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3.10 Ibarra-San Lorenzo road

The Ibarra San Lorenzo highway connects the central dry valleys in the North with the lush Chocó rainforest in the Northwest lowlands of Ecuador.   Changes in elevation along the road allow you to visit different habitats that are the home of many bird species only shared with Colombia and to a lesser extent with extreme Eastern Panamá.  The Ibarra-San Lorenzo Road construction commenced in 1985 and was finally completed with an official opening in 2002  Before the opening of this road the only way to access this area was by means of a train (no longer in operation) from Ibarra to San Lorenzo.  This new highway made the access easier, but unfortunately for the ecosystems along the road, there has been a lot of pressure to develop the neighboring areas for farming and ranching.  Nevertheless, by visiting the habitats along the Ibarra-San Lorenzo road you will have the chance to see some of the 50+ bird species only occurring in this region of Ecuador.


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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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