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Araucana Lodge & Anchicaya Nature Camp - 8 Days

Araucana Lodge & Anchicaya Nature Camp
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This 8-day birding tour celebrates the grand opening of two new birding lodges in southwestern Colombia, allowing one to bird in very comfortable accommodations in some of the best birding sites in Colombia without having to spend much time in a vehicle.  Bird list includes up to 529 target species. Choose your preferred dates of travel.  The trip starts and ends in the city of Cali.

Day 1
Day 1 - Arrive in Cali

Guests will be picked up at the airport and driven to the lodge in a private vehicle.

Lodging: Araucana Lodge

Day 2
Day 2 - KM 18

Today we spend the morning around the famous El 18, located on an 1800-meter (5,900-foot) pass 18 kilometers (11 miles) northwest of Cali along the road that connects Cali with the port city of Buenaventura. Birding can be very productive here, and we will look for four endemics – Chestnut Wood-Quail, Colombian Chachalaca, Grayish Piculet and the spectacular Multicolored Tanager. This area is a tanager paradise, where we have a good chance to see Purplish-mantled, Summer, Beryl-spangled, Flame-rumped, Golden, Metallic-green, Saffron-crowned, and Golden-naped tanagers as well as Ashy-throated Bush-Tanager and

Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager. We hope to be dazzled by an impressive show of hummingbirds at a private house along the same road, including the beautifully ornate Long-tailed Sylph, Booted Rackettail, Blue-headed Sapphire, Green Violetear, Fawn-breasted Brilliant, Speckled Hummingbird, White-necked Jacobin. Brown Violetear and Tawny-bellied Hermit. Birding the forest can also

produce many near-endemics such as Scrub Tanager, Purple-throated Woodstar, Nariño Tapaculo, Purplishmantled Tanager and Yellow-headed Manakin.

Lodging: Araucana Lodge

Day 3
Day 3 - San Antonio Forest and Andean Cock-of-the-rock Lek

We will spend the morning birding in the pristine cloud forest of the San Antonio Forest. Here we will may see striking birds such as Green-and-black Fruiteater, Chestnut-breasted and Blue-naped Chlorophonia, the inconspicuous Golden-headed Quetzal,

Scarlet-fronted Parakeet, Red-faced Spinetail, Spotted and Rusty-winged Barbtails, Streaked Xenops, and the noisy, inquisitive Crimson-rumped Toucanet. We will also listen and search for species with interesting calls and songs, like the hawk-like whistle of the Scaled Fruiteater, warbling song of Black-billed Peppershrike, and beautiful flute-like song of Andean Solitaire. Other species

we may find are Chestnut-breasted Wren, Greenish Puffleg, Montane Woodcreeper, Scale-crested Pygmytyrant, and the hyperactive Cinnamon Flycatcher. At 2 pm we will visit an active Andean Cock-of-therock lek for some close-up views of this magnificent

bird’s display. This 25-minute hike will take us down a steep trail to their lek near the river. After the lek we will make our way back to the lodge.

Lodging: Araucana Lodge

Day 4
Day 4 - San Cipriano

The day starts with a 1.5 hour drive to Zaragosa, our entry point into the humid forests of the San Cipriano Reserve. There are no roads into the reserve, so access is via a pleasant ride on “brujitas”, which are motorcycle-powered wooden carts on

rails that have been ingenuously engineered by the locals. In the heart of the Choco Bioregion, the area is known for being one of the most biodiverse on the planet , but also the wettest. Some of the birds that are possible include Choco Toucan, Stripe-billed

Aracari, Black-tipped Cotinga (NE), Rose-faced (NE) and Blue-headed Parrots, Spot-crowned and Fivecolored Barbet (NE), Broad-billed Motmot and Purple- throated Fruitcrow and Tawny-crested Tanager. The area is teeming with Antbirds, with chances to see Ocellated, Jet, Stub-tailed and Bicolored Antbirds. With the high humidity and heat, it is best to have bagged species such as Pacific and Checkerthroated Antwrens, Pacific Flatbill, Cinnamon Becard, Thicket Antpitta, Black-chested Puffbird, Whiteringed Flycatcher, Blue-black Grosebeak, and Bluecrowned and Golden-collared Manakin before lunch.

Lodging: Araucana Lodge

Day 5
Day 5 - Araucana Lodge to Anchicaya Nature Camp

Perhaps Colombia’s most famous birding location, the Anchicaya watershed is located in the Farallones National Park, one of the most diverse parks on the planet. The birding begins just 30 minutes from the hotel via a paved road that can offer many of the

Choco endemics that this mega diverse locality has to offer. The day will be spent birding on our way to Anchicaya Nature Camp, located within the park in property that is managed by the EPSA power company. We will devote some time to the El Descanso area,

where Rufous-throated, Glistening-green and Silverthroated Tanagers are known to occur. A day of birding on the road will surely yield many highly prized species including the endemic Crested Ant-tanager, Golden-collared Honeycreeper, White-whiskered

Puffbird, Uniform Treehunter, Sooty-headed Wren, Green Thorntail and Empress Brillaint. One of the main targets is Toucan Barbet, sporting 5 different colors elegantly while still having a tough demeanor. We will search the skies for Barred Hawk, Ornate Hawk-eagle and Swallow-tailed Kites, whilst keeping an eye out for the attractive Ornate Flycatcher feeding on low branches. Another mega target is the recently described Pisones Tapaculo. A full day of birding ends at the camp, with a chance to seek out Choco Poorwill in the exclusive camp, with access limited to only a few tour operators in Colombia.

