La Babilla Wetland (Sirirí Route)

La Babilla Wetland (Sirirí Route)

Last week I had written a little about The Sirirí route, which is an ecological corridor made up of a series of interconnected parks in the city of Cali. The route of the route begins with the park Lilí river corridor, which is located in the south of the city in the Ciudad Jardin neighborhood, and is mainly a cycle path where visitors can enjoy a beautiful view while exercising. Today I am going to tell you about the second of the parks in this corridor that I had the opportunity to visit, which is called Babilla wetland, and it is located very close to the first park. This is a huge park that surrounds an artificial lake in which there are some native species such as ducks, squirrels, turtles, birds and of course, the Babilla, which is a small relative of the crocodile, and that inhabits this lake.

La babilla wetland

panoramic of the park

La babilla wetland

A beautiful guadual

I liked it a lot that as soon as we entered the park, right in a tree that was next to a guadual we could see 2 squirrels that were apparently gathering some nuts and they were climbing up the trunk to the top of the tree and then they went down again to run through the pasture. Although they were moving very fast, I managed to take a couple of photos of them.

La babilla wetland

squirrel running through the grass, I almost didn’t get the picture

La babilla wetland

Squirrels climbing a tree

La babilla wetland

the artificial lake and the park in the background

Following the tour of the park we find the entrance to the lake, where there is an area inhabited by ducks, they are very used to people as they feed them. There is a good place to take a picture since it has a good panoramic view of the park. Then one can go around the lake on a path that goes around until reaching the back of it. At this point we were very lucky because we could see one of the babillas that was sticking its head out of the waterIt was apparently a chance encounter, as people in the area told us that it is generally difficult to see it so quickly as they do not come to the surface very often, so I can consider myself lucky.

La babilla wetland

I managed to see a stifle in the distance