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In the Bird’s Foot Hill you have the opportunity to see impressive natural surroundings and also the situation of the reserve and the threats it faces.
Pedernales is located in the province of Manabi, and only 193 KM away from Montecristi Golf Club.
Here you can find some of the most beautiful beaches of the coast including San Cristobal, La Chorrera, Frailes, Punta Palmar (some people say the equator runs through this beach), La Cabuya and the beautiful Coaque, less visited than the rest and where some remains of aboriginal ceramic from the Jama-Coaque culture can still be found.
Through this city runs the coastal mountain range and its highest peak is Bird’s Foot Hill with about 845 meters above the sea level. This mountain range goes from Jama to Esmeraldas.
These mountains are the highest between Manabi and Esmeraldas and are filled with a tropical humid forest that was declared in 1995 as a protected area of 4333 hectares. It goes as low as 300 meters above the sea level.
The forest is filled with epifitas, Figueroa and Colorado trees that give it an exuberant appearance since all these are tall and thick trees.
The Bird’s Foot hill sits about 12 kilometers to the south and east of Pedernales, in the Atahualpa Canton next to the Pedernales – El Carmen road. The hill itself has an extension of about 3500 hectares of tropical forest and has a constant temperature of about 25 to 29 degrees Celcius.
The wildlife in this place is unique and it contains also a still unknown number of archaeological vestiges to be discovered.
The Third World Foundation is in charge of the protection of this hill, the same that has a condition of «public utility forest» and hence it is semi-protected. The foundation organizes excursions of one or more days for $10 per person per day.
The Hill has an enormous amount of fauna such as parrots, sainos, deer, tigrillos, hawks, pelicans, alcatraz, chorlitos, anteaters, armadillos, howling monkeys, guantas, cusumbo, squirrels, snakes, white eagles and many more. Just in birdlife, it is estimated around 180 different species.
The vegetation is varied. You can see here ferns and orchids and there are around 100 trees per hectare of land. The vertical structure is homogenous, so in any hectare, you will see the same number of trees, bushes, herbs, and epifites. The trees are all close to 25 meters high.
A visit to the Bird’s Foot Hill is an opportunity to know not only its impressive natural surroundings but also the political situation of the reserve and the threats it currently faces. The people at the Foundation also arrange visits to one of the few fully organic shrimp farms in the country.
Pedernales is also an entrance door to the impressive Mache Chindul reserve. However, the entrance by Esmeraldas is easier.o the political situation of the reserve and the threats it currently faces. The people at the Foundation also arrange visits to one of the few fully organic shrimp farms in the country.
Pedernales is also an entrance door to the impressive Mache Chindul reserve. However, the entrance by Esmeraldas is easier.
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