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OrganizationReserva Los Cedros
Program Costs$360 per month
Room & Boardincluded in program cost
Language RequirementsBasic Spanish
Los Cedros Reserve consists of 17,000 acres of premontane wet tropical forest and cloud forest. 2,650 acres of this is formerly colonized land, and the remaining is primary forest. The reserve is a southern buffer zone for the 450,000 acre Cotocachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve, and both are part of the Choco Phytogeographical Zone. The Choco region is one of the most biologically diverse and endemic habitats on Earth. Due to the severe threats to this area, Jose DeCoux, a North American who was living on land purchased for conservation since the 1980’s, teamed up with Centro de Investigacion de los Bosques Tropicales (CIBT) to buy up further land and legalize the reserve. Along with simply protecting the forest from further deforestation, the purpose of Los Cedros is to protect the four major watersheds within the reserve. This objective, however, requires hard work and dedication from a team of many enthusiasts.