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Bogotá savannah and llanos foothills - 14 Days

Bogotá savannah and llanos foothills
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This tour includes the best places for birding in the areas surrounding Bogotá and includes many different ecosystems, from the moorlands at an altitude of 4000 meters, to the plains at just 300 meters above sea level.  We will visit the territory where the little known Pointy Winged Parakeet and many more birds from the Little explored Colombian prairie foothills.  The area of the Prairie foothills is one of the least explored places in Colombia and every day there is a very strong possibility of being surprised by the magnificent species there.  In the plains, the culture, the Savannah and the life reveal themselves all over the place.  You will love staying in the Mururito lodge and living among the wildlife.

Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival to Bogotá

You will be transfer to a hotel in Bogotácity

Day 2
Day 2 - Chicaque Natural park

To start this tour we will visit the famous Chicaque Natural Reserve. We can see some important birds at hummingbird feeders and in an incredible cloud forest in the western slope of the eastern Andes. We will come back to Bogota to rest.

Some interesting birds this day include: Golden-bellied Starfrontlet, Matorral Tapaculo, Golden-fronted Whitestart, 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 and many more

Day 3
Day 3 - Sumapaz Naturall park

This day we will search birds in the amazing and beautiful Sumapaz National Park or Paramo de Sumapaz, in where the landscape and the diversity of birds, and plants, will be the attraction, in the afternoon we will come back to Bogota to rest.

You will can see some very interesting birds as Green-bearded Helmetcrest, Bogota Rail, Apolinar´s Marsh Wren, Bronze-tailed Thronbill, Red-rumped Bush-Tyrant, Red-crested Cotinga, Black-chested Buzzard Eagle, Many-striped Canastero, Chestnut-winged Cinclodes, Plain-capped Ground-Tyrant, Tawny Antpitta, Andean Ruddy Duck, and many more

Day 4
Day 4 - Chingaza Natural park, transfer to Santa Maria

We will visit the Chingaza National Park early in the morning all day, we will take the breakfast and the lunch in the field and we are focus in a many important birds this day as to 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 afternoon we will drive to Santa Maria town

Day 5
Day 5 - Cuchilla negra and Cuchilla Guaneque

Almenara reserve is surrounded by many mountains, here some of the birds include the enigmatic and rare Spot-winged Parrotlet, Violeaceus Quail-Dove, Grey-chinned Hermit, Blue-fronted Lancebill, Violet-fronted Brilliant, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Golden-tailed Sapphire, White-chinned Jacamar, Gilded Barbet, Chestnut-ear Aracari, Crimson-bellied Woodpecker, Fascinated Antshirke, Dusky Antbird and others.

Day 6
Day 6 - Chivor protected reserve

Birding and searching orchids and some special plants all day in Chivor area and Hykaquye Trail, a wonderful path around amazing crystal crake inside the humid tropical forest. The special thing for this day include orchids as Epidendrum rostratum, Mormolyca acutifolia, Ocidium abortivum, Sobralia violacea, Blettia purpurea, Stenia pallida, Encyclia profuse, Ornithidium aureum, Anathallis angustifolia and many more, also other species of plants that include some very rare as Begonia lutea, Urochloa brizantha, Pasigura triphyla, Neosprucea Montana and a lot more.

Some interest birds there include Spot-winged Parrotlet, Blue-rumped Manakin, Andean Cock of the Rock, Golden-collared Honneycreeper, Northen Slaty Antshirke, Cinereous Antshirke, Rufous winged Antwren, White-browed Antbird, Spot-winged Antbird, White-faced Antbird, Cinereous Becard, Black and White Becard, Violaceus Jay, Speackled Tanager and others.

