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Colombia Birding Endemic Part 2 Tour - 20 Days

Colombia Birding Endemic Part 2 Tour
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Colombia Birding Tour in Magical Valleys, Mountains and Beaches

This 20-day Colombia Birding Endemic Part 2 Tour is a relaxed-paced tour available on request where you can expect to see over 650 species of bird, including 49 endemic and 28 near endemics in Magdalena Valley, Central Andes, Perija Mountains, Santa Marta Mountains, Guajira Peninsula and Caribbean Mangroves.

During this birding tour of Colombia, you will start in the North where the Magdalena River flows into the Caribbean sea revealing one of the unique nature marvels of Colombian geography and one of the areas with the highest bird endemism in the Neotropical area: The Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta. This impetuous mountain is a unique paradise, which has evolved isolated from the Andes with an altitudinal range that goes from sea level to the highest peaks in the country at 5775 m and with at least 17 endemic species and many threatened ones.

The north base of La Sierra is one of the driest areas of the country and constitutes the Guajira peninsula. Dominated by shrubs and low vegetation is home to a particular cluster of specialized fauna and a unique community of birds adapted to these environments.

This Colombia birding adventure is the holy grail of endemic birds and the place where the Peninsula of Guajira and the Mangroves of the Caribbean host over 650 possible bird species available to be found while you enjoy the magical valleys, mountains, and dreamy beaches of this beautiful and mega-diverse country.

Colombia Birding Tour Highlights include

  • The coffee and cocoa of San Vicente de Chucurí are the greatest things since sliced bread. Definitely one of the best in the country, and you will tell so!
  • Birding in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta one of the hotspots for endemisms in the Neotropics and the Magdalena River basin, the most important in the interior of the country.
  • We will be delight by the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets in the mountains.
  • Be pleased with the indigenous cultural expressions of northern Colombia (Wayuus, Arhuacos, Kogis, and Kankuamos).
  • We will observe some cultural expressions of northern Colombia (Wayuus, Arhuacos, Kogis, Kankuamos).

This Colombia Birding Endemic Part 2 Tour is the second part of Colombia Birding Endemic Part 1 Tour which may be of interest.

Alternative Tour Name: Colombia Endemic Part 2 Tour
Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival to Bogota International Airport

Day 2
Day 2 - Chicaque Natural Park (Eastern Andes)

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 then travel to Ibague city to rest in a very nice hotel.

Some interesting birds this day include: 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, Strng-billed Woodcreeper and may more.

Night in Estelar Altamira Hotel

HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

Near-Endemic Birds: (1) Golden-bellied Starfrontlet; (2) Matorral Tapaculo; (3) Golden-fronted Whitestart; (4) Rufous-breasted Flycatcher; (5) Moustached Brush-Finch

Day 3
Day 3 - Nevado del Tolima National Park, San Jorge Botanical Garden (Central Andes)

Birding in El Nevado del Tolima, El Silencio and Juntas locations the whole day, a wonderful cloud forest and landscapes in the Combeima Canon; we will visit also the hummingbird feeders in Ukuku Lodge in where we will see some very special species. In the afternoon we will look for birds in San Jorge Botanical Garden close to Ibague city. Some of the next birds are possible there: Spillmann’s Tapaculo, Ocellated Tapaculo, Black-collared Jay, Buff-breasted Mountain-Tanager, Masked Saltator, Golden-plumed Parakeet, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Hooded Mountain Tanager, Red-hooded Tanager, Dusky Piha, Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonia, Andean Siskin, White-capped Tanager and many more. Night in Estelar Altamira Hotel HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available Endemic Birds: (1) Tolima Dove; (2) Tolima Blossomcrown; (3) Yellow-headed Brush-Finch; (4) Indigo capped Hummingbird Near-Endemic Birds: (6) Agile Tit-Tyrant; (7) Scrub Tanager

Day 4
Day 4 - Doima Road & Laguna del Hato (Magdalena Valley)

