Coffee Area / Birding Colombia (8 days trip from Cali / Price in USD$)

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PRIVATE TOUR (is operated with just your party and  guide/driver )
USD$ 2250 per person  
2 persons to 8 persons maximum  - One single person price can be arranged.
(english speaker Guide)
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With 1898 species of birds, Colombia is the country with more species of birds in the world. This natural wealth is positioning Colombia as one of the best destinations for bird watching tourism. The presence of 72 species of endemic birds, the beautiful geography and increasing capacity at local and regional level to address this specialized segment of tourists make Colombia a very interesting country. Cali hosts the most important bird fair in Colombia, due to its proximity to diverse ecosystems and therefore the possibility to observe more species of birds. This 8 days  Trip  is appropriate for anyone. Amateur, professional or with no experience at all. The only thing that matters is that you like birds, flowers and wonderful landscapes. We will make sure that your trip to Colombia is fun- travel fun guaranteed. 

 

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In this eighth days expedition we will visit the famous Coffee Area, its landscape  has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Coffee Area lies in the Central Andes, which is the oldest and highest of the three Andean ranges, and boast 7 perpetually snow-capped peaks. It borders the Cauca Valley to the west and the Magdalena Valley to the east. A fascinating 12 of Colombia’s endemic species are restricted to the central Andes, including Brown-banded Antpitta, Parker’s Antbird. We may have relatively easy views of endemic Cauca Guan, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow,endemic (endangered) Rufous-fronted Parakeet, endemic Stiles’s Tapaculo, endemic Brown-banded Antpitta, near endemic Bearded Helmetcrest and Rainbow-bearded Thornbill, among Others.We will be delighted with the landscape of Tatamá mountains, which lies in the border of Chocó Bioregion and Western Andes region.  There we may find amazing birds like endemics Black-and-gold and Gold-ringed Tanager, endemic Munchique Wood-Wren, 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 among other fantastic Birds.

OVERVIEW

Starts and ends in: Cali , COLOMBIA ( Flights to or from Cali not included)                         Activities: Birdwatching, Trekking, Photography, landscaping                                                     Duration: 8 days,7 nights                                                                                                                   Level of difficulty: There may be walking or between 1 and 3 hours, mild physical activity .                                          Nothing strenuous.                                                                                 Comfort level: Basic,Standard. We will use comfortable, pleasant and clean Eco Lodges,                                     and Hotels.                                                                                                     Disposition level: Adventure. It is willing to leave some comfort to go  deeper into the nature Most of our destinations preserve their authenticity , and have not been permeated by mass tourism . To fully enjoy the destination is required that the traveler is willing to engage with the place and its hosts.                                                                                                                             This expedition is a Private TOUR for  maximum 8 persons                                                 Average temperature: 3 to 30°C

Included in This Expedition:
Internal private land transportation.
All meals from the breakfast of day 1 until the Lunch of day 8.
Accommodation: In Ecolodges,  and Hotels with shared rooms (2 persons per room).
Entrance fee to the Fincas, national parks and reserves.
Local specialised guides.
Tour coordinator ( Bilingual Guide all the time )                                                                             H
otel pick up and drop off                                                                                                 

Not included:
Flights to or from Cali (starting and ending point of the expedition)
Personal expenses.
Not specified expenses.                                                                                                                   Accident insurance during the expedition.

Day 1: Arriving and birding at Montezuma

The first day we will  pick you up at your hotel in Cali at 6:00 am and we will leave to Montezuma lodge near Pueblo Rico Risaralda . We will have our lunch on the way. We will arrive to settle in the lodge and we will start birding in the afternoon on the trails near the lodge .

 

Montezuma road is one of the best places for birding  in Colombia (1200 - 2800 masl / 11 -26 °C ), making this place one of the most diverse areas in all Colombia with more than 600 registered species. Being at the borders of the Chocó Bioregion we may see birds in Montezuma like  near endemic Beautiful Jay, Orange-breasted Fruiteater, Olivaceous Piha, Indigo Flowerpiercer, near endemic Violet-tailed Sylph, Empress Brilliant, White-faced Nunbird, Glistening-green Tanager, Streak-capped , Sickle-winged Guan, Treehunter, Lineated Foliage-Gleaner, Toucan Barbet, Black Solitaire, near endemic Choco Vireo, Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonia, White-tailed Hillstar, and the near endemic Purple-throated Woodstar among others. 

