Friday, October 4

Conservando los Papagayos de Guayaquil

Bosque Protector Cerro Blanco was recently alerted to the presence of a family of Great Green Macaws (Papagayos) that had moved into the area. Such a sighting is exciting news as Papagayos are an endangered species and rarely spotted in the wild.

The team went down to investigate and is now monitoring the nest site and family closely, 24 hours a day, to watch developments and to protect the site. There are two parents and two chicks living in a tree hollow in a dead Pigio tree. They seem to be doing well, and when the parents took to the air we managed to film them flying past.

Cerro Blanco takes part in many initiatives to research and support the propagation of Papagayos, through, for example investigation of feeding patterns, programs to support the managed release of captive-bred Papagayos and projects that build and maintain links with local communities to work together to protect the birds and thier habitat.

For more general information about Papagayos click here

Thursday, October 3

Cerro Blanco Takes Part in Annual International Tourism Fair

From Thursday 26th through Sunday 29th Bosque Protector Cerro Blanco took part in the four-day Feria Internacional del Turismo, the annual tourism fair at the Guayaquil Convention Centre, which coincides with World Tourism Day on the 27th September. The event is aimed to bring together tourism operators from Ecuador and offer those in the tourism industry and members of the public an opportunity to find out what’s on offer in Ecuador and abroad.

The convention centre was packed with music, dancing, displays and food, and visitors full of curiosity took advantage - exploring the different stands, talking to stand holders, watching, and occasionaly taking part in, the odd dance, as well as indulging in free tastings of some tasty food and drinks.

All of the provinces in Ecuador were represented, including Guayaquil and Guayas. The team at Cerro Blanco spent a busy but fun few days preparing the stand for Bosque Cerro Blanco; collecting moss and tree trunks, trees and plants, in order to recreate the sights, sounds and smells of the forest.

The Cerro Blanco stand generated plenty of interest and the team there spoke and handed out lots of information to interested people over the four days. It also provided a popular little area for children to explore and a perfect spot for visitors to take a photo with friends, family or one of Cerro Blanco´s guides.