Early in the morning we will going to birding in Doima Road, a nice dry forest and cereal fields in the north of Ibague city, in where we can see some nice birds; in the afternoon we will transfer to Mariquita village (Laguna del Hato) in where we will search some birds of the dry forest; at the final of the day we will transfer to Rio Claro Reserve in where we will rest. Some interesting birds this day include: Lance-tailed Manakin, Blue-ground Dove, Pileated Finch, Crested Bobwhite, Pearl Kite, Ruddy Ground-Dove, Common Ground-Dove, Yellow-crowned Parrot, Dwarf Cuckoo, White-collared Swift, Short-tailed Swift, Barred Puffbird, Western Slaty-Antshrike, White-fringed Antwren, Jet Antbird, Vermilion Flycatcher, Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Panama Flycatcher, Scrub Greenlet, Pale-breasted thrush, Buff-breasted Wren, Rufous-capped Warbler, Buff-rumped Warbler, White-eared Conebill, Plain-colored Tanager, Grassland Sparrow, Slate-coloured, Ruddy-breasted, Gray, and Yellow-bellied Seedeater, Blue-black Grassquit, and much more. Night in Rio Claro Natural Reserve HW: Not-Avaiilable / Wifi: Not-Available / AC: Not-Available (fan) Endemic Birds: (5) Velvet-fronted Euphonia; (6) Apical Flycatcher

Day 5
Day 5 - Rio Claro Natural Reserve (Magdalena Valley)

We will search birds all day Rio Claro Natural Reserve. You can enjoy the incredible humid tropical forest and amazing biodiversity in this reserve. Some birds of interest here include: Citron-throated Toucan, Black-bellied Wren, Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher, Marble Wood Quail, Chestnut-backed Antbird, Stripe-throated Hermit, Ruby Topaz, Purple-crowned Fairy, Western White-tailed Trogon, Pied Puffbird, Barred Puffbird, White-whiskered Puffbird, Cinnamon Woodpecker, Jet Antbird, Pacific Antwren, Brown-capped Tyrannulet, Southern Bentbill, Long-tailed Tyrant, Rufous Piha, Blue Cotinga, Black-chested Jay, Rufous Wren, Scarlet-browned Tanager, Plain-coloured Tanager, Golden-hooded Tanager, White-ear Conebill, Slate-coloured Seedeater, Thick-billed Seed Finch, Large-bellied Seed Finch, Masked Yellowthroated, Orange-crowned Oriole, Fulvous-vented Euphonia and so much more. Night in Rio Claro Natural Reserve HW: Not-Avaiilable / Wifi: Not-Available / AC: Not-Available (fan) Endemic Birds: (7) White-mantled Barbet; (8) Sooty-ant Tanager; (9) Colombia Chachalaca; (10) Beautifull Woodpeacker; (11) Magdalena Antbird; (12) Antioquia Bristle-Tyrant Near-Endemic Birds: (8) Saffron-headed Parrot; (9) Moustached Brush-Finch

Day 6
Day 6 - Rio Claro Reserve, transfer to Paujil Reserve (Magdalena Valley)

We will search more birds in Rio Claro Reserve all the morning, after lunch we will transfer to El Paujil Natural Reserve in Serrania de las Quinchas; on the road we will do some stops to search some important birds of Magdalena Savannahs. Some important birding during this day include: Black-capped Donacobius, Blue and Yellow Macaw, Chestnut-fronted Macaw, Large-billed Seed-Finch, Red-breasted Blackbird, Rufescens Tiger-Heron, White-throated Crake, Long-winged Harrier, Laughing Falcon and many more. Night in Paujil Natural Reserve. HW: Not-Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available & fan Near-Endemic Birds: (10) Northern Screamer

Day 7
Day 7 - El Paujil Natural Reserve (Magdalena Valley)

