Parque Cóndor Otavalo – Birdwatching
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Parque Cóndor is a non-profit wildlife refuge for owls and raptors, including the endangered Andean Condor. It seeks to rescue, protect, and rehabilitate these birds and, if possible, release them back into the wild. Those that cannot be released become the stars of an educational bird show held twice a day (at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.). The show gives visitors the opportunity to observe these beautiful creatures in flight, and it gives the park the opportunity to inform visitors about the importance of environmental conservation.
From Parque Cóndor you get stunning views of the Imbabura and Cotacachi volcanoes, San Pablo Lake, and the towns of Otavalo and Cotacachi. The park also has a small restaurant and a playground. You can get there by taxi (about $3 from Otavalo) or take the exit to San Pablo Lake off the Panamerican Highway. If you’re up for a little physical exertion, you can hike from Otavalo up to the park 1�7 just ask the locals the best way to go. After your visit, if you like, you can continue to see the Peguche waterfall or the sacred tree “el Lechero. 1�7 It can get cold up there, so dress appropriately. Sunscreen and bug spray are also a good idea. The park is open every day of the week except Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The small entry fee and any donations go toward the care of the animals.
Comunidad de Pucará Alto; Parroquia Eugenio Espejo, Otavalo
Travel Tips: Bring sunscreen and a jacket.
Price Description: $2.50 entrance.
Relative price: Mid-Range
Open Hours from:10 a.m.
Open Hours to:5 p.m.
Days Closed: Monday
Travel Skills: None
You Need to Bring: Can be cold
You can continue past the park to the Peguche Waterfall or the sacred tree “el Lechero”.
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