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Amazon & Pacific Foothills Colombia Bird Watching Tour - 16 Days

Amazon & Pacific Foothills Colombia Bird Watching Tour
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Colombian Amazon & Pacific Foothills Bird Watching Tour

The Colombian ridge is the greatest hydrological zone in Colombia.  It is here where the most important water reserves in the equatorial area of the planet can be found and form the source of the main rivers in the country: Cauca and Magdalena, which run from south to north between the branches of the Andes, before arriving at the Caribbean Sea; the Patía river, which runs towards the Pacific Ocean and the Putumayo and Caquetá rivers that flow towards the Amazon basin.

This area of complex and unique topography, geography and geology provide a wide range of ecosystems and due to this variety, the speciation of birds has been produced throughout the territory.  The landscapes to the south of the Colombian Andes are dominated by the Chiles, Cumbal and Azufral volcanoes, the La Cocha lagoon and the upper Sibundoy valley, all being high-level Andean mountain ecosystems.  To the east of the Sibundoy valley, the Andes descend sharply towards the Amazon following the “The Trampoline” route, a path full of biodiversity that zig-zags through the high-level Andean forest until arriving at the ecosystems of the Amazon foothills at its lowest point and forming the entrance to the Amazon rainforest.

To the west of the valley, the route descends, snaking through high-level and regular Andean forests, and tropical rainforest on the western slopes of the Andes, before finally hitting the Pacific coast.  On our visit, we will cross virgin forests with uneven topography, explore the Amazon foothills and the Andes-Amazon transition, and contemplate beautiful landscapes in the Andean valleys at more than 3000m above sea level along the Colombian ridge.  We will observe birds in the south-western corner of the country on the Pacific Ocean and the tropical rainforest of biogeographical Chocó. The incredible biodiversity here is down to the untouched forests, the combination of landscapes and the confluence of ecosystems.  The best part is that we will have the opportunity to see many beautiful and colourful birds in every place!

Alternative Tour Name: Colombian Ranges and the Amazon & Pacific Foothills
Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival to Bogotá

You will be transfer to a hotel in Bogotá

Day 2
Day 2 - Flight to Popayán, transfer to Coconuco forest

We will be going to see some great birds in Coconuco Forest, some specialties of the Andes like Noble snipe, Carunculated caracara – near endemic, Golden-breasted Puffleg – near endemic, Purple-backed Thornbill, Andean Condor, Golden-plumed Parakeet – near endemic, Grey-breasted Mountain-toucan, Shinning Sunbeam, Green Jay, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Lachrymose Mountain-Tanager, Glowing Puffleg, Tyrian Metaltail, Buff-winged Starfronlet, Rainbow-bearded Thornbill, Viridian Metaltail, Andean Lapwing, Stout-billed Cinclodes, White-capped Dipper, Hooded Mountain-Tanager, Buff-breasted Mountain-Tanager, Golden-crowned Tanager, Tawny Antpitta, Black-chested Buzzard Eagle, Tourmaline Sunangel, Great Sapphirewing, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Powerful Woodpecker and much birds! We will come back to Popayan in the end of the day to rest and to enjoy this wonderful city

Day 3
Day 3 - Purace Natural park and San Juan trail

Puracé and San Juan Path, this amazing protected area has easy access and offer beautiful birds and landscapes. The national park has more than two hundred bird’s records included high Andean forest and paramo ecosystem restricted birds. We will spend a complete day here watching some specialties of the Andes like: Noble snipe, Carunculated caracara – near endemic, Golden-breasted Puffleg – near endemic, Purple-backed Thornbill, Andean Condor, Golden-plumed Parakeet – near endemic, Grey-breasted Mountain-toucan, Shinning Sunbeam, Green Jay, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Lachrymose Mountain-Tanager, Glowing Puffleg, Tyrian Metaltail, Buff-winged Starfronlet, Rainbow-bearded Thornbill, Viridian Metaltail, Andean Lapwing, Stout-billed Cinclodes, White-capped Dipper, Hooded Mountain-Tanager, Buff-breasted Mountain-Tanager, Golden-crowned Tanager, Tawny Antpitta, Black-chested Buzzard Eagle, Tourmaline Sunangel, Great Sapphirewing, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Powerful Woodpecker and more