All day searching birds in Paujil Natural Reserve and visiting the curassow feeders; we will walk inside the humid tropical forest of Magdalena Valley and the amazing border of Ermitaño Rover in where anything could be possible; we will go to owling at night on the main road to Paujil and to rest in the nice cabins. Some birds this day include: Black-breasted Puffbird, Choco Screech-Owl, Chestnut-mandible Toucan, Marble Wood-Quail, White-fronted Nunbird, White-breasted Wood-Wren, White-thighed Swallow, Buff-throated Foliage-gleaner, Chestnut-winged Foliage-gleaner, White-tailed Trogon, Black-tailed Trogon, Scaly-throated Leaftoser, Bicoloured Antbird, Blue-lored Antbird, Bare-crowned Antbird, Black Antshirke, Cinnamon Woodpecker, Collared Aracari, White-wiskered Puffbird, Purple-crowned Fairy, Rufous-breasted Hermit, Ruby-Topaz Hummingbird and many more Night in Paujil Natural Reserve HW: Not-Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available & fan Endemic Birds: (13) Blue-billed Curassow Near-Endemic Birds: (11) Black-billed Flycatcher; (12) Scarlet-browed Tanager

Day 8
Day 8 - Birding in Paujil in the morning, transfer to San Vicente (Eastern Andes)

Birding all the morning in Paujil Natural Reserve, transfer to San Vicente de Chucuri, a village in Eastern Andes close to Yariguies national Park and Cerulean warbler reserve, we will sleep in a very nice colonial hotel in this village. We will do some stops on the road to see birds in the lowland wetlands of Magdalena Valley.

Some interesting birds include: Bare-faced Ibis, White-collared Hawk, Yellow-crowned, Orange-winged and Blue-headed Parrot, Little Blue, Capped, Cocoi and Striated Heron, Neotropical Cormorant, Black-bellied and White faced Whistling Duck and many more.        

Night in Quinta Tibigaro Hotel

HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

Day 9
Day 9 - Cerulean Warbler Reserve & Yariguies National Park (Eastern Andes)

We will up walking (1 hour) early in the morning in 4x4 cars to Yariguies National Natural Park and the forest of Cerulean Warbler Reserve, we will stay all day in the forests searching many interesting birds. We will walk on a slippery path “Lengerke Path” built as 130 years ago. In the afternoon we will come back to San Vicente de Chucuri to rest. Some nice birds this day include: Long-tailed Tapaculo, Andean Emerald, Highland Tinamou, Mustached Puffbird, Red-headed Barbet, Crimson-rumped Toucanet, Spotted Barbtail, White-bellied Antpitta, Ochre-breasted Antpitta, Yellow-throated Spadebill, White-throated Spadebill, Green and black Fruiteater, Pavonine Cuckoo, Golden-wing Manakin, Rufous-naped Brush Finch, Uniform Antshirke, Chestnut-crowned Gnateater and more. Night in Quinta Tibigaro Hotel HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available Endemic Birds: (14) Gorgeted Wood Quail; (15) Black Inca; (16) Parker’s Antbird (17) Magdalena Tapaculo; (18) Colombia Mountain Grackle Near-Endemic Birds: (13) Double-banded Greytail

Day 10
Day 10 - Coffee Fields San Vicente de Chucuri, transfer Ocaña (Eastern Andes)

We will go to go to search more birds in the coffee fields of san Vicente de Chucuri and the road to “La Germania” spot; we will look birds also on the canopy trees and grasslands. In the afternoon we will transfer to Ocaña city in where we will rest in a nice hotel close to the main park of the city. Some important birds this day are: Russet-crowned Cake, Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush, Slaty Spinetail, Cinereous Becard, Bicoloured Wren, Band-back Wren, Sooty-headed Tyrannulet, Striped Cuckoo, Lemon-rumped Tanager, Large-billed Seed-Finch, Lineated Woodpecker, Rufous-naped Greenlet and many north migrant as Morning, Yellow, Cerulean, Blue-winged, Black and White, Blackburninan and Bay-breasted Warbler and many more. Night in Tarigua Hotel HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available Endemic Birds: (19) Chestnut-bellied Hummingbird; (20) Niceforo´s Wren; (21) Turquoise Dacnis Near-Endemic Birds: (14) Red-billed Emerald; (15) Bar-crested Antshirke; (16) Yellow-browed Shirke-Vireo

