Nuestra Empresa

Nuestra Empresa

At a glance

Ecuagenera Cia. Ltda. is a family owned company specialized in the production and the conservation of orchid species and hybrids. After many years of hard-work and scientific studies on orchids, we are leaders in Ecuador and around the world in the discovery, conservation and propagation of species and new hybrids.

Our company has its headquarters in the valley of Gualaceo, in the beautiful Ecuadorian Andes, at 2,250 meters above  the sea level. Moreover, the seven branches of the company located across the country offer you a wide selection of orchids (see our shops) and our five natural reserves, a unique lookout of a wide range of wild orchids and Amazonian panoramas.

The company employs more than 80 collaborators across the whole country. Thanks to their genuine know-how on orchids, we export all around the world more than 8000 varieties during international exhibitions.

Our team also gives lectures in more than 60 shows and conferences around the world where we proudly represent Ecuador and display the natural wealth of our country.



Our mission

Our mission is not only to preserve the extensive collection of native orchid species built by the missionary priest Angel Andreetta, but also to participate in protecting, growing and marketing Ecuadorian species of ornamental plants.


We also aim at establishing a sustainable management of the Ecuadorian natural resources thanks to the preservation and conservation of orchid species.


By providing research and recreational tours throughout the country, our goal is also to raise awareness among orchid aficionados and visitors about the protection and preservation of biodiversity and natural resources; and to make one discover some of the most beautiful natural environments in the world.


Our history

The origin of our company dates back to the 50s when the Salesian Father Angel Andreetta, came to the the area of the canton Gualaquiza Bomboiza in the eastern province of Morona Santiago. In Bomboiza, a place favored by the abundance of gold deposits and in many species of orchids, Andreetta began the research process, selection and collection of orchid species, becoming the pioneer of this activity in the region. Product of this effort was the possibility to participate for the first time for Ecuador in a World of Orchids Exhibition held in Colombia in 1968.

Hoping that this activity would continue, Andreetta finds the help of a young man who discovers a great love for nature: Mario Portilla, who would become his main ally for many years. Later Andreetta continued his activities ofs collecting orchids in the hacienda in Paute Yumacay Salesian. Meanwhile the need arose to create a company that would be dedicated to the preservation and marketing of orchid plants.

In 1991 José Portilla, younger brother of Mario, who showed a keen interest in this activity, is invited to participate.

February 1992 marks the beginning of the new company, by May of that year the company was legally incorporated under the name of Ecuadorian Genres Ecuagenera Cia. Ltd. The Portilla brothers were its founders and Andreetta their advisor. It was to this company that was responsible for the preservation of Andreetta orchid collection, until today it is carefully preserved to ensure the maintenance and reproduction of these species.

In 1993 Ecuagenera was the first Ecuadorian company that obtained legal permission to export plants from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).



Father Angel Andreetta