Where Are Ecuador's National Parks & Reserves?


There are national parks and nature reserves located in every region of Ecuador. Some parks are, however, more accessible than others.

Needless to say, the Galápagos National Park is the best known park in Ecuador. Expect to see a range of animals here, including blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, and sea lions.

The Machalilla National Park is located along Ecuador's coast. This park has great whale watching and impressive white-sand beaches.

The Sangay National Park is situated in Ecuador's Central Sierra. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to three volcanoes and a wide range of plants and animals.

The Cayambe Ecological Reserve, located in the Northern Sierra, is one of Ecuador's most geographically diverse areas. Travelers can explore rainforests, alpine tundras, and lakes within this reserve.

Finally, in the Amazon, travelers can visit the Yasuní National Park or Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, both of which offer access to dense rainforests and wild jungles.