Classic Andes and Chocó Birdwatching Colombia Tour
A magical 16-day Birdwatching Colombia Classic Andes and Chocó Tour is a moderately-paced trip available on request in the Colombian mountains of the Eastern, Central, and Western Andes, that showcases an incredible variety of habitats including the unique biogeographic region of Chocó and the lower lands of the Montezuma Reserve. Enjoy magnificent bird groups such as Hummingbirds, Antpittas, Tapaculos, Tanagers, Fruit-eaters, and more than 450 species whom many of them can only be seen on this route.
Enjoy magnificent bird groups such as Hummingbirds, Antpittas, Tapaculos, Tanagers, Fruit-eaters, and more than 450 species whom many of them can only be seen on this route. We will also visit unbelievable hummingbird feeders and the famous Antpitta feeders of Rio Blanco.
This Birding Colombia Classic Andes and Chocó Tour is perfect to enjoy the Colombian mountains, their multivariate ecosystems, the wonderful weather, and easy-to-see birds. You will stay in two of the most beautiful hotels in the coffee region, near wonderful places for bird watching and feeders where you will have the opportunity to take pictures or simply enjoy the birds, a good coffee, a good beer, or a few glasses of wine.
A wonderful trip through the mountains of the Colombian, where the Moorlands, the Cloud Forest, and some very special ecosystems, such as the Dry Forest of the Chicamocha Canyon, will provide a bunch of good species for your list,
Birdwatching Colombia Classic Andes and Chocó Tour Highlights include:
- The distinctive Paramo bird community in the Eastern and Central Andes will delight you.
- We will visit the most colorful colonial architecture at “El Jardín” municipality, where you could be immersed in the real coffee region vibes while enjoying one of the best coffee you might ever have, definitely one of the best in the world.
- Spend the morning birding in the surroundings of El Nevado del Ruiz volcano above 4000 MSL
- The Montezuma Rainforest and its incredible mountains will let you enjoy birding in one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the Western Andes.
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Alternative Tour Name: Classic Andes and Chocó
A person from our crew will be waiting for you at the airport and you will be transfer to a good hotel in Bogotá.
We will visit the famous Chicaque Natural Reserve. We can see some important birds in this cloud forest on the western slope of the eastern Andes. We will come back to Bogota at the end of the afternoon;
Some interesting birds this day include: Golden-bellied Starfrontlet, Matorral Tapaculo, Golden-fronted Redstar, Rufous-breasted Flycatcher, Moustached Brush-Finch, Flavescens Flycatcher, Brown-billed Scytebill, Flame-faced Tanager, Smoky Bush-Tyrant, Grass-green Tanager, Blackish Tapaculo, Andean Pygmy-Owl, Glowing Puffleg, Palen-naped Brush-Finch, Streak-capped Treehunter, Strong-billed Woodcreeper .
We will visit the Chingaza National Park early in the morning and then we will move to hummingbirds observatory, at the end of the afternoon we will go the Bogota airport to take a flight to Medellin. some targets birds;
Brown-breasted Parakeet, Silvery throated Spinetail, Blue-throated Starfrontlet, Matorral Tapaculo, Golden-fronted Whitestart, Coopery-bellied Puffleg, Rufous-browed Conebill, Purple-backed Thronbill, Paramo Seedeater, Plush-capped Finch, Pale-naped Brush-Finch, Smoky Bush-Tyrant, Black-billed Mountain Toucan, Black-headed Hemispingus and many more.
In the morning we will look birds in La Romera Park, located in Sabaneta village, a nice secondary forest on Medellin Mountains; we’ll have lunch in a typical “paisa” restaurant, and in the afternoon we will transfer to Jardin Village to rest in a nice hotel.
Some birds in La Romera Reserve include: Red-bellied Grackle, Colombian Chachalaca, Yellow-headed Manakin, Pale-eyed Thrush, Green Jay, Slate-throated Whitestar, Black-billed Peppershirke, Golden-naped Tanager, Black-capped Tanager, Andean Motmot
We’ll watch birds all day in the Yellow-eared Parrot Reserve, in Alto de Ventanas locations on the road from Jardin to Rio Sucio village; we’ll have breakfast and lunch at the field, we’ll come back to Jardin in the afternoon to rest.
