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Classic Andes and Chocó - 16 Days

Classic Andes and Chocó

A magical birding adventure in the Colombian mountains of the Eastern, Central and Western Andes that includes the incredible geographic region of Choco. Enjoy incredible bird groups such as hummingbirds, Antpittas, Tapaculos, Tanagers and Fruiteaters and more than 450 species that can be seen on this trip, we will visit unbelievable hummingbird feeders and a famous antpitta feeders on the central branch of the Andes.

Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival to Bogotá International Airport

A person from our crew will be waiting for you at the airport and you will be transfer to a good hotel in Bogotá.

Day 2
Day 2 - Chicaque Natural Park

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 .

Day 3
Day 3 - Chingaza Natural Park and Hummingbirds Observatory

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.

Day 4
Day 4 - La Romera Park and Transfer to Jardin Town

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

Day 5
Day 5 - Yellow-eared Parrot Reserve

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

Day 6
Day 6 - Dry Forest of Bolombolo (Cauca Valley), Transfer to Manizales.

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

Day 7
Day 7 - Rio Blanco Reserve

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

Day 8
Day 8 - Nevado del Ruiz National Park Transfer to Otun

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

Day 9
Day 9 - Otún Quimbaya National Park

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

Day 10
Day 10 - Otun, Transfer to Montezuma

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.

Day 11
Days 11 & 12 - 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

Day 13
Day 13 - Montezuma Rain Forest Transfer to Ibagué

Morning birding at lower area of Montezuma rain forest, after lunch we will transfer to Ibague City to rest in a nice hotel.

Day 14
Day 14 - Nevado del Tolima Road

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.

Day 15
Day 15 - Mana Dulce Reserve

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.

Day 16
Day 16 - Departure

You will be transferred back to Bogotá International airport for your flight home.

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
  • 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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16 Days

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USD4,115 / per person
This tour is operated by: Manakin Nature Tours

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Tour Facts

  • Colombia
  • On-Request
  • Multi-Day-Tour
  • Birds
  • 1 to 10 pax
  • 16 Days
  • Throughout the year
  • + 15 years
  • Moderate
  • English, Español
  • Bogotá International Airport
  • Bogotá International Airport