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Colombian Mixed Birding Tour - 20 Days

Colombian Mixed Birding Tour
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A great 20-day birding adventure in some of the most famous places to see birds in Colombia and where a list of 600-650 species is waiting for you. An incredible combination of different ecosystems that increase the number of birds and landscapes in Andes, Choco, Magdalena & Cauca Valley, Atlantic Coast, Santa Marta Mountains and Guajira Peninsula; a very complete route. Multi-variety of ecosystems for world class birding in where we will be so focus in the endemics, near-endemics and specialities of each habitat and ecosystem.

Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival to Bogota International Airport

Day 2
Day 2 - Chingaza National Park (Eastern Andes)

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 come back to Bogota. Night in Dann Norte Hotel HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

Day 3
Day 3 - Florida Park, Enchanted Garden & Tabacal Lake (Eastern Andes - western slope)

We will visit this day during the day three very special places close to Bogota, La Florida Park of the wetland ecosystems in where is possible to see very important birds of the savanna of the highlands as Bogota Rail, Apolinar Marsh Wren, Silvery throated Spinetail, Noble Snipe, Subtropical Doradito and more. After La Florida, we will visit the “Jardin Encantado ”hummingbird house in San Francisco, we will can see as to 16 different species of hummingbirds as Indigo capped Hummingbird, Gorgeted Woodstart and White bellied Woodstar; after of this place we will visit Laguna El Tabacal Location, a nice place af a secondary forest with very interesting birds as to Rusty brested Antpitta, Rosy thrust Tanager, Grey throated Warbler, Stripe breasted Spinetail and more. In the final of the day, we will come back to Bogota to rest. Night in Dann Norte Hotel HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

Day 4
Day 4 - Mana Dulce Reserve (Magdalena Valley)

Early in the morning we will 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 as Apical Flycatcher, Velvet fronted Euphonia, Lance tailed Manakin, White bellied Antbird, Pheasant Cuckoo, White ear Conebill and others . In the afternoon we will transfer to Ibague city, in where we will stay in a nice and comfortable hotel. Night in Estelar Altamira Hotel HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

Day 5
Day 5 - 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, for seeing the next important birds: Golden crowned 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, and many more. In the afternoon we will visit also San Jorge Botanical Garden. In the night we will come back to the hotel in Ibague.

Night in Estelar Altamira Hotel

HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

Day 6
Day 6 - Doima Road, Picaleña Lake´s & Laguna del Hato (Magdalena Valley)

We will search some birds in the dry forest of Doima Road, in the afternoon we will visit the dry forest and fields of Laguna del Hato in where we will can find many birds. Some interesting birds of this day are Blue ground Dove, Lance tailed Manakin, Velvet-fronted Euphonia, Apical Flycatcher, 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. In the afternoon we will transfer to Mariquita Village in where we will stay in a nice holiday hotel.

Night in Casa Quinta Vacacional Hotel

HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

Day 7
Day 7 - Bellavista Reserve, transfer to Manizales (Magdalena Valley)

We will visit the Bellavista natural Reserve in Victoria municipality, a small but really nice reserve of the Caldas department; in the afternoon we will transfer to Manizales city. Some birds of interest this day include White-mantled Barbet, Beautiful Woodpecker, Antioquia Bristle-Tyrant, Sooty Ant-Tanager, Tody Motmot, Cocoa and Streak-headed Woodcreeper, Red-billed Scythebill, Streaked Flycatcher, Ochre-bellied Flycatcher, Striped Manakin, White-bearded Manakin, Golden-hooded Tanager, Black faced Dacnis, Streaked and Buff-throated Saltator, Yellow-bellied Seedeater, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Great and Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Cocoi Heron, Bare-faced Ibis, Wood Stork, Jabiru, Roadside Hawk, Pearl Kite, Yellow-headed Caracara, American Kestrel, Large-billed Tern, and Black, Yellow-chinned Spinetail, White-headed Marsh-Tyrant, Pied Water-Tyrant, and White-winged Swallow.

