Classic Amazon Foothills and Massif
The Colombian ridge is the greatest hydrological zone in the country where the most important water reserves in the equatorial area of the planet can be found forming the mouth for the main rivers in the country. In this magical place, the Cauca and Magdalena Rivers runs from south to north between the Andean branches leading to the Caribbean Sea, and the Patía River (which runs towards the Pacific Ocean) and the Putumayo and Caquetá rivers flows towards the Amazon basin. This area of complex and unique topography, geography, and geology provide a wide range of ecosystems that allows bird speciation throughout the territory.
The landscapes of the Southern Colombian Andes are dominated by High-Mountain ecosystems including the amazing Chiles, Cumbal, and Azufral volcanoes, La Cocha lagoon, and the high Sibundoy valley. To the east of the Sibundoy valley, the Andes descend abruptly towards the Amazon following “El Trampolin” route, a path full of dizzying biodiversity that zigzags in the high Andean forest to find the ecosystems of the Amazonian foot lands where´s in effect the entrance to the Amazon Rainforest. Towards the west of the valley, the route descends meandering among High-Andean and Andean Forests, and the Humid Tropical Jungle of the Andes western chain, making its way to the Pacific coast.
The almost intact forests, the combination of landscapes, and the confluence of ecosystems here, lead to incredible biodiversity, especially of birds. During our visit, you will have the opportunity to bird watch in different ecosystems. We will cross virgin forests with rugged topography, explore the Amazonian foothills and the Andean-Amazonian transition while we contemplate the beautiful landscapes of the Andean valleys in the Colombian Massif (Above 3000 m.a.s.l). Besides, you will observe birds in the southwestern corner of the country overlooking the Pacific Ocean plus the unique bird-community of the Tropical rainforests in the Biogeographical Chocó area.
|Andean cock of the Rock|
|Black-chested Buzzard Eagle|
|Deep Blue Flowerpiercer|
|Orange-billed Nightingale Trush|
|Saffron crowned Tanager|
Departure / Return Location
Bogota DC IATA: BOG / Bogota DC IATA: BOG
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.
Accomodation in Double RoomAll 4x4 vehicules or boatsAll domestic flightsAll ground private transportationAll meals B-L-DEntrances to all natural reservesHot drinksPrivate transfer Airport - hotel - aiportProfessional Private Birding GuideProfessional Private DriverSingle room - adicional paySnaks and waterSoda or juice with each mealVegan and Vegetarian menus
Activities not included in the itineraryAlcoholic drinksColombian Event InsuranceExtensions of a trip due to circumstances beyond our controlInternational flights and taxesInternational phone callsLaundry serviceMedical expenses (not covered for evet insurance)Room serviceTips or gratuityToiletries
Day 1. Arrival to Bogota / Bogota
Day 2-3. Flight to Pitalito, birding in El Encanto Farm, La Coneca & Pompeya / Pitalito
Day 4. San Agustin Archaeological Park, Los Ariscos Reserve, transfer Mocoa / Mocoa
Day 5. Km 51 & Rumiyaco Forest / Mocoa
Day 6. Finca El Escondite all day / Mocoa
Day 7. Biodiversity “Trampoline” (low and medium lying lands) transfer / Mocoa
Day 8. Biodiversity “Trampoline” to San Francisco (Highlands) / La Cocha
Day 9. Bordoncillo Moorlands & Laguna de la Cocha / Pasto
Day 10. Lomas de Tescual, transfer Junin / Junin
Day 11. La Planada Natural Reserve / Junin
Day 12. Rio Ñambi Natural Reserve, birding in Bangsias Reserve / Tumaco
Day 13. La Guayacana Hotspot & La Nutria Reserve, transfer Tumaco / Tumaco
Day 14. Agrosavia Candelillas & Maragricola / Tumaco
Day 15. El Morro mangroves, flight to Bogota / Bogota
Day 16. Flight home from Bogotá