The Pacaipampa`s paramos are recognized for their good state of conservation and their importance within the Quiroz River Basin, since two of its main tributary rivers originate here. Due to its remoteness, difficult access and climatic conditions, the site presents almost no anthropic influence. The paramo has an altitudinal range from 2900 to 3800 meters above sea level.

The four summits of the site are within the paramo ecosystem, where the vegetation is predominantly herbaceous, with moderate to steep reliefs. They are very humid areas with frequent presence of fog and permanent rainfall throughout the year, with an annual average of up to 2550 mm. It`s soils are highly organic.

The prospecting and installation of the site began in August 2009 and ended in November of the same year.


This site is located in the grassland páramos east of the Chames Lagoon Complex (Negra or Chames, Tigre, Gateada, Amor) and Nacientes Lagoons, approximately at -4.938 LS and -79.486 LO.


Ivan Mejía Castillo (IMC, 3220 m asl), Paul Viñas Olaya (PVO, 3275 m asl), Erick Hoyos Granda (EHG, 3689 m asl), Henry Paolo Villegas (HPV, 3732 m asl).

Responsible Institution: 

Naturaleza y Cultura INTERNACIONAL

Site coordinator: Paul Viñas (pvinas1419@gmail.com)

Database manager: Paolo Villegas

Botanist/Taxonomist: Paolo Villegas

Other researchers: Dimas Olaya y Erick Hoyos

Páramos de Pacaipampa
Site richness: 116 species, 79 genera, 39 families

* Total number of vascular plant species (including all summit area sections)
** Mean total cover of vascular plants in the 16 1m2 plots

No data available

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