Vilcabamba, where everyone lives to be 100. Road then goes south to the Tapichalaca Reserve at 7600 feet altitude.
A rainy morning at Simpson House, Tapichilaca Reserve (the Jocotoco Antipitta site).
First described in 1999, the Jocotoco Antpitta is known only from a few sites in SE Ecuador and N Peru.
On the trail. A cold morning, but no more rain.
Bromeliads along the trail.
With guide Juan Carlos Calvachi.
At the Antpitta worm- feeding site
The caretaker calls "Venga, Panchito" and out he comes.
The Chestnut-naped Antpitta occurs from Colombia to N Peru.
Gretchen at a dove feeding station on the trail.
Andes from Colombia to Argentina, but uncommon here.
Leaving the Antpitta trail.
Sustenance after a hard day's work for Gretchen and Pat.
Watching bird feeders on the porch.
Andes from W Colombia to N Peru
Rare or very local but wide-spread in the Andes from Colombia to Peru.
On the road north from Tapichalaca.
At a marsh in Vilcabamba, this rail elected to come out on the trail on his own. First found in Ecuador here in 1991.
A family passes by.
Written on a tree: "Say yes to the weed, and no to love."
North of Vilcabamba
Podocarpus National Park near Cajanuma yielded a Red-hooded Tanager and lunch out of the rain in the ranger's cabin.