Day 4
Day 4 - Birding in Coconuco an Purace, transfer to San Agustin

Road to La Plata Huila Coconuco Forest & Purace National Park, another day to clean up the specialties of the southern Colombian Andes! The same Paramo and High Andes targets are possible this day!

Day 5
Day 5 - San Agustin archaeological park, Km 51, Transfer to Mocoa

After our breakfast we will visit the arqueological park of San Agustin, located in the southern part of Huila department is a beautiful archeological pre-columbian area and human heritage at 1,730 masl / 5,600 ft. All the area itself is good for birdwatching. Inside the park there are records for most than a hundred birds species, including some endemics ant other birds: Dusky-headed Brush-finch – endemic, Indigo-capped Hummingbird – endemic, Colombian Chachalaca – endemic, Yellow-headed Manakin – near endemic, Olivaceus Piha, Booted Racket-tailed, Black-backed Fire-eyed, Bar-crested Antshrike, Slaty Spinetail, Whiskered Wren, Orange-billed Nightingale Trush, Scrub Tanager – near endemic, Bay-headed Tanager, Blue-necked Tanager, Scarlet-fronted Parakeet, Black-crested Antshrike, Southern Emerald Toucanet, Crowned Woodnymph, Black Hawk-Eagle, Red-faced Spinetail and much more!

Day 6
Day 6 - Rumiyaco and Campucana area

On the next days we will explore different trails around Mocoa city, at 400 - 1,500 masl a lot of great birds are on the rural areas, off roadas , trails and paths around Mocoa and include birds like: Coopery-chested Jacamar, Black-streaked Puffbird, Wing-barred Piprites, Blue-rumped Manakin, White-backed Fire-eye, Black-mandible Toucan, Musician Wren, Magpie Tanager, Paradise Tanager, Turquoise Tanager, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Blue-crowned Trogon, Ecuadorian Tyrannulet, Orange-eared Tanagaer, Opal-rumped Tanager, Violaceus Jay, Andean cock of the Rock, Yellow-throated Bush-finch, Swallow-tailed Kite, Dusky Antbird, Silver-beaked Tanager, Blue-necked Tanager, Golden-eared Tanager, Epaulet Oriole, Black-eared Fairy, Violet-crowned Brilliant, Lined Antshrike, Double-toothed Kite, Gilded Barbet, Masked Tityra, Black-fronted Nunbird, Speckled Chachalaca, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Plumbeous Kite, White-chinned Jacamar, White-fronted Nunbird, Lettered Aracari, Chesnut-eared Aracari, Golden-collared Toucanet, Stipple-throated Antwren, White-plumed Antbird, Vermilion Tanager and tons of birds more in this unexplored area!

Day 7
Day 7 - El Escondite and el Botadero

On the next days we will explore different trails around Mocoa city, at 400 - 1,500 masl a lot of great birds are on the rural areas, off roadas , trails and paths around Mocoa and include birds like: Coopery-chested Jacamar, Black-streaked Puffbird, Wing-barred Piprites, Blue-rumped Manakin, White-backed Fire-eye, Black-mandible Toucan, Musician Wren, Magpie Tanager, Paradise Tanager, Turquoise Tanager, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Blue-crowned Trogon, Ecuadorian Tyrannulet, Orange-eared Tanagaer, Opal-rumped Tanager, Violaceus Jay, Andean cock of the Rock, Yellow-throated Bush-finch, Swallow-tailed Kite, Dusky Antbird, Silver-beaked Tanager, Blue-necked Tanager, Golden-eared Tanager, Epaulet Oriole, Black-eared Fairy, Violet-crowned Brilliant, Lined Antshrike, Double-toothed Kite, Gilded Barbet, Masked Tityra, Black-fronted Nunbird, Speckled Chachalaca, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Plumbeous Kite, White-chinned Jacamar, White-fronted Nunbird, Lettered Aracari,

