domingo, 26 de marzo de 2017

BOMBOLÍ CLOUD FOREST


Welcome to the Ecological Reserve Bombolí Cloudforest. This beatiful reserve is cared for by an Ecuadorian couple who firmly believes in the conservation and preservation of nature. Oswaldo (Oswaldito) Haro Aguirre, 72, and his wife Mariana (Marianita) Pérez, 62, bought this property over 34 years ago with only one goal in mind, to restore the land. Never did they imagine that the reserve would gain such recognition. The name “Bombolí” was second in line for this paradise, first was “El Eden” or “Eden” but Oswaldito was not satisfied with the name. He thought the name should be more significant, which is why he chose “Bombolí” keeping it basic and naming it after the hill it is on. The hill has a shape like a “bomba” or a balloon.



Oswaldito spent his entire life on a farm always dedicated to the looking after of livestock, veterinarian work, ecological and biological work, so daily life in Bombolí was nothing new for him. Marianita also grew up on a farm on the outskirts of Quito and always had a passion for animals. However, all the knowledge that she has gained aside from animal care, she has learned through hands on experience side by side with her husband.


Nearly after 9 years of restoration efforts, Oswaldito and Marianita made the decision to open their creation and home to the tourism industry. Maintaining an ecological reserve demands a lot of time, attention and of course revenue. Both saw it as an opportunity to share their accomplishments with the world. The tourism was not and is not a constant and dependable income; however it contributes greatly to their economy. Oswaldito enjoys teaching and spreading as much awareness as possible. Marianita said “Aqui se ve la mano del hombre y el trabajo que se ha hecho”, which means that here at the reserve you can see the manual labor and the hard work that went into the land. The reserve does not and has never received any financial help from institutions and it is very hard to uphold such a large piece of land between two people.


They also saw the chance to make a profit from their homemade products and livestock. They wanted to industrialize their cheese, jams, chocolate, caramelized condensed milk, butter and yogurt in an artisanal way. All the proceeds go to the maintenance of the reserve.


This tedious and rigid undertaking with time unfortunately took a toll on Oswaldo´s health, and at one point the couple thought seriously about selling the reserve. With much refusal and hesitation from their children, the couple decided against it. Their daughter said to them “mi papá está en cada hoja aquí”, meaning, my father is a part of every leaf here, which made them realize that they could not sell what they put so much dedication and love into over the years. Because of this wise decision, we can still enjoy the delights and enchantment of this unspoiled seventh heaven today!

CONSERVATION EFFORTS



Reforestation
  • Forest restoration with native tree and woody plant species
  • Forest Protection: conservation easements to give long term protection to restored and vulnerable forests
Education
  • Agro ecology Work-Study Scholarship

Agriculture
  • Improve production and soil fertility on existing crop land
  • Promote and improve fruit tree production
  • Process, add value to, and market organic food and handmade products
Ecotourism
  • Educational tours and cross cultural exchange program visits
The Ecological Reserve Bombolí consists of 110 acres of primary forest and 80 acres of secondary forest at an altitude of 3,200 meters above sea level. Here we can observe over 200 species of orchids and 4 different types of ferns.  A variety of birds can also be found in this high altitude Cloudforest. In addition numerous waterfalls also reign in this paradise.




FACILITIES & ACCOMMODATIONS
The reserve has 4 rooms total with a maximum capacity of 16 people. It offers basic lodging in 4 rooms that can be modified depending on the needs of the guests into matrimonial, double, triple and quadruple. Every room has a private bathroom with hot water that is heated with a boiler.
A living room and kitchen that are located inside of Oswaldito and Marianita´s home are open for the guests use.  Bombolí is hidden away under the umbrella of a fern forest, so it has limited resources. There is very little cell phone service and no electricity. However, the house stays very warm and lit with fireplaces and candles and Marianita even puts a hot water bottle in your bed before you go to 
sleep.



TOURS 


At Bombolí not only do you have the chance to experience the wonders of nature but also have the opportunity to combine a variety of tours.  We can combine a visit to Bombolí with the train or a visit to a close by rose plantation. Or for more adventurous spirits, we can combine horseback riding and rafting activities.

-          Bombolí Full Day
-          Bombolí 2 Days
-          Train and Bomboli
-          Roses & Orchids
-          Bombolí & Rafting 2 Days

-          Active Adventure 2 Days


For more information about tours to Bombolí,
please contact to:

FRANCISCO GUAYASAMIN
Travel Agent and Tour Guide
canelatravelsur@yahoo.es
Mobile & Whatsapp: (593) 986588 404
Phone: (593) 2 6042845
Skype: Francisco Guayasamin 

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