Tulipe is in the Choco Andean range. Pre-montane cloud forest is formed when hot equatorial air from the Pacific hits the steep slopes of the Andes, rises up and bathes the mountains with moisture and clouds. This cloud forest is known as the ‘Andean eyebrow’, due to its luxuriant vegetation. Since the forest is on a slope and the terrain is irregular, the sun’s rays are able to penetrate deeper, thereby encouraging a richer diversity of animal and plant life. Because of this unique climate combination, the forest is home to plants and animals unknown in other parts of the world. One of the most obvious features of cloud forest is an abundance of trees, shrubs, lianas and creepers as well as mosses, lichens, ferns, orchids, bromeliads and epiphytes on every tree and rock surface. Los Amigos del Bosque Tulipe-Pachijal is working towards minimising the damaging effects of deforestation and hunting currently threatening the area.