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Colossal Tour! More Of The 700 Hundred Birds - 31 Days

Colossal Tour! More Of The 700 Hundred Birds
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A 31-day endemic birding tour throughout Colombia with three cordilleras (eastern-western-central Andes) the remote  Amazonian and the stunning Santa Marta become the country in birds. A tour to one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet. We cover everything from the fantastic habitat.  We would normally we expect to see anything from 700 upto 1000 species of birds in a month if we are lucky.  We love birding and we love to find lifers for all our clients.

Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival Bogota Night

Night Hotel City center Boutique

Day 2
Day 2 - Guasca area and Observatorio de Colibríes

Leaving early (4:30 am), we drive to Guasca town (rural area). This day our new habitat is cloud forest northeast of Bogota. Our main target the endemic and Vulnerable the extinction: Brown-breasted Parakeet also the near endemic Black-billed Mountain-Toucan, Golden-fronted Whitestart (the subspecies here has a white face), Black-capped and Superciliaried Hemispinguses, Rufous-browed Conebill and the brilliant Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Black-collared Jay, Mountain Cacique, Slaty Brush-Finch, and numerous other species. In the afternoon we will visit main feeders for eastern andes where we will likely get views of some truly amazing birds including Blue-throated Starfrontlet and Coppery-bellied Pufffleg (migrant local) and both Black- and Green-tailed Trainbearers, Glowing Puffleg, Sword-billed Hummingbird. Night Hotel City center Boutique

Day 3
Day 3 - Finca colibrí – Iguaima Campestre and dry forest

Leaving early (5:00 am), we left Bogota behind and descended down the western slope of the Eastern Cordillera to Ibague town for search our new main target endemic Indigo capped hummingbird (Feeders Finca Colibrí) after the continue the have several stop down the road for lunch and birding look for endemic Apical flycatcher, Turquoise Dacnis tanager and Velvet fronted Euphonia. Night: Hotel Iguaima campestre or Ukuku lodge.

Day 4
Day 4 - Cañon del Combeima

(Breakfast at Ukuku). We will spent above Ibague in the Canon Combeima Valley. We’ll look for some rare and hard-to-find endemics around the feeders the Ukuku rural ecolodge like: Tolima (Andean) Blossomcrown, Tolima Dove and Yellow headed Brushfinch. Then – We had a long drive to the famous colonial town Honda: (Night Hotel Las Trampas).

Day 5
Day 5 - Reserva Bella Vista (La Victoria/ Caldas)

(Picnic breakfast and lunch on the road). Habitat premontane forest: We’ll walk throw the forest trail in search of further specialities and endemics in the reserve are White-mantled Barbet, Beautiful woodpecker.

Woodpecker, the vocally Sooty Ant-Tanager, and Velvet-fronted Euphonia. A number of other interesting birds are also found in the reserve. These include several Manakin species like White-bibbed, Western Striped Manakin, Golden headed Manakin and white bearded Manakin on 11 am we spent to finish the birding to continue the Paujil Reserve (around 4 hours by car). Night Paujil reserve.

Day 6
Days 6 & 7 - Paujil reserve (Puerto Boyaca)

We were lucky to run across a Tawny-throated Leaftosser doing just that. A lock included a Fulvous-breasted Flatbill, Red-faced Spinetail and Scarlet-and white Tanagers. After a couple of hours, we decided to beat a retreat. Saying our farewells to our wonderful hosts at the lodge, we drove down the unsurfaced road. Our driver, Hermes, picked up what turned out to be four White-mantled Barbets alongside the vehicle, one of which was making a meal of a large katydid, and the stop also gave us White-thighed Swallow. Between roadworks and traffic, it took the rest of the day to get to within casting distance of our hotel. A late afternoon leg-stretch in foothill forest was very productive, with a lovely Western Striped Manakin, Spot-breasted Woodpecker, Yellow-tufted Dagnis and many other new birds. We checked into our Río Claro hotel after dark, made for the restaurant Day 7 and Day 8 Night Paujil Reserve

