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Lagunas Encantadas

La region of the Enchanted Lagoons is situated in the south of the state of Nayarit and comprises the municipalities of Santa María del Oro and San Pedro Lagunillas.

Festival de aves Febrero 2014

SECOND BIRD FESTIVAL ENCHANTED LAGOONS, NAYARIT FROM 15 TO 22 FEBRUARY 2014

Bird Observation Routes, Cultural Activities, Conferences, Childrens events, Tipical Food, Exhibitions.

If you are an expert in the observation of birds or you're interested in learning how to practice this rewarding activity, we invite you to participate in this exciting event. During the festival you can understand migration routes, habitat, species and numbers that visit us and the efforts made for their conservation, with the participation of local communities. Enjoy six days of fascinating tours of the forests, streams and lagoons, the unique lagoon of Santa María del Oro, San Pedro Lagunillas lagoon and Tepetiltic lagoon, where you'll have the opportunity to observe with luck the 300 species of birds that abound in the region (26 endemic).  All the routes of birdwatching will have a bilingual guide specialized in birds and a local guide so that you may get to know the people, their customs, culture and traditions, typical dishes based on fish and seafood, as well as acquire the traditional handicraft of our brothers and sisters Coras and Huichols.

Sincerely, Carlos Villar Rodriguez, Organizing Committee.

 

DESCRIPTION OF ROUTES

THE SANTA MARIA DEL ORO LAKE (SAMAO)

The lagoon of Santa María del Oro, near the town of Santa María de el Oro, is located in a volcanic crater of the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range, the lagoon has a great variety of flora and fauna, which has motivated the inclusion in the list of national parks. The lagoon has a length of 2,000 meters by 1,600 meters wide, with a depth of about 260 meters and has 8 km of perimeter. It can be reached from Tepic by the highway 15 (Tepic- Guadalajara) Take the turnoff for Santa Maria del Oro and continue on to the lagoon. Its clear, calm waters allow swimming and aquatic sports. There are a number of streams and waterfalls nearby, and the average temperature all year is 25 ° C, the area is considered subhumid, with rain in the summer season from early June until October, leaving a total of 1200mm of rain per year. Due to the location of the Lake there are three types of vegetation, tropical low (many flowers), tropical media and oak forests in the higher hills to the southeast of the crater. The place has an important tourist infrastructure that offers all the comforts to spend relaxing days either birding, swimming or paddling in boats or kayaks. There are numerous restaurants around the lagoon that serve delicious fish. There are camping and R.V.facilities, bungalows and even some cabins with a magnificent view of the Lake. You can visit 3 different routes during the course of the festival, offered by the company Safaris San Blas, bilingual specialized guides in birdwatching.

ROUTE 1 SANTA MARIA DE ORO LAKE (NIGHT ROUTE)

The night route is around the lagoon where you can listen to and observe nocturnal birds such as Whiskered Screech-owl, Mottled Owl, Mexican-whip poor-will, Eared poorwill, Barn Owl, Western Screech-Owl, Great Horned Owl, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Colima Pygmy-Owl, Mountain Pygmy-Owl, and Northern Saw-whet Owl, among others. 

Recommendations: Use comfortable clothing.

ROUTE 2 SANTA MARIA DE ORO LAKE (daytime route)

More than 200 different species of birds can be observed in the surroundings of the lagoon, being very pleasant travel to the shores of the Lake, and can find endemic species and migratory. The main birds that can be found include Black-throated Magpie Jay, Scrub Eufonia, Magnificent Hummingbird, Plain-capped Starthroat, Mexican Woodnimph, Violet-crowned Hummingbird, Fan-tailed Warbler, Elegant Trogon, Citreoline Trogon, Russet-crowned Motmot, Mexican Parrotlet, Ivory-billed Woodcreeper, Pale-billed Woodpecker, among others. 

Recommendations: use fresh and comfortable clothing. It is suggested to take a cap, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

ROUTE 3 PUDDLE GREEN REAL ACUITAPILCO

The town of Acuitapilco Real birthplace of Esteban Baca Calderón is located in the municipality of Santa Maria del Oro (in the State of Nayarit). Acuitapilco real (Esteban Baca Calderón) located at 840 meters of altitude. The main economic activity is currently being agriculture and livestock, however the site has areas of canadas and a lot of beautiful waterfalls and streams in the vicinity of the town, on the site is a private venue focused on eco-tourism with an ancient aqueduct from what used to be a mining factory where worked minerals such as gold and silver, where also some waterfalls are found as the cascade of animas them and waterfall of the Chair, and where there is the option for more adventurous people of hiking, rappelling and other activities out of bird watching.  And to finish the day with a traditional meal prepared by cooks from the town. Here you can see the Yellow Grosbeak, Black-headed Grosbeak, Rufous-bellied Chachalaca, Squirrel Cuckoo, Thick-billed Kingbird, Yellow-winged Cacique, Blue Bunting, among others. 

Recommendations: Use fresh and comfortable clothing. It is suggested to wear sunglasses, a cap and insect repellent.

ROUTE 4 THE BURUATO

In to Santa María de el Oro area another route where you can watch birds is the path to the Buruato, which presents a vegetation of low semi-deciduous with areas of crops among canyons and small areas valleys with pastures, with views into the hills allowing good views of birds who like the cups of trees such as the birds of prey. Birds that can be found include: Short-tailed Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, White-tailed Kite, Gray Hawk, Red-breasted Chat, Rosy-trush Tanager, Cooper´s Hawk, Bright-rumped Atila, Grayish Saltator, Stripe-headed Sparrow, Western Tanager, Varied Bunting, Painted bunting, among others.

Recomendations
Wear fresh and comfortable clothing. It is suggested to use sunglasses, cap and insect repellent.

SAN PEDRO LAGUNILLAS LAGOON

The municipality of San Pedro Lagunillas is located at the extreme coordinates: the parallel 20 ° 59 ' 21 ° 20 ' North latitude and the Meridian 104 ° 37' to the 104 ° 54' West longitude. It is located in the southern part of the State of Nayarit and bordered to the North and East with the municipality of Santa Maria del Oro, to the South with the municipality of Ahuacatlán and the State of Jalisco, and to the West by the municipality of Compostela. It has a land area of 520 km2. It borders with the municipalities of Santa María del Oro, Ahuacatlán, Compostela and the State of Jalisco. The predominant climate is warm subhumid and semicalido-humedo, presents an annual 24.4°C.

Located mostly in the neo volcanic axis with a small part of your extension that belongs to the sierra South mother allows the convergence of many endemic species, this Lagoon is located in the volcanic crater with a dimension of 1.6 km wide by long 1.9, with elevations ranging from 1000 - 2000 m at the highest point. With a warm sub-humid and warm humid climate, where the main ecosystems are associations of oak, oak and pine in the higher areas, being in the lower parts found species other plant species as, nanche, guasima, pitaya, tepame and huizaches and mesquites.

They are among the main tourist attractions of San Pedro Lagunillas: lagoons of San Pedro and Tepetiltic. The Museum on the shore of the municipal head in done can be seen carved stone known as "Devil's stone". The Temple of San Pedro dating back to the 18th century.

ROUTE 5 CHAPALILLA-OCOTES- SAN PEDRO LAGUNILLAS LAGOON

Habitat areas of lowland, transition, fig trees and groves vegetation, aquatic vegetation on the banks of the lagoon. The site has a path in good condition for a walk for the observation of birds and the conjugation of these different types of ecosystems in a small area offers a great diversity of species, including aquatic and terrestrial birds of which stand out: Pied-billed Grebe, Limpkin, Heron´s y Egrett´s, Wilsons Snipe, Sora, colibríes como Bumblebee Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Tufted Flycatcher, Spotted Wren, Black-capped Vireo, Loggerhead Shrike, Lazuli bunting, Happy Wren, Orange-billed Nightingale Thrush, Blue Mockingbird, Golden Vireo, Rusty-crowned Ground Sparrow, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Hepatic Tanager, Indigo Bunting, Black-vented Oriole, Bullock´s Oriole, among others.

Recommendations: Wear fresh and comfortable clothing. It is suggested to use sunglasses, cap and insect repellent.

ROUTE 6 SAN PEDRO LAGUNILLAS LAGOON (NIGHT ROUTE)

The night route is carried out in the surroundings of the lagoon where you can listen to and observe nocturnal birds such as: Whiskered Screech-owl, Mottled Owl, Mexican-whip poor-will, Eared poorwill, Barn Owl, Western Screech-Owl, Great Horned Owl, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Colima Pygmy-Owl, Mountain Pygmy-Owl y Northern Saw-whet Owl,  among others.

Recommendations: Use comfortable clothing.

ROUTE 7 THE ERMITAÑO WAY

This route is carried out in an area of oak, pine and oak, with an elevation above the 1500 meters. On this route we can find birds such as: Bridled Titmouse, White-breasted Nuttach, Red-faced Warbler, Towsend´s Warbler, Hermit Warbler, Band-tailed Pigeon, White-eared Hummingbird, Berillyne Hummingbird, Mexican Woodnymph, Plumbeous Vireo, Bell´s Vireo, Painted Redstart, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Black-headed Grosbeack, Acorn Woodpecker, Red-napped Sapsucker, White-striped Woodcreeper, among others.

Recommendations: Use fresh and comfortable clothing. It is suggested to use sunglasses, cap and insect repellent.

ROUTE 8 TEPETILTIC LAGOON

The lagoon of Tepeltitic is located in the municipality of San Pedro Lagunillas, and with an altitude of 1500 meters above sea level, the lagoon of volcanic origin has a vegetation of oak, pine and Oaks as well as areas of crops around the lagoon. On this route we can find birds such as: Least Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, White-eared Hummingbird , Belted Kingfisher, Laughing Falcon, Greater Pewee, Black Phoebe, Eastern Bluebird, White-throated Thrush, Lincoln's Sparrow, Summer Tanager, Flame-colored Tanager, Scrub Euphonia y Elegant Euphonia, among others.

Recommendations: Wear fresh and comfortable clothing. It is suggested to use sunglasses, cap and insect repellent.

 NOTE:
For each of the routes there will be Box lunch, bilingual specialized guides in birdwatching, as well as a medical surgeon-alternative, as a measure of prevention and attention to any situation that may occur as part of the service offered by San Blas Safaris.

San Blas Safaris is a company specialized in the realization of tours for the observation of birds and wildlife in the San Blas and the national marshes biosphere reserve area, Nayarit. Created group thinking about people who enjoy nature and nature tourism. Its commitment as a company is to create opportunities for the people in the community, creating an awareness of conservation and employment through sustainable use of natural resources.

Their guides specialized in ecotourism and bilingual are diver certificate Francisco Garcia and Biol. Jonathan Vargas.

Information and reservations:
http://www.visitnayarit.com
facebook.safarisanblas.com
http://www.surdenayarit.net