About Us

The Farallones Foundation is an environmental NGO founded in 1987 by a group of citizens committed to the conservation of the Farallones National Park in Cali, and more specifically, to the protection and restoration of the middle and upper  basins of the Pance River.

By converting cattle farms to forested areas, as well as creating research programs, environmental education initiatives and sustainable development projects, the Farallones Foundation  has been able to carry out extensive biological investigation and research while also accomplishing the successful recovery of the forest canopy in the area. As a result of the flow and quality of the water, the Pance river is considered to be one of the best preserved in Colombia.

The Farallones Foundation facilitates the process of awareness and understanding, solidifying environmental action in favour of respect for all life and social development.

Through restoration, monitoring and maintenance of the forests, we are ultimately protecting the Pance River,  the Yotoco River and the Valle River (In Bahia Solano). To achieve this, we have laid-out four areas of action: 

 Gallito de roca: Ave habitante de los Farallones e inspiradora de la Fundacion

We have managed conservation projects and environmental restoration initiatives of more than 3,400 hectares.




Environmental Education

We have developed our own methods and learning materials to offer practical educational tools for environmental conservation.

The conservation program  has facilitated research on phenological, biogeographical and ethnobotanical studies.


Sustainable Development

Along with our own programs, we have worked with neighbouring communities to create new sustainable development projects.


To preserve and restore the forest canopy of the Pance River , the Yotoco River  (Cali and Yotoco municipalities, Valle del Cauca Department) and the Valle River basins (Bahía Solano municipality, Chocó Department), through active research projects, education initiatives, and the training of new leaders in environmental and community development.

Our Mision

By the year 2026, the Farallones Foundation will have  established a Research Center supported by  Colciencias, Colombia's Administrative Department of Science, Technology, and Innovation, and an arboretum in the Pance River basin. The organization  will have become a leader in conservation, ecological restoration, research, and environmental education.

Our Vision

In 2002, the Madreselvas Greenhouse became part of the Farallones Foundation as the primary supplier of forestry material and supporter of the organization.


In 2005, the Foundation began to expand its ecological restoration and conservation efforts to other parts of the country, such as the Valley River Basin in Bahía Solano, Chocó, and a rural area adjacent to the Yotoco Natural Forest Reserve, in the Hato Viejo municipality, Yotoco.

Reserva Hato Viejo, Yotoco, Valle del Cauca
 Programa de Educación Ambiental, El Valle, Chocó

The reforestation efforts, ecological management and maintenance initiatives carried out by the Farallones Foundation have stimulated greater community participation, local institutional development, and the  creation of a network of nature reserves. Presently,  all of them have been restored to vibrant forested areas, preserved and protected from human encroachment and natural resource exploitation including hunting, mining, and logging activity.


 Programa de Educación Ambiental, El Valle, Chocó


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The Farallones Foundation would like to convey its gratitude to all the people who have, in one way or another, contributed to the different stages of the organization’s history and have expressed continued support for the development of this organization.