Day 7
Day 8 - Rio Claro Reserve (Antioquia)

Another morning visit to Paujil Reserve will give us a shot as the endemic Blue billed curassow, and another chance at anything else we still need in the area. We’ll then drive to oil bird to one of their nesting caves for search the bizarre and unique Oilbird. We’ll make an afternoon visit Rio Claro Lodge, where we spend a single night on this forested canyon with its crystal clear river. There we can to see the Antioquia Bristle-Tyrant and Magdalena Antbird. Night Rio Claro lodge.

Day 8
Day 9 - Sabaneta (Medellín/ Antioquia)

A morning the birding at Rio Claro will look for our endemics such as Magdalena Antbird, White-mantled Barbet, Antioquia Bristle-Tyrant, and Beautiful Woodpecker among other more widespread species like Barred Puffbird, Olivaceous Flatbill and Saffron headed parrot and birding forest edge may get us various tanagers, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, and other species. We leave the lodge after lunch and We’ll then drive to Sabaneta town (Antioquia). Night Hotel Extremadura.

Day 9
Day 10 - Parque La Romera and Cauca Valley

La Romera is a small metropolitan park or reserve out Sabaneta town. The amazing and stunning Red-bellied Grackle is usually the star bird here, but we’ll also look for Stiles’s Tapaculo and the rare Yellow-headed Manakin. Later, we will drive for 2 hours to stop on Dry forest Cauca valley for where we spend few hours for search the new endemic and recently discover: Antioquia wren and also for Greyish Piculet.. Night Jardin (Hotel Valdivia Plaza).

Day 10
Day 11 - Reserve Yellow eared parrot and leck Cock of the rock

Well depart early in throw the mountains above Jardín toward Reserve Yellow-eared Parrots by ProAves whom to do conservation efforts protecting the wax palms they rely on. We look the flocks the parrot fly above us early then. We’ll spend the morning birding the forest, searching for some birds including White-capped Tanager, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Powerful Woodpecker, Chestnut-naped Antpitta, and Tapaculos among a slew of more common species. Then on 2 or 3 pm we’ll return to Jardin to visit a great Cock-of-the-rock Lek, where several males can usually be seen at close range despite being only a few hundred meters from the center of town. Night Valdivia plaza.

Day 11
Day 12 - Manizales (Rio Blanco Reserve) town

Leaving Jardín, We’ll then drive to Manizales Rio Blanco reserve (5 hours) we’ll stop on the road to look birds on the road. Due to the small size of the lodge, single rooms are usually not available here. Night Rio Blanco Reserve.

Day 12
Day 13 - Rio Blanco reserve

Rio Blanco the reserve with huge cloud forest has feeders for several Antpitta species near the lodge, and we will stop and look all. Chances to see Chestnut-crowned, Brown-banded, Bicolored and Slate crowned Antpittas, and occasionally Chestnut naped Antpitta. Apart from the Antpittas, there are several mix flock of other birds to look for including Dusky Piha, Masked Saltator, Black-billed Mountain-Toucan, Golden-plumed Parakeet, Rufous-crowned Tody-Flycatcher, Grass-green Tanager, Black-collared Jay, Black-capped Hemispingus, Capped Conebill, Sharpe’s Wren, Golden-headed Quetzal, Flammulated Treehunter and numerous tanagers. Owling time in the night get us White-throated Screech-Owl or Rufous-banded Owl. Hummer feeders are also quite good with Bronzy Inca, Long-tailed Sylph, and Tourmaline Sunangel among several species that visit. Night Rio Blanco reserve.

