Focus: Community, Conservation and Construction.
An Ecolodge-within-Reserve, with rustic adobe houses/wood cabins/campsite; all with kitchen. Self-guided trail system. Family operated, self sustained project of conservation in Vilcabamba's wilco forest.
Set aside from normal agricultural practices in the year 2000, The “Bosque y Vegetación Protectores Rumi Wilco” represents the most biodiverse section of the inner valley of Vilcabamba. Its smallness (less than 40 hectares) and proximity to the village, makes it particularly valuable in the face of urbanizing forces. Home also to one of the most rare and enigmatic tree species in Ecuador, the Wilco (Anadenanthera colubrina), whose range extends little outside the valley proper.
At present, 139 species of birds have been identified in the nature reserve. We presume the total number has yet not been reached.
Costs & Benefits
Volunteers will live at the Eco lodge with other possible guests. Rooms are shared, perhaps private; there are 2 well-furnished kitchens used by volunteers and travellers. Volunteers help max 4hrs/day; 5days/week. Most work is in open air and includes: trail/Eco lodge maintenance, reforestation, riverbank repair, organic gardening, minor construction, shade-grown coffee picking/processing, making marmalades, etc.
$5.60/day including food and accommodation.
No specific skills are required for volunteers in general. Scientists or students interested in tropical ecology or other topics may perform their activities –under the pertinent norms- on the Reserve’s lands. Volunteers over 18 years old, Spanish, English, French and Italian are spoken.
Rumi Wilco Nature Reserve and Ecolodge
Location: Loja - Ecuador
Average cost per day:$6
Focus: Community, Conservation and Construction
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old