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CHEPO near CHITRE (Compass)

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Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (7-8th March, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

This site is easily reached by walking from the small town of Chepo (with very friendly people). Chepo has a hotel ($5 per person) and also possibly a cabaña for rent. Ask at a shop after the church on the left with a sign (Ab. Jose y Joel). There are several shops and a restaurant in town. Chepo is 17km from the larger town of Las Minas where there are also apparently rooms for rent (ask locally). Las Minas is reached easily by hourly minibuses ($2) from Chitre bus terminal. The journey takes 1 hour. The first bus leaves at 6am and the las bus back from Las Minas leaves at 6pm. Transport from Las Minas to Chepo is more troublesome. There are several 'transportes' (pick-up trucks) every day but the times vary and they can be so crowded as to refuse to pick up further passengers. We got stuck in Chepo for the night despite waiting from 2:30pm. Trucks usually leave Las Minas at about 6, 7, 8 and 10am and the last one returns from Chepo at about 4. It is difficult to bird Montuoso on a day trip from Chitre and is better to stay. From the centre of Chepo follow the road along past a tiny church on the left and after a while take a left turn down the hill where the road splits. Follow this road along to a school and turn left down to a stream. Cross this and follow the road up right and into the forest. Brown-backed Dove is easily heard sounding very similar to the call of White-tipped Dove. I also got a good view of it. The forest has good birding and is definitely worth spending at least a couple of days birding here. I saw 55 species including 7 lifers. 

Species seen

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse