The Bosque Seco Biosphere Reserve is located in southwestern Ecuador. The dry forests located within the reserve are the most extensive and best preserved in the country; however, their rarity makes them a conservation priority.
The Bosques de Paz Transboundary Biosphere Reserve includes seasonally dry forests that form the heart of the Endemic Region of Tumbes, one of the world's biodiversity hotspots. The reserve was formed by the joining of two existing biosphere reserves in Ecuador and Peru.
The Chocó Andino de Pichincha Biosphere Reserve is located in northern Ecuador, in the Pichincha province, northwest of the capital city of Quito. The region is considered a biodiversity hotspot. Many archaeological sites of the Yumbo culture can be found in the area.
The Macizo del Cajas Biosphere Reserve contains a large number of ecosystems, ranging from high mountains to coastal and marine areas along the Pacific. It also includes El Cajas National Park, which features a tundra vegetation on a spectacular jagged landscape.
The Podocarpus- El Condor Biosphere Reserve covers an area of over 2.6 million acres in southern Ecuador. This area, which includes the Podocarpus and El Condor National Parks, is considered to be one of the most important sites for biodiversity in the world.
Situated in the Pacific Ocean some 600+ miles from the South American continent, the protected areas of the Galápagos Islands include: the Galápagos National Park, the Galápagos Marine Reserve, and the Galápagos Biosphere Reserve.
Sumaco Napo-Galeras National Park is a protected area in northeastern Ecuador, situated in the provinces of Napo and Orellana in two sectors: the area of the Sumaco volcano and its adjacent areas and the Cordillera de Galeras. In 2010, UNESCO declared the park a Biosphere Reserve.
Yasuní National Park and Biosphere Reserve is situated within the Amazonian region of northern Ecuador. Arguably the most biologically diverse spot on earth, it occupies an area within the claimed ancestral territory of the Huaorani indigenous people.