Day 13
Day 14 - Morning National Park Nevados to Yarumo Blanco (Otun Quimbaya) and Night Hotel Yarumo Blanco (Pereira)

We’ll then drive to Nevados reserve (1 hours/ 20 minutes). This area of Paramo is a special site for a number of scarcer hummers, including Buffy Helmetcrest, Black-thighed & Golden-breasted Pufflegs, Mountain Avocetbill, Rainbow-bearded Thornbill, Purple-back Tornbill, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Shining Sunbeam and Buff-winged Starfrontlet. Other cool birds include the fantastic Rufous-fronted Parakeet, Paramo Tapaculo, White-browed Spinetail, Black-backed Bush Tanager, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Stout-billed Cinclodes, Tawny Antpitta, Crowned Chat-tyrant, Black-collared Jay, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Paramo Seedeater, Andean Tit-Spinetail, and White-chinned Thistletail. Then in the afternoon we’ll go to Otum Quimbaya.

Day 14
Day 15 - Yarumo Blanco (Otun Quimbaya)

Otun features a charming lodge, surrounded by subtropical. We’ll search here for Cauca Guan, Chestnut Wood-Quail, Hooded Mountain Antpitta (Only place for this Antpitta) Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Moustached Antpitta (Hard to see), Chestnut-breasted Wren, Wattled Guan, Torrent Duck, Metallic-green Tanager, Variegated Bristle-Tyrant, Rusty-winged Barbtail and other. Owling for Colombian screech owl and mottle owl. Night Montezuma rain forest (Pereira).

Day 15
Days 15 to 17 - Cerro Montezuma (National Park Tatama)- Montezuma rain forest

Early in the morning we leave the Otun Quimbaya towards to Lodge Montezuma Rain forest where We spent two full days here, We will birding in different altitude zones, each of which have their own specialties birds including: Black-and-gold tanager, Gold-ringed Tanagers, Crested Ant-Tanager, Orange-breasted Fruiteater, Chestnut-bellied Flowerpiercer, Munchique Wood-Wren, Purplish-mantled Tanager, Beautiful Jay, Club-winged Manakin , Fulvous-dotted Treehunter, Sooty-headed Wren, Black-chinned Mountain-Tanager, Indigo Flowerpiercer, Glistening-green Tanager, Parker’s Antbird, and Cloud-forest Pygmy-Owl, and the newly-described Tatama Tapaculo. All days by 4×4’s all the way to the end of the road for a different set of species: Night 18, 19 and 20 Montezuma Rain forest.

Day 16
Day 18 - Cerro Montezuma (National Park Tatama) - Downhill towards Santa Cecilia

Birding below the Lodge Montezuma (2 hours by car) the scenic Choco rain forest is a great spot for several Baudo Oropendola and to head downhill towards Santa Cecilia to finding Baudo Oropendola, Baudo Guan, Spot-crowned Barbet, Grey-headed Chachalaca. Night Bogota City center

Day 17
Days 19 & 20 - El Dorado Lodge (Northern Colombia)

Flight from Barranquilla to Bogota. Morning birding time Isla Salamanca; birds Chestnut-winged Chachalaca, Sapphire bellied hummingbird, Bicolored conebill and Panama flycatcher then we leave Salamanca and we’ll go to Minca (Small village) stop on the road for lunch and few birds. Night: RNA El Dorado and El Dorado Lodge.

The next days we start to see the a lot endemic Crowned Woodnymphs (colombica) and Lesser Violetears , (Whitetailed Starfrontlet, Santa Marta Woodstar, Blackbacked Thornbill, Blue-naped Chlorophonias, Santa Marta, Sierra Nevada Brushfinches , Black-fronted Wood-Quail, Gray-throated Leaftosser. Santa Marta Toucanet, Santa marta Foliage-gleaner, Santa Marta Tapaculo, Golden-breasted Fruiteater, Santa Marta Parakeet, White-tipped Quetzal, Streak-capped Spinetail, Rusty-headed Spinetail, Santa Marta Antpitta, Rusty-breasted Antpitta, Brown-rumped Tapaculo, Yellow-crowned Whitstart, Santa Marta Screech-Owl, Santa Marta Wren, Santa marta warbler and lot more.

