The Andies 3330m above sea level

Trip Start Oct 26, 2007
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Trip End Mar 05, 2008


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Thursday, November 15, 2007

 Could feel the altitude as the bus travelled up the winding roads towards the Colombian border. Beautiful landscape with mountains (volcanoes) and fields on the hillsides. Got off the bus in the town San Gabriel and took a taxi from there via the small village of Mariscal Sucre to the track entrance of Guandera Biological Station. It took 40 minutes to walk in to the reserve and now I could really feel the altitude.

The main house felt like a mix between something from the Medeteranian and The Alps. Adjecent was a green house growing mainly Guinnea Pigs (for eating), also a Meterological Station for recording data 3 times a day in regards to Temperature, Rain, Humidity and Wind Speed. Normal data was 12C and rain.



As opposed to the Galapagos Reserve this place did have warm showers (hot is too strong a word). However, the fact that the water cools down considerably between leaving the pipes and reaching your skin + the electrical wiering made showers less frequent than preferable.



The work consisted of monitoring flowers and fruits on the Guandera Tree. They say that the Guandera only grows 10mm a year and there were some hughe trees there. The reserve manager said that the cloud forest is estimated to between 1500 and 2000 years old.




We also maintained and extended tracks in the forest leading up to the Paramo at 3700m.
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