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Endemic Colombia - 22 Days

Endemic Colombia
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This 22-day birding tour is one of our faster-paced tours and is designed to target many of Colombia’s most sought-after endemics. This program begins with a quest to find the endemics of the Pacific slope and the western and central Andes, moving on to the Holy Grail of endemics in Colombia: The Santa Marta Mountains. The highest coastal mountain on the planet has been identified as one of the most irreplaceable nature reserves on the planet and contains the highest concentration of threatened wildlife on Earth.

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  1. Total 5 Star Experience
    Jaye Rykunyk01 Jul 2018
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    This was a total 5 star experience from the first day. My birding partner and I arrive two days before the "official" start of the tour. Christopher arranged for us to take a tour of Cali and then took us on another full day of birding. The accommodations were excellent wherever we stayed, although a number of the locations were far off the beaten path. Our guide, Giancarlo was excellent. He was great at finding the birds and the local guides who joined us added a great dimension to the experience. Finding the birds in some locations is hard work, but totally rewarding. Fortunately, it is interspersed with easy birding at feeder spots to give you a welcome break. If you are a serious birder, want to see hundreds of birds (our count was 376) and have a totally great experience, this is the tour for you!
  2. Endemics Tour Is a Winner!
    Vicki and Jim King15 Nov 2018
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    My husband and I have birded in Peru in the past. Now that it is safe to bird in Colombia, we knew we wanted to go birding there, too. We like to use a local company on international trips so I went shopping online. Eventually, I found Colombia BirdWatch and we were intrigued by the 22-day Endemics Tour. Before deciding, I contacted multiple references provided by Chris Calonje, owner of Colombia Birdwatch. The glowing responses we received made the decision for us. Once we had signed on for the trip, Chris was always quick to respond to any questions we had. Giancarlo Ventolini and Juan Lopez were our guides and drivers for the first two weeks of the tour which took us to a number of Colombia's premier birding areas: The Anchicaya Valley, Western and Central Andes and the Cauca Valley. Both of them have amazingly sharp ears and eyes, really know the birds and the areas, and were dedicated to having all of us see the birds. But, more than that, they were friendly and delightful companions. We also appreciated how well they speak English, since we do not speak Spanish, and thoroughly enjoyed talking to them and learning about Colombia as we traveled between destinations. We saw virtually all of the target species and so many more. When we flew north to the Santa Marta area, the excellent Angel Ortiz guided the last six days of the tour that took us to El Dorado in the Santa Marta Mountains, Los Flamencos National Park, Isla Salamanca, and Tayrona National Park. It takes a lot of hours each day to see as many birds as we did -- on the trip as a whole, more than 535 species! Our guides organized the time well and always put our needs and comfort first. Our accommodations were clean and comfortable, interesting, and occasionally even luxurious given the remote areas we were traveling in. The 4x4 vehicles did a good job of tackling the rough roads. In sum, we are so glad we signed on for Colombia BirdWatch's Endemics Tour and loved the whole experience: the knowledgeable and caring guides; the beautiful birds; the exquisite forests and varied ecosystems; and the friendly people. We can confidently recommend the Colombia BirdWatch team to anyone who wants a first-rate birding experience and appreciates value for money spent.
  3. Adventure
    Daniel J. Torlone06 Jun 2017
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    My trip to Colombia, organized and guided by Colombia Bird Watch, was a magical, perfect experience. We experienced the beauty of Colombia, in the countryside as well as in its vibrant cities. Accommodations were consistently aesthetically appealing, comfortable, clean, and safe. The transport was flawless and our guides were personable and professional. The guides went above and beyond anything I had expected. I could not have asked for a more fulfilling trip. Thanks, Dan Torlone
  4. A Wonderful Introduction to Guided Birding
    Chip Scialfa29 Nov 2017
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    This was the first long, guided trip I had done with a commercial company and I couldn't have picked better folks. The trip was comfortable, well-managed, productive, educational and, I think, well worth the cost. I'd do it again...if there weren't so many other places to visit. P.S. I was in Colombia in early January, 2017.

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