Day 18
Day 21 - Rio Hacha- Santuario de Fauna y flora flamingos. Night Hotel Taroa

Birding morning around Dorado lodge on 9 am we leave the lodge and we’ll go to Santuario de fauna y flora flamingos. Afternoon birding time he various trails and main road of Flamingos santuario White-bellied Antbird, Lance-tailed Manakins, Southern Bentbill, Yellow-breasted Flycatcher, Golden-fronted Greenlet, Rufous-vented Chachalaca, Crested Bobwhite, Chestnut Piculet, Russet-throated Puffbird, Bare-eyed Pigeons, Blue-crowned Parakeet, Brown-throated Parakeet, Green-rumped Parrotlet, Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, Sapphire-throated Hummingbird, Red-billed Emeral, Carribean Hornero, White-wiskered Spinetail, Yellow-chinned Spinetail, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Northern White-fringed Antwren, Slender-billed Tyrannulet, Tawny-crowned Pygmy-Tyrant, Pied-water Tyrant, Scrub Greenlet, Glaucus Tanager, Trinidad Euphonia, Buffy hummingbird, Vermilion cardinal, Orange-crowned Oriole and Gray-pileated Finch.

Day 19
Day 22 - Birding Santuario Flamingo and Night Perija Reserve

Birding on xerophitic habitat Flamingos santuario we look for the birds missing yesterday: Flamingos White-bellied Antbird, Lance-tailed Manakins, Southern Bentbill, Yellow-breasted Flycatcher, Golden-fronted Greenlet, Rufous-vented Chachalaca, Crested Bobwhite, Chestnut Piculet, Russet-throated Puffbird, Bare-eyed Pigeons, Blue-crowned Parakeet, Brown-throated Parakeet, Green-rumped Parrotlet, Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, Sapphire-throated Hummingbird, Red-billed Emeral, Carribean Hornero, White-wiskered Spinetail, Yellow-chinned Spinetail, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Northern White-fringed Antwren, Slender-billed Tyrannulet, Tawny-crowned Pygmy-Tyrant, Pied-water Tyrant, Scrub Greenlet, Glaucus Tanager, Trinidad Euphonia, Buffy hummingbird, Vermilion cardinal, Orange-crowned Oriole and Gray-pileated Finch.

On 10 am, we leave santuario and we go to Perija reserve around the 5 hours by car

Day 20
Days 22 & 23 - Birding around Perija Reserve

A new birding lodge, ProAves's Chamicero is the stunning place with habitat the paramo and cloud forest

Tartegt birds; Perijá Thistletail, Perijá Metaltail, Perijá Brush-Finch, Perijá Tapaculo, Golden-headed Quetzal, Barred Fruiteater, Andean Condor, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Buff-breasted Mountain-Tanager. The perija population the Golden-bellied Starfrontlet.

Day 21
Day 24 - Bogota (Hotel City center)

Birding around to Perija lodge more hours of birding this morning before driving to valledupar and catching an afternoon flight to Bogotá, where we spend the one night.

Day 22
Days 25 to 27 - Mitu (White sand forest, varzea and terra firme forest)

We spent to have two full days the birding time in this remote and amazing birding area We’ll head to Bogota airport for a flight to Mitu. On arrival we’ll transfer to our hotel Brasilia.

