Sumaco Napo Galeras

This reserve can be described as the least explored or wildest areas on the planet. Entangled vegetation and steep slopes extending towards the Amazon are making it virtually impossible to access the area. It is located between three provinces; Napo, Orellana and Sucumbios. It is an area where the juxtaposition of geological structures has created diverse and isolated environments accommodating several special biological conditions.

This reserve can be described as the least explored or wildest areas on the planet. Entangled vegetation and steep slopes extending towards the Amazon are making it virtually impossible to access the area.

It is located between three provinces; Napo, Orellana and Sucumbios. It is an area where the juxtaposition of geological structures has created diverse and isolated environments accommodating several special biological conditions.

With a surface of 507.181 acre, this National Park houses a wide diversity of ecosystems, ranging from high mountains to cloud and lowland forests. The park altitudes range from 1.968 to 19.792 feet. The Napo Galeras mountain range has various rivers and springs running through its deep valleys.

Mountainous landscape can be observed in this Park, such as volcano cones, Sumaco, Pan de Azucar, Cerro Negro from where there is a spectacular view of several Andean mountains towards the west and extensive tropical rainforest towards the east. This area also conserves the river basins of several Amazonian rivers such as Quijos, Coca and Napo.

The Sumaco Volcano (19.792ft.) stands isolated from the rest of the Andes and it’s surrounded by lowland forests. This National Park is rich in animal species, including spectacle bear, bats, marsupials, armadillos, guams, and many bird, reptile and amphibian species. The most common plants found are cedar, canelo, and rubber trees. Native Indian Quichua communities and the archeological sites of the Cosanga culture are found close to this National Park. The area surrounding the Sumaco volcano was declared “Biosphere Reserve” by the UNESCO in the year 2000.


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