Welcome to Reserva Biológica Bilsa
Rugged adventurers looking to get truly off the beaten path and into nature should head to Reserva Biológica Bilsa, 30km west of Quinindé. Crashing waterfalls and spectacular wildlife adorn this 30 sq-km reserve in the Montañas de Mache. Biodiversity is exceptionally high in these last vestiges of premontane tropical wet forest, with howler monkeys, endangered birds, jaguars and pumas all present. The reserve, administered by Fundación Jatun Sacha, sits in the 1200-sq-km Mache Chindul Ecological Reserve, which ironically only preserves 2% or 3% of the original forest from the area, the rest being used for logging, oil and other industrial enterprises.
This trip is for the hardy: rainy season access (January to June) requires hiking or mule-riding a mud-splattered 25km trail.