Birding Galapagos Islands

Birding Galapagos Islands
Birding for Conservation

Monday, April 12, 2010

Papallacta Pass Antennas and Lakes – Cayambe-Coca Reserve

This amazing place at 4000 meters altitude (13,100 ft) is part of the Cayambe-Coca Reserve and lies at the top of the mountain range on the road that goes to Papallacta and Baeza. Its entrance is at the highest point in the highway before the descent begins and is on the left hand side when going towards Papallacta. There is a dirt road that leads to the park entrance check-point. If no one is at the chained gate, then open it and continue to the building to pay the park entrance fee, $5 for foreigners. This road is a great place to bird for the high altitude birds and also to admire the magical eco-system that the high altitude on the way up to the antennas.

          The Bar-winged Cinclodes

          The Stout-billed Cinclodes

          The Many-striped Canastero

           The Andean Tit- spinetail

      The magic Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe

                The Variable Hawk

     The Tawny Antpitta probably a juvenile.

This is truly a magical eco-system and must be visited!

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