Endemic Gold-Ringed Tanager
15 Days Birding Tour in Colombia – Western Andes / Chocó Bio region / Central Andes
Activities: Birdwatching, Trekking, Photography, landscaping
Duration: 15 days, 14 nights. 8 persons Maximum
Comfort level: Standard. We will use comfortable, pleasant and clean Eco Lodges, and Hotels.
Average species seen in this Tour (350-450)
Included in This Expedition:
Internal private land transportation.
All meals from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 15.
Accommodation: Lodges, and Hotels with shared rooms (2 persons per room).
Entrance fee to the Fincas and reserves.
Flights to or from Cali
Personal expenses Not specified expenses.
Day 1 Airport pick up- Transfer to Bitaco- ChicoralForest
We will pick you up at the Cali´s Airport Alfonso Bonilla Aragon and we will go to La Minga Lodge at Bitaco Cloud forest. We will check in, go birding (if we have time) and relax in our first night. La Minga (Forest Reserve Bitaco-Chicoral- Dapa) La Minga is a cozy, quiet Lodge in the middle of the forest, with comfortable and clean rooms, private bathroom and hot water, we will have fantastic tanager feeders in the morning.
(1 Barred Becard, 2 Black Capped Tanager 3 , 4 La Minga Ecolodge)
Day 2 Finca Alejandría and Cock of the Rock Lek
Departure at 6:00 am to the Finca Alexandria at Km 18 . The Finca(country House) Alexandria is one of the best places for bird watching . No wonder it is called “The Hummingbirds Paradise” and there we may see species of hummingbirds like the hard to find Blue headed Sapphire, Brown Violetear, Long Tailed Sylph, Booted Racket-Tail, Buff-tailed Coronet, Speckled Hummingbird, Tawny- Bellied Hermit, Green crowned woodnymph among others . The Finca Alexandria lies in the middle of a wonderful cloud forest where we can also see birds like Red Headed Barbet, Blue Winged Mountain Tanager, endemic Multicolored Tanager , Chestnut woodquail, and Colombian Chachalaca, also Crimson and Emerald Toucanet, Road Side Hawk, Collared Trogon, Spotted Barbtail, Montane woodcreeper, Variagated bristle Tyrant, Green and black Fruiteater, Golden winged Manakin and the magnificent Golden headed Quetzal among many others. In the afternoon we will go close to the village of Felidia where we can find the Lek of the Andean Cock of the Rock and the magnificent endemic Crested Ant Tanager. At the end of the afternoon we will drive to the hotel Torre Mar at Buenaventura.
(1 endemic Multicolored Tanager, 2 Blue headed Sapphire, 3 Cock of the Rock, 4 , 5 Hotel Torre Mar)
Day 3 San Cipriano
We will leave the hotel at 5:30 am in 30 mins we will arrive to Cordoba, a town where we will take the Brujita (little witch in spanish) that will take us to San Cipriano. The trip with the brujita is a fun adventure. The Brujita is a wooden cart that goes on the railroad propelled by a motorcycle and is the only way to be transported to the Forest Reserve of San Cipriano. We will go walk on different paths beside the River San Cipriano. Birds such as Collared Aracari , Rose Faced Parrot, Tiny Hawk, Purple crowned Fairy, Chestnut Headed Oropendola, Blue Fronted Parrotlet, Black breasted and Pied Puffbird, White tailed and BlueTailed Trogon Scarlet and white Tanager, Grey and Gold Tanager, Emerald Tanager and Blue Whiskered Tanager, Plumbeous pigeon, Pallid Dove, Tiny Hawk, Rufous Motmot, Black cheeked woodpecker, Ringed Kingfisher, Black crowned Antshrike, dot winged Antwren, Pacific Antwren, Black capped pigmy Tyrant, Social Flycatcher, Purple throated Fruitcrow, Golden collared Manakin, Bay wren, Black tipped Cotinga, Cinnamon Becard, Black chested Jay, Southern Rough winged swallow, Tropical Gnatcatcher, Rufous winged Tanager, Dusky faced Tanager among others . We will spend the night at Hotel Torre Mar.
(1 Collared Aracari, 2 Golden hooded Tanager, 3 Dusky faced Tanager, 4 Black capped Pygmy Tyrant)
Day 4 Lower Anchicayá (old Buenaventura Road)
Anchicayá river basin is part of Los Farallones National Park and is one of the most important places for Birding in Colombia.We
will bird the lower part of the Old Buenaventura Road, where we can see , endemic Baudo Guan, Rufous Motmot, Laughing Falcon, Choco Toucan, Collared Aracari, Rufous Tailed Jacamar, Blue-Tailed Trogon, Swallow Tailed Kite, Pale vented pigeon, White wiskered Puffbird, Lanceolated Monklet, Band rumped Swift, , Dusky Pigeon, White whiskered hermit, Tooth billed hummingbird,Purple and Blue chested Hummingbird, Black throated trogon, Broad billed Motmot,Spot Crowned barbet, Cinnamon Woodpecker, Great Antshrike, Stub tailed Antbird, Spot crowned ant vireo, Zeledon’s Antbird, Plain Brown woodcreeper, Black capped pygmy Tyrant, Pacific Flatbill, Long Tailed Tyrant, Thicket Antpitta, Blue crowned Manakin,Rufous Piha, Slaty capped Shrike vireo, Bay wren, white headed Wren, Buff rumped warbler, Scarlet and white Tanager, Golden chested Tanager, White lined Tanager, scarlet thighed Dacnis, Scarlet browed Tanager, Thick billed seed finch, slate colored Grosbeak, orange billed sparrow, lemon spectacled Tanager, Buff throated Saltator, Scarlet rumped Cacique. At dusk we will return to the hotel El Campanario.
(1 Chocó Toucan, 2 Lanceolated Monklet, 3 , 4 Hotel El Campanario)
Day 5 Old Buenaventura Road upper part ( El Descanso)
This day we will bir the upper part of the Old Buenaventura road, where we may see Green Thorntail, Crowned Woodnymph, Club winged Manakin, Masked Tityra, Sooty headed Wren, , Black Solitaire,Three striped Warbler, White shouldered Tanager, Lemon rumped Tanager, Rufous throated Tanager, Silver Throated Tanager,Purple Honeycreeper, Green Honeycreeper, Buff Throated Saltator, endemic Crested Ant Tanager, Scarlet Rumped Cacique, Rufous fronted Woodquail,, Green Hermit, Violet Tailed Sylph, White tailed Hillstar, Moustached Puffbird, Toucan Barbet, Smoky brown Woodpecker, Pacific Antwren, Parker’s Antbird, Chocó Tapaculo, Brown billed Scythebill, Slaty backed Chat Tyrant, Bright rumped Attila, Lemon Browed Flycatcher, Golden winged Manakin, Black Chinned Mountain Tanager,Bay headed Tanager, Golden collared Honey creeper, Black headed Brushfinch, Yellow collared Chlorophonia, etc. In the afternoon we will leave to Hotel Ms La huerta Plus close to Calima Lake.
(1 Bay Wren, 2 Crowned Woodnymph, 3 Cub winged Manakin, 4 White tailed Hillstar, 5, 6 Hotel La Huerta Plus)
Day 6 Sonso Lagoon and transfer to Montezuma
Finally the fifth day we will go to Sonso Lagoon, a wetland ecosystem with a dry forest that is home to hundreds of species of resident and migratory birds. We will leave the hotel at 5:30 am to get to the lagoon at 6am. We will have our breakfast on the trail. We will be watching birds all morning, we may see species such as Rubi Topaz, Amazon Kingfisher, Anhinga, Bar Crested Antshrike, Jet Antbird, Cocoi Heron, Bare Faced Ibis, Striated Heron, Yellow Headed Cara Cara, Crested Cara Cara, Purple Gallinule, Spectacled parrotlet, Wattled Jacana , Striped Cuckoo, Smooth-billed Ani, Dark billed Cuckoo, Dwarf Cuckoo, Red breasted Blackbird, Fork Tailed Flycatcher, Common Potoo, Yellow Oriole, Red Capped Cardinal among others. We will leave the lagoon around noon and have lunch in Buga. From there we will go to The Montezuma Lodge at Tatamá National Park. Montezuma lodge is the only option in the area. Is basic, but clean and friendly, with spectacular hummingbird feeders and very good service for the birders.