Lodging: Anchicaya Nature Camp

Day 6
Day 6 - Anchicaya Nature Camp

A whole day to explore the pristine forests around the camp for species such as Choco Trogon, Great Currassow, Lita Woddpecker and Baudo Guan. The tanagers can be quite a treat, with chances for Scarlet- and-white, Golden-chested, Flame-faced, Scru,

Blue-whiskered, Gray-and-gold, and Scarlet-browed Tanagers among many others. The property is of immense proportions, so there are plenty of opportunities to seek out other goodies such as Choco Woodpecker (NE), Long-tailed Tyrant, Scarlet-rumped Cacique, Lanceolated Monklet, Bay Wren, Cinnamon Woodpecker, Collared Aracari and colonies of Russet- backed Oropendolas. After construction of the hydroelectric project was completed in 1955, the parks service has diligently ensured the conservation of the humid forests of the area, providing habitat to many species such as Choco Tapaculo, Dusky Pigeon, Orange-breasted Fruiteater,

Club-winged Manakin, Indigo Flowerpiercer and White-tailed Hillstar. This brand new destination promises to become the next hot spot for birders in Colombia, a country that continues to grow in terms of birding infrastructure and services.

Lodging: Anchicaya Nature Camp

Day 7
Day 7 - Anchicaya Nature Camp to Araucana Lodge

We have a second morning to bird the camp in search of any targets we may have missed, including White-whiskered Puffbird, Barred Puffbird, Spot-crowned Barbet, Rufous-breasted Flycatcher, Purple-throated Fruitcrow, White-tailed Trogon and

Black-cheeked Woodpecker. After lunch we begin the route from Anchicaya Nature Camp back to Araucana Lodge. It seems like

along this route everything is a target, and one doesn’t have to spend too much time to find species such as Olivaceous Piha, Slaty-capped Shrike-vireo, Black Solitaire an dBlack-chested Jay. The road is teeming with many of our friends with the word “ant” in their

name, and if we are lucky enough to encounter an ant swarm the action can bring bird such as Stub-tailed, Immaculate, Ocellated, and Bicolored Antbirds as well as Streaked and Pacific Antwren amongst others.

Lodging: Araucana Lodge

Day 8
Day 8

Guest will be taken in private transport to airport. For those who wish, we can arrange more birding for you in other regions of Colombia.

What is included?

  • All Lodging (Double Occupancy)
  • Bottled Water Throughout the Trip
  • All Meals From Dinner on Day 1 to Breakfast on Day 8
  • Snacks Throughout the Trip
  • Entrances to Parks and Reserves
  • Local Guides
  • Internal Terrestrial Transport From Airport Pickup to
  • Airport Drop-off

What is not included?

  • Insurance
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Airfare to Colombia
  • Laundry
  • Items of Personal Nature
  • Tips
Wildlife Reviews
5 stars
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  1. Short stay but brilliant!
    Paul Wakefield / Helen Cowcher10 Feb 2019
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    Helen and I were only at Araucana Lodge for 3 days but it was a brilliant experience, not just for the birding which was excellent, but to see what Chris, Vivian and their whole team are doing to enhance the amazing potential that Colombia has to offer. We were one of the first couples to stay at their new lodge, which when it's finished very soon, will be spectacular. It's already looking terrific and has been designed with such care and attention to the their environment. The rooms are huge and spacious, very comfortable with fabulous views over the property. All the staff are great and our guide Giancarlo Ventolini was the best - having not only sharp eyes and hearing - but the knowledge to answer any question we had on, not just the local area, but all of Colombia. Helen did a lot of research beforehand regarding the best place to bird, and it certainly paid off. It is such a relaxed atmosphere at Araucana, and everyone has a really professional attitude but with good humour and friendliness.
  2. Fantastic Trip!
    Gordon Beebe12 Jan 2014
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    My wife and I joined a small group led by Chris Calonje, along with Jose Luna, to the southwest of Colombia in 2014. We explored areas around Cali, Anchicaya, Sonso Lagoon, Otun Quimbaya, Rio Blanco, and Nevado de Ruiz. The trip was excellent, and all of our needs were amply taken care of. Both Chris and Jose are great birders, helping us find many species at each location. They knew several local property owners, who were very welcoming in having the group explore areas that we would otherwise not have been able to see, including a Cock-of-the-Rock lek. In addition to birding, we got to visit some intriguing gardens and nature reserves, and to appreciate the great strides being made in Colombia towards promoting eco-tourism and protection of the country's fabulous biodiversity. We also attended a street dance in Cali, the likes of which I had not seen before, as well as walking tours in Manizales and Cali. If you have never been to Colombia before, like us, or want to see more of the wildlife there, I highly recommend Chris as your guide.
  3. Birding with Colombia Birdwatch
    Dan van den Broek01 Mar 2013
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    We had a great time birding with the guides at Colombia Birdwatch. We visited Km18, Rio Blanco and Santa Marta. We are returning with two more Audubon Society Groups in March 2018.

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