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5.2.2 Podocapus National Park

The superb park is located in the provinces of Loja and Morona Santiago.  The park gets its name from the Podocarpus tree, which is a rare conifer protected in this temperate forest.  Podocarpus NP protects 144, 993 hectare ranging from 600 to 3600 meters in elevation.  The park has several entrances all of them located in completely different habitats allowing the opportunity to see some of the 560 bird species recorded in this park to date.   Many range restricted species are safe within its borders.  Attempting to visit all the habitats in within the park would require at least a week.  From the birding point of view the entrances to visit are Cajanuma, San Francisco, Bombuscaro and Cerro Toledo, all of which are described in this and the following chapters.

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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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