Surface area : 506 350 acres /

between 1 640 and 12 241 ft (500 and 3 732 meter) /

Protected since: 1994


For several years, the area around the Sumaco volcano east of Baeza has been declared the Sumaco-Galeras National Park. The park, which is located in the provinces of Napo and Orellana, has hardly any infrastructure and information about the park is still very limited. This is one of the reasons why it is one of the least traveled parks in Ecuador.

The park has some major attractions: the Sumaco volcano and its peaks and the mountain peaks of Negro and Pan de Azucar and the Napo Galeras. A path has been mapped out for visitors that passes six high peaks before reaching the Sumaco volcano.

The easiest way to visit the park is to take the Hollin-Loreto road to the village of Guagua Sumaco and from there take the road to Pacto Sumaco. From there you can get to the lake of Pacto Sumaco along a difficult road and after a tough hike and possibly even to the top of the Sumaco. This is the only road that actually penetrates the park, although it takes almost two days of walking.

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