Spectacular Gem: Lush Nature Reserve with Waterfalls & More
This stunning property in the cloud forest of southern Ecuador has been created and nurtured with the intention of it being a nature reserve where people can come enjoy the beauty of this jungle-like area. It consists of 6 hectares (15 acres), has a roaring river bordering it with FOUR waterfalls, a lovely stream, a house with an outdoor pool, productive trees, fish ponds, and more!
Throughout the property there are hiking trails so you can easily access and enjoy the awesome features of the property like the waterfalls. Speaking of waterfalls, the ones on this property are EPIC. Not only are they majestic to look at, but they are powerful! The current owner actually built a structure by one area of the river to house equipment for hydro-electricity. You can take the vision to the next level and actually start making hydro-electricity yourself!
On this property, there is a restored historic home that was built in the 1950s constructed with almond wood and other quality hardwoods. This home has at least four bedrooms, a kitchen dining area, and balconies. The walls and other updates have been done recently, so it is a completely livable home. You could even rent out rooms and make this into a hotel or bed and breakfast where nature enthusiasts can stay and explore the area. Behind the house is a deep swimming pool too. Having a livable home already built and ready to live in on properties in this area is not common, so this house is a huge benefit to the property.
About 17 years ago around 15,000 palm trees were planted on this property which means that in about 3 years, you can start extracting hearts of palm. This is just one way you can make back your investment in this land.
Another great feature of this property are two large fish ponds that house around 2000 tilapia. You can continue raising fish to sell or have for yourself.
Down by the river there is a quaint house built on a large rock right above the river. There is a loft as the bedroom with a kitchen and living area on the lower level. From this house you can truly hear the sound of the rushing river and be immersed in nature. It just needs some cosmetic finishing touches and it will be ready to live in. You could rent out this cabin too as a part of a nature adventure!
There is also another structure that was built with the intention of drying hard wood by means of the hydro-electricity.
This property borders another epic jungle property we have listed for sale, a 13-hectare property. Check out the listing HERE if you are interested in learning more about it. You could purchase both properties and have an even larger spread of land.
The property is about 15 minutes south of the little town of Valladolid right off the main highway. The road from Loja to Valladolid is paved (the Pan American Highway). This makes trips to Vilcabamba and Loja for staple goods and economical building supplies easier.
There is no dry season in Valladolid so it maintains its green vibrancy year-round. It is a pleasant climate for being in the orient as it is not too hot or too cold, just slightly humid which is conducive for growing all sorts of crops year-round. Valladolid is one of the closest tropical oases to Loja as the surrounding forests connect to national parks (like Podocarpus) and the Amazon Forest.
Location: Valladolid, Zamora-Chinchipe, Ecuador
Property Size: 6 hectares (15 acres)
Population (town): 1,231 inhabitants
Elevation (town): 1634.00m (5360.89ft)
Distance to Vilcabamba: about 1 hour in car
Distance to Loja: about 2 hours in car
Distance to the Airport (Catamayo): about 2.5 hours in car
Average annual rainfall (Valladolid): 1247 mm (49.1 in.) *
-Estimated Closing Costs: $5,000