02 May, 2009

Elizabetha Now in Northern Peru

Elizabetha is consistently following the coastal route and covered another 399 km (248 miles) yesterday.

She flew past Chiclayo, Cartagena, Piura and Talara and stopped off a short distance to the Ecuadoran border located about 55 km (34 miles) to the east.

She roosted in the desert SE of Mancora and about 18 km (11 miles) inland. She appears to have slept on a ridge located on the side of a mountain. It looks like there is some limited vegetation there consistent with being at the northern end of the Atacama. She is near the transition area where it changes rapidly from extremely dry desert to lush tropical forest.

Note the large river to her north coming down from the Andes. It terminates at Mancora and supports small patches of dry forest.