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 11 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.
Starts and ends in: Cali , COLOMBIA ( Flights to or from Cali not included) Activities: Birdwatching, Trekking, Photography, landscaping Duration: 11 days, 10 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, Hostels 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: 5 to 40°C
Included in This Expedition:
Internal private land transportation.
All meals from the lunch of day 1 until the breakfast of day 11.
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 ) Hotel pick up and drop off
Flights to or from Cali (starting and ending point of the expedition)
Not specified expenses. Accident insurance during the expedition.
We are going to see endemic and near endemic birds in our Colombia Birding Tours
In this 11 days expedition we may see endemic Birds like Colombian Chachalaca. Multicolored Tanager, Crested Ant Tanager, Greyish piculet, Cauca Guan, Chestnut Wood-Quail. Also near endemic Birds like Rose Faced Parrots, Blue Tailed Trogon, Toucan Barbet, Choco Toucan, Long-wattled Umbrellabird, Beautiful Jay, Flame Rumped Tanager, Blue Whiskered Tanager and many other fantastic Birds. We will be in different ecosystems like tropical humid forest, tropical dry forest, cloud forest, and Paramo. This is a wonderful trip that has an amazing river (San Cipriano) with emerald green pristine waters, an Orchid Greenhouse (Orquideas del Valle) full with amazing species of Orchids, spectacular hot springs and paramo landscape (more than 3000 masl), the unique landscape with the wax palms of the Cocora Valley, and all the magical atmosphere of the Colombian coffee Area.
Summary of Itinerary
Day 1 Bitaco Forest Reserve
Airport Pickup at 9:00 am. Transfer to Eco-lodge “La Minga”, the country house of Gustavo Londoño post Phd in Biology and a very good birder, that lies in Bitaco Forest Reserve (between 1300 and 2000 m. / Average temperature 18 ° C) Check in and lunch. In the afternoon we will observe birds at the feeders and trails from the Ecolodge. We will have many chances to see Tanagers with many colors as Saffron Crowned Tanager, endemic Multicolored Tanager, Flame Rumped Tanager, Acorn Woodpecker, Scarlet fronted Parakeet, Andean Motmot, Scrub Tanager, Rufous collared sparrow, endemic Colombian Chachalaca, Blackburnian Warbler, among others.
Includes: (- / Lunch / Dinner ) Guide(English), airport pickup , Transport by private vehicle air-conditioned 4×4, guided bird watching, binoculars (if needed), and hotel accommodation Ecolodge La minga(Forest Reserve Chicoral- Dapa), pleasant and clean Ecolodge. It’s a cozy Country House, quiet and clean rooms with hot water. The Ecolodge is in the middle of the reserve Chicoral ideal place to relax after a good day of bird watching.
Day 2 Finca Alejandrìa- Lek Cock of the Rock
Departure at 6:00 am to the Finca Alexandria at Km 18( To the Buenaventura Road). The Finca Alexandria is one of the best places for birding photography. No wonder it is called “The Paradise of the Hummingbirds” and there where we may see species of hummingbirds such as Brown Violetear, Long Tailed Sylph, Booted Racket-Tail, Buff-Tailed Coronet, Speckled Hummingbird, Tawny- Bellied Hermit, among others .
The Finca Alexandria is 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, Crimson and Emerald Toucanet, Roadside Hawk, Collared Trogon, and the magnificent Golden headed and Crested Quetzal. 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. At sunset we will travel to the Hotel el Peñón in Cali.
Includes: (Breakfast / Lunch / — ) Guide (English), transports by private vehicle air-conditioned 4×4, entrance to Alexandria Finca and Leck Cock of the Rock, guided bird watching, binoculars, mobile WIFI and accommodation at the “Hotel el Peñón”a very nice and well located 3 stars hotel.
Day 3 Páramo Puracé
The Puracé National Park is located in the Andean Region of Colombia (3000 – 4500 masl.), southeast of the city of Popayán.
We will leave the hotel in Cali at 4:30 am and arrive to Puracé at 8:00am where we will have breakfast. Then we’ll visit the Condor rock to feed and see the magnificent Condor (50% of chances to see him ). Watching this majestic bird soaring the sky above the spectacular cliffs of the Colombian Andes is an experience that will leave you amazed. After that we will enjoy the beautiful scenery of this unique ecosystem: the magical Puracé Moorland, with it’s mystical mist above the San Rafael lagoon and the fantastic landscape of the San Juan hot-springs. We will bird around the trails, where we may find Scarlet bellied Mountain Tanager, Black chested Mountain Tanager, Orange-billed nightingale Thrush, Golden rumped Euphonia,and many more. We will have lunch and go to the hotel at Coconuco and relax.
Includes: (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) Guide (English), transports by private vehicle air-conditioned 4×4, entrance to Puracé National Park, guided bird watching, local guide, binoculars, mobile WIFI and accommodation at the hotel “Hosteria Coconuco”, a nice hotel in Coconuco Village.
Day 4 Coconuco- Popayán
The fourth day we will have Breakfast at 8:00 am and we will visit the wonderful thermal pools of Coconuco in the morning.We‘ll have lunch in Popayan and walk at Popayan Downtown, considered one of the most beautiful and well preserved in Latin America. There we will see the colonial architectural jewels of ” The White City” and come back to Cali at 3:00 pm to arrive at 7:00 pm at the Hotel el Peñón in Cali and rest.
Includes: (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) Guide (English), transports by private vehicle air-conditioned 4×4, entrance to Aguas Tibias Thermal Pools, Popayán downtown walking tour , mobile WIFI and accommodation at the Hotel el Peñon in Cali.
Day 5 San Antonio Forest and Orchid Greenhouse
We will leave the hotel at 9 am to one of the most important orchid greenhouse in the Country, where we can see hundred of species of After lunch we will go birding and visit an Orchid greenhouse at the San Antonio forest . There we may see birds like Golden Tanager, Metallic green tanager, ashy throated bush tanager, Andean Motmot, Squirrel Cuckoo, Greyish Piculet and More. From there we will go to the hostel Condominio Campestre Villas del 30.
Includes: (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) Guide (English), transports by private vehicle air-conditioned 4×4, entrance to Orchid Greenhouse Orquideas del Valle, guided bird watching, binoculars, mobile WIFI and accommodation at the hostel Condominio Campestre Villas del 30.
Day 6 Queremal and Anchicayà
Anchicayá river basin is part of Los Farallones National Park and is one of the most important places of Birding in Colombia. We will leave the hotel at 5:00 am and have breakfast in a small local Tienda with Bird feeders. There will bird from the road, where we can see Chestnut-Headed Oropendola, near endemic Black Mountain Chinned Tanager, Glistening green Tanager, Silver Throated Tanager and if we are lucky we can see the Toucan Barbet. From there we descend to the subtropical jungle and reach a town called El Danubio from where we will continue birding on the road. There we can see endemic Crested Ant Tanager, Rufous Motmot, Laughing Falcon, Choco Toucan, Collared Aracari, Solitary Eagle, Rufous Tailed Jacamar, Blue-Tailed Trogon, and if we are lucky the famous Long Wattled Umbrellabird. At dusk we will return to the hotel Villas del treinta..
Includes: (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) Guide (English), transports by private vehicle air-conditioned 4×4, guided bird watching, binoculars, mobile WIFI and accommodation at the hotel “Condominio campestre Villas Del treinta 30 .
Day 7 San Cipriano
Departure from the hotel at 4:00 am. We will take the road to the Pacific Ocean. In Aprox 1:30 hours we will arrive to Córdoba, an afro Colombian town where we will take the Brujita that will take us to San Cipriano. The brujita trip is a fun adventure. The Brujita is a wooden cart that goes on the railway propelled by a motorcycle. Is the only way to be transported to the Forest Reserve of San Cipriano. Once we arrived to San Cipriano we will go birding on different trails beside the River San Cipriano. We may see Birds such as Stripe Billed Aracari, Rose Faced Parrot, Chestnut Headed Oropendola, Blue Fronted Parrotlet, Puffbird breasted Black, White tailed trogon, Scarlet and white Tanager, Grey and Gold Tanager, Blue and Emerald Tanager Tanager Whiskered. Around noon we will make a break to enjoy the crystal clear river emerald. After lunch we start our trip to Buga where we are staying at the Hotel Boutique Chrisban.
It Includes: (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) Guide (English), transports by private vehicle air-conditioned 4×4, guided bird watching, binoculars, entrance to the forest reserve, Brujita Transportation and hotel accommodation, Hotel Boutique Chrisban (Buga)
Hotel with swimming pool, modern rooms with smart TV, bathroom, air conditioning, wifi.
Day 8 Sonso Lagoon
On the 8th day we will go to Sonso Lagoon, a wetland ecosystem and dry forest that is home to hundreds of species of resident and migratory birds. We leave the hotel at 5:30 am to get to the lagoon at 6am. We will take the breakfast on the trail. We will be birding around the lagoon, and we can see species such as Amazon Kingfisher, Anhinga, Bar Crested Antshrike, Jet Antbird, Cocoi Heron, Bare Faced Ibis, Striated Heron, Yellow Headed Caracara, Crested Caracara, 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 leave the lagoon around noon and have lunch in Buga. Then we’ll travel to Salento. Salento is one of the main tourist destinations in Colombia. The magical landscape of the Cocora Valley, the diversity of birds, and colorful architecture of the Colombian coffee area make this a must visit.
We’ll arrive to Salento, leave our luggage at the hotel and begin our sightseeing adventure. You’ll go to the miradores and the beautiful downtown with its authentic, colorful architecture.
After Dinner we will rest to the Hotel Villa Isabel, a beautiful Hotel with an incredible View to the cocora valley.
It Includes: (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) Guide (English), transports by private vehicle air-conditioned 4×4, guided bird watching, binoculars, entrance to the Laguna del Sonso Reserve, and hotel accommodation, Hotel Villa isabel (Salento)
Day 9 Cocora Valley Salento
We will have our breakfast around 6:00am, then we will leave the hotel for a fantastic trek in the Cocora Valley and the surrounding hillside. The Cocora Valley is home to many wax palms, the national tree and symbol of Colombia. They are some of the tallest biggest palms in the world and a very a worthy sight. There we may See Black Billed Mountain Toucan, Collared Trogon, Bronze winged parrot, Black collared Jay. We will have lunch and Return to Salento to relax in the afternoon..
It Includes: (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) Guide (English), transports by private vehicle air-conditioned 4×4, guided bird watching and Trekking to the Cocora Valley, binoculars, and hotel accommodation, Hotel Villa isabel (Salento).
In the morning will visit a wonderful, typical shadow coffee farm to learn about the coffee plantations and the production process, as well as the culture and customs around this activity.The Ocaso coffee farm it’s a fantastic place for birding. There is a lot of fantastic bird species like Green Honeycreeper, Acorn woodpecker, Bay headed Tanager, Green Jay and many more.We will leave Salento after lunch and arrive to the hotel El Peñón in Cali at 6:00 pm.
Includes: (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) Guide (English), transports by private vehicle air-conditioned 4×4, entrance to Coffee Farm El Ocaso, mobile WIFI and accommodation at the Hotel el Peñon in Cali
We Will have breakfast and then we will go to the airport. and say Goodbye. See you soon in another Colombia adventure. This country has much more to offer.
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