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3.0 Introduction

The Extreme North: Highlands to the Lowlands near the Colombian border.

Starting in Quito the extreme northern Ecuadorian habitats share many range restricted species with Southern Colombia.   Internal Colombian security issues had always been a factor to discourage visitors to many of the unique birding sites in the extreme Northern Ecuador.  Recently political development and security in Colombia have improved and visiting the Colombian border is safer now than in past years.  Many of the Chocó regional endemics are now available due the setting up of various lodges, resorts and hotels.  In turn many of the once remote areas have become far more accessible.  

Biogeography Regions: Chocó Lowlands, North-west Slope of Andes (Montane Chocó), Inter-Andean Valleys (Andean Montane Scrub).


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Meet the Author

Lelis Navarrete – Birding tour leader. Lelis has 19 years of experience as a birding guide and naturalist in the field. He has led groups of birders throughout most of Latin America, guiding frequently in countries like his native country of Ecuador and in the Galapagos Islands, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and Panama. A Biology B.Sc. graduate from Universidad Católica in Quito, Lelis has supported Jocotoco Foundation since its founding in 1998 and was an active Board Member until 2010 supporting Ecuadorian bird and wildlife conservation. Lelis divides his time between his two great passions in life: birding and spending time with his wife Solange and son Fabian with whom he lives in Quito.


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