Night in Varuna Hotel

HW: Available / Wifi: Not-Available / AC: Available

Day 8
Day 8 - Rio Blanco Natural Reserve (Central Andes)

We will see birds all day in Rio Blanco Natural Reserve for seeing the next important birds Brown-banded Antpitta, Bicoloured Antpitta, Agile Tit-Tyrant, Rusty-faced Parrot 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, White-throated Screech-Owl, Rufous-banded Owl, Wedge-billed Hummingbird, Bronzy Inca and many more. Night in Varuna Hotel HW: Available / Wifi: Not-Available / AC: Available

Day 9
Day 9 - Nevado del Ruiz National Park, transfer Otun-Quimbaya (Central Andes)

Birding in the Los Nevados National Park in the morning and departure in the afternoon to Fauna & Flora Sanctuary Otun – Quimbaya. Some important birds for seeing in this day are 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 and many  more

Day 10
Day 10 - Otun-Quimbaya National Park - (Central Andes)

We will look for wonderful birds all day in the Otun-Quimbaya Sanctuary of Fauna and Flora; this is a lovely place in the central Andes with some very important and rare birds; we’ll search for birds on a little-used road or on the paths inside the forest. Otun is very good for owling, so we do night explorations in this reserve / Night in Otun-Quimbaya National Park.

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 and many more.

Night in Otun-Quimbaya National Park

HW: Available / Wifi: Not-Available / AC: Not-Available

Day 11
Day 11 - Otun-Quimbaya transfer to Montezuma Reserve (Central Andes)

We will search more birds in the morning in Otun-Quimbaya National Park, in the afternoon we will departure to Pueblo Rico municipality and the Cerro Montezuma Natural Reserve.

Night in Montezuma Rainforest Reserve

HW: Available / Wifi: Not-Available / AC: Not-Available

Day 12
Days 12 & 13 - Montezuma Rainforest Reserve (Western Andes)

Montezuma is one of the best places to bird in Colombia, with an elevation gradient on the track from 1100 to 2800 meters, making this places one of the most diverse areas in all Colombia with more than 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 and many more.

Night in Montezuma Rainforest Reserve

HW: Available / Wifi: Not-Available / AC: Not-Available

Day 14
Day 14 - Montezuma, flight to Barranquilla City (Caribbean Coast)

We will see bird in the lowlands of Montezuma in the morning and after to the lunch we will transfer to Bogota city and Barranquilla City flying.

Night in Barranquilla Plaza Hotel

HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

Day 15
Day 15 - Salamanca, Km4, transfer Guajira Peninsula (Mangroves in Atlantic Coast)

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 transfer to Riohacha city in where we will rest. Some birds include this day are: Sapphire-bellied Hummingbird, 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 Taroa Hotel HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

Day 16
Day 16 - Flamencos, VALE (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 Chestnut Piculet, White-whiskered Spinetail, Slender-billed Tyrannulet, Tocuyo sparrow 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

Day 17
Day 17 - 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: Santa Marta Blossomcrown, Santa Marta Foliage-gleaner, Santa Marta Tapaculo, Santa Marta Antbird, Santa Marta Sabrewing, Santa Marta Wood-Wren, Santa Marta Brush-Finch, Coppery Emerald, Streak-capped Spinetail, 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

Day 18
Day 18 - 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 Santa Marta Parakeet, Santa Marta Screech-Owl, White-tailed Starfrontlet, Santa Marta Woodstar, Rusty-headed Spinetail, Santa Marta Antpitta, Brown-rumped Tapaculo, Santa Marta Bush-Tyrant, Yellow-crowned Whitestar, White-lored Warbler, Santa Marta Warbler, Santa Marta (Black-cheeked) Mountain-Tanager, Black-backed Thornbill, Colombian Nevada Brush-Finch, Bang´s Wood-Wren, Black-fronted Wood-Quail, White-tipped Quetzal, 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

Day 19
Day 19 - El Dorado Reserve, transfer to Barranquilla or Bogota (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 or Bogota city to finish this trip. Night in Barranquilla Plaza Hotel or Dann Norte Bogota HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

Day 20
Day 20 - International Flight to home from Bogota

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  1. Manakin Nature Tour around Bogota
    Dory Blobner31 Jul 2017
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    Excellent experience due to Alejandro our guide. Great choice of place to stay at Observatorio de Colibries. Saw a variety of interesting habitats and birds around Bogota.
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    Jean Demers08 Aug 2016
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    Been there three times with Manakin and planning à forth one

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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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