Day 8
Day 8 - Biodiversity "trampoline" - Low-mid elevation

The incredible road called “el Trampolin” connects the amazon forest and Amazon foothills with the high andes in Colombia, this day we are going to spent a complete day in the lower and mid-elevations of this Road here are possible to see: Golden-crowned Tanager, Short-billed Bush-finch, Orange-eared Tanager, Saffron crowned Tanager, White-capped Dipper, Chesnut-bellied Trush, Long-tailed Sylph, Red-headed Barbet, Handsome Flycatcher, Rufous-crested Tanager, Wire-crested Thorntail, Violet-fronted Brilliant, Scrub Tanager, Red-bellied Grackle – endemic, Andean Cock-of-the Rock, Masked Tityra, White-lined Tanager, Black-face Dacnis, Crested Oropendola, Russet-backed Oropendola, Yellow-throated Bush-Tanager, Ecuadorian Tyrannulet, Dusky Antbird, Grey-chinned Hermit, Spotted Barbtail, Slate-throated Whitestar, Blue-necked Tanager, Chestnut-breasted Wren and much more!

Day 9
Day 9 - Biodiversity "Trampoline" road to San Francisco (Highlands) transfer to La Cocha

Early start to reach the top of “el trampoline road” and start our birdwatching day at “filo de hambre” area (1.5 h transfer), and try with the specialties of the high area! many interesting birds are here hidden in the misty of this cloudy forest, birds like: White-rimmed Brush-finch – near endemic, Deep Blue Flowerpiercer, Yellow-throated Tanager, Golden-crowned Tanager, Ocellated Tapaculo, Short-billed Bush-finch, Orange-eared Tanager, Saffron crowned Tanager, White-capped Dipper, Chesnut-bellied Trush, Long-tailed Sylph, Handsome Flycatcher, Rufous-crested Tanager, Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager, Mountain Cacique, Maroon-tailed Parakeet, Military Macaws, Andean Pygmy-Owl, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Black-billed Mountain-Toucan, Slate-crowned Antpitta, Rufous Spinetail, Black-collared Jay, Chestnut-breasted Coronet and more!

Day 10
Day 10 - Bordoncillo moorlands and La Cocha lagoon

Paramo de Bordoncillo & Laguna de la Cocha. Early Start to be transfer to Bordoncillo, we have a hard but short walk into the forest before to reach the paramo. A lot of beautiful birds are possible here and include: Andean Guan, Sickle-winged Guan, Tourmaline Sunangel, Grenn-tailed Trainbearer, Black-billed Mountain-Toucan, Crimsom-mantled Woodpecker, Rufous Antpitta, Spillman´s Tapaculo, Sierran Elaenia, Green-and-black Fruiteater, Black-capped, Andean Solitaire, Golden-fronted Whitestar – near endemic, Blue-capped Tanager, Orange-eared Tanager, Masked-mountain Tanager and recently records of: Subtropical Pygmy-Owl and Chesnut-bellied Cotinga! Late afternoon we can watch birds around la Cocha lagoon: Black-tailed Trainbearer, Andean Pygmy-Owl, Sierran Elaenia, Chesnut-crowned Antpitta, Azara’s Spinetail, Carunculated Caracara - near endemic, Masked Trogon, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Sedge Wren, Grey-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Black-throated Tody-Tyrant, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Spectacled Redstar, Cinereous Conebill, White-chinned Thistletail, Golden-crowned Tanager, Golden-breasted Puffleg – near endemic, Lachrymose Mountain-Tanager, Slate-throated Whitestar, Collared Inca, Grey-breasted Mountain-Toucan , Tyrian Metaltail, Subtropical Doradito, Andean Gull, Yellow-billed Pintail, Lesser Scaup, Slate-colored Coot and more.