 

Includes                                                                                                                                   (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) Guide (English), transports by air-conditioned 4×4 private vehicle , guided bird watching, local guide, binoculars (if needed) and accommodation at the basic but clean and friendly Montezuma Lodge.

 

Day 2 Higher Spots at Montezuma (Tatamá)

We will begin our day 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.

 

Includes                                                                                                                                   (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) Guide (English), transports by air-conditioned 4×4 private vehicle, guided bird watching, local guide, binoculars (if needed), and accommodation at the basic but clean and friendly Montezuma Lodge.

Day 3 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. 

Includes                                                                                                                                   (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) Guide (English), transports by air-conditioned 4×4 private vehicle, guided bird watching, local guide, binoculars (if needed), entrances, and accommodation at La Suiza Lodge (Otún Quimbaya).

 

Day 4 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 Russet-crowned, and Canada Warblers, Masked Trogon, Green Jay, Highland Motmot, Blue-naped Chlorophonia, Three-striped warbler, Variegated bristle-tyrant , Collared Trogon, Torrent Duck,  We will also look for Black-billed Mountain-Toucan, Gray Breasted Mountain Toucan , Glossy and Masked flowerpiercer, Chestnut-breasted Wren, Plumbeous crowned Tyrannulet, among Others.

   

Includes                                                                                                                                   (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) Guide (English), transports by air-conditioned 4×4 private vehicle, guided bird watching, local guide, binoculars (if needed), entrances, and accommodation  at La Suiza Lodge (Otún Quimbaya).

    

Day 5 Morning at  Otún Quimbaya and Arrival to Rio Blanco

We will be birding the morning at Otún Quimbaya Sanctuary and after lunch we will leave to Rio Blanco Reserve. It is a Natural Forest Reserve, 3.5 kilometers from Manizales  (2240-3700 masl) where we will arrive in the afternoon and in which we will go birding with the light we have till dusk. It's the best place to find endemic Brown-banded Antpitta.  Accommodation will be at the Rio Blanco Reserve. 

Includes                                                                                                                                   (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) Guide (English), transports by air-conditioned 4×4 private vehicle, guided bird watching, local guide, binoculars (if needed), entrances, and accommodation  at Rio Blanco Reserve.

Day 6 Rio Blanco Reserve

   

Very early we will wake up and go birding at the Rio Blanco Reserve. 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, Slaty-backed Nightingale Thrush, more antpittas like Chestnut-crowned, Chestnut-naped, and Slate crowned antpittas. Other species that we may encounter here include endemic (endangered) Rufous-fronted Parakeet, Lachrymose and Buff-breasted mountain-tanagers, the rare Masked Saltator, Tyrannine Woodcreeper, Golden-fronted Whitestart, Dusky Piha, Grassgreen and White-capped tanagers, Powerful Woodpecker, and the difficult  to watch Ocellated, Blackish, and Spillman’s tapaculos,Tourmaline Sunangel, Buff-tailed Coronet, Speckled Hummingbird, Bronzy and Collared incas,  Mountain Velvetbreast, and White-bellied Woodstar. Other uncommon species that we may see are Black-billed Peppershrike,  Plushcap, Mountain Cacique, and endangered

Includes                                                                                                                                   (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) Guide (English), transports by air-conditioned 4×4 private vehicle, guided bird watching, local guide, binoculars (if needed), entrances, and accommodation  at Rio Blanco Reserve.

 

Day 7: 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 in Paramo is remarkable, with the Frailejón (plants are 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, near endemic Black-backed Bush-Tanager,Plumbeous Sierra-Finch, Paramo and Plain-colored seedeaters, Glossy Flowerpiercer Tawny Antpitta, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-tanager, Canastero, White-tailed Hawk, the rare Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Purple-backed Thornbill, uncommon Black-thighed Puffleg, Great Sapphirewing , Green and Sparkling Violetears, Shining Sunbean, Andean Tit-Spinetail, Grass or Sedge Wren, and Pale-naped Brush-Finch, or we may even see Andean Condors soaring in the Sky. At dusk we will go to relax and have a swim at the Hotel Termales del Ruiz.

Includes                                                                                                                                   (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) Guide (English), transports by air-conditioned 4×4 private vehicle, guided bird watching, local guide, binoculars (if needed), entrances, and accommodation  at Hotel Termales del Ruiz.

 Day 8: Return to Cali

We will have our breakfast and then leave to Cali. This is the end of this incredible adventure but fortunately there is still much to know in our beloved Colombia. We hope to see you soon in the next CALITOURS adventure.