ÁREA PROTEGIDA MUNICIPAL CURICHI CUAJO Y EL CAFETAL

Área Protegida Municipal Curichi Cuajo eBird Hotspot
El Cafetal eBird Hotspot
Department: Santa Cruz
Nearest town: Buena Vista
Ecological Region: Southwest Amazonía

Specialty Species Possible:
Ramphastos vitellinus/Channel-billed Toucan
Patagioenas subvinacea/Ruddy Pigeon
Thamnophilus sticturus/Bolivian Slaty-Antshrike

The Curichi Cuajo (Curichi = wetland, Cuajo = Rufescent Tiger Heron) can be visited by walking just over a kilometer from the town square on the road to the Surutú River. Observation is possible independently along the road; in order to access the observation tower and 1.2 km trail (dry season) through secondary forest, a guide is needed. In the mornings and evenings it is common to see the Hoatzin, Rufescent Tiger Heron, Black-capped Donacobius and a variety of other species in the vicinity of the observation tower.

Contact Ramon Vargas, Manager, 591-71605163, curichicuajo@hotmail.com, www.facebook.com/CurichiCuajo, www.birdwatchingbolivia.com

El Cafetal, a former coffee plantation 3 km from the town plaza towards the community El Cairo, is accessed along a public dirt road and runs from the defunct processing plant to the Surutú River, about 4 km. Independent observation is possible; in the rainy season 4×4 is needed and at times the road is impassable even with 4×4. Species of interest in El Cafetal are 3 types of trogon (Blue-crowned, Black-tailed, and Colllared), 2 species of Manakin (Band-tailed and Round-tailed), 5 types of Toucan (Toco, White-throated, and Channel-Billed; Chestnut-eared Aracari and Lettered Aracari), the White-necked Puffbird, and the Blue-and-Yellow Macaw.

Directions: From the town plaza, take the road towards the mayor’s office and towards the community of El Cairo. Four blocks from the plaza, at the first fork, take the left (unpaved) fork. At the second fork, do not follow the sign to El Cafetal Hotel; again take the left fork towards El Cairo. Take the first possible turn to the right, across from Hombres Nuevos. At the bottom of the hill you will see the former coffee production plant; the hotspot area begins here. Follow the road straight to the river (with caution at bridges and in puddles). Hiring a taxi for drop-off and pick-up at the production plant is also a possibility.