Los Cedros is a Protected Forest in the northwest of Ecuador, in the Tropical Andes and the Chocó region.

It is a 15.000 Acre wildlife refuge, founded in 1988 by Jose Decoux and a group of scientists, researchers and philanthropists from Ecuador and various parts of the world.

The Los Cedros Scientific Station is a private, non-profit initiative that provides services for visitors, researchers, and volunteers. For more than 30 years it has been the epicenter of the protection and care of Los Cedros Protected Forest.

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Visiting the reserve

Los Cedros Research Station welcomes short term visitors to a remote and adventurous piece of paradise.


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For scientists

The Research Station the Los Cedros Protected Forest welcomes researchers and conservationists to a virtually unexplored and uncatalogued area of the Neotropics.

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Volunteering at Los Cedros

Los Cedros Scientific Station is a private, non-profit initiative that relies heavily on the hard work and contribution of volunteers for its sustainability.

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Why visit Los Cedros?

No special effort is needed to enjoy life at Los Cedros. The reserve comes naturally equipped with phenomenal views in practically every direction, mountain breezes, incredible hammock spots, and all the lemon-grass tea you can drink.

Campaign for the rights of nature

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History will remember December 1, 2021, as the day that nature won. On that date, the Constitutional Court of Ecuador, the highest court in the nation, chose to uphold the landmark Rights of Nature provisions in Ecuador’s constitution, safeguarding the Los Cedros forest from the threat of mining

A place where people relax

Thanks to the tide of clouds that roll up and down through the mountains, the panoramas are ever-changing in depth and character.

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