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Colombian Pacific Coast & Cauca Valley

Colombian Pacific Coast & Cauca Valley

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The Colombian Pacific was a relatively unexplored area until recently, but the opening up of the area has allowed us to discover its diversity, which is still largely unknown to science. This region is one of the rainiest in the world and it is precisely this high rainfall, its tropical conditions and its isolation (separated as it is from the Amazon and Andean basins) that make its wet and super humid rainforests some of the most diverse on the planet. This western fringe borders Ecuador to the south and meets the Caribbean Sea to the north, its rugged geography and breath-taking landscapes, area home to an incredible number of rare and beautiful endemic and almost endemic species.

Going in a short space of time from the very humid forest of the Pacific slope to the other slope of the western cordillera we can watch a wide variety of ecosystems, habitats and birds, this tour boasts a possible estimated number of 350 species to see in a few days and an incredible number of endemic, near endemic and restricted range species. And of course many good memories too!

Key Species

 Andean Cock-of-the-rock
 Apical Flycatcher.
 Bar-crested Antshrike
 Barred Fruiteater
 Bicolored Antvireo
 Black-tipped Cotinga
 Blue Cotinga
 Broad-billed Motmot
 Bronze-olive Pygmy-Tyrant
 Chestnut Wood-Quail
 Chestnut-backed and Immaculate Antbird
 Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonia
 Choco Syristes
 Chocó Toucan
 Chocó Trogon
 Crested Quetzal
 Dusky Chlorospingus
 Fulvous-dotted Treerunner
 Golden-rumped Euphonia
 Green-fronted Lancebill
 Grey-headed Chachalaca
 Greyish Piculet
 Humboldt´s Sapphire
 Multicolored Tanager
 Nariño Tapaculo
 Ornate Hawk-Eagle
 Pacific Flatbill
 Pale-eyed Thrush
 Purplish-mantled Tanager
 Rufous-throated Tanager
 Rusty-winged Barbtail
 Scarlet and White Tanager
 Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper
 Spot-crowned Barbet
 Spot-crowned Barbet
 Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher
 Toucan Barbet
 Uniform Antshrike
 Uniform Treehunter
 Wedge-billed Hummingbird
 White-throated Quail-Dove
 Yellow-breasted Antpitta
 Yellow-collared Chlorophonia
 Yellow-eared Toucanet


  • Visit the beaches of Guachalito.

  • Enjoy the gastronomy of the Pacific and its Afro influence.

  • Watch birds in the Mangrove of the protected area of Utria Cove.

  • Ride las brujitas (local name for: handcraft railroad cars) on the way to San Cipriano.

  • From the Andes to the Pacific along the Anchicayá highway surrounded by tropical rainforest.

  • Departure / Return Location
    Medellin International Airport / Cali International Airport
  • Tour Code
    This is a fairly standard birding tour with early morning starts and evening finishes to each day. One some days we may take picnic lunches in order to no waste time during the middle of the day or having to leave site. The weather can be unpredictable with rain and sunshine both likely. At higher altitudes it can be chilly. We have an amazing photo opportunity for many species of hummingbirds and other species coming to feeders, we will also be looking for a good number of species that are very rare and seldom seen, but we will be going to areas that hold these sought-after species.
  • Included
    Accomodation in Double Room
    All 4x4 vehicules or boats
    All domestic flights
    All ground private transportation
    All meals B-L-D
    Entrances to all natural reserves
    Hot drinks
    Private transfer Airport - hotel - aiport
    Professional Private Birding Guide
    Professional Private Driver
    Single room - adicional pay
    Snaks and water
    Soda or juice with each meal
    Vegan and Vegetarian menus
  • Not Included
    Activities not included in the itinerary
    Alcoholic drinks
    Colombian Event Insurance
    Extensions of a trip due to circumstances beyond our control
    International flights and taxes
    International phone calls
    Laundry service
    Medical expenses (not covered for evet insurance)
    Room service
    Tips or gratuity

Day 1. Arrival to Medellin / Medellin
Day 2. Fly to Bahia Solano, birding on the road to El Valle / Almejal
Day 3. El Valle – Utria Path / Almejal
Day 4. Transfer to Utria National Park, Cocalito Trail / Utria National Park
Day 5. Utria National Park Mangroves / Utria National Park
Day 6. Transfer to El Cantil Reserve, birding around the lodge / Cantil Reserve
Day 7. El Cantil Natural Reserve / Cantil Reserve
Day 8. Fly to Medellin from Nuqui and fly to Cali, transfer to Calima / Calima
Day 9. Birding in Yotoco & Laguna de Sonso / Calima
Day 10. Rio Bravo Natural Reserve / Calima
Day 11. Visit to Pance & Villa Cielo Feeders / Cali
Day 12. Alejandria Farm & Km 18 Reserve, transfer to Araucana Lodge
Day 13. La Minga & Bosques de San Antonio / Araucana
Day 14. Dora Feeders & Anchicaya Valley / Araucana
Day 15-16. Anchicaya Valley / Araucana
Day 17. Aguas Claras Forest, transfer to Buenaventura / Buenaventura
Day 18. San Cipriano & Rio Escalerete / Buenaventura
Day 19. Birding in the Malecon, transfer Cali / Cali
Day 20. Fly to home

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