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RN Comunitaria Galápagos (Serranía de los Paraguas)

4.83860 , -76.21309

Colombia

The Galapagos Community Nature Reserve is located in the heart of the Serranía de los Paraguas, a branch of the Western Andes which is part of the big San Juan river basin. The reserve and the adjacent area are strategically located in the transition zone between the Tropical Andes and the Biogeographic Chocó region and connected to the Tatamá National Park on its south corner.

The reserve and the Galápagos road are well known for being the first area to be "open" to birders in the region and for being a hotspot for watching the endemic and very restricted Gold-ringed Tanager (Bangsia aureocincta) plus other specialties of the Chocó mountains.

The road leads to the small town of San José del Palmar in the Chocó department and most of the forest in the high part of the mountain is very well preserved, being the Galápagos community nature reserve the most important protected area and a key core of the regional networks of nature reserves coordinated by the Serraniagua community organization who is the owner of the Galápagos reserve.

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Site name was changed by Mathias Ritschard (Admin) into "RN Comunitaria Galápagos (Serranía De Los Paraguas)" (2021-08-30 14:40:31 )

Coordinates were changed by Johnnier Arango : 4.8386/-76.2131 (2021-08-24 22:38:25 )

Site name was changed by Johnnier Arango into "Reservas Natural Comunitaria Galápagos - Serranía De Los Paraguas" (2021-08-24 22:38:25 )

Coordinates were set by Mathias Ritschard (Admin) : 4.8645/-76.2238 (2020-11-24 21:38:08 )

Site name was set by Mathias Ritschard (Admin) as "Camino Galapagos" (2020-11-24 21:38:08 )

Edited by Johnnier Arango on 2021-08-24 22:57:40
The Galapagos Community Nature Reserve is located in the heart of the Serranía de los Paraguas, a branch of the Western Andes which is part of the big San Juan river basin. The reserve and the adjacent area are strategically located in the transition zone between the Tropical Andes and the Biogeographic Chocó region and connected to the Tatamá National Park on its south corner. The reserve and the Galápagos road are well known for being the first area to be "open" to birders in the region and for being a hotspot for watching the endemic and very restricted Gold-ringed Tanager (Bangsia aureocincta) plus other specialties of the Chocó mountains. The road leads to the small town of San José del Palmar in the Chocó department and most of the forest in the high part of the mountain is very well preserved, being the Galápagos community nature reserve the most important protected area and a key core of the regional networks of nature reserves coordinated by the Serraniagua community organization who is the owner of the Galápagos reserve.

List up to ca. 25 species that:
• have a limited distribution range and/or are rare on a global level
• are most sought-after by birdwatchers at this site
• and are relatively easy to see at this site (year-round or seasonally)

Chestnut Wood-Quail (Odontophorus hyperythrus)
Cloud-forest Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium nubicola)
Yellow-breasted Antpitta (Grallaria flavotincta)
Fulvous-dotted Treerunner (Margarornis stellatus)
Club-winged Manakin (Machaeropterus deliciosus)
Orange-breasted Fruiteater (Pipreola jucunda)
Olivaceous Piha (Snowornis cryptolophus)
Beautiful Jay (Cyanolyca pulchra)
Black Solitaire (Entomodestes coracinus)
Yellow-collared Chlorophonia (Chlorophonia flavirostris)
Tanager Finch (Oreothraupis arremonops)
Crested Ant-Tanager (Habia cristata)
Black-and-gold Tanager (Bangsia melanochlamys)
Gold-ringed Tanager (Bangsia aureocincta)
Multicolored Tanager (Chlorochrysa nitidissima)
Indigo Flowerpiercer (Diglossa indigotica)

Yellow-breasted Antpitta (Grallaria flavotincta) was added by Johnnier Arango (2021-08-24 22:50:28)

Yellow-collared Chlorophonia (Chlorophonia flavirostris) was added by Johnnier Arango (2021-08-24 22:49:54)

Cloud-forest Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium nubicola) was added by Johnnier Arango (2021-08-24 22:49:39)

Club-winged Manakin (Machaeropterus deliciosus) was added by Johnnier Arango (2021-08-24 22:48:59)

Fulvous-dotted Treerunner (Margarornis stellatus) was added by Johnnier Arango (2021-08-24 22:48:46)

Crested Ant-Tanager (Habia cristata) was added by Johnnier Arango (2021-08-24 22:48:24)

Black Solitaire (Entomodestes coracinus) was added by Johnnier Arango (2021-08-24 22:48:10)

Orange-breasted Fruiteater (Pipreola jucunda) was added by Johnnier Arango (2021-08-24 22:47:59)

Black-and-gold Tanager (Bangsia melanochlamys) was added by Johnnier Arango (2021-08-24 22:47:42)

Olivaceous Piha (Snowornis cryptolophus) was added by Johnnier Arango (2021-08-24 22:47:25)

Chestnut Wood-Quail (Odontophorus hyperythrus) was added by Johnnier Arango (2021-08-24 22:47:11)

Indigo Flowerpiercer (Diglossa indigotica) was added by Johnnier Arango (2021-08-24 22:46:58)

Multicolored Tanager (Chlorochrysa nitidissima) was added by Johnnier Arango (2021-08-24 22:46:36)

Beautiful Jay (Cyanolyca pulchra) was added by Johnnier Arango (2021-08-24 22:46:18)

Tanager Finch (Oreothraupis arremonops) was added by Johnnier Arango (2021-08-24 22:46:02)

Gold-ringed Tanager (Bangsia aureocincta) was added by Johnnier Arango (2021-08-24 22:45:50)

Like many places in the Andes of Colombia, the reserve can be visited any time of the year having some precaution in the rainiest season (October to November). 2 to 3 days are suggested for getting the most of the specialties of the area.

Birding is done on the main road only with a few trails that have to be walked only with the help of a local guide.

The road is accessible by most of the vehicles, even low clearance cars, but ask for the condition of the road in the rainy season.

The most experienced local guide is Johnnier Arango who has birded the area for more than 15 years and has participated in several conservation projects in the region. The Serraniagua Corporation also has trained local people for guiding services and can help a lot with the logistics of any visit. Please contact them on www.serraniagua.org.

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Edited by Johnnier Arango on 2021-08-24 23:04
Like many places in the Andes of Colombia, the reserve can be visited any time of the year having some precaution in the rainiest season (October to November). 2 to 3 days are suggested for getting the most of the specialties of the area. Birding is done on the main road only with a few trails that have to be walked only with the help of a local guide. The road is accessible by most of the vehicles, even low clearance cars, but ask for the condition of the road in the rainy season. The most experienced local guide is Johnnier Arango who has birded the area for more than 15 years and has participated in several conservation projects in the region. The Serraniagua Corporation also has trained local people for guiding services and can help a lot with the logistics of any visit. Please contact them on www.serraniagua.org.

The Galápagos reserve and the road can be reached from the nearest city of Cartago (3 hours). Buses leave every day from the Trans Argelia & Cairo station towards the town of San José del Palmar, but the best option is to stay in the small and beautiful town of El Cairo which is one hour from the reserve and from there move every day for birding. 

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Edited by Johnnier Arango on 2021-08-24 23:12
The Galápagos reserve and the road can be reached from the nearest city of Cartago (3 hours). Buses leave every day from the Trans Argelia & Cairo station towards the town of San José del Palmar, but the best option is to stay in the small and beautiful town of El Cairo which is one hour from the reserve and from there move every day for birding. 

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