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Colombian Pacific Coast and Cauca Valley Birding Tour - 15 Days

Colombian Pacific Coast and Cauca Valley Birding Tour

Pacific Coast and Cauca Valley Birding Tour

A 15-days Colombian Pacific Coast and Cauca Valley Birding Tour are moderately paced available on request will take you to the jungles of biogeographical Chocó offers exuberant biodiversity where to expect to see 400 species in very few days.  This zone is one of the most humid on the planet and is where some places exceed a water contribution of 16,000mm per year.

The tropical humid climate and the constant rain help to maintain a dense tropical rainforest and keep intact a great deal of biodiversity, the region is covered by dense forests, rivers, swamps, and mangroves.

The pacific and natural region of biogeographical Chocó is one of the five main regions of Colombia, it is a point of great biodiversity, considered one of the regions with the greatest levels of biodiversity in the world.

Isolated from the rest of the country by the rise of the Western Andes Range which constitutes a biogeographical barrier which for millions of years has restricted the connection of species that live in the humid jungles in the low-lying areas, from the species that live further inland, meaning that the evolutionary and speciation history has occurred in an isolated way.  This region contains one of the most important rainforests in South America.

This tour in Pacific Coast and Cauca Valley promises to be a great birding adventure during which we visit many ecosystems in the Western Range of the Colombian Andes, from the forests of the Andean Highlands and the fog at their peak to the tropical rainforests which follow the Pacific Ocean coastline, we will have the opportunity to observe many endemic and almost endemic species and to enjoy some of the best hummingbird and Tangara feeders in the country.  We will visit wetland areas, cloud forests, tropical rainforests, secondary forests, and dry forests with an estimated number of 400 species in very few days and lots of great memories.

Colombian Pacific Coast and Cauca Valley Birding Tour Highlights include:

  • Visit the beaches of Guachalito.
  • Enjoy the gastronomy of the Pacific and its Afro influence.
  • Watch birds in the Mangrove of the protected area of Utria Cove.
  • Ride las brujitas (local name for: handcraft railroad cars) on the way to San Cipriano.
  • From the Andes to the Pacific along the Anchicayá highway surrounded by tropical rainforest.

Check out the Classic Andes and Chocó Birdwatching Colombia Tour for another great experience to be had. 

Alternative Tour Name: Pacific Coast and Cauca Valley
Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival to Bogotá

You will be transfer to a hotel in Medellin

Day 2
Day 2 - Flight to Bahia Solano, birding at el Valle

We will take a flight to Bahia Solano. A car will be waiting for us at the airport in where we will start to watch birds on El Valle the road, on the way to El Almejal Ecolodge.

Some interesting birds during the day include Baudo Guan, Baudo Oropendola, Pied Puffbird, Dusky Pigeon, Scarlet and White Tanager, Grey-headed Chachalaca, King Vulture, Rose faced Parrot and many more.

Day 3
Day 3 - Birding at El Valle road

We will be all day birding on the road to Bahia Solano from El Valle; very easy to walk and fantastic to see many good birds that include White-necked Jacobin, Bronzy Hermit, Band-tailed Barbthroat, Long-billed Hermit , White-tailed Trogon, Amazon Kingfisher, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Spot-crowned Barbet, Great Pooto, Collared Aracari, Choco Toucan, Black-cheeked Woodpecker, Cinnamon Woodcreeper, Slaty Spinteail, Northern Barred-Woodcreeper, Choco Tyrannulet, Ruddy-tailed Flycatcher, Long-tailed Tyrant, Cinnamon Becard and many more

Day 4
Day 4 - Birding at El Valle - Utria road, transfer to Utria

We will be focus on the special birds of Pacific Coast on the El Valle – Utria Path. The birds that are possible this day include: Black-tipped Cotinga, Choco Tinamou, Stub-tailed Antbird, Long-billed Gnatwren, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Choco Syristes, usky-faced Tanager, Scarlet-browed Tanager, Rufous-winged Tanager, Golden-hooded Tanager, Scarlet-thighed Dacnis, Black-breasted Puffbird, Red-legged Honeycreeper, Variable Seedeater, Thick-billed Seed-Finch, Orange-billed Sparrow, Blue-black Grosbeak, Scarlet-rumped (Subtropical) Cacique, White-vented Euphonia, Purple-throated Cotinga, Streak-chested Antpitta, Black-headed Antthrush, Spotted Antbird, Chestnut-backed Antbird, Dot-winged Antwren, Pacific Antwren, Ocellated Antbird and many more.

Day 5
Day 5 - Transfer on boat to Utria Park, birding at Cocalito path

We will transfer early in the morning by boat to Utria National Park (Mano Cambiada Project) in Ensenada de Utria locations; one of the most wonderful location in the Colombia pacific coast!

