by Bennett Hennessey
This is a popular tourist attraction which has been average for birding. The area
has similar dry valley habitat found along the main road down from Samaipata.
The main attraction of this site is the possibility to see the skulker the
Giant Antshrike. It is known to be about
200 meters down from
the last junction. This area also has many similar birds to the main
road including Condors, White-tailed Plantcutter, and groups of Mitred and
Blue-crowned Parakeets and Turquious-fronted Parrots. It is much
quieter than the road.
reaching Samaipata, approximetly 1km before Samaipata there is a junction on
the left with a sign marking "El Fuerte". We have been told that the
Giant Antshrike has been seen around this area.
GPS reading at turnoff to Las
Ruinas: S 18°10.281