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QUINDIO (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (14th-17th August, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

El Mirador is another PROAVES reserve. To get there, take a bus to Armenia and another one from there to Genova (1700m altitude) costing 5,500 pesos. From Genova it is about another 10km to the end of the road at a different place called Jardin (at 2,600m). This is best done by paying for a jeep to take you up (30,000 pesos). It takes about 50 minutes along a very bad road. With prior notice, the Guardaparque will meet you here and take you up to the house on horseback which takes about 2 hours. The house is basic but has some beds and even hydroelectric-powered lights. Meals are provided here and you can pay at the PROAVES office in Bogota (where your stay should be organized in advance). You will need a guide to show you round the reserve. The project manager called Querubin showed me around for 3 days and I got to see most of the species I was after. 

A trail goes up to the Paramo from the house and at the upper forest we were lucky enough for a group of 7 Rufous-faced Parakeets to fly into the tree next to us. This is supposedly a difficult species to see. We saw about 25 Fuertes Parakeets feeding less than 10m and a similar-sized group of Golden-plumed Parakeets from a clearing near a house called 'Brillante'. 

I saw 104 species including 10 lifers 
Species seen 

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse