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Barra de Santiago RAMSAR Site

13.70081 , -90.01205

El Salvador

The Site contains an area representative of the mangroves of the dry Northern Pacific ecoregion of Central America and a palm tree (Brahea salvadorensis) swamp representative of an ecosystem specific to the Mesoamerican dry tropical forest ecoregion. It supports numerous threatened or endangered species. It was declared a RAMSAR Site in 2014 and it has an extension of 11,500 hectares. It is an important place for the critically endangered Yellow-naped Parrot. The Intertidal Mudflats support a lot of migratory Tern, Gulls and Shorebirds. 

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Site name was changed by Julio Cesar Acosta Burgos into "Barra De Santiago RAMSAR Site" (2021-08-01 14:54:03 )

Coordinates were set by Mathias Ritschard (Admin) : 13.7008/-90.0121 (2021-01-22 17:57:49 )

Site name was set by Mathias Ritschard (Admin) as "ANP Barra De Santiago" (2021-01-22 17:57:49 )

Edited by Julio Cesar Acosta Burgos on 2021-08-01 14:53:52
The Site contains an area representative of the mangroves of the dry Northern Pacific ecoregion of Central America and a palm tree (Brahea salvadorensis) swamp representative of an ecosystem specific to the Mesoamerican dry tropical forest ecoregion. It supports numerous threatened or endangered species. It was declared a RAMSAR Site in 2014 and it has an extension of 11,500 hectares. It is an important place for the critically endangered Yellow-naped Parrot. The Intertidal Mudflats support a lot of migratory Tern, Gulls and Shorebirds. 

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)

Rufous-necked Wood-Rail (Aramides axillaris)
American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus)
Snowy Plover (Charadrius nivosus)
Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica)
Boat-billed Heron (Cochlearius cochlearius)
Plumbeous Kite (Ictinia plumbea)
American Pygmy Kingfisher (Chloroceryle aenea)
Yellow-naped Parrot (Amazona auropalliata)
Rufous-breasted Spinetail (Synallaxis erythrothorax)
Mangrove Vireo (Vireo pallens)

American Pygmy Kingfisher (Chloroceryle aenea) was added by Julio Cesar Acosta Burgos (2021-08-01 14:59:16)

Boat-billed Heron (Cochlearius cochlearius) was added by Julio Cesar Acosta Burgos (2021-08-01 14:59:03)

Mangrove Vireo (Vireo pallens) was added by Julio Cesar Acosta Burgos (2021-08-01 14:56:27)

Plumbeous Kite (Ictinia plumbea) was added by Julio Cesar Acosta Burgos (2021-08-01 14:56:03)

Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica) was added by Julio Cesar Acosta Burgos (2021-08-01 14:55:40)

Snowy Plover (Charadrius nivosus) was added by Julio Cesar Acosta Burgos (2021-08-01 14:55:30)

Rufous-necked Wood-Rail (Aramides axillaris) was added by Julio Cesar Acosta Burgos (2021-08-01 14:55:16)

Rufous-breasted Spinetail (Synallaxis erythrothorax) was added by Julio Cesar Acosta Burgos (2021-08-01 14:54:55)

American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) was added by Julio Cesar Acosta Burgos (2021-08-01 14:54:41)

Yellow-naped Parrot (Amazona auropalliata) was added by Julio Cesar Acosta Burgos (2021-08-01 14:54:25)

It takes around 2 hours to get there from San Salvador city. The best time to start birding is around Sunrise specially if you are exploring "Colegio de las Aves" spot. It is a small area by the road to the main pier. Take stop should take you around 45 minutes then it is time to move and from the main pier get a boat to explore "Canal del Zapatero" where you can spot Boat-billed Heron and American Pygmy Kingfishers among other species this has to be done at least 4 hours before the lowest point of the tide. If the tide is already low you can head first to the intertidal mudflats of El Zapote where depending the time of the year there may be hundreds of individuals of terns, gulls, skimmers, godwits, whimbrels, plovers and sandpipers.

If you can stay in the area from the night before even better to avoid leaving San Salvador very early in the morning. For sure to plan a visit to this spot you need to take a look a tide times in the area.

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Edited by Julio Cesar Acosta Burgos on 2021-08-02 00:25
It takes around 2 hours to get there from San Salvador city. The best time to start birding is around Sunrise specially if you are exploring "Colegio de las Aves" spot. It is a small area by the road to the main pier. Take stop should take you around 45 minutes then it is time to move and from the main pier get a boat to explore "Canal del Zapatero" where you can spot Boat-billed Heron and American Pygmy Kingfishers among other species this has to be done at least 4 hours before the lowest point of the tide. If the tide is already low you can head first to the intertidal mudflats of El Zapote where depending the time of the year there may be hundreds of individuals of terns, gulls, skimmers, godwits, whimbrels, plovers and sandpipers. If you can stay in the area from the night before even better to avoid leaving San Salvador very early in the morning. For sure to plan a visit to this spot you need to take a look a tide times in the area.

You can get there by taking the Highway to the city of Sonsonate, then continue the way to Acajutla. 5 kilometers before getting to the port, you will see a detour to Frontera Hachadura which is the border with Guatemala. You continue for 18 kilometers and you will see a detour to the left saying Barra de Santiago. You just need to follow the road as it gets to the small town of Barra de Santiago and then follow the signs to the "Embarcadero" for the pier. 

If you decide to go by bus, from San Salvador you will need to get a taxi to "Terminal de Occidente" then take bus 205 to the city of Sonsonate. Right there at the terminal you change to bus 285 the full bus trip can take around 3 to 4 hours. 

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Edited by Julio Cesar Acosta Burgos on 2021-08-02 00:36
You can get there by taking the Highway to the city of Sonsonate, then continue the way to Acajutla. 5 kilometers before getting to the port, you will see a detour to Frontera Hachadura which is the border with Guatemala. You continue for 18 kilometers and you will see a detour to the left saying Barra de Santiago. You just need to follow the road as it gets to the small town of Barra de Santiago and then follow the signs to the "Embarcadero" for the pier.  If you decide to go by bus, from San Salvador you will need to get a taxi to "Terminal de Occidente" then take bus 205 to the city of Sonsonate. Right there at the terminal you change to bus 285 the full bus trip can take around 3 to 4 hours. 

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