History of Puerto Portovelo
Isla Corazon is a community ecotourism project which seeks to educate and preserve mangrove resources through education of residents and visitors. The project is managed by the community of Puerto Portovelo through ASOMANGLAR - Tourist Guides Association Native Trail Interpretive Mangrove Isla Corazon.
ASOMANGLAR was founded in 1998 with the purpose of managing and ensuring the ecosystem of Isla Corazon, the Portovelo Fishermen's Association took over management of the island as a tourist attraction in 1999 and through ASMANGISCO tour packages are offered within the protected area.
At the beginning received the support of the Coastal Resources Management PMRC (now absorbed him the Ministry of Environment) with training, building an elevated road through the mangroves and an interpretive center in the community. It was declared a Wildlife Refuge and Frigates Heart Island in 2002 by the Ministry of Environment, in this way is part of one of 44 protected areas of our country.
We believe that the bounty of our land should benefit Ecuadorians and therefore we have decided to join the Birdwatching Conservation Association which helps us connect to form a network of Ecuadorians dedicated to conservation and the birdwatching business.
Many thanks to our sponsor the Puluahua Hostal for helping us build and manage this web site so we can reach more people interested in saving the forest through our eco-tourism programs.
Check out this great partners for affordable birding programs that support the Ecuadorian people and businesses through the Bird Watching for Conservation Association.
Mashpi-Amagusa Reserve.- The site with the highest Choco Endemic birds in Ecuador. Visit and see the Indigo Flowerpiercer, Moss-backed Tanager, Rose-faced Parrot, and many more.
Pacto Sumaco.- Best birding option to visit the Sumaco Biosphere National Park and help the local community of Pacto Sumaco
Cueva de los Tayos.- This is a great place to see and photograph the Oilbirds close to Mindo.
Gareno Lodge - The best place to see the Rufous Potoo and to help the conservation of the Huaorani forest.
Refugio Paz de las Aves - A great place for bird watching difficult birds up close.
Recinto 23 de Junio - The best place to see the Long-wattled Umbrellabird and help conservation.
Pululahua Hostal - Birding Tours that conserve the forest and money.