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Arashá & Biodiversity Hot Spots
What is ARASHÁ?
 
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ARASHÁ is much more than Ecuador's Tropical Forest Resort & Spa and more than the exotic and delicious fruit of this unique region, which was the inspiration for our name.

It is located less than two hours and a half by car from Quito, Ecuador in the middle of the richest, most biodiverse "Hot Spot" on the globe. With its ecologically sensitive bungalows, ARASHÁ offers its guests a glimpse at the richness and tranquility of this most fragile region combined with the finest in tropical comfort.

From having a stress-relieving aromatic massage, to participating in any one of our many educational ECO-tours, to making chocolate out of cacao seeds or an aromatic cup of coffee from beans. ARASHÁ is an experience that appeals to all senses. Just float away wherever you want to go. Selected movies in the midst of the jungle ? Certainly, Sangay Theather is waiting for you.

Recognized several times by prestigious international tourism organizations as the finest resort in Ecuador, ARASHÁ has now been honored internationally for its impeccable personalized service, exquisite cuisine, and exceptional accommodations. Once here, guests are sure to find life's poetry in every corner of this unique paradise. amenities
What are Biodiversity “Hot Spots”?
 
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Biodiversity "Hot Spots" are unique places on earth set apart by exceptional levels of plant endemism and by serious levels of habitat loss. In order to qualify as a "hotspot", a region must meet two, very strict criteria.

  • First, it must contain at least 1,500 species of vascular plants as endemics.
  • Second, it must have lost at least 70% of its original habitat.
  • Very few "hot spots" left in our planet.
Where is ARASHÁ?
 

ARASHÁ is located in the richest “Hot Spot” on the globe, with more than 35.000 species of plants (which constitute roughly 10% of the planet).

Of these 35.000 species of plants, more than 50% are endemic to this area. This area also contains the largest variety of amphibians in the world, with over 664 distinct species and around 500 species of birds, wich most of them are endemic. At ARASHÁ you can watch over 176 species of birds. You will need more than one early morning wake up to see many of them.

Almost 450 amphibian species are listed as endangered and threatened. ARASHÁ is fully aware of this delicate issue and upon your visit, you will see the multiple conservation efforts that we have implemented as an organization and family.

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How many Biodiversity “Hot Spots” are left ?
 

They are only a few left and collectively, they constitute only 2.3% of the earth’s land surface. Yet, more than 50% of all plants and roughly 45% of all terrestrial vertebrate species are endemic to this region. Quite Amazing Indeed.

 

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