Landscape in El Angel ecological reserve in Ecuador.

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Reserva Ecológica El Ángel

Northern Highlands

The 16,000-hectare Reserva Ecológica El Ángel includes frailejones, rare, otherworldly plants with fuzzy leaves and thick trunks. From El Ángel, take the highway to La Libertad. Turn off at Libertad and continue 13km to the park.

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