Churute Ecological Reserve & La Lagartera dam.
Manglares Churute Ecological Reserve is located in Guayas province, approximately 25miles southeast from Guayaquil city. It encompasses a total area of 50,000ha and has one of the greatest mangrove forest along the Ecuadorian coast. This reserve is located in the Gulf of Guayaquil right at the mouth of the Guayas River. The reserve also includes a shallow lake named El Canclón, due to the presence of a population of Horned Screamers (Anhima cornuta) or Canclón in Spanish. The mangrove forest in the reserve represents 67% of the entire protected area. We can visit the mangrove forest with motor canoes that will be traveling along the narrow estuaries. A variety of aquatic bird fauna will be easily detected during the birdwatching trip such as Roseate Spoonbills, Magnificent Frigate birds, Neotropical Cormorant, Anhinga (rare), Tricolored Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Osprey, Common Black Hawk, Rufous-necked Wood Rail, Comb Duck (rare), Muscovy Duck (fairly common), Black-necked Stilt among others.
The reserve also contains several hills or low elevation mountains that encompass an important stand of secondary mature semi-deciduous forest characterized with tall trees or high canopy and dense understory. Important is the presence of heliconias and palms of different sorts. There is one trail used for nature and bird watching, this is the Howler Monkey Trail which follows a small creek and can be quite steep in some parts. Along this trail it is possible to observe Long-tailed Hermit, Band-tailed Barbthroat, Red-billed Scythebill, Jet Antbird, Dusky Antbird, Royal Flycatcher, Gray-breasted Flycatcher, Gray-and-Gold Warbler and Mantled Howler Monkeys.