If you have followed my tourist line in recent months, you will see that one of my hobbies, apart from technology, is travel and tourism; It is for that reason that from time to time, I like to post about an interesting place that I have visited and that I recommend.
Today I would like to continue with a journey that began about 6 months ago and has not finished yet (if I know that I have taken a long time), unfortunately I have not dedicated the time it deserves but hey, as I said, today I want to continue with another park on the Sirirí Route, which is called Lago de las Garzas Ecopark.
Lake of the Garzas Ecopark
Located south of the city of Cali, at the end of the university area, this small but magnificent park is a nature reserve that offers everything a nature lover could wish for and in the middle of the city. When you enter, the first thing you should do is register your name in the visitor’s booth where they keep track of visitors to the park, after that, you can enjoy a beautiful view of Lake of the Herons from a small dock, where more or except on one side of the lake, you will see a small island inhabited by dozens of herons that enjoy a natural habitat.
Around the lake there is an ecological path full of informative posters, which explain the flora and fauna that inhabit the ecopark reserve. It was very impressive for me to learn about the great variety of species that inhabit this sanctuary. For example, to name some animals that I saw, there were of course the Herons, turtles in the water, which by the way are very used to visitors and come to the shore of the lake when they see you to feed them; I also saw squirrels and a variety of birds. According to the signs of the park here we could find if we have some luck among others (owls, weasels, woodpeckers, cuckoo birds, ticks, hawks, iguanas, butterflies, parrots, bats, fish, snakes, bichofué, opossums and many other species).
At the back of the park there is a picnic area, where we could see some families having lunch in the middle of the trees (I take note, to return one day to have a good picnic here). Speaking of trees, by the way, the park has a large collection of species among which we can see cedars, walnuts, gualanday, snails, carob trees, reeds, mangroves, bamboo and more.
Below you can see a small gallery of images about the park that I took.
The Lago de las Garzas Ecopark was created in 1996, at the initiative of some of the families of the victims of the American Airlines plane crash that occurred in December 1995 where several Caleños died, thus it became a way of remembering their loved ones.
Then, as a tribute to the memory of the disappeared, 400 trees were planted and a natural reserve began to take shape in the south of Cali, where there is environmental education and where Caleños and visitors find scenery, fresh air and lots of nature. With the support of the DAGMA, the CVC and the Bolívar School, today the park is preserved thanks to the work of these institutions and the support of the National Police.
The Lago de las Garzas eco-park is part of the Cali park corridor called “The Sirirí route”And it is one of the 3 most important ecoparks in the city, together with the Bataclán ecopark and the Pisamos Ecopark, which I will visit soon to do my own review.