Tropical thicket: an area between sea level and 100 feet
of altitude, which includes the islands of La Plata and Salango.
The dominant species are different cactus species, covering
only small areas of the beach. The temperature is on average
between 75 and 80° F, but on some months it somewhat rises
or lowers, depending on the behavior of cold Humboldt Current
and warm El Niño Current that year.
Tropical thicket: this life zone is located below 100 ft
above sea level. It covers the area just east of the beach,
specially the valleys of the rivers Salaite, Buenavista, Ayampe
and Plátano. Here there are less cactus and more shrubs
and vines. The usual temperature is in the range from 75 to
Pre-Montane thicket: this area above 100 ft of altitude,
serves as a transition between a very arid lowland and a more
humid highland. The trees have greater heights and are persistently
covered by fog. There are some epiphytes, ferns, orchids,
mosses and lichens present. The temperature is between
65 and 75° F on average.