JEWELS OF COLOMBIA
Tour Dates: February 26 – March 12 2021
14 Nights and 15 Days
Max Group Size: 8
Open Seats: 6
Fill your portfolio with color!
Colombia is the second most bio-diverse country in the world after only Brazil which is 10 times its size, and it is one of the 17 megadiverse countries in the world.
Located in South America very close to the Equator, biogeographical and landscape aspects have made the country one of the richest and most diverse for bird species and other types of wildlife and plants. Being 4 times the size of Ecuador and 22 times the size of Costa Rica, its amazing diversity is what makes us visit this country!
Colombia is known for the excellent coffee that the country produces as well as its soccer team, but it has so much more to offer! A very safe place to travel nowadays.
The country holds the world’s biggest number of bird species, 1957 has been recorded and 160 alone are hummingbirds, 141 tanagers plus many other families that are super interesting and colorful, make your portfolio shine with the birds of the neotropics! This bird photo tour in Colombia will produce many hundreds of keepers!
The tour begins in Cali. You will need to land at Alfonso Bonilla Aragón Airport (CLO) where one of my colleges will be taking you to the hotel for the first night.
The departure city is Medellin, and the airport is José María Córdova (MDE) so you will need to fly home from this airport.
Day 1, Arriving at Cali and transfer to the hotel for the night. *Dinner tonight is not included in the quoted price.
Days 2 and 3
We will be based on the western Andes at 2.000 m.a.s.l. (cold weather), with more than 20 hummingbird species and the amazing endemic Multicolored Tanager, we start exploring Colombia´s feathered jewels at the first lodge!
We will focus on taking pictures of the Blue-headed Sapphire, Brown Violetear, Booted Racket-Tail, Andean Emerald, Purple-Throated Woodstart, Steely-vented Hummingbird, Long-tailed Sylph, plus other species such as the Red-headed Barbet, Saffron-crowned, Flame-rumped, Golden and Golden-naped Tanagers, Powerful Woodpecker etc. BLD
Day 4: Anchicayá (1.000 m.a.s.l (Warm weather)
On the old way to Buenaventura (Important city beside the Pacific ocean) we will visit the Alto Anchicayá where some nice feeders awaits for us, a nice and friendly family living beside the route where they installed hummingbird´s and tanager´s feeders; we will spend a complete day trying to get the super special Toucan Barbet, Black Solitaire, Black-chinned Mountain Tanager, Rufous-throated Tanager, Green Honeycreeper, Thick-billed Euphonia, White-lined Tanager, Tricolor Brush-Finch, Silver-throated Tanager, Lemon-rumped Tanager and many others. We will drive two hours to Buga town in the afternoon. BLD
Day 5: San Antonio Forest (2.000 m.a.s.l.)
Our next stop is located on a quiet road in the middle of kilometer 18 near Cali. This is a perfect place to enjoy with many hummingbird and tanager feeders around de place. Here you will have the chance to photograph the amazing Multicoloured Tanager and other species as well such as Scaled Fruiteater, Crested Quetzal and Golden-winged Manakin. In the afternoon we will drive back to the town of Buga. BLD
Days 6 and 7 – Tatamá NP (1.300 m.a.s.l) Cool weather but a bit rainy)
After breakfast we will visit Sonso lagoon. Several aquatic birds can be observed in this wetland, such as Horned Screamer, White-faced Whistling-Duck, Masked Duck, Striated Heron, Snail Kite, Pied Water-Tyrant, Red-capped Cardinal and Yellow-hooded Blackbird. The vegetation around the lagoon is the perfect habitat for the endemic Apical Flycatcher, as well as Little Cuckoo, Slate-headed Tody-Flycatcher and the regional endemic Spectacled Parrotlet. Then we go back to the hotel to pick up our luggage and drive three hours to Tatamá National Park. This new place is located on the western slope of the Choco region, one of the most diverse regions in the world. We will stay on the mountain base (1,350 m.a.s.l.) where feeders are full of hummingbirds.
Some targets here include the Purple-bibbed Whitetip, Velvet-purple Coronet, Violet-tailed Sylph, Empress Brilliant, Green-crowned Brilliant, White-tailed Hillstar, Blue-tailed Emerald, Buff-tailed Coronet, White-necked Jacobin and many others. BLD
Days 8 and 9: Drive to Manizales
After breakfast, we leave the lodge and drive 3 hours to our next lodge. This is a nice place for some new species! Our lodge is located in the middle of the coffee region, several feeders in good light conditions, friendly family, excellent food and nice views of the coffee plantations awaits for your!. Some targets include the Steely-vented Hummingbird, Western Emerald, White-necked Jacobin, Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, White-vented Plumeleteer, Rufous-breasted and Striped throated Hermits, Black-throated Mango, Clay-colored Thrush, Andean Motmot, Thick-billed Euphonia, Crimson-rumped Tanager, Colombian Chachalaca and many others. BLD
Days 10, 11 – Drive to our next lodge in Caldas
Our next lodge is located at 3,500 m.a.s.l. (Cold weather). Here we will find some special species found only at this elevation and type of habitat. Feeders here are very productive and we might find species such as Giant Hummingbird, Sword-bellied Hummingbird, Black-thighed and Golden-breasted Pufflegs, Shining Sunbeam, Viridian and Tyrian Metaltails, Great Sapphirewing, Buff-winged Starfrontlet, Collared Inca, Mountain Velvetbreast and the amazing Rainbow-bearded Thornbill. The Colombia endemic: Buffy Helmetcrest is probably one of the most sought-after species of hummingbirds and it is possible to find it just 10 km away from our lodge! BLD
Days 12, 13 Río Blanco Reserve. (2,500 m.a.s.l. Cool weather but rainy)
Río Blanco is just 45 minutes from the lodge, this reserve is located three kilometers from Manizales city, is the perfect place for Andean hummingbirds, tanagers but the charm of this reserve is the possibility to see several different species of antpittas up close. There, the Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, Bicolored Antpitta, Slate-crowned Antpitta and the endemic Brown-banded Antpitta are habituated to receive food from the local guide, luring them outside of the thick understory. Some of the hummingbirds that can be seen here include: Long-tailed Sylph, Speckled Hummingbird, Lesser and Sparkling Violetears, Collared and Bronzy Incas, Buff-tailed Coronet, Wedge-billed Hummingbird as well as Buff-breasted and Blue-winged Mountain Tanagers, Masked and White-sided Flowerpiercers, Blue-capped and White-capped Tanagers, Slaty, White-naped and Grey-browed Brush-Finches and Green-and-black Fruiteater!!! BLD
Day 14 Special day as we will focus on the Cock-of-the-rock today!
We will drive a short distance to visit an active Cock-of-the-rock lek where you will have the chance to photograph this beautiful species up close!. We will return to our lodge to pack and get ready to fly home the next day. BLD
Day 15 Fly home! B
This photo tour includes:
- Private Transportation in modern van equipped with A/C
- Delicious Colombian meals include a natural juice and water
- Bottled water and snacks
- Accommodations in double rooms
- Access to private gardens, reserves and national parks
- Photo instructor and guide
This photo tour does not include:
- International flights
- Alcoholic beverages of any kind
- Additional nights outside the tour dates
- Laundry, phone calls
- Tips for guide and driver
- Evacuation in case of emergency (take a good insurance)
Pricing for this tour has not yet been confirmed, but it will be between $4500 to $4700 in double occupancy.
A $1500 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your seat on this photo tour. The balance of the payment is due on or before November 26, 2020.
Pricing includes accommodations of two persons per room. Private rooms may be available, space permitting, for an additional charge of $500.
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