Day 7
Day 7 - Chivor protected reserve

second day exploring the Chivor area

Day 8
Day 8 - San Luis de Gaceno, transfer to Mururito

We will visit the humid tropical forest of Farallones de San Luis to see some very special birds of foothills; we will explore these enigmatic lands during the entire morning search all the incredible diversity. In the afternoon we will travel to Puerto Gaitan Village to rest. Some important birds this day include: Speckled Chachalaca, Marble Wood-Quail, Crested Eagle, Back and White Hawk-Eagle, Black and chestnut Eagle, Slender-billed Kite, Grey-breasted Crake, White Hawk, Grey-fronted Dove, Violeaceus Quail-Dove, Red-bellied Macaw, Cobalt-winged Parakeet, Wite-tipped Sickebill, Pale-tailed Barbthroat, Blue-fronted Lancebill, Wire-crested Throntail, Rufous-crested and Spangled Coquete, Violet-fronted Brilliant, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Golden-tailed Sapphire, White-chested Puffbird, Red-stained Woodpecker, Lined Antshrike, Russet Antshrike, White-streaked Antvireo, White-browed Antbird, Spot-winged Antbird, Chestnut-crowned Gnateater, Short-tailed Antthrush, Andean Leaftoser, Curve-billed Scythebill, Chestnut-winged Foliage-gleaner, Crested Spinetail, Dusky Spinetail, Tawny-rumped Tyrannulet, Royal Flycatcher, Euler´s Flycatcher, Large-headed Flatbill, Blue-rumped Manakin, Shirke-like Cotinga, Spotted Nightingale-Thrush, Fulvous Shrike-Tanager, Purple Honneycreeper and many more

Day 9
Day 9 - Mururito reserve

Mururito Natural Reserve is located in Puerto Gaitan Village, a 2000 hectares ranch dedicated to preserve the natural grassland of llanos and the areas of tropical, riparian and secondary forest. From 2008 the owners of the reserve sowed more of 10.000 trees that conserve animals that are possible to see in the reserve as Neotropical River Otter, Giant Otter, Hoffmann's Two-toed Sloth, Mountain Lion, Central American Ocelot, Jaguar, Llanos long-nosed Armadillo, Brazilian Porcupine, Giant Armadillo, Crab-eating (Savvana) Fox, White-lipped Peccary, South American Tapir, Northern Tamandua, Giant Anteater and many more, also many aquatic and savannahs birds, reptiles and amphibians. Some of the most important birds to watch in Mururito include: Orinoco Goosee, Jabiru, Maguari Stork, King Vulture, Pale-headed Jacamar, Scarlet, White, Green, Glossy, Buff-necked, Bare-faced and Sharp-tailed Ibis, Grea Horned owl, Azure Gallinule, Black faced Tanager, and many more.

The reserve have lake with permanent water, amazing forest and savannahs, the possibilities to take pictures are really incredible and the nocturnal explorations are always an available.

Day 10
Day 10 - Mururito reserve

second day explring the 2000 hectares ranch im the colombian plains.

Day 11
Day 11 - Mururito reserve, transfer to Villavicencio

We will search more fauna and flora in Mururito Reserve, after lunch we will transfer to Vilavicencio city to rest in a nice hotel. This day will be a long trip, but with good chance to see other kind of fauna on the road.

Day 12
Day 12 - Bavaria forest, foothills ecosystems

We will visit some of the icons of conservation of biodiversity in Villavicencio City: Bavaria Forest, an amazing natural reserve of the humid tropical forest in llanos foothills in where we have the chance to see some special species of mammals, reptiles and birds, also amazing landscapes with very tall trees and raptors on the canopy. Some of the animals that will be possible in Bavaria Forest include Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth, Brown Capuchin Monkey, Squirrel Monkey, Tayra, South American Coati, Red-tailed Squirrel and some birds species as Gilded Barbet, Amazonian White-tailed Trogon, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, Bare-eyed Thrush, Golden-headed and Striped Manakins, Black-faced, Scarlet, Turquoise, Speckled, Yellow-bellied and Burnished-buff Tanagers, Blue and Black-faced Dacnises, Purple and Green Honeycreepers, Blackpoll and Bay-breasted Warblers, White-vented and Golden-bellied Euphonias and Blue-naped Chlorophonias

Day 13
Day 13 - Monteredondo forest / Transfer to Bogotá

We will search birds in Monterredondo location in the cloud forest of eastern Andes. A trip of 3 hours from Bogota to find some of the most important birds on the ridge. In the afternoon we will come back to Bogota to rest. Some birds of interest this day include: Cundinamarca Antpitta, East Andean Antbird, Andean Pygmy-Owl, Golden-crowned Tanager, Andean Guan, Green and Black Fruiteater, Glittering-throated Emerald, Green-bellied Hummingbird, Crimson-mantlet Woodpecker, Blackish Tapaculo, Black collared Jay, Buff-breasted Mountain-Tanager and many more.

