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Sites - Ranita Dorada Reserve

Site evaluation: 2 Stars 2 Stars
Elevation: 1000-2000 m
Climate: Mild and wet
Trails: Basic
Accommodation: 3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars
Food: 3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars
Hot water: Yes
Electricity: Yes
Communications: Cell phone
Region: Magdalena valley
Location: Falan, Dept of Tolima
Summary: This new reserve was created to protect two recently-described poison-dart frog species (Dendrobates) and a remarkable array of rare and localized amphibians. It is also home to several rare birds, including the eastern slope Central Cordillera subtropical endemics Tolima Dove and Yellow-headed Brush-Finch. The town of Falan features a picturesque gold-mining site from the 1500s, complete with tunnels and mine shafts. This mine contains a small fragment of humid forest where Sooty Ant-Tanager and White-mantled Barbet have been seen.
Endemics: Tolima Dove, White-mantled Barbet, Sooty Ant-Tanager, Yellow-headed Brush-Finch, Parker?s Antbird
Key Species: Cerulean Warbler.
Access: The town of Falan is 3 hr north of Ibague or 5 hr west from Bogotá. The reserve itself is 2.5 hr above Falan; a 4 x 4 is required for much of this distance.
Site Description: The reserve contains parcels of subtropical forest that are home to a high diversity of amphibians, including recently-described poison-dart frogs that are only known from this reserve. The reserve is also home to the Tolima endemics: Yellow-headed Brush-Finch and Tolima Dove. Furthermore, Parker?s Antbird can be found here. The forest contains other subtropical species including Lineated Foliage-gleaner, Long-tailed Antbird, White-crowned Tapaculo, Cerulean Warbler, Scrub Tanager and more.

The town of Falan is located in a more low-lying zone, most of which consists of coffee, cacao, and fruit plantations. White-mantled Barbet can be found here, and both the barbet and Sooty Ant-Tanager have rarely been found at the Falan mine, called ?Las Ruinas de Falan.? However, very little forest remains in the Falan area and there are only small populations of these species. The town area is also home to Black Hawk-Eagle and other widespread birds: Tropical Screech-Owls are especially common at Hotel La Mirador 5 minutes above Falan.
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