We will go to search birds in Cocalito trail crossing the Ensenada to search some very nice birds that include the enigmatic Broad-billed Sapayoa; other targets here included Crested Guan, Great Curassow, Brown and Masked Booby, Brown Wood-Rail, Rufous-necked Wood-Rail, Uniform Crake, Grey-breasted Crake, Sungrebe, a lot of Shorebird, Scaled Pigeon, Olive-backed Quail-Dove, Rose-faced Parrot, Grey-capped Cuckoo, Short-tailed Night-Hawk, Choco Poorwill, Striped-throated Hermit, Blue Cotinga, Rufous Piha, Green Manakin, Red-capped Manakin, Blue-crowned Manakin, Lesser Greenlet, Pale-vented Thrush and many more.

Day 6
Day 6 - Utria Natural park, transfer to Nuqui

We will search more birds in Utria National Park, but focusing in the mangroves ecosystems and coast, in where we can watch many shorebirds, crakes, egrets and herons; in the afternoon we will take a boat to Nuqui village, a beautiful place towards south.

Day 7
Day 7 - El Cantil Natural reserve

We will watch more birds inside the El Cantil Natural Reserve and the trails around, located exactly behind of the lodge; some birds that we will search include Great Jacamar, Sooty capped Puffbird, Five-coloured Barbet, Yellow-eared Toucanet, Spot-crowned Antvireo, Ocellated Antbird, Slaty-tailed Trogon, Zeledon´s Antbird, Thicket Antpitta, White-ruffed Manakin, Scaly-breasted Wren, Half-collared Gnatwren, Tawny-faced Quail and many more.

Day 8
Day 8 - Cantil reserve, transfer to Nuqui, Flight to Cali

We will search more birds around El Cantil Ecolodge, and before midday we will be transfer by boat to Nuqui village, while enjoy the amazing landscapes from El Cantil to Nuqui and some pelagic and shorebirds on the rocks or close to the beach, we will take a flight to Bogota and then to Cali.

Day 9
Day 9 - Sonso lagoon and Yotoco forest

We will visit early in the morning the dry forest and wetlands of Laguna de Sonso Natural Reserve in the municipality of Sonso, a great place with a lot of good birds of the lowlands in where will be possible to see some species as Dwarf Cuckoo, Spectacled Parrotlet, Yellow Oriole, Apical Flyctacher, Buff-necked Ibis, Crested Bobwhite, Greyish Piculet, Jet Antbird, Rufous-browed Peppershrike, Scrub Greenlet, Black-chested Jay, Little Cuckoo, Black-bellied Wren, Red-capped Cardinal and many more.

In the afternoon we will visit Yotoco Forest, a reserve of the humid tropical forest in where the main target will be endemic and very rare Cauca Guan and other birds as Colombian Chachalaca, Crimson-rumped Toucanet, Chestnut-crowned Gnateater, Highland Tinamou, White-throated Spadebill, Scaled Antpitta, Golden-headed Quetzal, Uniform Treehunter, Golden-collared Manakin, Yellow-vented Woodpecker and more

Day 10
Day 10 - Rio Bravo canyon area

Located in the village of Darien is part of La Cerbatana Serrania, a territory dominated by mountains by a great biodiversity and a beauty landscape, some of thw targets here: Purplish-mantled Tanager, Brown Inca, Multicolored Tanager, Double-toothed Kite, Cerulean Warbler, Uniform Antshrike and many more

Day 11
Day 11 - La Minga, Km 18 and Alejandria area, Transfer to Araucana

Early in the morning we will transfer to La Minga and enjoy incredible hummingbirds and taganer feeders, then we will visit Km 18 and Alejandra area, all those places are into an AICA (Important Birds Area) and ade part of a cloud forest on the top of western Andes near to Cali.

Some of the birds this day include: Chestnut Wood-Quail, Nariño Tapaculo, Uniform Antshrike, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Purplish-mantled Tanager, Streak-headed Antbird, Wedge-billed Hummingbird, Andean Cock-of-the-rock, White-throated Quail-Dove, Dusky Chlorospingus, Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonia, Green-fronted Lancebill, Powerful Woodpecker, Rusty-winged Barbtail, Crested Quetzal, Golden-rumped Euphonia, Black-throated Tody-Tyrant, Yellow-collared Chlorophonia, Barred Fruiteater, Pale-eyed Thrush, Bronze-olive Pygmy-Tyrant, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, Rufous-throated Tanager, Tawny-throated Leaftosser, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, the wonderfuland endemic Multicolored Tanager, Golden-naped Tanager, Golden Tanager, Red-headed Barbet, Blue-headed Sapphire, Greenish Puffleg, Long-tailed Sylph, Colombian Chachalaca, Emerald Toucanet and more.

