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10 CORAZON & FREGATAS ISLANDS RESERVE FACTS

 

  1. Geology

  2. Hydrology

  3. Conservation status

  4. Thinks to do

  5. Vegetation

  6. Mammals

  7. Birds

  8. Other critters

  9. How to get there on your own

  10. Best tour

 

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Estas islas estuarinas cubiertas de manglar se localizan en la desembocadura del río Chone y, se une más arriba el río Carrizal (Estuario del río Chone), cerca de la ciudad de Bahía de Caráquez, provincia de Manabí (Hilgert y Luque 2003). Son islas jóvenes, de reciente formación, crea das a partir de la deposición de sedimentos y que, a medida que transcurren los años, aumentan su tamaño debido al incremento de sedimentación

 

dentro del estuario. Se iniciaron como grandes lla nos de marea que luego se poblaron con manglares, motivo por el que son un buen ejemplo de coloni zación reciente (PMRC 1993). Este Refugio es relativamente pequeño, en con junto las dos islas tienen una extensión de 800 ha cuando la marea está baja: Fragatas tiene un área aproximada de 300 ha y Corazón 500 ha. El sector se caracteriza por un clima seco tropical, con precipitaciones menores a 500 mm/año, prin cipalmente entre los meses de enero–abril. Incluye ecosistemas de manglar y está influenciado directa mente en la parte superior del estuario por el hume dal de La Segua, declarado como un sitio Ramsar en el año 2000 por su importancia en el manejo y uso adecuado de los recursos hídricos de la zona, así como por la conservación de avifauna y la aplica ción de actividades productivas sustentables. Es por este motivo que se da énfasis en el manejo tanto de la Ciénaga de La Segua como del Refugio de Vida Silvestre Isla Corazón y Fragatas.

 

Flora Según el Sistema de Clasifcación de Vegetación propuesto por Sierra (1999), el Refugio se ubica en la Subregión Centro en el Sector Tierras Bajas de la costa y presenta sólo una formación: el manglar. manglar: Está localizado en una zona seca, por lo que el ambiente es menos húmedo que en los manglares del norte. Se puede diferenciar manglares de tipo litoral y ribereño (Sierra 1999). Adicionalmente, se han identifcado dos especies: mangle rojo (Rhizo phora mangle) como vegetación dominante y man gle negro o iguanero (Avicennia germinans).

 

Fauna Las investigaciones biológicas son limitadas y se cuenta únicamente con escasa información sobre avifauna. aves Se han reportado 99 especies de aves asociadas a los manglares de estas islas. Existen grandes poblaciones de aves acuáticas como Ibis blanco (Eu docimus albus), Anhinga anhinga, entre otras. Además, hay un registro no con frmado del colibrí abejorro (Acestrura bombus), especie globalmente amena zada (Freile y Santander 2005).

 

recorrido a los sitios de anidación de las aves: Este lugar es particularmente interesante en la época de apareamiento de las fragatas, ya que se pueden apreciar las membranas rojas de un sin número de machos. Si la marea está alta, se puede recorrer toda la extensión de la isla a través de un túnel de manglares. Esta excursión dura entre dos y tres horas.

 

creación octubre 3, 2002 Acuerdo Ministerial A-133 registro oFicial Diciembre 27, 2002 r.o. n° 733 superFicie 800 ha (500 ha corresponden a la Isla corazón y 300 ha a la isla fragatas) rango altitudinal 0–0 msnm Formaciones vegetales Manglar plan de manejo no tiene clima La temperatura media anual oscila entre 25–28 °C precipitación La precipitación anual es menor a 500 mm (enero-abril)

 

Dear visitor, our website gives you info about our National Parks Tours, our Galapagos programs, the Cuyabeno Loop, as well as our Cuyabeno  and Cofan Lodges in the Amazon.   For those who want to combine the Exuberant Nature of Ecuador with the Famous culture of Peru, we even have a 7 days Highlights of Peru extension! Our website gives you the best information on the internet, because we are the only tour operator run by professional biologists. Take a look:

 

OUR PARKS AND TRIBES ECO TOURS

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Indians take you in their agile dug-out canoes along winding rivers.

STANDARD COFAN LODGE TOUR

Start your Cuyabeno journey on Ecuador's most scenic wide Amazon tributary, the Aguarico River. Spend 3 nights in the Cofan Lodge, exploring the lower Cuyabeno and Zábalo Rivers.

 

 

Price: $ 499

 4 days

Children learning about the rainforest.

CUYABENO LOOP

The Cuyabeno Loop explores the breathtaking scenery of lower Cuyabeno and Zábalo Rivers and the Cuyabeno Lake. Watch the amazing birds and wildlife. Pass 2 nights with the amazing Cofan Indians in the Cofan Lodge and enjoy 2 nights of comfort in the famous Cuyabeno Lodge.

Price: $ 799

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Birdwatching by visitors of the Amazon in Ecuador

LAGARTO COCHA EXPEDITION

The Lagarto Cocha Expedition on hidden creeks and lakes is the best Amazon journey in Ecuador! Discover Indian tribes in Ecuador, Monkeys, Sloths, Dolphins. No other Amazon rainforest in any of the Amazon-Andean countries can match the wildlife viewing of Cuyabeno and it is far better than Yasuní!

