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GUERRERO (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography to 1,600m 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (25-27th October, 2004)


Birding Site Guide

A good base to explore the sierra is Atoyac, where there are plenty of hotels and places to eat. Buses going along the coastal highway can drop you off at San Jeronimo where you can take a combi or colective taxi to Atoyac which take 10 minutes and cost N$5. We stayed at the Hotel Alameda which was N$140 for a double with TV. There may also be a place to stay in the small town of Paraiso but it is not really necessary as minibuses go along the paved road every half an hour from 06.00 and take just an hour. I got off before entering the town of Paraiso and started walking back along towards Atoyac. I found the critically endangered endemic Short-crested Coquette feeding on a tree with many pruple flowers. A Golden-crowned Emerald was also feeding on the tree and kept chasing the coquette away. Before the road goes down into the town a dirt track goes off to the left skirting the town. This is not the road mentioned in the site guide which leaves from in the town. The flowering bushes here had excellent birding in the early morning. After about 3km, the road forks with the main route carrying on to the right. A couple of km along here I saw the endangered endemic White-tailed Hummingbird feeding on small yellow flowers about 2m off the ground by the roadside. On our last day of birding we took the right fork and carried on up into the sierra, walking and hitching. Look out for large flocks of Lilac-crowned Parrots, Especially at dusk. It is 18km to the tiny village of Nueva Dehli where there are even a couple of houses that serve as restaurants or shops. Nueva Delhi is at 1,600m altitude and is between 18 and 21km from El Paraiso. The cloud forest starts at about km 25. A pick-up is supposed to pass at 17.00 which you can get a ride back down on, although it passed us at 15:30. Another vehicle passed later on. The whole area has a bad reputation for safety. It did not feel too bad and there was a lot of military about. Ask locally about safety. 87 species including 18 lifers. 

Species seen 

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse