Posted by: sextobi2013 | June 26, 2013

VISTING NATIONAL PARK YASUNÍ/Marco Gallegos

VISITING NATIONAL PARK YASUNÍ

by: Marco Gallegos Núñez

Biodiversity in the world is very important. Right? One of the most biodiversities in Teherán world is in the Yasuní national park in Ecuador! This national park is located between the provinces of Pastaza and Orellana. It’s the largest national park in this little country. This park protects endengered species of Ecuador for the next generations. It has a size that more or less 9820 square kilometers. This national park has the Napo river and the Curaray river. Keep reading.

Some animals that live here in the park are: jaguars, capuchine monkeys, red frogs, black frogs, frogs (multicolor), snakes, owls, parrots, multicolor butterflies, crocodiles, lizards, spiders, monkeys, tigrillos, tapirs, lazy bears, water turtles, ground turtles,etc. Thore are like 1762 species of trees in all the park, but maybe there are like 2244 species of trees in all the park. Only in one section of the park there were like 644 species of trees. There was also registrated more than 450 species of lianas. There are also flowers and palm trees. Some of this plants and animals are endengered like the jaguars and the monkeys.

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In this national park, you can only do camping and wike because there aren’t so many mountains were you can climb or ski. You can also fish and navigate in this huge rivers (Napo river and Curaray river). You can also sing the typical songs near to the flame.

You can get there by getting to the city of “El Puyo” and tren you go in the highway E45 and in the first intersection you turn to the right, then you go straight and in the first intersection you go to the right and then you get to the park

I will recomend you that, if you there, be carefull. Why? Because there is a war between the Huaoranis and the Taromenanes. This war started because one day, early tares before, the Huaoranis took a girl of 15 years los (member of the Taromenanes). Then, they started the war.

Anoínter interesting fact, is that, some students from the Yale University, found a fungi that can save the world! why? Because this fungi degrades the plastic and without plastic the isn’t contamination in the world anymore

Posted by: sextobi2013 | June 26, 2013

YASUINI NATIONAL PARK

The Yasuni national park is an excellent place where you are able to do a lot of fun activities and also you can enjoy the in the flora and the fauna diversity. In this magical place, you can be easily connected with the nature. The Yasuni national par was established as a national park in 1989. It’s in the middle of the provinces of Orellana and Pastaza.

The Yasuni national park is a Paradise of flora and fauna, because of it high diversity. The Yasuni national park has a world record of 150 different types of amphibians like frogs, crocodiles, reptiles and those kinds of species. It also has more tan 121 species of reptiles. There are also harpy eagles, alsin turkeys, mallards, etc. In addition, there are a lot of mammals like panthers, dolphins (pink), bats, mice, etc. Its fauna consists of mushrooms (which grow in the top of high trees), lichen, palms, fungi, ferns (2444 different types), mosses, bromeliads, chontaduro, etc.

There you can’t do so activities such as picnics, downhill, travelling in a boat. While you are there you are able to enjoy and spend some quality time with your family.

It’s one of the biggest national parks in Ecuador. It also has more species of trees than other park in Latin America. It is an amazing and beautiful place, where you can basically relax and enjoy your day.

Posted by: sextobi2013 | June 25, 2013

Llanganates national park/Nicole Alulema

A peaceful place, with hidden treasures, and a huge home for animals and plants, it is the Llanganates National Park.

Llanganates was founded as a national park in May 19, 1996. It has thousands of animals and plants; it is like a natural wildlife refuge .It is described as unknown and mysterious lands. It is located in the provinces of: Tungurahua, Cotopaxi, Napo, and Pastaza, but Tungurahua and Napo are the ones that have the hugest part of the park.

Llanganates National Park is the home of hundreds of animals and plants. It has deep valleys, rivers, and lots of waterfalls.

In the park you can find pumas, tapirs, weasels, spectacled bear, cervicabra, whitetail deer, wolf, sacha cuy, wild rabbit, night monkey, mouse of Andes.

There are more than 300 birds, but the main birds are: condor, patrige, quinde of Chimborazo, puffleg pechodorado and two types of humming birds: humming bird boy pants and the purple tail green humming bird.

This amazing park with unique flora and fauna will be a great adventure.

Bird watching through the beautiful trails is one of the major touristic attractions, but also you can camp, visit the lakes, enjoy the ride and take advantage of community tourism where you can share the knowledge of local people. Among its touristic attractions, this park has: waterfalls and nature trails, tarabitas that have made this special place and visited by domestic and foreign tourists.

Llanganates National Park is located 60 km north-east of the city of Ambato, on the way to. Other way to get there is going from Salcedo (Salcedo-Tena road), Patate, Baños, Green river, Black River, and Mera.  

Because it is a remote destination, it is recommended to contact a travel agency or tour operator.

The Cordillera de los Llanganates within the park, is known since ancient times due to the myth of the treasure of Atahualpa. They say that in these majesties a treasure is buried. The Cordillera has also the house of the history and legend of General Rumiñahui, who in a heroic struggle, safeguarded the treasures of the Kingdom of Quito. Llanganates in Quechua voice is read llaganati and means “beautiful hill”. 

The Incas turned the Llanganates in a ceremonial or “Huaca” very important, and extracted gold from its mountains creating a road infrastructure that today can be seen from the remains preserved.

The park Llanganates have been declared a “Gift to the Earth” because it has flora and fauna that caught the interest of scientists for being strange in the world, so it is important and necessary to conserve all native species in this place so that it remains a remarkable tourist attraction and preservation of the global ecosystem.

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MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK

By: Steven Lamiño

Machalilla National Park is an ecuadorian preserve area. This important park is in Manabí province, near PUERTO LÓPEZ and the rural parish of Machalilla. The park is also an archeological site . it was established in 1979.

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The Machalilla National Park is visited for its uniqueness, diverse landscape of 55,000 hectare park incorporates a variety of types of terrain from beaches to fog forest as well as two large islands and several smaller ones .

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Machalilla´s beach

This amazing place is ver rich in flora and fauna we can find a lot of species of birds like: blue and red footed boobies, fragates, albatrosses. This place is a natural habitat of mammals too , like: armadillos , jaguars , monkeys , ocelots , guanta , deers,etc. But the most atractive show for national and foreign visitors is the presence of back whales (this whales are the biggest animals in the world  , they weight aproximately 40  tons , they are powerful  swimmers , they are very known for their  magical songs , wich travel for great distances through the world´s oceansduring the months  of  June  to  August   every   years, they come to this part of the world  only to couple. We can  observe dolphins too, this animals to belong  the cetaceans family.

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In the park we can find : the ceibo and the  algarrobo, the palo santo this  wood  emits  a delicious  fragance,  cactus, etc. There is vegetation that is  typical of tropical rainforest.

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There are  many activities in The  National  Park you can do, for example  visitors like to practice  scuba diving , surfing,  biking, trekking, snorkeling, bird  watching, camping, etc.

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There  are also tours to ISLA  DE LA  PLATA , SALANGO and  SAN SEBASTIAN   islands . This islands are  ideal  for ecotourism adventure. The regular tours to Machalilla National Park  have a minimum  of 2 days and leave from the city of Manta towards  the  south.

 

The  Salango Island  is also called  The Ahorcados Island. The community  have an Investigation Center and a Museum, in  wich  realized studies and showed objects founded in archeological sites of the zone. The museum have an original collection of ceramic objects. Their master pieces became lighter, more colorful, more polished, iridescent and shopisticated.

Archaelogists have found reminds of   Manteña, Chorera, Valdivia,  Machalilla  and Guangala  cultures.  The tropical rainforest, in wich people lived, provided natural resources needed to develop a strong farming and fishing. Most people spent the time cultivating corn, squash, cassava, tomatoes and beans.  People of this cultures were inspired by the beauty of nature and its elements.

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I sugget people to visit this Machalilla National Park because you can observe amazing landscapes, you can practice a lot of activities like extreme sports, and the history of some cultures that lived there.

Definetely this is an amazing place!

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References:

www.ecuador-turistico.com

www.eltiempo.com.ec

www.paragliding-tales-and-reviews.com

www.alltravels.com

www.machalillatours.org

www.ecuadoriantours.com

Posted by: sextobi2013 | June 23, 2013

Sumaco National Park by David García

Sumaco National Park

 

Sumaco National Park is located in the heart of the Amazon Ecuadorian Region, between the   provinces of Napo and Orellana, it consist of isolated mountain ranges of the Andes, the Sumaco volacano Galeras mountain range, it covers an area of 205.249 ha, in the park you can admire the Sumaco volcano as if I was in your hands alcanse,  It is a well preserved and little explored, there exists perfect conditions for the development of a wide diversity of flora and fauna, as well as high endemism.

 

The animals in the national park are beautiful, the snakes are the most recognized animal of the park and the tigers are the kings because in the park they are the strongest animal , and there are many types of little animals.

 

In terms of wildlife that inhabits the Sumaco National Park area we can highlight some species such as tapir, jaguar, ocelot, spectacled bear, otter, and also some colorful birds like toucans, hummingbirds, tanagers and also a lot of reptiles. In total it is estimated that there are about a 654 bird species and some 470 fish species in this reserve.                                                      Among the most important forest species are cedar, colorado, porotillo, copal, among the palms, we have the chonta and chambira, used for food, housing construction and crafts.

 

This National Park offers visitors  mountain scenery, cloud forests, deep canyons, jungle rivers, and a variety of climate depending on the altitude: rainy subtropical and temperate. This is a protected area has many attractions: adventure, ascent the Sumaco volcano ,photography and camping. You can do many activities:  walk in the trails , do a picnic with the family ,ride a bike in the mountain , camp in the trails, visit the ruins and the most important is that you can breathe pure air and have contact with the nature , the animals and the plants that live here.

 

Sumaco National park is an ecological park in which the whole family can have fun and may know the flora and fauna of this wonderful place and is especially Ecuadorian tourist place we all should know.

 

 

 

 

David Garcia  

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Posted by: sextobi2013 | June 23, 2013

YACURI NATIONAL PARK by Luke Marchant

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Yacuri National Park is one of the newest national parks in Ecuador. It was created in 2009 and 2010. In fact, it is so new that there is not much information on the internet about this park. I could not find a good map on the internet. The best I can do is show you where it is .. it is on the border of the provinces of Loja and Zamora-Chinchipe. Look at the red circle.

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The Park contains a variety of ecosystems. Most of the park is in one of the following:

  • Southern Andean Brush Plains (Páramo Arbustivo de los Andes del Sur): 42.6%
  • High Altitude Eastern Andean Evergreen Forest (Bosque Siempreverde Montano Alto de los Andes Orientales): 22%
  • Southern Andean Dry Mountain Bushes (Matorral Seco Montano de los Andes del Sur): 15.1%
  • Eastern Andean Cloud Forest (Bosque de Neblina Montano de los Andes Orientales): 14%

The park contains 280 plant species, 32 of them are endemic to the park. Two of the species are endangered and 11 are vulnerable.

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Fauna

There are 18 species of mammals in the park of which five are endangered. Mammals include the vulnerable Cougar, the endangered Mountain Tapir and the endangered Spectacled bear. There are 111 bird species of which four are endangered and 11 amphibian species of which four are endangered.

 

 

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Attractions

The national park has over 46 high-altitude lakes. The most commonly visited lakes are:

  • “Laguna Negra”: an extremely deep lake in the caldera of an extinguished volcano. It is known for its medicinal waters and is often visited by nearby traditional priests (or medicine men). It can be reached by a 50-minute hike from the refuge near the Lagunas Jimbura entrance (near the town of Jimbura, in the Espindola Municipality). From the lake, the highest peak in Loja can be reached (though there is no trail).
  • “Laguna Yacurí”, the largest lake in the park and the park’s namesake. It can be reached by a five-hour hike. The trail leaves from along the road from Espindola towards the park.
  • Inca Trail: The Inca Trail also passes through the park and there are archeological ruins including petroglyphs, plazas and cemeteries on the western side of the Protected Forest (which is the North side of the park). 

Tourism

Because the park is so new there are very few visitors. There are about 1500 recorded visits of tourists each year, who come to the area to study or to admire its beauty.

 

 

 

Posted by: sextobi2013 | June 23, 2013

VISITING NATIONAL PARK “EL CAJAS”

      By: Juan Andrés Montenegro           

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Declared a world biosphere reserve by Unesco on May 28, 2013, described by famous people with excellent outlines, it is the national park “El Cajas”. It was established as a park in 1996. Its borders are: El Oro, Loja, Zamora Chinchipe, Guayas and Cañar. The name of “El Cajas” is given by the shapes of the mountains there. Three Spanish sites accompany to “El Cajas” in a world network biosphere reserve. The park was visited by Alexander von Humboldt in 1818 who described it very surprised talking about something new and marvelous for him. There are lots of lakes, much vegetation and animals, many routes to go and a lot fun activities to do. This park is an exotic and spectacular place in Ecuador you should visit.

One of the reasons “El Cajas” is considered a world biosphere reserve is because of its incredible flora and fauna. The Condor is the most representative animal in “El Cajas”, it is endanger with only 50 of them in Ecuador. The most dangerous animal there is the red poisonous snake; we need to be careful with them. The most attractive animals there are: rabbits, cougars, deers, bears, cervicabra etc.                                                                          There are also wonderful plants here like: sharashima, oreotrochilus, shrubberies and the most important, the quinoa tree and the most dangerous, fences. The flora and fauna is an incredible thing of “El Cajas” all people need to know.                                            The national park “El Cajas” is not only reconized by its flora and fauna.                                                                     

There you can do some fun and awesome activities like: climbing with experts helping you, fishing and then eating what you fish, camping in protected areas and birdwatching that is a wonderful activity.                                                                                          In the national park “El Cajas” there exist 235 lakes some of them are Lagartococha, Osohuayco, Mamamag and Taitachungo.                                                                                       If you don´t know how to get there here are some routes you can take if you are in car:              -Loja: you pass Cañar, Panam, Cesar Vallejo and it takes 2h. 41m. 176,4 km.                          –Esmeraldas: you pass Santo Domingo, Quevedo, Babahoyo, Guayaquil and it takes 8h. 562,2 km.                                                                                                                                                             –Quito: you pass Latacunga, Ambato, Riobamba and it takes 6h. 437,2 km.                          –Guayaquil: you pass only Duran and it takes 2h. 41m. 176,4 km.                                            

This park is one of millions, but its flora and fauna is amazing, the activities are awesome, the vegetation is enormous, the facts and the stories there are really interesting, so give yourself an opportunity and visit this brilliant place of nature. Just the national park “El Cajas”

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Posted by: sextobi2013 | June 23, 2013

Cotopaxi national park

by:Benjamín Israel Márquez Robalino

Cotopaxi national park is located in Cotopaxi and Pichincha. It  was the first park to be founded in mainland of Ecuador and the second in the country. Cotopaxi is the home of many pines, this park is interesting to many people because it is near to the higher volcano of Ecuador. You have to take care of it to don’t be a snowslide. It has 33.390 hectares that include flora and fauna that is part of the region. The national park is a wonderful place to be with your family and  have fun.

The national park is nearest to the volcano and has the lake Limpiopungu you are going there you have to be prepared and bring the equipement to hold the cold and sometimes the hostil wheather. Cotopaxi is a volcano with snow but it is active so it can explote, there are people that leave there they have little houses.

Animals, nature are the best things of Cotopaxi national park. There are many animals such as foxes, white deer, bear, condors, rabbits and pigs. Yo can observe many kinds of flora for examplepines, chuquiragua, pajonales, stipaichu, alenemila, liken and romeros there is cold but the plants and animals are the most beautiful things there.   

In Cotopaxi national park you have some activities to do like hikkin, walking or visit the lake.  There are some ways to arrive to the national park. If you have a good physical you can go walking, but if you are going with family you can bring your car. Also a good way to know the national park is travel on train. It is very dangerous to go but that is not a problem because there are shelters. The experts can guide you and help you to cross the reserve or clim the Cotopaxi volcano.

Cotopaxi is an active volcano and the most heist in Ecuador. In the world there are many national parks  but Cotopaxi is something that you will not imagine, there have everything  in just a little piece of land. You can find volcanic rocks that now are part of the national park and also vegetation near from the lake.   

The animals, the nature and all the peace is in Cotopaxi national park so visit it now!  

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Posted by: sextobi2013 | June 23, 2013

Yasuní National Park

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Yasuni  National park is located in Napo and Pastaza between Cararay rivers. It has an area of 9820 Km.

It has also a long and diverse   extension of animals and plants.  This park has a hundred fifty amphibians, three hundred eighty two  species of fishes knowed, five hundred nighty six species of birds also, one hundred thousand species of insects, a hundred  twenty one documented species of reptiles, one hundred seventeen species of bats and three thousand   species of plants and   two hundred species of mushrooms also.

 

The activities you are able   to do in the Yasuní National park is a long list including: walk, climb,  bicycling, camping, explore, canoeing, seeing birds, etc.

One of the routes you can find there is:

* Lagoon of Tambococha

There has been extensive controversy over the construction of oil roads by Texaco for the exploration and production of petroleum within the park. Famous scientists including Jane Goodall, E.O. Wilson, and Stuart Pimm have protested against this construction for the environmental risks.

Since June 2007, the Ecuadorian government has been promoting the Yasuní-ITT Initiative, a proposal that seeks to leave the Ishpingo – Tiputini -Tambococha (ITT) oil fields untapped under the core of Yasuni National Park in exchange for compensation from the international community for lost revenue.  The government will receive, in turn, an international compensation fund equivalent to at least of 50% of the profits that it would receive were it to exploit the reserves, and in addition the Government is promoting the oil research to produce the oil using alternative ways without work inside the park.

 

 

Posted by: sextobi2013 | June 23, 2013

Llanganates national parkDo you want to visit a

Llanganates national park

Do you want to visit a National Park in Ecuador? You have many options for example you can go to Galapagos National Park or another good idea could be Cotopaxi National park but I recommend Llanganates National Park.

Llanganates National Park is a protected area in Ecuador, located in the provinces of Cotopaxi, Tungurahua, Napo, and Pastaza.

It park was founded in 18 January, 1996 and has a length of 219.707 hectares.

The park is divided in two parts, half of it is located in mountains and the other half in the Amazon region, for this reason some animals of the Amazon go to mountains and some mountain animals go to the Amazon. These animals move around this area, so the loss or increase their fur to be adapted to the climate.

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The animals that you can find there are: pava curada, wolfs, llamas, monkeys, tapirs, tucan andino pechigris, tucan andino pechinegro, tangara Montana enmascarada, halcon pechinaranja, glalarita carilunada, and the condor Adino.

 

Some of these animals are in danger of extinction like the condor Andino, wolfs, tucans and many other animals

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You can go in car until the parking zone. In summer it is permitted to use the car a little more, but in winter is totally prohibited and the only way to enter the park is walking.

An interesting fact of this park it is that every day at 2:00 pm a lot of birds fly in the sky and this is amazing an experience for tourists.

Some activities that you can do there are canopy; callak extreme and walking’s with tribes of the park 

 references

http://www.viajandox.com/tungurahua/parque-nacional-llanganates-banos.htm

http://www.ecuador.travel/que-visitar/atractivos-turisticos/region-sierra/152-cotopaxi/285-parque-nacional-llanganates

http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parque_nacional_Llanganates

http://www.amazoniaturistica.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=37:llangates&catid=42:atractivos-turisticos&Itemid=69

http://www.ecostravel.com/ecuador/ciudades-destinos/parque-nacional-llanganates.php

 

 

 

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