Day 11
Day 11 - Pasto grasslands, transfer to Junin

This morning we will visit secondary areas near pasto city, some high Andean birds restricted to the southernmost extreme of Coombia area here, like: Sierran Elaenia, Fawn-breasted Tanager, Cinereous Conebill, Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant. toher birds included: Purple-backed Thornbill, Rainbow-bearded Thornbill, Gorgeted Woodstar, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker,

Day 12
Day 12 - La Planada and Bangsias reserve

High Andean forest, located in Ricaurte village, San Isidro rural area at 1800 masl. Birding is on a road with few traffic, with good view points, primary forest in patches and secondary growth. Also some single tracks are possible here. Transfer from Junin to La Planada reserve is about 1 hour. at the afternoon we will visit Bangsias trail, few minutes from Junin town. Some of the birds are: Moss-backed Tanager, Dark-backed Wood-Quail, Black and Chestnut Eagle, Semicollared Hawk, White-throated Quail-Dove, Cloud-forest Pygmy-Owl, Mottled Owl, Lyre-tailed Nightjar, Violet-tailed Sylph, Purple-throated Woodstar, Golden-headed Quetzal, Collared Trogon, White-faced Nunbird, Toucan Barbet, Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan, Yellow-vented Woodpecker, Powerful Woodpecker, Maroon-tailed Parakeet, Uniform Antshrike, Bicolored Antvireo, Choco Tapaculo, Nariño Tapaculo, Fulvous-dotted Treeruner, Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant, Rufous-browed Tyrannulet, Olivaceous Piha, Club-winged Manakin, Beautiful Jay, Black-chinned Mountain-Tanager, Flame-faced tanager, Golden-collared Honeycreeper, Tricolored Brushfinch, Scarlet and White Tanager and many more occurs here.

Day 13
Day 13- Rio Ñambi reserve, transfer to Tumaco

The trail to Ñambi reserve, is a single trail a little bit muddy and slippery but not hard for walking, is located 12 km from Junin town and is possible to walk 2.5 km excellent birds are here like: Rufous-breasted Antthrush, Half-collared Gnatwren, Ornate Flycatcher, Broad-billed Motmot, Golden-headed Quetzal and Long-wattled Umbrellabird which is the main target. Main road close by is paved low traffic and with incredible views of forest all the time, other possible birds are: Ornate Hawk- Eagle, Double-toothed Kite, Semicollared Hawk, White-throated Quail-Dove, Cloud-forest Pygmy-Owl, Mottled Owl, Lyre-tailed Nightjar, Violet-tailed Sylph, Green Thorntail, Choco Toucan, Toucan Barbet, Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan, Yellow-vented Woodpecker, Powerful Woodpecker, Maroon-tailed Parakeet, Ochre-breasted Antpitta, Bicolored Antvireo, Choco Tapaculo, Nariño Tapaculo, Fulvous-dotted Treeruner, Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant, Rufous-browed Tyrannulet, Olivaceous Piha, Club-winged Manakin, Beautiful Jay, Black-chinned Mountain-Tanager, Flame-faced tanager, Golden-collared Honeycreeper, Rufous-throated Tanager, Silver-throated Tanager, Indigo Flowerpiercer, Tricolored Brushfinch and many more

