Colombia Specialities Tour

Dates: June 3 to 22, 2018
Price: USD 6.100
Supplement single room: USD 650
Limit: 8 persons

This tour visits some of the best birding sites in the Central and Western Cordilleras and Magdalena Valley, before finishing off in the spectacular El Dorado reserve in the Santa Marta Mountains.

Day 1: Arrive in Bogota. Your international flights are likely to arrive in the early morning or late afternoon and you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: A day trip to the Chingaza national park for high altitude species such as Brown-breasted Parakeet, Pale-bellied Tapaculo, Coppery-bellied Puffleg and Black-chested Mountain Tanager.

Day 3:  We depart around 5.30for the La Florida park at the edge of Bogota for Apolinar’s Wren, Bogota Rail and Silverythroated Spinetail. We will then visit a Hummingbird garden as we drop down into the Magdalena Valley where we hope to find Indigo-capped Hummingbird and Gorgeted Woodstar. In the late afternoon we may have some time for birding in dry forest in the Magdalena Valley.

Day 4: We will spend the morning birding dry forest near Honda where we may find the endemic Velvet-fronted Euphonia, along with other special birds such as Jet and White-bellied Antbirds, Barred Puffbird and Crested Bobwhite.  In the afternoon we will drive to Paujil Reserve stopping for Northern Screamer and other interesting species during the drive.

Day 5-6.We will spend two days in the fantastic Paujil reserve for lowland birds such as Beautiful Woodpecker, Sooty Ant-tanager, Blue-and-yellow Macaw and Black-billed Flycatcher. The Blue-billed Curassows are shy and were seldom seen, but recently have started coming sporadically to a feeding station. Mammals include the Variegated Spider-monkey, one of the rarest primates in the Americas.

Day 7 -9: We head for the Arrierito (Chestnut-capped Piha) reserve.  At Arrierito we hope to see many endemics including Colombian Chachalaca, Chestnut Wood-Quail, Stiles Tapaculo, Multicolored Tanager, and Chestnut-capped Piha. In the afternoon of day 9 we will drive to Medellin.

Day 10: We will spend the morning birding at La Romera park on the edge of Medellin where we will look for Yellow-headed Manakin, Red-bellied Grackle and a host of commoner species. In the afternoon we will drive to Las Tangaras Reserve.

Day11.  We spend the day in the Chocó region at“Las Tangaras” reserve which was named for the many endemic and rare tanagers, including both

Gold-ringed  and Black-and-gold Tanager. We also hope to find .Chocó Vireo, Crested-Ant Tanager and “Alto Pisones” Tapaculo.

Day 12: We head to a small reserve nearby to look for Munchique Woodwren and Tanager-Finch, before making our way to Jardin where we hope to visit an Andean Cock-of-the Rock lek in the afternoon.

Day 13.We spend a full day in the Yellow-eared Parrot Reserve where we will look for the Parrots and other high elevation birds such as Black-billed MountainToucan, Grass-green Tanager and Chestnut-crested Cotinga.

 Day 14.We’ll leave Jardin early to look for Grayish Piculet and Antioquia Wren, on route to catch the midday flight from Medellin to Santa Marta. We’ll stop for the endemic Chestnut-winged Chachalaca and then stay in a coastal Hotel.

Day 15.We will spend the morning birding in the Baranquilla marshes where we hope to find Dwarf Cuckoo, Stripe-backed Wren and Bicoloured Conebill amongst others. In the afternoon we will transfer to Minca where we will look for Military Macaw.

Day 16-17 We’ll spend the morning birding around Minca before ascending to ProAves flagship El Dorado Bird Reserve, where we spend two nights. We hope to find up to 20 endemics, including Santa Marta Parakeet, Santa Marta Blossomcrown, White-tailed Starfrontlet, Santa Marta Woodstar,  Santa Marta Antpitta, Santa Marta Tapaculo, Santa Marta Bush-Tyrant, Santa Marta Warbler, Santa Marta Foliage Gleaner, Sierra Nevada Brush-finch and the new Santa Marta Screech Owl.

Day 18: We will spend most of the day birding down from El Dorado to the coast looking for such species as Grey-throated Leaftosser, Groove-billed Toucanet and Rusty-breasted Antpitta. We will spend a night near Tayrona Nationa Park.

Day 19.We will spend the morning birding in dry forest near the coast where we hope to find Lance-tailed Manakin, Gartered Trogon, Cocoa Woodcreeper and Buff-breasted Wren. In the afternoon we will head for the Guajira desert, looking for near-endemics such as Tocuyo Sparrow, Chestnut Piculet, White-whiskered Spinetail and Vermillion Cardinal.

Day 20: After a morning birding in the desert we will catch an internal flight back to Bogota where our tour ends.