Cayambe Coca Ecological Reserve is a nature reserve in Ecuador located along the Equator a little over 38 km (24 mi) from Quito. The park encompasses an area of 4,031.03 km2 (996,090 acres).
Large birds such as the Andean Condor and Variable Hawk are commonplace in the skies above the reserve. Bears, foxes, and deer make up some of the larger animals of the reserve. Páramo Rabbits and armadillos are the smaller fauna. There are 106 species of mammals (including the Mountain tapir, Cougar and Culpeo), 395 species of birds, 70 reptiles and 116 amphibians.
Habitats range from Páramo grasslands to montane cloud forests. Bunch grass, ferns, and lycopodium are the most common plants and ground cover. There are over 100 species of endemic plants.
There are indigenous communities living within the protected area such as the Kichwa community of Oyacachi in the Napo Province and the A'i (Cofán) community of Sinangoé in the Sucumbíos Province.
 Tourist attractions
- The hot springs at Papallacta are visited for relaxing in the spas and the nearby highland prairies are frequented for fishing and bird watching.
- Cayambe Canton includes the Pambamarca pre-Incan Structures, Sun and Moon temples in Puntiatsil and part of the Inca Trail.
- The Cayambe volcano is a snow-topped volcano at 5790 meters.
- Lake Puruhanta: located in the North, the lake has trails, camping as well as ancient ruins (called "la Mesa") and diverse flora and fauna.
- Lago San Marcos: The lake has a 2 hour nature walk where diverse flora and fauna can be seen.
- Oyacachi community and prairie
- The San Rafael Waterfall with a height of 131 metres (430 ft) is one of the most impressive features of the park and the tallest waterfall in Ecuador. It is part of the Quijos river and can be seen from the road.
- Quijos Valley (Cultural and Natural tourism)
- Cofán de Sinangoe community and their plains
- Other Summits: Sarahurco (4725 m), Reventador Volcano (3485 m), Cerro Puntas (4452 m)
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