(1 Cocoi Heron, 2 Common Pootoo, 3 Dark billed Cuckoo, 4 Montezuma Lodge)
Days 7-8 Montezuma Road
( 1 Bicolored Antvireo , 2 Fulvous dotted Treeruner)
We will begin our days very early to make it to the top of the hill by sunrise, in order to have the most rewarding use of our birding daytime in this fantastic and unique ecosystem. During the long descent we may see endemics Black-and-gold and Gold-ringed Tanager, endemic Munchique Wood-Wren, Chestnut-bellied Flowerpiercer, endemic Parker’s Antbird, endemic Crested Ant-Tanager, near endemic Violet tailed Sylph, near endemic Brown Inca, Velvet-purple Coronet, Empress Brilliant, near endemic Purple-throated Woodstar, near endemic Toucan Barbet, near endemic Fulvous-dotted Treerunner, Uniform Treehunter, 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, 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 mantled Tanager, Glistening Green Tanager, Rufous-throated Tanager, Scarlet and White Tanager, Indigo Flowerpiercer, Dusky Bush-Tanager, Tanager Finch, Yellow-green Brush-Finch, Ochre-breasted Tanager, near endemic Yellow-collared Chlorophonia, Black-winged Saltator, Red-headed Barbet, Bar-crested Antshrike, Sickle-winged Guan, Western Emerald, White-tailed Hillstar, , Rufous-breasted Antthrush, Striped Manakin, Zeledón´s Antbird, Ochre-breasted Antpitta, Barred Hawk, Chestnut-headed Oropendola, Lanceolated Monklet, Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant, Ruddy Foliage-Gleaner, White-headed Wren and many more. We will spend these two nights at The Montezuma Lodge at Tatamá National Park.
(1 endemic Chestnut Bellied Flowerpiercer, 2 endemic Black and Gold Tanager, 3 endemic Gold Ringed Tanager, 4 Ornate Flycatcher)
Day 9 Morning at Montezuma and arrival to Otun Quimbaya
We will wake up early and go Birding during the morning not very far from the lodge, then we will leave heading to Otun Quimbaya where we will arrive at the end of the day. The Otun-Quimbaya Sanctuary, lies in the western face of the central Andes (1550 – 2300 masl) We will arrive to La Suiza Lodge where we will rest . Otun Quimbaya is a wonderful place with Wax Palms, the tallest palm in the world that grows up to 75 meters and is the national tree of Colombia. These palms, unlike most other species of palm, thrive at high altitudes and cool climates as the ones found in Otun Quimbaya. When we arrive, we will bird around the ecolodge till dusk. We will spend the night at the lodge in Otun Quimbaya.
(1 Thick Billed Euphonia, 2 Buff Throated Saltator, 3, 4 Otun Quimbaya Lodge)
Day 10 Otún Quimbaya
We will wake up very early and go birding in this amazing sanctuary. Otun quimbaya is the best place to see endangered, endemic Cauca Guan and Red-ruffed Fruitcrow. We may see endemics Stiles’s Tapaculo, Chestnut Wood-Quail and near endemics, like Golden-fronted Whitestart, Moustached Antpitta, Rufous-breasted Flycatcher, . Other birds we may find are Hooded Antpitta, Masked Trogon, Green Jay, Highland Motmot, Blue-naped Chlorophonia, Three-striped warbler, Variegated bristle-tyrant , Collared Trogon, Torrent Duck, We will also look for Glossy and Masked flowerpiercer, Chestnut-breasted Wren, Plumbeous crowned Tyrannulet, among Others. We will leave in the afternoon and go to Hostel Hacienda Bombay close to Santa Rosa de Cabal
(1 endemic Cauca Guan, 2 Red ruffed Fruitcrow, 3, 4 Hostel Hacienda Bombay)
Day 11 Morning at Santa Rosa de Cabal and Arrival to Rio Blanco
We will be birding the morning at Santa Rosa de Cabal a small Village where we may see endemic Indigo winged Parrot, Scaly Naped Parrot, Golden plumed Parrakeet, Purple Backed Thornbill, Gray breasted Mountain Toucan, Crimson mantled Woodpecker, Red crested Cotinga, Black collared Jay, Dusky Piha, Southern Lapwing, Band Tailed Pigeon, white collared swift, greenish puffleg, Golden Olive woodpecker, Pearled Treerunner, Streak Throated Bush Tyrant, Rufous crowned tody Flycatcher, White throated tyrannulet, Sedge wren, Mountain wren, Gray hooded bush Tanager, Blue Capped Tanager, Blue backed Conebill, Lesser Goldfinch, Spillmann’s Tapaculo, among others. after lunch we will leave to Hotel Tinamou.Accomodation at Hotel Tinamou.