Day 14
Day 14 - International flight to home from Bogotá

you will be transfer to the Bogotá international airport

Brown-breasted Parakeet, Silvery-throated Spinetail, Blue-throated Starfrontlet, Matorral Tapaculo, Golden-fronted Whitestart, Coopery-bellied Puffleg, Golden-bellied Starfrontlet, Matorral Tapaculo, Golden-fronted Whitestart, Rufous-breasted Flycatcher, Moustached Brush-Finch, Green-bearded Helmetcrest, Bogota Rail, Apolinar´s Marsh Wren, Bronze-tailed Thornbill, Spot-winged Parrotlet, Violaceous Quail-Dove, Grey-chinned Hermit, Blue-fronted Lancebill, Violet-fronted Brilliant, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Golden-tailed Sapphire, White-chinned Jacamar, Gilded Barbet, Chestnut-ear Aracari, Crimson-bellied Woodpecker, Fasciated Antshrike, Dusky Antbird, Blue-rumped Manakin, Andean Cock of the Rock, Golden-collared Honneycreeper, Northen Slaty Antshrike, Cinereous Antshrike, Rufous winged Antwren, White-browed Antbird, Spot-winged Antbird, White-faced Antbird, Shrike-like Cotinga, Cinereous Becard, Black and White Becard, Violaceus Jay, Speckled Tanager, Speckled Chachalaca, Marble Wood-Quail, Crested Eagle, Back and White Hawk-Eagle, Black and chestnut Eagle, Slender-billed Kite, Grey-breasted Crake, White Hawk, Grey-fronted Dove, Red-bellied Macaw, Cobalt-winged Parakeet, White-tipped Sickebill, Pale-tailed Barbthroat, Blue-fronted Lancebill, Wire-crested Thorntail, Rufous-crested and Spangled Coquete, Violet-fronted Brilliant, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Golden-tailed Sapphire, White-chested Puffbird, Red-stained Woodpecker, Lined Antshrike, Russet Antshrike, White-streaked Antvireo, White-browed Antbird, Spot-winged Antbird, Chestnut-crowned Gnateater, Short-tailed Antthrush, Andean Leaftoser, Curve-billed Scythebill, Chestnut-winged Foliage-gleaner, Crested Spinetail, Dusky Spinetail, Tawny-rumped Tyrannulet, Royal Flycatcher, Euler´s Flycatcher, Large-headed Flatbill, Blue-rumped Manakin, Shirke-like Cotinga, Spotted Nightingale-Thrush, Fulvous shrike-Tanager, Purple Honneycreeper, Orinoco Goose, Jabiru, Maguari Stork, King Vulture, Pale-headed Jacamar, Scarlet, White, Green, Glossy, Buff-necked, Bare-faced and Sharp-tailed Ibis, Great Horned owl, Azure Gallinule, Black faced Tanager, Gilded Barbet, Amazonian White-tailed Trogon, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, Bare-eyed Thrush, Golden-headed and Striped Manakins, Black-faced, Scarlet, Turquoise, Speckled, Yellow-bellied and Burnished-buff Tanagers, Blue and Black-faced Dacnis, Purple and Green Honeycreepers, Blackpoll and Bay-breasted Warblers, White-vented and Golden-bellied Euphonias and Blue-naped Chlorophonias, Cundinamarca Antpitta, East Andean Antbird, Andean Pygmy-Owl, Golden-crowned Tanager, Andean Guan, Green and Black Fruiteater, Glittering-throated Emerald, Green-bellied Hummingbird, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Blackish Tapaculo, Black collared Jay, Buff-breasted Mountain-Tanager.

What is included?

  • Transport: Private vans (comfortable transport) with Air conditioning, 4x4 transport inside Santa Marta & Perija Mountains Mountains,
  • Meals:All food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in all locations with 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 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 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
  • Insurance: Event Insurance (Transportation and accidents)

What is not included?

  • International Flights and taxes
  • Toiletries
  • 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

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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 to 10
  • 13 Days
  • Throughout the year
  • + 15 years
  • Moderate
  • English, Español
  • Bogotá
  • Bogotá