This is an image of the Papallacta pass in the Andes of Ecuador. I took this image when I went to photograph a bird called a Seedsnipe which occurs at this place. The altitude is about 13,000 feet above sea level and walking was a struggle — even worse when carrying all my photo gear – due to the thin air.
I visited the site 3 times on my stay in Ecuador and, alas, never saw the seedsnipe (a kind of shorebird). However, the view this particular morning (at about 6am) was spectacular with two glacier covered volcanoes visible in the distance, Antisana and Cotapaxi.
Image details – Canon 1D Mark IV, Canon 17-40mm lens at 20mm. 1/160 sec at f11, ISO 800, Tripod. Cable release.
Extract from Wickipedia – Papallacta Pass
Papallacta is a small village in Napo Province, Ecuador located at an altitude of 3,300 m in the Andes just off the Eastern Cordilleras on the road from Quito which leads into the Amazon jungle. The scenic drive from Quito to Papallacta passes through several towns and small villages before ascending to a peak of over 4,000 m, from where mountains and glaciers are visible. Descending from the peak to Papallacta, the ecosystems transform from alpine to tropical jungle.
Several hot springs and spas are located in Papallacta. Many of the local restaurants are known for their steamed trout. For lodging, there are several hotels and a resort.
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