Ecuador // Guayaquil and the southern coast //


Entrance to the reserve, which is run by the Fundación Pro-Bosque, is a thirty-minute bus ride from Guayaquil (every 10min), on any service to Playas, Santa Elena, La Libertad or Salinas from the main bus terminal. Look for the big sign for the Bosque Protector Cerro Blanco on the right-hand (north) side of the highway, where the driver will drop you off. From here it’s a fifteen-minute walk up a clearly marked track to the information centre. On weekends you can just turn up, but on weekdays you should book ahead on t 04/2874946 or t 2874947. Should you want to stay, there’s a pleasant two-room bamboo lodge ($16–20) and a free camping area with decent facilities; the site also has a small café-restaurant which opens on weekends. Many of the trail guides ($7–12 per group; some speak English) are biology students from Guayaquil University. There are usually several about, but it’s worth phoning ahead to book one, particularly if you want to take the Sendero Buena Vista Largo walk.

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