The Cabañas San Isidro are located in thick rainforest, at an elevation of 6800′. Birds abound. And not to be completely outdone by Refugio Paz de las Aves, they have a trained Antpitta of their own!
On our first morning, we drove back down to the town of Baeza, which we had passed through the evening before. The area around Baeza is also called the Baeza Bypass. Baeza is located on the Rio Quijos, which is joined by the Rio Cosanga a short ways downstream. We then did a combination of bus and walking birding in the area.
Alejandro, our host at San Isidro, made the claim that there were more rivers in this part of Ecuador than in any other similar-sized region in the world.
Scenes along the Rio Cosanga.
From high on the road, we witnessed what appeared to be a courtship contest between two male Torrent Ducks, for the attentions of a female Torrent Duck.
Tomorrow, we would travel to the east side of the Cordillera de Guacamayo, and the Loreto Rd.
From there, we returned the way we had come, stopping here and there along the way.
This had been our last full day! But tomorrow, on our return to the Quito area, we would make our last birding stop at Guango Lodge, located near the town of Papallacta.
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