Target birds there: Grey-legged Tinamou, Festive, Orange-cheeked Parrot, Lemon-throated Barbet, Bar-bellied Woodcreeper, Sungrebe, Blackish-grey Antshirke, Black-throated Antbird, Slaty Grosbeak, Pectoral Sparrow, Grey-beasted Sabrewing, Versicoloured Emerald, Blackish Nightjar, Spangled Cotinga, White-throated Toucan, Green Oropendola, Collared Puffbird, Chestnut, Scale-breasted Woodpeckers, White-plumed, Bicoloured Antbirds, Yellow-billed Jacamar, Ringed Antipipit, White-eyed Tody-Tyrant, Green Manakin, Paradise Jacamar, Black-bellied Cuckoo, Golden-green Woodpecker, Fiery Topaz, Streak-throated Hermit, Orinoco Piculet, Tawny-tufted Toucanet, Brown-banded Puffbird, Lineated Duida Woodcreeper, Napo Stlipple-throated, Yellow-throated, Spot-backed Antwrens, Grey-bellied, Chestnut-crested Antbirds, Imeri Warbling-Antbird, Citron-throated Attila, Yellow-crowned Manakin, Saffron-crested Tyrant-Manakin, Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock, Purple-breasted & Pompadour Cotinga, Guianan Gnatcatcher, Azure-naped Jay, Lemon-chested, Brown-headed Greenlets, White-naped Seedeater, Plumbeous Euphonia, Black Bushbird, Amazonas Antbird, Pearly Antshirke, Amazonian Black-Tyrant, Sulphury Flycatcher, Screaming Piha, , Rufous-tailed Xenops, Pink-throated Becard, Wing-barred Piprites, Flame-crested, Green and Gold Tanagers, Cliff Flycatcher, Scarlet Macaw, Amazonia Umbrellabird, Bronzy Jacamar, Spotted Puffbird, Spot-throated Woodcreeper, Rusty-breasted Nunlet, White-chinned Sapphire, Gould´s Jewelfront, Pavonine Quetzal, Red-fan Parrot, Rufous-capped Antthrush, Pale-bellied Mourner, White-bellied Dacnis and many many more. A lot birds a lot work.

Day 23
Day 28 - Bogota

Birding around mitu and afternoon flight to return Bogota

Day 24
Day 29 - Guayabetal Monterredondo.

Very early in the morning we leave Bogota 4:30am towards Guayabetal (Monterredondo) We’ll have the full day birding around Monterredondo, where we will try to see Cundinamarca Antpitta, Green bellied hummingbird and Ochre breasted brush finch. The we’ll have the night rancho camana (Sabanna forest).

Day 25
Day 30 - Rancho Camana (Meta)

Birding around the Sabanna area look for new targets birds heron, egret, eagle and Spot-winged Parrotle.

Day 26
Day 31 - Finally tour.

Morning: Birding around Villavicencio. The participants will we transfer to the airport to take their international flight or connections in Colombia.

Grey-legged Tinamou, Festive, Orange-cheeked Parrot, Lemon-throated Barbet, Bar-bellied Woodcreeper, Sungrebe, Blackish-grey Antshirke, Black-throated Antbird, Slaty Grosbeak, Pectoral Sparrow, Grey-beasted Sabrewing, Versicoloured Emerald, Blackish Nightjar, Spangled Cotinga, White-throated Toucan, Green Oropendola, Collared Puffbird, Chestnut, Scale-breasted Woodpeckers, White-plumed, Bicoloured Antbirds, Yellow-billed Jacamar, Ringed Antipipit, White-eyed Tody-Tyrant, Green Manakin, Paradise Jacamar, Black-bellied Cuckoo, Golden-green Woodpecker, Fiery Topaz, Streak-throated Hermit, Orinoco Piculet, Tawny-tufted Toucanet, Brown-banded Puffbird, Lineated Duida Woodcreeper, Napo Stlipple-throated, Yellow-throated, Spot-backed Antwrens, Grey-bellied, Chestnut-crested Antbirds, Imeri Warbling-Antbird, Citron-throated Attila, Yellow-crowned Manakin, Saffron-crested Tyrant-Manakin, Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock, Purple-breasted & Pompadour Cotinga, Guianan Gnatcatcher, Azure-naped Jay, Lemon-chested, Brown-headed Greenlets, White-naped Seedeater, Plumbeous Euphonia, Black Bushbird, Amazonas Antbird, Pearly Antshirke, Amazonian Black-Tyrant, Sulphury Flycatcher, Screaming Piha, , Rufous-tailed Xenops, Pink-throated Becard, Wing-barred Piprites, Flame-crested, Green and Gold Tanagers, Cliff Flycatcher, Scarlet Macaw, Amazonia Umbrellabird, Bronzy Jacamar, Spotted Puffbird, Spot-throated Woodcreeper, Rusty-breasted Nunlet, White-chinned Sapphire, Gould´s Jewelfront, Pavonine Quetzal, Red-fan Parrot, Rufous-capped Antthrush, Pale-bellied Mourner, Black-capped and Superciliaried Hemispinguses, Rufous-browed Conebill and the brilliant Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Black-collared Jay, Mountain Cacique, Slaty Brush-Finch,White-bellied Dacnis, Woodpecker, the vocally Sooty Ant-Tanager, and Velvet-fronted Euphonia, Western Striped Manakin, Spot-breasted Woodpecker, Yellow-tufted Dagnisand, Western Striped Manakin, Spot-breasted Woodpecker, Yellow-tufted Dagnis many many more

