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8 DAYS - Birding Colombia Central Andes and coffee

The Central Andes and coffee region (Eje Cafetero) has an important cultural, historical and economic role in Colombia. Tourists already consider this a must-see region in Colombia, and tourism and infrastructure are improving every day as more areas are becoming accessible. Birders are the vanguard, going where others have yet to discover. Some of these areas were, up until recently, not accessible due to political and social conflict. This conflict has receded, and gorgeous areas are now open and primed for discovery.   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. 

Pereira-Otun Quimbaya

Pick up you at the airport 

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 

Night in the lodge of Otun Quimbaya 

 

Birding in Otun Quimbaya and leaving to Montezuma&Tatama rainforest

All day birding in Otun Quimbaya, leave to tatama at 4:00 pm

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.

Night in the lodge of Montezuma rainforest

 

All day birding in Montezuma&Tatama Rainforest

Birds of interest: Black Solitaire, Gold-ringed Tanager, Chesnut-bellied Flowerpiercer, Black-and-gold Tanager, Lanceolated Monklet, Orange-breasted  Falcon, Yellow-green bush-tanager, Greater Scytebill and many more

Night in Montezuma&Tatama Lodge

 

Leaving Montezuma rainforest- going to Hotel Tinamú Birding Nature Res

Hotel Tinamú Birding Nature Reserve is a special place in Manizales Caldas for photography and bird watching. Located in San Peregrino village at 30 minutes from the city, in a dry forest of 15 ha. at 1.225. m.a.s.l., home to hundreds of species of birds, mammals, reptiles, butterflies and a variety of plants and trees. The preservation of the reserve started over 40 years ago thanks to the respect and love for nature of the Londoño Jaramillo family, who allowed coffee plantations and banana trees to become a semi-natural forest, supporting reforestation by planting trees and flowers achieving to attract a high density of wildlife to an oasis in the middle of agricultural mountains.Birds of interes: Green Hermit, Common potoo,  Colombian Chachalaca ,  Rufous-banded Owl,  White-bellied Woodstar,  Grayish Piculet (E), Parker’s Antbird (E),  Azara’s Spinetail,  Golden-collared Manakin, Blue-necked Tanager, Guira Tanager, Golden-rumped Euphonia.

 

Birding in Tinamu Reserve and leaving to Rio Blanco Reserve

The Protective Forest Reserve of Río Blanco is one of the areas with the greatest biodiversity in the world and the conservation of natural resources. It is located on the Central Cordillera of the Andes in the department of Caldas, three (3) km from the north-east side of the municipality of Manizales. It also counts with a really comfortable lodge where is possible to stay. While birding we can enjoy the anpitta show, calling by playback to coax out many shy antpittas(5 species including  the near-endemic Bicolored and endemic Brown-banded), Black-billed Mountain-Toucans, Masked Saltator, Rufous wood-quail, around 5 tapaculos species and many more!!!

ANTPITTA SHOW! All day birding in the 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!

Leaving Rio Blanco- going to Termales del Ruiz(Los Nevados NP)

LOS NEVADOS

Before 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.

 

Birding in Termalez del Ruiz and leaving to the airport

This day we gonna leave the hotel to go up to the mountain(4300 meters above sea level) to try getting the birds of interest only found there. BUFFY HELMETCREST,  Rufous-fronted Parakeet,  Black-backed Bush-Tanager,  Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Andean Tit-Spinetail,  AND MANY MORE…  after that keep going down birding.

leave you in the airport and finish our great trip 

 

  • more than 200 bird sp; more than 50 endemic species, many migratory species and restringed range
  • Bird guide; Professional guide in Birdwatching with high knowledge of the Ecology and Biology of Bird species
  • Ground Transportation; From the Barranquilla airport, trhougt the trip and back to the airport
  • Life-changing experience; in one week you can shared with local comunities who work for conservation of birds
  • Lodging accommodations; doble accommodation in Ecolodge (where if posible), with air conditioning, private bathrooms, clean and comfortable.
  • Daily meals; Three delicious gourmet meals daily – drinking water, coffee, tea, fresh juices.
  • Travel insurance;
  • Tickets; entrance to the national park and private reserve.
 
 
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