Day 11
Day 11 - Bushbird Reserve (Eastern Andes)

We will search birds all day in the bamboo forest and secondary forest of Bushbird Reserve; we will walk during all the morning per different paths and road around the reserve, in the afternoon after of break we will come back to the reserve to search more birds in some path of dry forest. In the night we will come back to Ocaña to rest. Some very nice birds include: Streak Spinetail, Lined Quail-Dove, Klage´s Antbird, Chestnut-bellied Thrust, Orange-billed Nightingale-thrust, White-bibbed Manakin, Band tailed Guan, Chestnut-capped Brush Finch, Black-headed Tanager, Burnished-buff Tanager, Speckled Tanager, Yellow-legged Thrush, Moustached Puffbird, Yellow-bellied Siskin, Cliff Flycatcher and others. Night in Tarigua Hotel HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available Near-Endemic Birds: (17) Recurved-billed Bushbird; (18) Grey-throated Warbler

Day 12
Day 12 - El Cauca Location, transfer to Valledupar (Magdalena Valley – Eastern Slope)

We will transfer early in the morning to El Cauca location with the target to see the enigmatic Todd´s Parakeet and others very interesting birds of this dry area. In the afternoon we will transfer to Valledupar city in Cesar department in where we will stay in a nice hotel of the city. Some birds that are possible there are Painted (Todd’s) Parakeet, Golden-wing Sparrow, Lance-tailed Manakin, Ruby Topaz Hummingbird, Red-legged Honeycreeper, Black-faced Dacnis, Rosy-thrush Tanager, Black-faced Tanager, Rufous and white Wren, Rufous-naped Greenlet, Red-billed Scythebill, Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant, White-whiskered Spinetail and more. Night in Arawak Upar Hotel HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

Day 13
Day 13 - Perija Mountains (Western Andes in Perija)

We will leave early in the morning to Serrania del Perija, one of the most mythic and unexplored of Colombia, recently open to the public on amazing road with many good birds. We will search birds on the grassland of Perija at 3600 meters elevations close to the border with Venezuela. This day we will be in the terrains of Chamicero del Perija Natural Reserve in where we can see some amazing birds. In the final of the day we will come back to Valledupar.

Some important birds in Perija include: Hooded-Mountain Tanager, Rufous-breasted Flycatcher, Klage´s Antbird, Crested Quetzal, Maroon-chested Ground-Dove, Fulvous-headed Tanager, Crested Oropendola, Viole-chested Hummingbird, Dusky Parrot and many more.

Night in Arawak Upar Hotel

HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

Endemic Birds: (22) Perija Antpitta; (23) Phelp´s Brush-Finch; (24) Perija Tapaculo

Near-Endemic Birds: (19) Perija Metaltail; (20) Perija Thistletail; (21) Perija Brush-Finch

Day 14
Day 14 - Perija Mountains, transfer to Riohacha (Western Andes in Perija)

We will visit the medium elevations of Perija Mountains in the morning searching other interesting birds in this really nice location; in the afternoon we will transfer to Riohacha city in Guajira peninsula in where we will rest in a nice hotel. Night in Taroa Hotel HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

Day 15
Day 15 - Flamencos National Park (Guajira Peninsula)

