Day 11 – Visiting Llanganates National Park

Martin-Immanuel Bittner, interpreter, park ranger of the Llanganates Nationalparks (f.l.t.r)

Our research took us to Llanganates National Park next. We had a long walk ahead of us once we finally found the entrance. And we had a lot to get done! We wanted to chat to more locals for our explorative interview study, with the hope that this would give us insight into how the area around Chimborazo had evolved. 

What we see in our pictures anticipates some of the answers: Lots of (tropical) agriculture, and thus clear traces of the Anthropocene.

Christian also wanted to continue with his ornithological survey and managed to spot four Andean condors, which are in danger of extinction in Ecuador. Two of the birds were clearly being tracked and had been marked with numbered tags. Despite our best efforts, we never managed to find out where they had come from. 

Ecuadorian ornithologist Carlos Diaz helped Christian out with his bird-spotting efforts. They worked together to get a clear picture of the bird life around the reservoir in the National Park.

We moved on to Baños that evening.

Andean condor (Vultur gryphus)


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