Exploring Bogotá's Urban Wetlands: Humedal de Córdoba, Sector 3

February 1, 2015

 

As Consul for the Sustainable Bogotá group in Internations, it's my job to organize at least one event per month. And what better way to start off the new year than with a guided nature interpretation walk through one of Bogotá's lesser known secrets. The Córdoba wetland has long been a favourite hideout of mine for it's ability to help you forget about the hustle and bustle of the city, if even for a moment. 

 

 

The wetland runs from east to west, divided into 3 sectors by the busy roads that cross it. For the longest time, Sector 3 has been the most accessible to the public. Private homes line its northern banks, with nearby residents using its trails for walking their dogs, running and even mountain biking. There are basketball courts and grassy patches great for picnics, and it's not uncommon to find martial arts and yoga practice on the weekends. 

 

 

 

If you are into birdwatching, Bogotá's wetlands are the place to be. Córdoba has registered close to 70 species. Common resident sightings in Sector 3 include the Common Moorhen, American Coot, Starling Violethear, Yellow-hooded Blackbird, Rufous Collared Sparrow, Great Thrush, Southern House Wren and Black Flowerpiercer. If you're lucky, you might even see the owls that call this place home. There are also a number of migrant sparrows, ducks and tanagers that pass through the wetlands on a yearly basis.

 

Sector 3 spreads out over 21.4 hectares and is easily accesible from the western side of Avenida Suba, close to the intersection with Calle 116. If you're taking public transport, the nearest Transmilenio station is Shaio. Free guided tours are sponsored by the botanical gardens and are available with prior arrangement. 

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