The Nature Reserve is located on the axis of the Western Cordillera in the El Chuscal village, belonging to the municipality of Urrao, department of Antioquia.
In an expedition carried out by the Fundación ProAves in 2004 to the Páramo del Sol, it was possible to register Coeligena orina, a species in the category of Endangered (EN), of which there was no record for more than 50 years.
Thanks to this rediscovery, the Nature Reserve was created, a conservation refuge for a great variety of endemic species.
At the southern terminal of the city of Medellín, board an inter-municipal bus bound for the municipality of Urrao (located 157 kilometers from the city, with an approximate travel time of 4 hours and 30 minutes).
In the main park of Urrao, take public transport to the El Chuscal path, with a detour to La Hacienda, until the end of the road. Take the bridle path (it can be on foot or on horseback) to the Nature Reserve, this last tour lasts approximately 2 hours.
The reservation does not include food or transportation. Any extra service must be requested at the reception and has an additional cost.
Make your reservation 24 hours in advance. Walk-in reservations are not guaranteed and are dependent on current availability.
The Nature Reserve is home to 371 species of birds, among which stand out Coeligena orina (EN), Hapalopsittaca amazonina (VU), Diglossa gloriosissima (VU), Grallaria alleni (VU), Grallaria alvarezi (EN) and Grallaria urraoensis (CR).
They also inhabit a great variety of mammals highlighting the presence of Puma concolor and Tremarctos ornatus, being for this last zone of parturition and training of young strategic.
For amphibians, species belonging to the family have been reported Hylidae, Eleutherodactylidae and Centrolenidae.
The flora of the place is made up of populations of Gynoxys frontinoensis and Espeletia frontinoensis (endemic species), this one in a good condition. In addition, areas with the presence of individuals of Puya antioquensis, Polylepis quadrijuga and forests of seven leather.