The Jungle town of Mitu, a small remote settlement in Amazonian Colombia found along the Vaupes River is only accessible by plane or boat. Mitu quickly gained a reputation as a great site for Amazonian/Guianan Shield birding, combining relatively low cost, easy accessibility, a variety of habitats, and several white sand forest specialty birds. At the same time, however, birding in Mitú is far from a luxurious experience. While things are slowly improving, it is still logistically challenging to arrange transportation and the local guides. Lodging and services are generally good; food choices are generally uninspiring.
rrival to Bogota and meet with the tour leader to discuss the trip itinerary.
Night: Hotel Santa Fe Real.
In the morning its the fligth Bogota to Mitu with Satena airline about 1.5h.
The long covered bridge leading to the Urania community and the second growth patches around will be usually fairly productive.
Birds of interest: Amazonian Tyrannulet, Black-chinned Antbird, Striped Woodcreeper, Versicolored Emerald, Black Caracara, Red-necked Woodpecker, Paradise Jacamar, Dark-billed Cuckoo, Bronzy Jacamar, Green Oropendola, Slate-colored Hawk and Red-fan Parrot.
Night: Hotel los Paisas.
One main trail and numerous side trails lead through tall forest that is a mixture of second growth and what is purportedly primary forest. The target birds species are Musician Wren, Ruddy Spinetail, Variegated and Cinereous, Tinamous, Mouse-colored Antshrike, Ringed Antpipit, Banded and Silvered Antbirds, Thrushlike Antpitta, Chestnut-belted Gnateater, Ocellated Woodcreeper, Wing-barred Piprites, Red-necked Woodpecker, Red-stained Woodpecker, Black-eared Fairy, Black-bellied Cuckoo, Buff-throated Foliage-Gleaner, Rufous-tailed Xenops and Lemon-chested Greenlet
We starting to drive one hour from mitu, making the first stop on “Puente Lata” to look for the Fiery topaz hummingbird, around the bridge you can also see the Chestnut-capped Puffbird, exploring some trails later you can register species such as Black-bellied Thorntail , Gray-bellied Hawk, Pavonine Quetzal, Gray Antbird.
We will spent the day exploring an area with impressive rock outcrops. One of our main targets its the impressive Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock, here at its most westerly distribution. We will have some time to get some nice pictures before heading on along the trails. We then climb onto the rocky outcrop for our picnic lunch and enjoy the marvelous views over the forest. Another interesting birds are Purple- breasted Cotinga, Cliff Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Dacnis, Lemon-chested Greenlet.
We make an early start to the Bocatoma trail where we manage to catch up with the cracking Grey-bellied Antbird; we all enjoy fantastic looks at this localized speciality. We will found Black-bellied Thorntail and a colony of Red-rumped Caciques.
This location its on the onother side to the Vaupes river, 25 minutes by boat to explorer the secondary forest, birds we found along this trail are: Grey-legged Tinamou, Orange-cheeked Parrot, Azure-naped Jay, Brown-banded Puffbird, Plumbeous Euphonia.
In the afternoon we have the fligth to Bogota.
Night: Hotel Santa Fe Real.