in spite of this, the fauna is very ruffle and varied, deserving special mention the beauty of the birds like the toucan of height, [colibríes] and kind of a [quetzal].


As for the geomorphology, the region of the Lagoons of Godfather has their formation in the era glacier of the quaternary, leaving a typical landscape with circuses and amphitheaters [escalonados] structuring the heads of the valleys glaciers that have the characteristic form of "U" how it are observed in the origins of the Sabanilla River next to these lagoons.

In most of the rocky blooming of the Park are distinguished strata [sedimentarios] of the Mioceno, well hit and partly cutlery for mantels [lávicos] and [piroclasticos] of the Pliocenico [volcanismo] it had already extinguished in the Pleistoceno.


The conformation of the relief has given rise to the formaci6n of four basins [hidrográficas]: a that it flow toward the Pacifies and the three remaining toward the great Amazon basin.

The waters that go toward the occident form the basin of the Catamayo River and are a series of small rivers like the Maco, Malacatos, Chiriguana, Cedral, Solamaco, Calanuma, Bells, Misquiaco and San Francisco.

We in the slope of the Amazon have: the basin of the Chinchipe River that originates in the mountain range of Paredones toward the south and their main tributaries are: I laugh Numbala, Gulch Wave, Loyola River and Rio Vergel.

The basin of the Zamora River that also originates in the mountain range of Paredones toward the north with their main tributaries: I laugh Sabanilla, Bombuscaro River, Jamboe River and River San Francisco.

The north south bifurcation of the mountain range of Paredones gives rise to the formation of the basin of the Nangaritza River with their main voluble the Numpatacaime River the Chumbiriaza River and Shaimi River.

In the region of the Picachos of the Condor, the summits but high of the central mountain range in this part from the Ecuador, they are the Lagoons of the Godfather that constitute one of the main attractive of the Park. The administration of the Park with the help of organisms of provincial development, Foundations, Universities, armed forces, etc., are insisted on minimize the maximum the potential dangers to the conservation of their resources since the deforestation, forests fires, the traditional hunt, the traffics of the wild life, the amplification of the agricultural horizon, the auriferous exploitation is between the potential dangers that this facing. Although it have a Plan of Handling, this this being [replanteado]. On the other hand the activities of ecotourist still are not important, but if it, the environmental education, the investigation on the part of the distant universities and the community work.

3 Nurseries
On I of control
2 Rooms of projection
5 Cabins and
3 Paths autoguiede


- Mining
- Colonization
- Construction of roads
- stealthy Hunt, etc. 



1.- Help us to maintain clean the place, placing the garbage in the destined places it you stop.
2.- Bound their visit to the places pointed out by the Authorities of the Area.Is easy stray.
3.- Take in agreement cautions to the climate and height.
4.- all type of weapons is prohibited. don't need them!
5.-should RESPECT the life of all the beings that they live in the Area don't damage hoist, trunks, stones, cabins, [parasoles], etc., recording names and drawings.
6.- anything without authorization doesn't collect, I/he/she/it/you don't scare, don't alarm or you pursue to the wild animals. EAST Is their HOME!
7.- The bonfires, hunt and fishing are [penadas] for the law.
8.- don't break the balance of the nature.
9.- should pay the "rate of entrance" fixed by law.
10.- Request information and/or denounce irregularities to the respective authorities.


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