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16 Days - Andes Birding Trip

About this trip

Colombia is one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, with a huge number of species that dwarfs not just the temperate regions, but even other tropical countries. With more than 1,900 species of birds in Colombia, it is the richest country for bird species on Earth. Colombia has 79 endemic species of birds, and sadly right now more than half of them are considered species of conservation concern. This enormous biodiversity stems from the fact that Colombia is tropical, yet it also has immense elevation change due to the Andes. The Andes in Colombia split into three ranges, which increase habitat diversity, as well as rain shadow valleys between the mountains. The country also has coasts on both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. With all of these different habitats, it is not a surprise that Colombia is the ‘birdiest’ country in the world.  

Day 1: Arrival to Cali

Transfer from the airtport to the hotel in Cali, meet with the guide to planning the trip. Dinner at the hotel.

night: Hotel Sonesta

Day 2: Chicaque Natural Reserve

Chicaque provides an ideal introduction to subtropical birds and can be an easy, productive site for those. Interesting birds are: Glowing Puffleg, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Black-collared Jay, Moustached Brush-finch. 

Day 3: Chingaza National Park

 We sould find most of the Eastern Andean highland (near) endemics here, and the scenary its incredible. Interesting birds are: Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Pale-bellied Tapaculo, Purple-backed Thornbill, Rufous wren, Rufous-browed Conebill. 

Day 4: Florida Natural Park, Jardín encantado, tabacal lagoon

Florida Natural Park: Is a Wetland into the Bogota City, aAre the habitat for species like as Bogota Rail, Spot-flanked Gallinulle, Apolinar`s Wren and Silver-trhoated Spinetail

Jardin Encantado: its the private garden with more than 50 hummingbird feeders, with species like as Indigo-capped Hummingbird, White-tailed Starfrontlet, Green hermit, Gorgered Woodstar.

Tabacal lagoon: its a small natural reserve around the lake, with species like as Rusty-breasted Antpitta, Black-headed brushfinch, Striped-breasted Spinetail.

Day 5: Bellavista forest and transfer to Los Colores Hotel (Puerto Triunfo)

In the Magdalena valley provide species as Sooty Ant-tanager, Citron-throated Toucan, Colombian Chachalaca and White-mantled Barbet.

Day 6: Los Colores forest, cueva del condor

Los Colores Forest: ist a primary humid forest with speciallitys of this ecosistem like White-mantled Barbet, Gray-chinned Nunlet, Bautiful Woodpecker

Cuava del condor: along the creek its posible to see Antioquia Bristle-tyrant, Bat falcon, Fasciated Tiger-heron, the main target its Oilbirds into the caves.

Day 7: Rio Claro Natural Reserve

It is a nature reserve where you can perform several activities of the nature among these the Bird Watching, highlighting important species such as Colombian Chachalaca, White-tablecloth Barbet, Beautiful Woodpecker, Antioquia Bristle-Tyrant, Sooty Ant-Tanager, Saffron-headed Parrot , Citron-throated Toucan, Magdalena Antbird among others.

Day 8: La Romera to Jardin Antioquia (visit to Andean cock-of-the-rock)

La Romera: its the best place to see Red-billed grackle, and another species like Yellow-headed Manakin, Colombian Chachalaca, Saffron-crowned Tanager.

In the Afternoon in Jardin its we should visit the Andean Cock-of-the-rock, near to the village.

Day 9: Ventanas road

The mountain forest, its the best place to see Yellow-eared Parrot, another species are Golden-headed Quetzal, Crested Oropendola, Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonia, Tanager finch and another.

Day 10: Transfer Jardin to Manizales

Day 11: Rio Blanco Natural Reserve

Starting the day seeing the antpitta’s feeders where we gonna see more than 4 antpitta species!

BIRDS OF INTEREST: BICOLOURED ANTPITTA, BROWN-BANDED ANTPITTA, CHESNUT-NAPED ANTPITTA, CHESNUT-CROWNED ANTPITTA, SCALED ANTPITTA, SLATE-CROWNED ANTPITTA, MASKED SALTATOR,  GOLDEN-HEADED QUETZAL and many more!

Day 12: Los Nevados National Park

After birding at Rio Blanco reserve 2500-2600 meters departure to Los Termales de Ruiz at Los Nevados NP 3600- 4300 meters where we gonna look for interesting birds like Buffy Helmetcrest, Red-Crested Cotinga, Rainbow-bearded Thronbill, and many more. Black-backed Bush-Tanager, White-tailed Hawk, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Andean Tit-Spinetail, Grass Wren, Capped Conebill, Golden-crowned Tanager, Paramo Tapaculo the endemic and very hard to find Rufous-fronted Parakeet.

Day 13: Otum Quimbaya Natural Sanctuary - transfer to Montezuma

The SFF Otún Quimbaya is located on the western flank of the Cordillera Central, in the department of Risaralda, 15 kilometers from the city of Pereira. About 90% of the protected area corresponds to natural forests, in different stages of succession, and mature forests. In smaller proportion, small wetlands and forest plantations are found. Otun Quimbaya is well-known as the best site for the endemic, endangered and now very local Cauca Guan, as well as being a great site for Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Chestnut Wood-Quail, Moustached and Scaled Antpittas, Torrent Duck, and Multicolored Tanager. The birding is along fairly flat trails and a road. Mixed flocks are not super common but do hold nice birds – Ashy-headed and Plumbeous-crowned Tyrannulets, Crested Ant-Tanager, Multicolored and Metallic-green Tanager, Red-headed Barbet, Rufous-breasted Flycatcher, and more  

Day 14: Montezuma road

 Colombia’s Tatamá National Natural Park is located on the borders of the departments of Risaralda, Chocó and Valle del Cauca, within the Chocó bioregion, one of the world’s most biodiverse regions. The park encompasses 51,900 hectares of primary west-Andean tropical and subtropical rainforest, temperate cloud forest and páramo habitat, and is a source of water to rivers in all directions. It is home to over 500 species of birds, 450 species of orchids and 700 species of butterflies. The biodiversity across other taxa is equally impressive. Many Colombian endemic and near-endemic species are found here. 

Day 15: Transfer Montezuma to Pereira - Flight Pereira to Bogota

Day 16: flight home

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  • Bird guideProfessional guide in Birdwatching with high knowledge of the Ecology and Biology of Bird species
  • Local flight: Pereira to Bogota
  • Travel insurance: 24 hours of medical assitance
  • Tickets: entrance to the national park and private reserve
  • Ground Transportation: From your hotel to the hotspot and once finished the tour back to the hotel
  • life-changing experience: in 2 days you can shared with local comunities who work for conservation of birds
  • Lodging accommodations: doble accommodation in El Dorado Reserve,private bathrooms, hot water, clean and comfortable with a delicious meals.
  • Daily meals: Dinner, breakfast and  lunch, water, coffee, tea, fresh juices.
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