Parque Nacional Benito Juárez covers an area of 2,737 hectares, which is integrated into the Cerro de San Felipe, which is part of the eastern Sierra, formed by metamorphic rocks. The hill reaches a height of 3,111 meters above sea level. Due to its great diversity in flora and fauna, it is a beautiful natural scenery.
In this area you can find vegetation of coniferous forests, oak forest and deciduous forest. Among the flora you will find wild laurel, oyamel, biznaga of chilitos and acacia among others. As for the fauna you will find 18 species of amphibians, 39 of reptiles, 231 birds, and 62 mammals. The species range from river carp and squirrels to pumas and deer.
The Benito Juárez National Park is fundamental for the conservation of state and national biodiversity. The National Commission for the Use and Knowledge of Biodiversity (Conabio) considers it a priority land region and area of importance for the conservation of birds.
The communities that are in this reserve have made efforts to create activities and attractions for visitors. In that sense, in the nearby town of San Pablo Etla, there is a network of interpretive trails, camping areas, cabins and a shelter. In this community they have organized walks in which you can observe birds and flora.
Also in San Andrés Huayapam is the Permaculture Center “El Pedregal”, an example of the good management of natural resources because in 2009 it was awarded with the Recognition of Nature Conservation.
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