(1 endemic Indigo winged Parrot, 2 Purple backed Thornbill, 3 Gray breasted Mountain Toucan, 4, 5 Hotel Tinamou)
Day 12 Hotel Tinamou
At the reserve Hotel Tinamou we can see Little Tinamou, Crested Bobwhite, Gray headed Dove, Stripe throated hermit, black throated Mango, Long billed starthroat, Green Kingfisher, Blue lored antbird, Scaled Antpitta, White crowned Tapaculo, Cocoa and Streak headed woodcreeper, slaty Spinetail,Ochre bellied Flycatcher,Slate headed Tody Flycatcher, white winged Becard, red eyed Vireo, Scaly breasted wren, speckle breasted wren, Clay colored Thrush, Golden crowned warbler, Gray headed Tanager, Guira Tanager, among others. Accommodation Hotel Tinamou. We will leave in the afternoon to Rio blanco Natural Reserve. Accommodation at Rio Blanco Lodge
Day 13 Rio Blanco
Rio Blanco is a Natural Forest Reserve, 3.5 kilometers from Manizales (2240-3700 masl) , where we may see five antpitta species at feeders located within a short distance from the lodge, where earthworms are being offered to these beautiful rarely seen birds. The principal attractions here are the endemic and endangered Brown-banded Antpitta and the near-endemic and vulnerable Bicolored Antpitta. We will also have the opportunity to see Stripe-headed Brush-Finch, Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch, more antpittas like Chestnut-crowned, Chestnut-naped, and Slate crowned antpittas. Other species that we may encounter here including Lachrymose and Buff-breasted mountain-tanagers, the rare Masked Saltator, Tyrannine Woodcreeper, Golden-fronted Whitestart, Dusky Piha, Grassgreen and White-capped tanagers, Blue and Black Tanager, Powerful Woodpecker, and the difficult to watch Ocellated, Blackish, and Spillman’s tapaculos,Tourmaline Sunangel, Buff-tailed Coronet, Speckled Hummingbird, Bronzy and Collared incas and White-bellied Woodstar. Other uncommon species that we may see are Black-billed Peppershrike, Stygian Owl, Plushcap, Flamulated treehunter, Mountain Cacique and many more. Accommodation at Rio Blanco Reserve.
(1 endemic Brown Banded Antpitta, 2 Slate crowned Antpitta, 3 Blue and black Tanager , 4Stygian Owl )
Day 14: National Park Los Nevados
We will get up early and go to National Park Los Nevados on the highest part of the Colombian central Andes. We will reach elevations up to 3,950 meters and temperatures between 3 to 14 °C. Here we hope to find species adapted to high elevations like near endemic Bearded Helmetcrest and Rainbow-bearded Thornbill. The scenery of the Paramo is remarkable, with the Frailejón (plants endemic to Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador), the mist and the spectacular Nevado del Ruiz. This day we may see birds like very rare and endangered endemic Rufous-fronted Parakeet, Viridian Metaltail, Stout-billed Cinclodes, Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant , Golden-crowned Tanager, Plumbeous Sierra-Finch, Paramo and Plain-colored seedeaters, Glossy Flowerpiercer, Tawny Antpitta, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-tanager, the rare Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Purple-backed Thornbill, uncommon Black-thighed Puffleg, the spectacular sword billed hummingbird, Great Sapphirewing , Green and Sparkling Violetears, Shining Sunbean, Andean Tit-Spinetail, Sedge Wren, Paramo Tapaculo, Pale-naped Brush-Finch, we may even see Andean Condors soaring in the Sky, and many other birds. In the afternoon we will go to the hotel Termales del Ruiz and enjoy its famous hummingbird feeders. After dusk we may relax and have a swim at the hot springs of the Hotel . Accommodation at Hotel Termales del Ruiz.
(1 Rainbow bearded Thornbill, 2 Buffy Helmetcrest, 3Sword billed Hummingbird, 4 Scarlet Bellied Mountain Tanager)
Day 15: Road Termales del Ruiz and return to Cali
We will have our breakfast at the hotel and bird in the Morning the road from the hotel to Manizales where we might see amazing birds such as Crimson mantled Woodpecker, Golden Plumed Parakeet, endemic Rufous- fronted Parakeet, Paramo Tapaculo, Pearled treerunner, white throated Tyrannulet, Red crested Cotinga, Sedge Wren, Golden fronted redstart, Scarlet bellied Mountain Tanager, Buff Brested Mountain Tanager, lacrimose Mountain Tanager , Russet crowned warbler, Streaked Tuftedcheek, White banded Tyranulet and Many more. We will come back to Cali during the afternoon and drive to the airport, where the Tour finishes.
( 1 Golden Fronted Redstart, 2 Blue backed Conebill)