Day 14
Day 14 - Km 42 and Maragricola areas

Both spots are located on the lowlands. 50 min transfer by paved good road to Km 42 next to Pueblo Nuevo, here is an unpaved flat road crossing a secondary growth forest (old/abandoned African Palm plantation), activity is good and some of the targets are relatively easy and include: Orange-fronted Barbet, Grey-headed Chachalaca, Black-cheeked Woodpecker, Hook-billed Kite, Yellow-tufted Dacnis. Transfer to Maragricola is about 25min (located in km 22) is a mix between secondary growth forest (mature forest) and artificial ponds, is an unpaved flat private road with no transit and some good birds like: Guayaquil Woodpecker, Masked Water-Tyrant, Chestnut-throated Seedeater, Brown Rail, Ochraceous Attila, Snowy-throated Kingbird, Pacific Parrotlet, White-cheeked Pintail are here. Both spots are excellent for birding, easy access, flat roads and restricted birds to the Pacific. Tumaco is located 35min from Maragricola. Other birds are: Ecuadorian Ground-Dove, Blue Ground-Dove, Little Cuckoo, Pied Puffbird, White-necked Puffbird, Orange-crowned Euphonia and many more.

Day 15
Day 15 - Tumaco mangrove and el Morro, flight to Bogotá

We are going to spent our day looking for shore birds around Tumaco city, many birds are possible here as: Blue-footed Booby, Peruvian Booby, Tricolored Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Brown Wood-Rail, Rufous-necked Wood-Rail, American Oystercatcher, Collared Plover, Wilson´s Plover, Whimbrel, Surfbird, Sanderling, Gull-billed Tern, Caspian, Royal and Sandwich Terns, White-throated Crake, Croaking Ground-Dove and Pacific Hornero, at the afternoon we will take a flight to Bogotá

Day 16
Day 16 - International departures

You will be transfer to Bogotá international airport

Andean Gull, Andean Duck, Yellow-billed Pintail, Slate-coloured Coot, Suptropical Doradito, Black-tailed Trainbearer, Andean Pygmy-Owl, Sierran Elaenia, Chesnut-crowned Antpitta, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Grey-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Black-throated Tody-Tyrant, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Spectacled Whitestar, Cinereous Conebill, White-chinned Thistletail, Golden-crowned Tanager, Lachrymose Mountain-Tanager, Tyrian Metaltail, Andean Guan, Sickle-winged Guan, Tourmaline Sunangel, Green-tailed Trainbearer, Black-billed Mountain-Toucan, Crimsom-mantled Woodpecker, Rufous Antpitta, Spillman´s Tapaculo, Green-and-black Fruiteater, Andean Solitaire, Golden-fronted Whitestar, Masked-mountain Tanager, Subtropical Pygmy-Owl, Chesnut-bellied Cotinga, White-rimmed Brush-finch, Deep Blue Flowerpiercer, Yellow-throated Tanager, Golden-crowned Tanager, Ocellated Tapaculo, Short-billed Bush-finch, Orange-eared Tanager, Saffron crowned Tanager, White-capped Dipper, Chesnut-bellied Trush, Rufous-crested Tanager, Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager, Mountain Cacique, Coopery-chested Jacamar, Black-streaked Puffbird, Wing-barred Piprites, Blue-rumped Manakin, White-backed Fire-eye, Black-mandible Toucan, Musician Wren, Magpie Tanager, Paradise Tanager, Turquoise Tanager, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Blue-crowned Trogon, Ecuadorian Tyrannulet, Opal-rumped Tanager, Violaceus Jay, Andean cock of the Rock, Yellow-throated Bush-finch, , Dusky Antbird, Golden-eared Tanager, Epaulet Oriole, Black-eared Fairy, Violet-crowned Brilliant, Lined Antshrike, Double-toothed Kite, Gilded Barbet, Black-fronted Nunbird, Speckled Chachalaca, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Plumbeous Kite, White-chinned Jacamar, White-fronted Nunbird, Lettered Aracari, Chesnut-eared Aracari, Golden-collared Toucanet, Stipple-throated Antwren, White-plumed Antbird, Vermilion Tanager, Plain-backed Antpitta, Wire-crested Thorntail, Scrub Tanager, Red-bellied Grackle, Black-face Dacnis, Crested Oropendola, Russet-backed Oropendola, Grey-chinned Hermit,  Spotted Barbtail, Dusky-headed Brush-finch, Indigo-capped Hummingbird, Colombian Chachalaca, Booted Racket-tailed, Bar-crested Antshrike, Whiskered Wren, Orange-billed Nightingale Trush, Noble snipe, Carunculated caracara, Golden-breasted Puffleg, Purple-backed Thornbill, Andean Condor, Golden-plumed Parakeet, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Rainbow-bearded Thornbill, Viridian Metaltail, Andean Lapwing, Stout-billed Cinclodes, Golden-crowned Tanager, Tawny Antpitta, Black-chested Buzzard Eagle, Powerful Woodpecker, Glistening-green Tanager, Moss-backed Tanager, Choco Toucan, Choco Tapaculo, Choco vireo, Pacific Flatbill, Beautiful Jay, Choco Tyrannulet, Cloud-forest Pygmy-Owl, Brown Wood-Rail, Rufous-headed Chachalaca, Ochraceous Attila, Ecuadorian Ground-Dove, Orange-fronted Barbet, Croaking Ground-Dove.

