Andes & Choco Region

The birding Adventure in the

Colombian Mountains

15
days
1/8

A magical birding adventure on the Colombian mountains in Central and Western Andes that include the amazing Choco bio-geographic region in the medium and lowlands in Montezuma Reserve and Anchicaya Canon. Enjoying the amazing bird groups such as hummingbirds, Antpittas, Tapaculos, Tanagers and Fruiteaters and more of 450 species that are possible to see on this route.

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Day 1. Arrival to Bogota International Airport

(2600 m / 8530 Ft - 5-14 °C / 41 – 57.2 °F)

 

Night in Dann Norte Hotel

 HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

 

Day 2. Flight to Medellin, La Romera Reserve, transfer Jardin (Central Andes)

(1700 m / 5570 Ft – 15-23 °C / 59 – 73.4 °F)      

In the morning we will take a flight to Medellin and visit La Romera Natural Reserve in Sabaneta village, a nice secondary forest on Medellin Mountains; we’ll have lunch in a typical “paisa” restaurant, and in the afternoon we will take a flight to Bogota city to finish this amazing birding tour. Some birds in La Romera Reserve include: Red-bellied Grackle, Colombian Chachalaca, Yellow-headed Manakin, Pale-eyed Thrush, Green Jay, Slate-throated Whitestar, Black-billed Peppershirke, Golden-naped Tanager, Black-capped Tanager, Andean Motmot and many more.

 

Night in Dann Norte Hotel

HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

 

Day 3. Yellow-ear Parrot Reserve (Central Andes)

(2300 – 3000 m / 7550 - 9850 Ft – 10 - 17 °C / 50 – 62.6 °F)      

We’ll watch birds all day in the Yellow-eared Parrot Reserve, the best place in Colombia to see this very important species of parrot; we’ll search for birds in Alto de Ventanas locations on the road from Jardin to Rio Sucio village; we’ll have breakfast and lunch in the field, and early in the morning we’ll search for some owls on the road; we’ll come back to Jardin in the afternoon to rest. Some birds possible in Jardin are, Yellow-eared Parrot, Black-billed Mountain-Toucan, Yellow-vented Woodpecker, Spillmann’s Tapaculo, Blackish Tapaculo, Ocellated Tapaculo, Rufous-crowned Tody-Flycatcher, Green-and-black Fruiteater, Barred Fruiteater, Golden-collared Honeycreeper, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Rufous Antpitta, Chestnut-naped Antpitta, Black-collared Jay, Streak-throated Bush-Tanager, Lachrymose Mountain-Tanager, Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant, Sharp´s Wren, White-browed Spinetail and many more.

 

Night in Valdivia Plaza Hotel

HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Not-Available

 

Day 4. Bolombolo Location, transfer to Manizales (Cauca Valley)

(400 – 1400 m / 1310 - 4590 Ft – 15 - 25 °C / 59 - 77 °F)      

Early in the morning we’ll visit the amazing lek of Andean Cock-of-the-Rock (one of the best in the neo-tropics), where the birds come 2-3 meters close to us.  Sometimes it’s possible to see 20-25 males calling. After breakfast in Jardin we will transfer to Bolombolo, near the Cauca River, a nice dry forest that has some very interesting and important birds. In the afternoon we will transfer to Urrao Vilage close to Las Orquideas National Park.

Some important birds in Jardin and Bolombolo include: Antioquia Wren, Apical Flycatcher, Greyish Piculet, Black-chested Jay, Andean Cock of the Rock, Speckle-breasted Wren, Black-striped Sparrow, Cocoa Woodcreeper, Spectacled Parrotlet, Rufous-naped Greenlet, Moustached Puffbird, Golden-crowned Warbler, Greenish Elaenia, Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch and many more.

 

Night in Varuna Hotel

HW: Available / Wifi: Not-Available / AC: Available

 

Day 5. Rio Blanco Natural Reserve (Central Andes)

(1300 m / 4265 Ft – 15 - 20 °C / 59 - 68 °F)      

All day birding in Rio Blanco Natural Reserve, one of the most famous places in Colombia to see birds by the Antpitta feeders; in this location the mixed flocks and the amazing number of birds are fantastic and very easy to see. We will search at night for some owl and nightjar species.

Some interesting birds to see in Rio Blanco include: Brown-banded Antpitta, Bicoloured Antpitta, Agile Tit-Tyrant, Rusty-faced Parrot Chestnut-crowned Antpitta Slate-crowned Antpitta, Undulated Antpitta, Chestnut-naped Antpitta Dusky Piha, Yellow-vented Woodpecker, Bar-bellied Woodpecker, Powerful Woodpecker, Masked Saltator, Ocellated Tapaculo, Ash-coloured Tapaculo, Green-and-black Fruiteater, Barred Fruiteater, Black-collared Jay, Buff-breasted Mountain-Tanager, Golden-plumed Parakeet, Red-hooded Tanager, Lyre-tailed Nightjar, Swallow-tailed Nightjar, White-throated Hawk, Black-capped Hemispingus, Yellow-billed Cacique, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, White-throated Screech-Owl, Rufous-banded Owl, Wedge-billed Hummingbird, Bronzy Inca and many more. 