What is included?

  • All accommodation
  • All meals, snacks and drink water
  • All transportation including domestical flights
  • Local guides
  • Park entry fees
  • Assistance on arrival and departure

What is not included?

  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • LaundryTips
  • Spending on a personal nature

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Why book with Bogota Birding and Birdwatching Colombia Tours?

The main focus of Bogota Birding and Birdwatching Tours is the lands surrounding the Bogota, including Cloud forest the eastern Andes, paramo, Llanos, Magdalena Valley, and dry forest. Well-known as well as less-visited birding localities in near Bogota are explored, and suggestions for new destinations are always welcome. The aim of Bogota Birding and Birdwatching is to provide fellow bird watchers with high-quality birding and great experiences, and we welcome birders with all levels of experience. All trips and day excursions will be arranged considering the experience and general preferences of the participating customers – we are just as happy to spend a day searching for a single elusive species as we are enjoying the abundant hummingbird, wren, and grackle near to Bogota. Our green tanager or minibus has large windows which are excellent for birdwatching and allows all participants to enjoy the surroundings. We are able to offer guidings in English and Spanish. So grab your birding equipment and come out to Colombia for some fantastic birdwatching in the Capital the Birds of the world!!!

Tips and Suggestions about Birding Trip

Birding will primarily be on forested roads and some trails – difficulty is easy to medium level We will be moving between (13,000 feet). Mostly between (4,265 feet and 8,858 feet). We will have electric power at all our destinations. There are sockets inside all rooms with 110 volt electricity. Please note be sure and bring extra batteries as electricity may sometimes go out in sites There is no hot water at Rio Claro, Paujil and Otun (it´s not a big problem because we are in the lowlands and it is quite warm). Internet: this service is available inside some hotels (Jardin, Bogota, Montezuma (Not always), Ibague, Sabaneta.

What to bring and general information

Please do not bring too much luggage. For domestic flights you can hold 20 kg. (44 lbs.) and 5 kg. (11 lbs.) in hand luggage. Extra costs run by you. Light weight comfortable clothing is recommended, i.e. standard field pants and shirts for the entire trip. At Jardin, Rio Blanco, Montezuma and Bogota laundry can be done An umbrella and rain poncho Small flashlight for owling Travel insurance

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31 Days

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This tour is operated by: Bogota Birding and Birdwatching Colombia Tours

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Tour Facts

  • Colombia with three cordilleras (eastern-western-central Andes) the remote Amazonian and the stunning Santa Marta
  • Available Daily
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • 1 to 9 pax
  • 31 Days
  • All year
  • 20+ years
  • Challenging
  • No
  • Bogota (El Dorado International Airport)
  • Bogota (El Dorado International Airport)