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SAN MARTIN (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (1st July, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

Rioja which is a small city with several places to eat, sleep and do internet. We stayed at the 'Rioca' at 20s for a double. Yacumama is a 'tourist complex' about 10-15 minutes’ drive towards Pomacochas from Rioja. There is a large sign on the main road where you turn right. The entrance is about 5 minutes from the main road. We went there in a car but you could easily catch a taxi or motor-tricycle. If it is not open first thing, you can walk along the track to the left of the entrance which goes along forest edge and open forest and has some very interesting birds including Capped Heron, Russet-crowned and Rufous-sided Crakes (both heard only), Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Pale-breasted Spinetail and Common Thornbird. In the complex itself, there are many palm trees good for Point-tailed Palmcreeper. Also there are some small lakes with kingfishers and the trail ends at a so called 'beach' by the Rio Negro from where we saw Striated Heron and Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture. In trees around the lakes we saw Lafresnayes Piculet, Dark-billed and Little Cuckoos and by the entrance we saw Gilded Barbet, Chestnut-breasted Seedeater and Chestnut-bellied Seed-Finch. There is a 1s fee to enter the complex. I saw 65 species including 6 lifers.

Species seen

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse