Classic Pacific Coast & Cauca Valley
The jungles of Biogeographical Chocó display exuberant biodiversity of flora and fauna. This zone is one of the most humid on the planet with some places exceeding a water contribution of 16,000mm per year. The tropical humid climate and the constant rains help to maintain a dense tropical rainforest, swamps, and mangroves that host a great deal of biodiversity. The pacific and natural region of Biogeographical Chocó is one of the five main regions of Colombia and the earth´s ninth most biodiverse hotspot. The Isolation from the rest of the country by the uplift of the Western Andes Range constitutes a biogeographical barrier that for millions of years has restricted the connection between species in the humid jungles from the communities living in the low-lying areas, and those from the inland species. This evolutionary scenario leads to a phenomenal speciation process forming specialized niches and restricted habitats that host high levels of endemism and unique biodiversity. This tour promises to be a great birding adventure along with many ecosystems in the Western Range of the Colombian Andes. From the forests of the Andean Highlands and the fog at their peaks to the tropical rainforests that follows the Pacific Ocean coastline, we will have the opportunity to observe many endemic and almost endemic species and to enjoy some of the best hummingbird and Tangara feeders in the country. We will visit wetland areas, cloud forests, tropical rainforests, secondary forests, and dry forests expecting to see at least 400 species in just a few days.
|Brown and Masked Booby|
|Rose faced Parrot|
|Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo|
|Scarlet and White Tanager|
|Sooty capped Puffbird|
Visit the dark sand beaches of Guachalito where the Pacific Ocean extends before a wild jungle mountain and enjoy the waterfalls by the sea.
Experience the tasty Afro influence gastronomy of the Pacific.
Birding among mangroves in the protected area of Utría cove.
Get delighted by colorful birds at several of the best bird feeders in Colombia.
Contemplate the most amazing sunsets on the Pacific beaches.
Departure / Return Location
IATA: IATA: MDE - Medellín / IATA: CLO - Cali
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 Medellin International Airport / Medellin
Day 2. Flight to Bahia Solano, birding in El Valle / Almejal Ecolodge
Day 3. Birding in El Valle route to Bahia Solano / Almejal Ecolodge
Day 4. Birding in El Valle on route to Utria National Park / Utria Cabins
Day 5. Transfer on boat to Utria National Park Cocalito Path / Utria Cabins
Day 6. Utria National Park, transfer to Nuqui / El Cantil Lodge
Day 7. El Cantil Natural Reserve (Pacific Coast) / El Cantil Lodge
Day 8. El Cantil Reserve, transfer to Nuqui and Bogota, flight to Cali / Calima
Day 9. Sonso Lagoon, Yotoco Forest / Calima
Day 10. Rio Bravo Natural Reserve / Calima
Day 11. La Minga, Km 18, La Alejandria / Araucana
Day 12-13. Anchicaya / Araucana
Day 14. Dora Feeders, departure to Cali / Cali
Day 15. Flight to home from Cali