On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, the 4th Birdwatching event was held in Tumbes, where visitors participated in the "Big Day" in the Manglares de Tumbes and the Cerros de Amotape National Park.
The areas where this activity is performed are recognized as protected areas and are managed by the National Service of Protected Natural Areas (SERNANP). They are ideal places for this event, which is expected to increase in size each year.
For this event, Promperú previously organized a competition to choose the winners who would have the opportunity to participate in the "Big Day" with all expenses paid. A total of 3 499 people signed up via Facebook on the page called "Visit Peru". The competition was open to Peruvians, Ecuadorians and foreigners residing in these countries.
The winners of the competition, with the highest scores, were: Robinson Troncos Santos, Eder Gonzales Hurtado, Yenifer Huacchillo Jimenez, Leissy Domínguez Gavidia, César Gómez Maquera and Sergio Cáceres Boza. The winners came from different Peruvian departments, such as Lima, Piura and Tacna.
They took the trip with a guide and two bird experts who helped them recognize all the species that could be found. The group brought the participants together, meeting them in Tumbes, where several teams were responsible for helping the participants observe the widest array of birds.
This activity was designed to introduce birdwatching to the Peruvian public and foreign visitors, with the aim of positioning Peru as the ideal location for birdwatching. The amazing variety of birds in Los Manglares Sanctuary means that our country has a greater number of species than countries in North America and Europe.
Avitourism is the recreational activity of observing and studying wild birds. It is generating high levels of interest in Peru due to concerns that tourism should be sustainable. The Sanctuary has not yet fully demonstrated to Peruvians or the outside world its potential for avitourism, also known as birding or birdwatching.
The Los Manglares de Tumbes National Sanctuary, located on the northwest coast in the Province and District of Zarumilla, Department of Tumbes, is inhabited by between 200 and 300 species of bird. It is regarded as the perfect place for birdwatching and holding the Big Day event.
Characteristics of the forest
Amazingly, this national forest has one of the ecosystems on the planet that is most attractive to birds, and therefore has the greatest quantity of species. It occupies an area of 2 972 hectares and is located at an altitude of just 10 meters above sea level. In addition, endangered wildlife species can be found here, such as the American crocodile. There are also many different marine species.
Over 200 species
The organizers of the Big Day events selected locations with the greatest variety of birds, and this enigmatic sanctuary is no exception. This protected area covers part of the Gulf of Guayaquil ecoregion and is home to more than 200 bird species, such as: the frigate bird, different heron species, the white ibis, the rufous-necked wood rail, the American yellow warbler, among others.
Activities like the Big Day motivate domestic visitors to spend their holidays differently. With this experience of nature tourism they often become interested in the Peruvian birding competition. The Los Manglares National Sanctuary awaits you with its warm climate and natural beauty, inviting you to enjoy one of the most productive ecosystems on the planet.