Some birds here include: Yellow-eared Parrot, Tanager Finch, Black-billed Mountain-Toucan, Yellow-vented Woodpecker, Spillmann’s Tapaculo, Blackish Tapaculo, Ocellated Tapaculo, Rufous-crowned Tody-Flycatcher, Green-and-black Fruiteater, Barred Fruiteater, Golden-collared Honeycreeper, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Rufous Antpitta, Chestnut-naped Antpitta, Black-collared Jay, Streak-throated Bush-Tanager, Lachrymose Mountain-Tanager, Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant, Sharp´s Wren, White-browed Spinetail
Early in the morning we’ll visit the amazing lek of Andean Cock-of-the-Rock (one of the best in the neo-tropics), where the birds come 2-3 meters close to us. After breakfast in Jardin we will transfer to Bolombolo, near the Cauca River, a nice dry forest that has some very interesting and important birds. In the afternoon we will transfer to Manizales City on central Andes.
Some important birds in Jardin and Bolombolo include: Antioquia Wren, Apical Flycatcher, Greyish Piculet, Black-chested Jay, Andean Cock of the Rock, Speckle-breasted Wren, Black-striped Sparrow, Cocoa Woodcreeper, Spectacled Parrotlet, Rufous-naped Greenlet, Moustached Puffbird, Golden-crowned Warbler, Greenish Elaenia, Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch
All day birding in Rio Blanco Natural Reserve, one of the most famous places in Colombia to see Antpittas at the feeders. In this location the mixed flocks and the amazing number of birds are fantastic and very easy to see.
Some interesting birds to see in Rio Blanco include: Brown-banded Antpitta, Bicoloured Antpitta, Chestnut-crowned Antpitta Slate-crowned Antpitta, Undulated Antpitta, Chestnut-naped Antpitta Dusky Piha, Yellow-vented Woodpecker, Bar-bellied Woodpecker, Powerful Woodpecker, Masked Saltator, Ocellated Tapaculo, Ash-coloured Tapaculo, Green-and-black Fruiteater, Barred Fruiteater, Black-collared Jay, Buff-breasted Mountain-Tanager, Golden-plumed Parakeet, Red-hooded Tanager, Lyre-tailed Nightjar, Swallow-tailed Nightjar, White-throated Hawk, Black-capped Hemispingus, Yellow-billed Cacique, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Wedge-billed Hummingbird, Bronzy Inca
Birding in the high elevations (4,000 meters) in Los Nevados National Park (Nevado del Ruiz), a incredible paramo in the central Andes with many special birds and amazing landscapes; we will visit the fantastic hummingbird feeders of “termales” where we can see some amazing hummers; in the afternoon we will transfer to Otun-Quimbaya National Park.
Some important birds include: Buffy Helmetcrest, Rufous-fronted Parakeet, Black-thighed Puffleg, Golden-breasted Puffleg, Crescent-faced Antpitta, Black-backed Bush-Tanager, Andean Condor, Andean Duck, Paramo Tapaculo, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Noble Snipe, Andean Pygmy Owl, Sword-bellied Hummingbird, Shining Sunbean, Golden-breasted Puffleg, Rainbow-bearded Thornbill, Viridian Metaltail, Many-striped Canastero, White-chinned Thistletail, Andean Tit-Spinetail, White- capped Tanager, Paramo Seedeater, Slate-coloured Seedeater, Golden-crowned Tanager
We will look for wonderful birds all day in the Otun-Quimbaya Sanctuary of Fauna and Flora; this is a lovely place on central Andes with some very important and rare birds; we’ll search for birds on a unpaved road wich cross the forest.
Otun is very good for owling, so we do night explorations in this reserve. Some interesting birds in Otun for this day are: Cauca Guan, Chestnut Wood-Quail, Multicolored Tanager; Stile´s Tapaculo, Hooded Antpitta, Moustached Antpitta, Colombian Screech-Owl, Rufous-breasted Flycatcher, Flame-rumped Tanager, Scrub Tanager, Golden-plumed Parakeet Red-ruffed Fruitcrow Chestnut-breasted Wren Wattled Guan, Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant, Andean Solitaire, Oleagineous Hemispingus, Golden-headed Quetzal, White-winged Becard, Western Emerald, Crimson-rumped Toucanet, Emerald Toucanet, Spotted Barbtail, Speckle faced Parrot
Morning birding at Otun Quimbaya, trying to clean up all of the targets of the area, after lunch we will be transfer to Montezuma rain forest.
Montezuma is one of the best places to bird in Colombia, with an elevation gradient on the track from 1100 to 2800 meters, make this places one of the best. about 600 species recorded. We can see many endemics and near-endemics of the Choco Region; we will explore in two complete days 4 different spots on the birding track: Los Chorros (highest spot), Cajones (medium spot) and Clarita and Rio Claro (lower spots).
The diversity in this four spots is special. Some very important birds in Montezuma for this two days include: Black-and-gold Tanager, Gold-ringed Tanager, Munchique Wood-Wren, Chestnut-bellied Flowerpiercer, Parker´s Antbird, Alto-Pisones Tapaculo, Crested Ant-Tanager, Violet tailed Sylph, Brown Inca, Velvet-purple Coronet, Empress Brilliant, Purple-throated Woodstart, Toucan Barbet, Fulvous-dotted Treerunner, Uniform Treehunter, Bar-crested Antshirke, Bicolored Antvireo, Yellow-breasted Antpitta, Choco Tapaculo, Nariño Tapaculo, Orange-breasted Fruiteater, Club-winged Manakin, Choco Vireo, Beautiful Jay, Sooty headed Wren, Black Solitaire, Black-chinned Mountain-Tanager, Purplish mantlet Tanager, Glistering Green Tanager, Rufous-throated Tanager, Scarlet and White Tanager, Indigo Flowerpiercer, Dusky Bush-Tanager, Tanager Finch, Yellow-green Brush-Finch, Ochre-breasted Tanager, Yellow-collated Chlorophonia, Sickle-winged Guan, Western Emerald, White-tailed Hillstar, Greenish Puffleg, Crested and Golden-headed Quetzal, White-faced Nunbird, Lineated Foliage-gleaner, Streak-capped Treehunter, Barred and Scaled Fruiteater, Bronze-olive Pygmy-Tyrant, Olivaceous Piha, Flame-faced Tanager, Tricolored Brush-Finch, Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonia, Black-winged Saltator, Red-headed Barbet, Rufous-breasted Antthrush, Striped Manakin, Zeledon´s Antbird, Ochre-breasted Antpitta, Barred Hawk, Chestnut-headed Oropendola, Lanceolated Monklet, Brown-billed Scytebill, Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant, Ruddy Foliage-Gleaner, Golden Tanager, White-headed Wren
Morning birding at lower area of Montezuma rain forest, after lunch we will transfer to Ibague City to rest in a nice hotel.
Birding in El Nevado del Tolima road, El Silencio and Juntas locations the whole day, looking for: Golden-fronted Redstart, Spillmann’s Tapaculo, Ocellated Tapaculo, Black-collared Jay, Buff-breasted Mountain-Tanager, Masked Saltator (endemic), Golden-plumed Parakeet, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Tolima Dove, Yellow-headed Brush Finch, Tolima Blossomcrown.
Early in the morning we will be transfer to Mana Dulce Natural Reserve in where the birds of the humid tropical forest and dry forest are the main attraction, we can see this day birds like: Apical Flycatcher, Velvet fronted Euphonia, Lance tailed Manakin, White bellied Antbird, Pheasant Cuckoo, White-eared Conebill and others . In the afternoon we will come back to Bgota city, to finish this amazing classic birding tour.
You will be transferred back to Bogotá International airport for your flight home.
