"When we go into a forest that has not been interfered with by man, our thinking mind will see only disorder and chaos all around us.  It won't even be able to differentiate between life (good) and death (bad) anymore since everywhere new life grows out of rotting and decaying matter.  Only if we are still enough inside and the noise of thinking subsides can we become aware that there is a hidden harmony here, a sacredness, a higher order in which everything has its perfect place and could not be other than what it is and the way it is"


Eckhart Tolle from A New Earth



Reserva Ecologica Yanapana is a 50 hectare (125 acre) rainforest preserve in the Choco Bioregion of Northwest Ecuador at  0 14' 30" N,  78 46' 43" W Located on the west slope of the Andes at an elevation of 800 to 900 meters (1500 to 1800 feet), it is one of the few remaining protected areas of primary forest in this part of the country.  It is bordered on the North by the swift and muddy Rio Guayallabamba, and is adjoined by another protected area, the Reserva Rio Guaycuyacu.  The Rio Guaycuyacu, a clear pristine mountain stream, flows through the preserve.  The primary forest presents opportunities for birdwatching and other wildlife viewing.  The Rio Guaycuyacu is clear and cool, providing welcome relief from the mid-day heat.  The reserve is 32 kilometers (20 miles) northwest of Mindo, and three hours from Quito.    It is our intention to preserve the land from deforestation, and to provide protected habitat for the numerous species of birds and other wildlife.  For more information e-mail us at 


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