Day 12
Day 12 - Anchicayá area

We will be all day birding in the magic Anchicaya Canyon, one of the most amazing road to see birds in Colombia. We will be so focused in some incredible bird species that include a lot of Choco Specialities as Barred Hawk, Blue-headed, Mealy and Rose-faced parrot, White-whiskered Hermit, Rufous-breasted Hermit, Blue-chested and Purple-chested hummingbird, Green Thorntail, Purple-crowned Fairy, Lanceolated Monklet (fairly common here), Chocó Trogon, Chocó Toucan, “Chestnut-mandibled” Toucan, Spot-crowned Barbet, Broad-billed Motmot, Chestnut-backed and Immaculate antbird, Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher, Pacific Flatbill, Black-capped Pygmy-Tyrant, Lemon-browed Flycatcher, Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher, Cinnamon Becard, Southern Rough-winged and White-thighed swallow; Slate-throated Gnatcatcher (scarce), Bay Wren, Golden-bellied (Chocó) Warbler, Orange-billed Sparrow, Tawny-crested, Dusky-faced, Golden-chested, Scarlet-browed and Scarlet-and-white tanager, and Black-winged Saltator.

This also is an excellent area for many small Tangara tanagers, including Blue-necked, Golden-hooded, Rufous-winged, Bay-headed, Blue-whiskered, Silver-throated, Rufous-throated Emerald, and even Gray-and-gold. Other species include Pied Puffbird, Long-tailed Tyrant, Slaty-capped Shrike-Vireo, Scarlet-thighed Dacnis, Yellow-collared Chlorophonia, Ochre-breasted Tanager, Yellow-spectacled Tanager, Russet-backed Oropendola, and Scarlet-rumped Cacique among many more

Day 13
Day 13 - Anchicayá area

Second day to clean up our targets at the Anchicayá area

Day 14
Day 14 - Dora Feeders, Transfer to Cali

Located on the highest portion of the old road to Buenaventura, we will visit a lovely house of Mrs. Dora in where hummingbirds and Tanager feedersare great and is possible to watch species like: Toucan Barbet, Black-chinned Mountain Tanager, Velvet-purple Coronet, Green Thorntail, White-whiskered Hermit, Tricolored Brush-Finch, Empress Brilliant and many more. at the afternoon we will be transfer to a hotel in Cali

Day 15
Day 15 - International departures from Cali

You will be transfer to Cali airport

Wildlife species expected to see:

Blue-headed Sapphire, Golden-breasted Tanager, Lita Woodpecker, Choco Woodpecker, Esmeraldas Antbird, Choco Toucan, Blue-whiskered Tanager, Scarlet and White Tanager, White-headed Wren, Sapayoa, Baudo Oropendola, Baudo Guan, Black-tipped Cotinga, Black-tipped Cotinga, Spotted Antbird,  Short-tailed Night-Hawk, Yellow-ear Toucanet, Choco Tinamou, Choco Poorwill, Spot-crowned Antvireo, Dusky Pigeon, Stub-tailed Antbird, Ocellated Antbird, Striped-throated Hermit, Ocellated Antbird, Scarlet and White Tanager, Choco Syristes, Broad-billed Sapayoa, Blue Cotinga, Slaty-tailed Trogon, Rose faced Parrot, Scarlet-browed Tanager, Brown and Masked Booby, Rufous Piha,  Zeledon´s Antbird, Band-tailed Barbthroat, Rufous-winged Tanager, Brown Wood-Rail, Green Manakin, Thicket Antpitta, Spot-crowned Barbet, Scarlet-thighed Dacnis, Uniform Crake, Red-capped Manakin, White-ruffed Manakin, Choco Toucan, Black-breasted Puffbird, Grey-breasted Crake, Blue-crowned Manakin,  Scaly-breasted Wren, Northern Barred-Woodcreeper, White-vented Euphonia,  Sungrebe, Sooty capped Puffbird, Half-collared Gnatwren, Choco Tyrannulet, Streak-chested Antpitta, Grey-capped Cuckoo, Five-coloured Barbet, Tawny-faced Quail, Ocellated Antbird, Berlepsh´s Tinamou, Black Oropendola, Gray-capped Cuckoo, Long-tailed Pooto, Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo, Sooty-capped Puffbird, Bare-crowned Antbird,  Black-capped Pygmy-Tyrant, Rose-faced Parrot, Multicolored Tanager

What is included?

  • Transport: Private vans (comfortable transport) with Air conditioning, 4x4 transport between Pueblo Rico – Montezuma – Pueblo Rico, 4x4 transport in inside Montezuma Reserve, Local transportation in San Cipriano , Domestic flights Bogota – Pereira / Cali - Bogota,
  • 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
  • All tips for service people in restaurants, transport and hotels.
  • Insurance: Event Insurance (Transportation and accidents)

What is not included?

  • International Flights and taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Toiletries
  • Laundry Service
  • Room service
  • 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"

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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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USD5,930 / per person
Based on twin/double room
Single Suppliment USD 500
This tour is operated by: Manakin Nature Tours
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Tour Facts

  • Colombia
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • 1-8 pax
  • 15 Days
  • Throughout the year
  • + 15 years
  • Moderate
  • English, Español
  • Aeropuerto Internacional Alfonso Bonilla Aragón
  • Aeropuerto Internacional Alfonso Bonilla Aragón