All morning searching the really nice and different birds of the Los Flamencos National Park, in the afternoon we will transfer to Santa Marta city and visit the VALE location searching the endemic Chestnut winged Chacalaca that is possible in this place. After to VALE you will transfer to Santa Marta City in where you will rest in a nice hotel. The species possible this day are Vermilion Cardinal, Harris’s Hawk, Common Black-Hawk, Pearl Kite, Aplomado Falcon, American Kestrel, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Bare-eyed Pigeon, Common and Ruddy ground-dove, Brown-throated and Blue-crowned parakeet, Green-rumped Parrotlet, Burrowing Owl, Red-billed Emerald, Buffy Hummingbird, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Blue-crowned Motmot, Russet-throated Puffbird, Red-crowned Woodpecker, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Caribbean Hornero, Pale-breasted Spinetail, Black-crested and Black-backed antshrike, White-fringed Antwren, Northern Scrub-Flycatcher, Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Pale-eyed Pygmy-Tyrant, Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested and Venezuelan flycatcher, Streaked Flycatcher, Social Flycatcher, Bicolored Wren, Black-chested Jay, Tropical Gnatcatcher, Tropical Mockingbird, Scrub Greenlet, Blue-gray and Glaucous tanager, Black-faced Grassquit, Pileated Finch, Grayish, Buff-throated and Orinocan Saltator, Saffron Finch, Yellow Oriole and many more. Night in GHL Costa Azul Hotel HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available Near Endemic Birds: (22) Chestnut Piculet; (23) White-whiskered Spinetail; (24) Slender-billed Tyrannulet; (25) Tocuyo sparrow

Day 16
Day 16 - Minca, transfer to El Dorado (Lowlands of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta)

Birding in Minca location and your beautiful humid tropical forest in the morning, after to the lunch we will transfer to El Dorado Reserve in where we will rest and enjoy a wonderful sunset. Some birds in Minca for this day include: Black Hawk-Eagle, Crested Bobwhite, Military Macaw, Scarlet-fronted and Orange-chinned Parakeet, Red-billed Parrot, White-tipped Dove, Lined Quail-Dove (voice), White-collared and Chestnut-collared swift, Blue-fronted Lancebill, Green Violetear, Brown Violetear, White-vented Plumeleteer, Steely-vented Hummingbird, Collared Aracari, Keel-billed Toucan, Golden-olive, Lineated and Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Black-backed Antshrike, Greenish and Forest Elaenia, Yellow-olive and Ochre-faced (Yellow-breasted) flycatcher, Ochre-bellied Flycatcher, Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher, Social and Piratic flycatcher, Cinereous, Cinnamon and White-winged becard, Masked Tityra, Rufous-breasted and Rufous-and-white wren, Yellow-legged, Black-hooded, Pale-breasted, and Black-billed thrush, Black-chested Jay, Golden-fronted Greenlet, Brown-capped Vireo, Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush, Rusty Flowerpiercer, Bay-headed, Black-headed, Black-capped, Blue-gray, Palm, White-lined and Crimson-backed Tanager, Streaked and Grayish saltator, Golden-winged Sparrow, Yellow-bellied Seedeater, Yellow-backed Oriole, Crested Oropendola and Thick-billed Euphonia. During the northern winter months these foothills harbor a good number of North American breeding migrants including Swainson’s Thrush, Yellow-throated Vireo, Tennessee, Golden-winged, Cerulean, Blackburnian, and Black-throated Green warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Summer Tanager. Night in El Dorado Lodge HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Not-Available Endemic Birds: (25) Santa Marta Blossomcrown; (26) Santa Marta Foliage-gleaner (27) Santa Marta Tapaculo; (28) Santa Marta Antbird; (29) Santa Marta Sabrewing; (30) Santa Marta Wood-Wren; (31) Santa Marta Brush-Finch Near-Endemic Birds: (26) Coppery Emerald; (27) Streak-capped Spinetail

Day 17
Day 17 - San Lorenzo Ridge, Dorado Reserve – Santa Marta Mountains (high and medium elevations of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta)