 

Night in Varuna Hotel

HW: Available / Wifi: Not-Available / AC: Available

 

Day 6. Nevado del Ruiz National Park (Central Andes)

(3300 – 4100 m / 10830 - 13450 Ft – -10 - 10 °C / 14 - 50 °F)      

Birding in the high elevations (4,000 meters) in Los Nevados National Park (Nevado del Ruiz), an incredible paramo in the central Andes with many special birds and amazing landscapes; we will visit the fantastic hummingbird feeders of “termales” in where you will can see some amazing hummers; in the afternoon we will transfer to Otun-Quimbaya National Park.

Some important birds possible to see in el Ruiz include: Buffy Helmetcrest, Rufous-fronted Parakeet, Black-thighed Puffleg, Golden-breasted Puffleg, Crescent-faced Antpitta, Black-backed Bush-Tanager, Andean Condor, Andean Duck, Paramo Tapaculo, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Noble Snipe, Andean Pygmy Owl, Sword-bellied Hummingbird, Shining Sunbean, Golden-breasted Puffleg, Rainbow-bearded Thornbill, Viridian Metaltail, Many-striped Canastero, White-chinned Thistletail, Andean Tit-Spinetail, White- capped Tanager, Paramo Seedeater, Slate-coloured Seedeater, Golden-crowned Tanager and many  more.

 

Night in Otun-Quimbaya National Park

HW: Available / Wifi: Not-Available / AC: Not-Available

 

Day 7. Otun-Quimbaya National Park - (Central Andes)

(1600 – 1800 m / 5250 - 5900 Ft - 15-18 °C / 59 - 64.4 °F)      

We will look for wonderful birds all day in the Otun-Quimbaya Sanctuary of Fauna and Flora; this is a lovely place in the central Andes with some very important and rare birds; we’ll search for birds on a little-used road or on the paths inside the forest. Otun is very good for owling, so we do night explorations in this reserve / Night in Otun-Quimbaya National Park.

Some interesting birds in Otun for this day are Cauca Guan, Chestnut Wood-Quail, Multicolored Tanager; Stile´s Tapaculo, Hooded Antpitta, Moustached Antpitta, Colombian Screech-Owl, Rufous-breasted Flycatcher, Flame-rumped Tanager, Scrub Tanager, Golden-plumed Parakeet Red-ruffed Fruitcrow Chestnut-breasted Wren Wattled Guan, Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant, Andean Solitaire, Oleagineous Hemispingus, Golden-headed Quetzal, White-winged Becard, Western Emerald, Crimson-rumped Toucanet, Emerald Toucanet, Spotted Barbtail, Speckle faced Parrot and many more.

 

Night in Otun-Quimbaya National Park

HW: Available / Wifi: Not-Available / AC: Not-Available

 

Day 8. Otun-Quimbaya transfer to Montezuma Reserve (Central Andes)

(2000 – 2600 m / 6560 - 8530 Ft - 12-17 °C / 53.6 - 62.6 °F)      

We will search more birds in the morning in Otun-Quimbaya National Park, in the afternoon we will departure to Pueblo Rico municipality and the Cerro Montezuma Natural Reserve.

 

Night in Montezuma Rainforest Reserve

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Day 9 - 10. Montezuma Rainforest Reserve (Western Andes)

(1300 – 2600 m / 4265 - 8530 Ft – 12 -25 °C / 53.6 - 77 °F)      

Montezuma is one of the best places to bird in Colombia, with an elevation gradient on the track from 1100 to 2800 meters, making this places one of the most diverse areas in all Colombia with more than 600 species recorded.  We can see many endemics and near-endemics of the Choco Region; we will explore in two complete days 4 different spots on the birding track: Los Chorros (highest spot), Cajones (medium spot) and Clarita and Rio Claro (lower spots).  The diversity in this four spots is special.

Some very important birds in Montezuma for this two days include: Black-and-gold Tanager, Gold-ringed Tanager, Munchique Wood-Wren, Chestnut-bellied Flowerpiercer, Parker´s Antbird, Alto-Pisones Tapaculo, Crested Ant-Tanager, Violet tailed Sylph, Brown Inca, Velvet-purple Coronet, Empress Brilliant, Purple-throated Woodstart, Toucan Barbet, Fulvous-dotted Treerunner, Uniform Treehunter, Bar-crested Antshirke, 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 mantlet Tanager, Glistering Green Tanager, Rufous-throated Tanager, Scarlet and White Tanager, Indigo Flowerpiercer, Dusky Bush-Tanager, Tanager Finch, Yellow-green Brush-Finch, Ochre-breasted Tanager, Yellow-collated Chlorophonia, Sickle-winged Guan, Western Emerald, White-tailed Hillstar, 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, Black-winged Saltator, Red-headed Barbet, Rufous-breasted Antthrush, Striped Manakin, Zeledon´s Antbird, Ochre-breasted Antpitta, Barred Hawk, Chestnut-headed Oropendola, Lanceolated Monklet, Brown-billed Scytebill, Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant, Ruddy Foliage-Gleaner, Golden Tanager, White-headed Wren and many more.