 

Price: $ 1099

7 days

excursion on Lake Cuyabeno

CUYABENO LAKE PROGRAM

The Cuyabeno Lake Program explores all the wild places surrounding the Cuyabeno Lake. Bonsai-shaped Macrolobia trees with the whispering of the mysterious prehistoric Hoatzin birds and the noisy Blue and Yellow Macaws. Our Cuyabeno Lodge is on the best location, because we were the first and chose the best location on a seasonal island in the Cuyabeno Lake itself.

Price: from $ 410

4 - 5 days

 

Alpacas in Chimborazo Wildlife Reserve are the domesticated form of the vicuñas.

NORTHERN ANDES TOUR

Our Northern Andes Tour lets you get a taste of some of the best Andean National Parks, visiting the highest groves in the world: the Polylepis trees, the highest mountain in the world calculated from the center of the Earth, the Chimborazo with Vecuñas and Lamas, the highest active volcano in the world, the Cotopaxi.

 

 

Price: from $1149

5 days

San Rafael Falls

NATIONAL PARKS TOUR

Our National Parks Tours take you on a fantastic journey along the best possible sample of Andean and coastal parks. They have been designed to complement Galapagos and/or Amazon cruises. They can start from different places, particularly Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca. While the full program lasts 9 days, it is possible to make a limited selection of parks, like the 6 days' "Andes and Coast" module.

Price: $ 1999

9 days

 

Bartelome Island at Galapagos National Park

GALAPAGOS LAST MINUTE

We have a fabulous selection of Galapagos programs, including cruises, island hopping, scuba diving or relaxing on one of the many different hotels varying from modest inns to deluxe resorts.

 

 

Price: from $ 550

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Inca wall in Cusco.

PERU HIGHLIGHTS

A fabulous program for visiting the most famous cultural highlights Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. At the same time it serves as the Lima hub for the Peru National Parks Tour. This module is an extension to our National Parks Tour Ecuador and/or Galapagos National Park and/or Amazon Cruises.

Price: $ 1199

7 days

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Ecology of Mangroves in Ecuador

Mangroves in Ecuador: Red Mangrove forest, Pacific Ocean, EcuadorMangroves in Ecuador: Conocarpus erecta Mangrove with air roots, Pacific Coast, Ecuador

Mangroves in Ecuador: Stilt roots of Mangrove forest on the coast of Ecuador

 

Flooded during high water, the root systems of Mangrove trees make mangrove estuaries some of the most productive natural ecosystems in the world. Ecologically, mangrove forests are considered the nurseries of the oceans!

 

10 Best Nature Attractions in One Tour: Corazon and Fregatas Wildlife Reserve.

 

 

Mangroves: Rich Fishing grounds

Mangroves in Ecuador: Fisherman throwing net in Mangrove estuary, Ecuador

Mangroves in Ecuador: White Mangrove forest at the coast of Ecuador

Mangroves in Ecuador: Fisheries in the Mangrove forest estuaryMangroves in Ecuador: Father and son fishing

Mangroves in Ecuador: Fishing in the Mangrove estuary

 

Laden with fine sediments, mangroves in Ecuador are extremely nutrient rich waters, which is reflected in the presence of great densities of fishes, giving opportunities to local fishing communities.

 

Mangroves: Low biodiversity, high numbers per species

 

Mangroves in Ecuador: Birding trip in Mangrove deltaMangroves in Ecuador: Brown Pelican in Mangrove waters

Mangroves in Ecuador: Birdwatching in the Mangroves of the Coast of Ecuador

 

Bird diversity in mangroves is not as rich as in the tropical rain forests, but the species composition is totally different, and anyone who wants a representative species list of tropical birds of South America or of Ecuador, needs to spend some time in a mangrove.

A great advantage of the mangroves is, that many of the bird species are relatively numerous and large. A trip to a mangrove may well add some 50 species to a first time visitor in a tropical country.

 

Mangroves in Ecuador: Mangrove trips and tours on the coast of EcuadorMangroves in Ecuador: Mangrove tour stopping at a restaurant on stilts in Ecuador

Tourism still is not well developed in the mangroves in Ecuador and conditions are primitive while arrangements are not always as punctual as one would wish. A bit of travel flexibility helps making a visit successful though.

 

 

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Parks Man Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil is author of this website and founder of Parks and Tribes. He dedicated his life to the conservation of nature. https://www.facebook.com/DrDaanVreugdenhil, https://www.linkedin.com/in/drdaanvreugdenhil/. He was part of the team that selected the first 39 protected areas of Ecuador, including. Yasuní and Cuyabeno, the latter of which he he later recommended to be expanded from originally 150,000ha to 600,000ha, together with then Cuyabeno director Prof. Dr. Flavio Coello and Parks and Tribes partner. Daan is also the founding father of the Cuyabeno Lodge and co-manager of the Cofan Lodge.