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Limoncocha Reserve is located in the Amazon region, in the province of Sucumbios. One of its most important natural beauties is the Limoncocha lagoon. It has a great biodiversity and is one of the most attractive places in the area.



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Limoncocha Biological Reserve is located approximately 210 km AT east of Quito in the Canton Shushufindi, belonging to the Limoncocha parish. The reserve has an area of ​​4613 hectares and a height that exceeds 200 m.a.s.l. It was created on September 23, 1985 by Ministerial Agreement No 394 (published in the Official Gazette No 283 on October 1, in the same year).


Limoncocha Lagoon, in ancient times called Capucui lagoon, has fluvial origin, made up with an arm of the Pishira River. It is located 210 km at the east of Quito and 3.2 Km north of the outfall of the Napo River. Its flat bottom reaches a maximum depth of 2.3 m. The lagoon is surrounded by aquatic and semi-aquatic vegetation. The western side of the lake shows the presence of abundant filamentous algae. Also in this area there is several water sources exploited in domestic labor by the people who live near the lagoon.


The area is characterized by the presence of marshes that are permanently flooded and poorly drained. One of the most characteristic marshes is the Moretales Marshes Soil: Soils formed by alluvial fine-grained material and large accumulations of organic matter.


Equally, in hydrological terms, the headwater of Napo River represents an important water resource for the region.  It is located in the Cordillera de los Andes, under the influence of glacial-snow system of the Andes and precipitations associated with the foothills of the Cordillera Oriental along with the system of the tropical rainforest of the lowlands. Here there are very old fossil remains. These last ones are safeguarded in the Archaeological Museum of Pompeya, a place with huge cultural value, located within the Reserve.


   On the other hand, the highlight wildlife area is called Holdrige. This life zone is characterized by a tropical rainforest with rainfall precipitations between 3000-4000 mm. and an average temperature range between 18 º and 36 º C. Also this area is known as Amazonic Hylea.


how to get there

Limoncocha can be reached by different ways. There are some paths that are longer but much touristic than others.


From the cities of Lago Agrio and Coca you can go to this reserve.


From Coca, you must travel by boat down the Napo River to the town of Pompeya. The trip takes 3 hours and continues overland to Limoncocha.

From Lago Agrio, you must take the road to Sacha, continue to Sushufindi on a journey of 130 km of gravel road to arrive at Limoncocha.


ue to the indiscriminate exploitation of oil, Limoncocha is in danger. If you want to visit this place, we recommend you to contact your travel agency or tour operator of choice.

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