 

Night in Montezuma Rainforest Reserve

HW: Available / Wifi: Not-Available / AC: Not-Available

 

Day 11. Montezuma, transfer to Queremal (Western Andes)

(1300 – 2600 m / 4265 - 8530 Ft – 12 -25 °C / 53.6 - 77 °F)      

We will see bird in the lowlands of Montezuma in the morning and after to the lunch we will transfer to Cali City and Queremal location in Buenaventura old road.

 

Night in El Campanario Hotel – El Queremal

HW: Not-Available / Wifi: Not-Available / AC: Not-Available

 

Day 12. Anchicaya Canon (Western Emerald)

(400 – 1300 m / 1310 - 4265 Ft – 25 - 30°C / 77 - 86 °F)      

We will go to search birds in the amazing Anchicaya Canon during all the day; we will walk in the solitary old road to Buenaventura enjoying the amazing humid tropical forest of this area the lowlands of Choco Biogeographically Region; in the afternoon we will come back to El Queremal to rest.

Some of the amazing birds in Anchicaya include: Grey and Golden Tanager, Blue-whiskered Tanager, Choco Trogon, White-wiskered Hermit, Tooth-billed Hummingbird, Lemon-spectacled Tanager, Choco Toucan, Golden-chested Tanager, White-headed Wren, Esmeraldas Antbird, Lita Woodpecker, , Spot-crowned Barbet, Thicket Antpitta, Streak-chested Antpitta, Tawny Hawk, Black-throated Trogon, White-whiskered Puffbird, Crimson-bellied Woodpecker, Russet Antshirke, Spotted Woodcreeper, Tufted Flycatcher, Rufous Piha, Slaty-capped Shirke-Vireo, Emerald Tanager and many more.

 

Night in El Campanario Hotel – El Queremal

HW: Not-Available / Wifi: Not-Available / AC: Not-Available

 

Day 13. Anchicaya Canon, transfer Cali (Western Emerald)

(400 – 1300 m / 1310 - 4265 Ft – 25 - 30°C / 77 - 86 °F)      

Birding again in the amazing humid tropical forest of Anchicaya Canon during all the day; in the afternoon we will transfer to Cali city to rest.

 

Night in Dann Cali

HW: Available / Wifi: Not-Available / AC: Available

 

Day 14. Km 18 Natural Reserve, transfer Bogota (Western Emerald)

(400 – 1300 m / 1310 - 4265 Ft – 25 - 30°C / 77 - 86 °F)      

We plan to spend the morning in the vicinity of km18 natural reserve (ca. 1850-1900 m el) and in nearby highland sites where there are good opportunities to see the endemic and much-sought Multicolored Tanager as well as many other species as:  Gray Tinamou, Dark-backed Wood-Quail, Colombian Chachalaca, Scarlet-fronted Parakeet, Barred Parakeet, Red-headed Barbet, Crimson-rumped Toucanet, Uniform Antshrike, Montane Woodcreeper, Red-faced Spinetail, Spotted Barbtail, Streak-capped Treehunter, Crested Quetzal, Streaked Xenops, Nariño Tapaculo, Green-and-black Fruiteater, Marble-faced and Variegated Bristle-Tyrant, Cinnamon Flycatcher, Golden-crowned Flycatcher, Andean Solitaire, Three-striped Warbler, Rusty Flowerpiercer, and Orange-bellied Euphonia. Colorful Tangara tanagers are apt to dominate whenever we encounter mixed species flocks and likely species include Saffron-crowned, Golden-naped, Metallic-green, Golden, Bay-headed, Black-capped, and Beryl-spangled as well as Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager and Dusky Bush-Tanager. Hummingbirds are star attractions at feeders and we may spend some time at two sites where the hummingbird show should be good. Some of the species possible in this area are White-necked Jacobin, Green Violetear, Brown Violetear, Black-throated Mango, Blue-headed Sapphire, Booted Racket-tail, Speckled Hummingbird, Andean Emerald, Bronzy Inca, Fawn-breasted Brilliant, Buff-tailed Coronet Long-tailed Sylph, and Purple-throated Woodstar. After lunch today we’ll pack up and flight to Bogota city to finish this amazing tour.

 

Night in Dann Norte Hotel

HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

 

Day 15. International Flight to home from Bogota

 

 

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