Wildlife species expected to see:
Golden-bellied Starfrontlet, Matorral Tapaculo, Golden-fronted Redstar, Rufous-breasted Flycatcher, Moustached Brush-Finch, Flavescens Flycatcher, Brown-billed Scytebill, Flame-faced Tanager, Smoky Bush-Tyrant, Grass-green Tanager, Blackish Tapaculo, Andean Pygmy-Owl, Glowing Puffleg, Palen-naped Brush-Finch, Streak-capped Treehunter, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, Brown-breasted Parakeet, Silvery throated Spinetail, Blue-throated Starfrontlet, Matorral Tapaculo, Golden-fronted Whitestart, Coopery-bellied Puffleg, Rufous-browed Conebill, Purple-backed Thronbill, Paramo Seedeater, Plush-capped Finch, Pale-naped Brush-Finch, Smoky Bush-Tyrant, Black-billed Mountain-Toucan, Black-headed Hemispingus, Brown-banded Antpitta, Bicoloured Antpitta, Chestnut-crowned Antpitta Slate-crowned Antpitta, Undulated Antpitta, Chestnut-naped Antpitta Dusky Piha, Yellow-vented Woodpecker, Bar-bellied Woodpecker, Powerful Woodpecker, Masked Saltator, Ocellated Tapaculo, Ash-coloured Tapaculo, Green-and-black Fruiteater, Barred Fruiteater, Black-collared Jay, Buff-breasted Mountain-Tanager, Golden-plumed Parakeet, Red-hooded Tanager, Lyre-tailed Nightjar, Swallow-tailed Nightjar, White-throated Hawk, Black-capped Hemispingus, Yellow-billed Cacique, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Wedge-billed Hummingbird, Bronzy Inca
What is included?
- Transport: Private vans or 4x4 (comfortable transport) with Air conditioning 4x4 transport in Montezuma.
- Meals: All food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in all locations with open menu in restaurants, snacks daily that include bottle water, fruit, etc (Water available all the time on the bus – big bottle to recharge the potable 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 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
- Insurance: Event Insurance (Transportation and accidents)
What is not included?
- International Flights and taxes
- Travel Insurance
- Laundry Service
- Room service
- Tips or gratuity
- 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
- Anything that is not included in "What is included"
We are one of the companies with the most experience and trajectory in birdwatching tourism in Colombia, we were pioneers as a Colombian agency operating professional bird tours and our learning was done with large operating companies worldwide, with which we are very committed to the quality of service and the satisfaction of our clients. We have currently expanded our portfolio to other Latin American countries, which strengthens our operational and service capacity. We are not only a company that does bird and wildlife observation tourism, we are also committed to the conservation of nature, environmental education, scientific research and the social and economic development of the communities with which we work, we think that tourism It must be a nature-friendly development alternative for everyone and we support this idea with many programs that we have other than tourism.
The maximum size of a group is 10 people and the ideal is 8 people, however, for groups of friends or special groups we can make exceptions of up to 14 people using 2 professional guides in our operation.
We always try to hire services from the communities in all the places we visit when they are available; We want the entire value chain to benefit and for everyone to benefit from tourism and see in it, an economic alternative that leads to the conservation of nature. In this way, we also hire our professional guides, local guides, community restaurants, rural accommodation, rural transport, logistics services from community organizations or local NGOs, etc. We also have some programs such as Manakin Birding Club, where we support with equipment such as binoculars, laptops, books, etc., ecological groups of children and young people to continue with their education and conservation activities in their regions, an initiative that has been very successful in recent years and with which dozens of binoculars have been delivered to children in many parts of the country.
Yes, we have an event insurance that we include in all our packages with the company Colombia Colasistencia, this insurance covers considerable amounts in terms of accidents, illnesses, injuries, death, repatriation, among others; We also have an agreement with the Global Rescue company with which you can purchase much more complete travel insurance at a lower price than normally offered if you decide to travel with us.
We try to be very flexible with our cancellation policies and even more so with the current situation of COVID, changes in trips and conditions will be associated with the time with which the cancellation or change is made, if you decide to cancel your travel a few days before the tour, we will refund your money with the exception of expenses that cannot be reimbursed such as air tickets or hotels with strict cancellation policies, or we can simply postpone the trip to a new date during the following year, this may be subject to changes in accommodation prices or penalties in change of dates on national air tickets.
Yes, John Kricher's Neotropical Companion book that you can download in Spanish here http://www.aba.org/aneotropicalcompanion.pdf and Birds of Tropical America: A Watcher's Introduction to Behavior, Breeding, and Diversity by Steven Hilty . Also acquire some of the new Colombian bird guides from Steve Hilty, Miles McMullan or Fernando Ayerbe.