Hitoy Cerere Biological Reserve
This magnificent biological reserve of 9,154 hectares is located about 45 km south of Puerto Viejo, in the Limon province, this reserve is part of the Cordillera de Talamanca and is located southwest of the La Estrella Valley. The name Hitoy-Cerere is derived from two indigenous words, Hitoy which refers to the green "blanket" that covers everything in this reserve, and Cerere which means water, because of the abundance in this area, characterized by its evergreen forests; the waterfalls and rivers that flow abundantly add to the beauty of this reserve. This beautiful biological reserve has not been much studied, in addition to having little visitation, due to the geological formation of the reserve they do that the land does not lend itself for an easy access, also has a very humid climate; All these characteristics make it possesses a great biodiversity, its temperature is kept constant around 25 ° centigrade, with possibilities of rain throughout the year, in addition it encloses two zones of life, very humid tropical forest and premontane rainforest. This biological reserve is surrounded by three indigenous reserves, the Telire to the west, Talamanca to the south and Tayni to the north, also to the west side of the reserve there are massive banana plantations in the Estrella valley, and it is through this area where Access to this reserve; This biological reserve is also part of the La Amistad Biosphere Reserve, declared a World Heritage site by Unesco.
The Hitoy Cerere Biological Reserve does not have facilities for visitors, only a ranger station, if you want to hike is recommended to walk alongside a stream, since the forest is quite dense and impenetrable, it is also advisable to visit the reserve during The dry season, when there is less rain for you to explore more easily, here you will find many animals like tapirs, jaguars, three-toed lazy bear, neotropic river otter, anteater, opossums, monkeys, tayras, armadillos, tepezcuintles, Deer, agouti and tiger cats are very common animals in this area; you can also observe large numbers of birds as they have been observed over 230 species of birds in the area, including the Montezuma oropendola, which congregates to build large number of hanging nests in a single tree; The buzzard, the cabeciazul parrot, the silly chizo, the oropopus, the blue-throated hummingbird, the coliplomizo trogon, the green kingfisher and the black curré. Some such as the eared owl, the black hawk and the canasta have small populations. Others, such as the dusky mosquero, the oropendolas and the kingfishers, the sergeant, toucans and turkeys, are commonly seen during walks along the trails and in the river. It is also common to see frogs inhabiting litter, chirbalas, Gallegos, cherepos and snakes, both poisonous and harmless. There are about 30 species of amphibians and 30 species of reptiles.
Inside the invertebrates there are bullet ants and zompopas, butterflies of colorful colors like those of the Morpho genus, enormous dragonflies, bees and drones of metallic colors. As for the plant species, there are about 380. You will also find abundant flora, among the most common species of trees are the male cedar, hawk, maria, ceiba, javillo, guayabón, pylon, naked Indian and milky, these in his Most are covered by a layer of mosses, and on the branches, there are orchids and other types of epiphytic plants.
Remember, when visiting this biological reserve, you will have user assistance services, visits to the trails, bathrooms, parking area and office information. The schedule is Monday - Sunday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
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