What is included?

  • Transport: Private vans (comfortable transport) with Air conditioning, 4x4 transport between Pueblo Rico – Montezuma – Pueblo Rico, 4x4 transport in inside Montezuma Reserve, Local transportation in San Cipriano, Domestic flights Bogota – Pereira / Cali - Bogota
  • Meals: All food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in all locations with an open menu in restaurants, 2 snacks daily that include bottle water, fruit, etc, (Water available all the time on the bus – big bottle to recharge the portable bottles), Just one national beer, soda, bottle water or juice included with meals (The second drinks beers, juice, bottle water or juices need to be paid per client)
  • Accommodation: All Hotels described in the itinerary, Eco-lodges inside the Natural Reserves, Towel and linen provided in all places
  • Entrance fees at National Parks and Reserves
  • Guides, drivers and cooks: The group will be accompanied by a professional guide all time of MANAKIN NATURE TOURS, Experienced car and boat drivers, Experienced cooks in all reserves, lodges and hotels
  • All tips for service people in restaurants, transport and hotels.
  • Insurance: Event Insurance (Transportation and accidents)

What is not included?

  • International Flights and taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Toiletries
  • Laundry Service
  • Room service
  • Medical Expenses
  • Beer except one beer at lunch or dinner
  • International or local Phone Calls
  • Activities not included in the itinerary
  • Extensions of a trip due to circumstances beyond our control

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Why book with Manakin Nature Tours?

Manakin Nature Tours is the company of Luis Eduardo Urueña and Johana Andrea Borras, a couple committed to the conservation of nature and to birding tours of the highest quality throughout Colombia. Both biologists, Luis and Andrea are 100% Colombian, they have the top talent and boost the work of the people of their country. Manakin Nature Tours uses only Colombian resources because they want to enhance the growth of the country by hiring Colombian professionals, its hotelier, transport, and catering services and by supporting community projects. Simply, because we are a completely Colombian company that knows the whole country very well. Also, we are 100% committed to our customers’ safety. Our main goal is to offer the best quality service in Colombia and to make the experience of watching birds and nature in the most bio-diverse country in the world thoroughly enjoyable, memorable, and successful for you. We have a wide variety of set itineraries, but we always try to carry out our trips in a completely customized way depending on the needs and scope of each client. We offer the highest quality transportation, lodging and food that you can find in Colombia. We have professional Colombian guides. All of them are young, kind, funny and very passionate about birds and nature. Also, they know all the places we visit and have excellent relationships with local people. We don’t think of you just as our customers but hopefully as our future great friends.

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Tour Facts

  • Colombia
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • 1-10 pax
  • 16 Days
  • November to March
  • + 15 years
  • Moderate
  • English, Español
  • Bogotá
  • Bogotá