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.
ECOTOURISM AND CONSERVATION
Many thanks to our sponsor the Pululahua 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 program.
Check out these great partners for affordable birding programs that support the Ecuadorian people and businesses through the Bird Watching for Conservation Association.
Laguna Paikawe - A tiniy Amazonian lake with big birds that are loved by Pedro.
Mashpi-Amagusa Reserve.- The site with the highest Choco Endemic birds in Ecuador: Indigo Flowerpiercer, Moss-backed Tanager, Rose-faced Parrot, and many more.
23 de Junio.- Stay at 23 de Junio for fantastic views of the Long-wattled Umbrellabird and help conservation.
Pacto Sumaco.- Best birding option to visit the Sumaco Biosphere National Park and help the local community of Pacto Sumaco.
Pululahua Hostal - Ecuador Birding Tours that conserve the forest and money.
Refugio Paz de las Aves - A successful birds for conservation project and get close to the anpittas with Angel.
Gareno Lodge - Visit the Rufous Potoo up close and help the conservation of the Huaorani forest.
Cueva de los Tayos.- See and photograph the Oilbirds close to Mindo