Yanayacu Biological Station
At an elevation of 6890 feet (2,100 meters), the land around the YanaYacu Biological Station is 80 percent primary forest, which you’re encouraged to explore on foot. At the center, learn about the scientific research, which focuses on indigenous insects and birds, of which there are more than 320 species in the area. Come for the day or as part of a multi-day tour that includes a cruise through the Amazon. Leaving from Iquitos, luxury vessels with all the amenities float on the rivers, making stops to explore the forest on hiking adventures, fishing for piranha, going on a night safari in the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve.
Things to Know Before You Go
- YanaYacu Biological Station is an ideal spot for scientists, students, and nature lovers with a strong interest in volunteering time for environmental conservation projects. *The research facility offers housing and other facilities to visitors, including a kitchen, a library, and office space.
- Express your interest in joining the team of volunteers and researchers by contacting the organization in advance.
How to Get There
The YanaYacu Biological Station is on the slopes of Antisana Volcano, about 80 miles (127 kilometers) southeast of Quito. The facility is a 10-minute walk away from west of Cosanga, a small town on the road between Baeza and Tena, the capital city of the Napo Province. To reach Cosanga, you must take the bus from either Tena or Baeza or travel by car. There is no direct bus to the station.
When to Get There
Visits to the station can be pleasant and productive all throughout the year. Peak season in Quito runs from June to September, coinciding with the Ecuadorian dry season. Throughout the year, the high-altitude climate is constant with generally cool temperatures and chilly nights. To experience the city in party mode, come visit from February to April for Carnival and Semana Santa.
The History of the Station A labor of love that turned into a serious center for scientific research, YanaYacu Biological Station was founded in 1999 by Harold Greeney when he was a masters student of entomology. Selling off his possessions and artwork to buy the 247-acre (100-hectare) property, he soon attracted volunteers and donations of equipment and money from supportive conservationists.
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