We will search birds all day in San Lorenzo Ridge and the medium areas of El Dorado Natural Reserve, in where we can see many endemics of this special bird hotspot place. Some important birds this day in Santa Marta Mountains are: White-rumped Hawk, Band-tailed Guan, Sickle-winged Guan, Band-tailed Pigeon, Scarlet-fronted Parakeet, Red-billed Parrot, Masked Trogon, Golden-olive Woodpecker, Yellow-billed (Groove-billed) Toucanet, Emerald Toucanet, Montane Foliage-gleaner, Spotted Barbtail, Streaked Xenops, Gray-throated Leaftosser, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, Rusty-breasted Antpitta, Rufous Antpitta, Mountain Elaenia, Black-capped Tyrannulet, Venezuelan and White-throated Tyrannulet, Olive-striped Flycatcher, Black-throated Tody-Tyrant, Cinnamon Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Chat-Tyrant, Golden-breasted Fruiteater, Orange-billed and Slaty-backed Nightingale-thrush, Great Thrush, Black-hooded Thrush, Slate-throated Redstart, Three-striped Warbler, White-sided Flowerpiercer, Blue-naped Chlorophonia and others. Night in El Dorado Lodge HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Not-Available

Endemic Birds: (32) Santa Marta Parakeet; (33) Santa Marta Screech-Owl; (34) White-tailed Starfrontlet; (35) Santa Marta Woodstar; (36) Rusty-headed Spinetail; (37) Santa Marta Antpitta; (38) Brown-rumped Tapaculo; (39) Santa Marta Bush-Tyrant (40) Yellow-crowned Whitestar; (41) White-lored Warbler; (42) Santa Marta Warbler; (43) Santa Marta (Black-cheeked) Mountain-Tanager; (44) Black-backed Thornbill (45) Colombian Nevada Brush-Finch; (46) Bang´s Wood-Wren

Near-Endemic Birds: (28) Black-fronted Wood-Quail; (29) White-tipped Quetzal

Day 18
Day 18 - El Dorado Reserve, transfer to Barranquilla (Atlantic Coast)

We will search more birds in El Dorado Reserve, medium and low elevation of Santa Marta Mountains during all day; in the afternoon we will transfer to Barranquilla city in where we will rest in a nice hotel.

Night in Barranquilla Plaza Hotel

HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

Day 19
Day 19 - Km 4 and Salamanca National Park (Caribbean Mangroves)

Birding early in the morning in Salamanca National Park in where we will be focus in some very important birds of mangrove ecosystems; we will look more birds also in the location named Km 4, road with some wetlands around in where is possible to see aquatic birds and other of dry and secondary forest. In the afternoon we will come back to Barranquilla in where you will can take a flight to Miami or to fight to Bogota and take a flight from El Dorado International Airport.

Some birds include this day are: Sapphire-throated Hummingbird, Bicoloured Conebill, Pied Puffbird, Golden-green Woodpecker, Yellow-chinned Spinetail, Stripe-backed Wren, Russet-throated Puffbird, Caribbean Hornero, Green, Bare-faced- Glossy and White Ibis, Limpkin, Blue-winged Parrotlet, Cattle Tyrant, Savanna Hawk, Snail Kite, Lage-billed Tern and many more.   

Night in Barranquilla Plaza Hotel or Dann Norte Bogota

HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

Endemic Birds: (47) Sapphire-bellied Hummingbird

Day 20
Day 20 - Departure

International Flight to home from Bogota

Wildlife species expected to see:

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, Strng-billed Woodcreeper, Spillmann’s Tapaculo, Ocellated Tapaculo, Black-collared Jay, Buff-breasted Mountain-Tanager, Masked Saltator, Golden-plumed Parakeet, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Hooded Mountain Tanager, Red-hooded Tanager, Dusky Piha, Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonia, Andean Siskin, White-capped Tanager, Lance-tailed Manakin, Blue-ground Dove, Pileated Finch, Crested Bobwhite, Pearl Kite, Ruddy Ground-Dove, Common Ground-Dove, Yellow-crowned Parrot, Dwarf Cuckoo, White-collared Swift, Short-tailed Swift, Barred Puffbird, Western Slaty-Antshrike, White-fringed Antwren, Jet Antbird, Vermilion Flycatcher, Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Panama Flycatcher, Scrub Greenlet, Pale-breasted thrush, Buff-breasted Wren, Rufous-capped Warbler, Buff-rumped Warbler, White-eared Conebill, Plain-colored Tanager, Grassland Sparrow, Slate-coloured, Ruddy-breasted, Gray, and Yellow-bellied Seedeater, Blue-black Grassquit, Citron-throated Toucan, Black-bellied Wren, Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher, Marble Wood Quail, Chestnut-backed Antbird, Stripe-throated Hermit, Ruby Topaz, Purple-crowned Fairy, Western White-tailed Trogon, Pied Puffbird, Barred Puffbird, White-whiskered Puffbird, Cinnamon Woodpecker, Jet Antbird, Pacific Antwren, Brown-capped Tyrannulet, Southern Bentbill, Long-tailed Tyrant, Rufous Piha, Blue Cotinga, Black-chested Jay, Rufous Wren, Scarlet-browned Tanager, Plain-coloured Tanager, Golden-hooded Tanager, White-ear Conebill, Slate-coloured Seedeater, Thick-billed Seed Finch, Large-bellied Seed Finch, Masked Yellowthroated, Orange-crowned Oriole, Fulvous-vented Euphonia

What is included?

  • Transport: Private vans (comfortable transport) with Air conditioning 4x4 transport
  • 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
  • Travel Insurance
  • 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
  • Anything that is not included in "What is included"
Wildlife Reviews
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  1. We Did It All!
    Nancy Chang01 Aug 2017
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    Manakin Nature Tours designed an extraordinary tour especially for me. While my husband is the avid birder I wanted to experience more of Colombian culture, history and arts in addition to the wonderful natural experience Manakin traditionally provides. It was fabulous. My tour guide Camila is a charming, warm and intelligent person. We had great discussions about languages and history. National Parks. Museums. Historic sites. Botanical Gardens. Nature preserves. Orchids. The organic farm and homestay. Hummingbirds. Local handicrafts. That hot air balloon ride over the coffee plantations. Tasting local foods in each region we visited. The drivers were great and added so much more to my Colombian experience. (Giovanni was an excellent birder.) I appreciate the care that Manakin put into my visit and applaud their efforts on a local level to encourage good conservation practices by adding many special places on the itinerary that support ecotourism.
  2. Grand Tour in Colombia
    Ursula & Jan Ekkers, Switzerland03 Sep 2018
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    With our excellent bird guide Cristian Daza we travelled 23 days from Mitu in the Amazon Rainforest to the Andes, Choco, Magdalena & Cauca Valley, Atlantic Coast and Santa Marta Mountains. Thanks to Cristians very good knowledge of all the habitats we not only spotted almost 700 bird species, but also experienced a very diverse nature spectacle. The tour was perfectly organized by Luis Eduardo Uruena. It included comfortable lodges, great Colombian food and good drivers who even assisted in the birding. We will certainly consider Manakin Nature Tours for organizing future tours for us to the Neotropics.

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Why book with Manakin Nature Tours?

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.

What are your group sizes?

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.

How do you support local communities during this tour?

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.

Do you provide travel and/or medical insurance (incl. repatriation)?

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.

What happens if I need to change my trip?

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.

Can you recommend any articles and/or books to read before this trip?

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.

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20 Days

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USD5,040 / per person
Single Suppliment USD 500
This tour is operated by: Manakin Nature Tours
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Tour Facts

  • Colombia
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • 4 to 8
  • 20 days
  • Leisurely
  • Yes
  • English, Spanish
  • Arrival at El Dorado International Airport of Bogotá
  • Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport