Description of the circuit :
Experience Pichincha Volcano´s Andean forests, and explore their origins, fauna and flora.
Travel Theme :
Naturalistic observations, ornithology, photography
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Physical Level :
Medium, rhythm easy, Maximum height: 3400meters above sea level
Day 1: Quito - Yanacocha - Quito
El Pichincha is another of the active volcanoes that attracted Humboldt during his long stay in Quito. His desire was to try to determine with different measurements the origin of terrestrial volcanic activity and the geological functioning of the earth. The exploration of the altitudinal gradients of the Andes helped him to establish his famous Naturgemälde, a map of "Geography of Plants in the Tropical Countries".
The Yanacocha Reserve, located on the western slope of that same Pichincha volcano, protects a typical vegetation of one of these altitudinal floors (or layers) so valued by the Prussian explorer. This highly-biodiverse high-Andean forest of great importance for the conservation of certain rare and endangered species is the last known sanctuary of black-chested Puffleg (Eriocnemis nigrivestis), one of the hummingbirds with the smallest distribution area in America.
When leaving the Ecuadorian capital early we will take the eco-scenic route of the hummingbird that will take us along different altitudinal gradients, between 2800 and 3500 meters high, going through Walloon forests, ravines and area of crops and pastures. Upon entering Yanacocha, we will begin our observation journey between ornithology, geology, botany and history.
The vegetal cover of this private reserve of more than 1200 hectares protects a great diversity of floral species, but also of birds, mammals and insects. It has also been, since pre-Hispanic times, an area of great importance for water, and still is for the Ecuadorian capital. Its abrupt terrain is undoubtedly the factor that marks this diversity, both faunal (Mazama, spectacled bear, Condors) and floral (Polylepis, Fuchsias, Orchids, etc ..). We will take lunch at the restaurant of the reserve accompanied by several species of Hummingbirds and there we will learn a little more about the project of the Jocotoco Foundation, which manages this protected area. Return to Quito in the middle of the afternoon.
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