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Escape to the Pacific Foothills

Escape to the Pacific Foothills

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Colombia has a complex and unique topography, geography, and geology reflected in a wide range of ecosystems that allowed speciation throughout the territory. The southern region of the Andes in Colombia is an orographic complex that constitutes a single majestic mountain massif, locally known as the Colombian Massif. This mountain range splits into three branches or cordilleras (Western, Central, and Eastern Andes). 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.


Towards the west of the valley, the route descends meandering among Andean forests, high Andean and humid tropical jungle of the western slope, to finally crash into the Pacific coast. During our visit, we will cross virgin forests with rugged topography, contemplate beautiful landscapes in the Andean valleys at more than 9000 ft. over the Colombian Massif, and watch birds in the southwestern corner of the country in front of the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding Humid Tropical forests of the Biogeographical Chocó. The incredible biodiversity here is due to its almost intact forests, the mix of altitudinal gradients, and the junction of ecosystems, so everywhere you go in this area you will find a colorful beautiful bird as well as an incredible wildlife fauna and flora.

Key Species

 Andean Condor
 Andean Duck
 Andean Gull
 Andean Lapwing
 Andean Pygmy-Owl
 Beautiful Jay
 Black-billed Mountain Toucan
 Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle
 Black-tailed Trainbearer
 Black-throated Tody-tyrant
 Brown Wood-Rail
 Carunculated Caracara
 Chestnut-bellied Cotinga
 Choco Tapaculo
 Choco Toucan
 Choco Tyrannulet
 Choco Vireo
 Cinereous Conebill
 Cloud-forest Pygmy-Owl
 Crimson-mantled Woodpecker
 Ecuadorian Ground-Dove
 Emerald-bellied Puffleg
 Glistening-green Tanager
 Golden-breasted Puffleg
 Golden-crowned Tanager
 Golden-plumed Parakeet
 Green-tailed Trainbearer
 Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan
 Masked Mountain Tanager
 Moss-backed Tanager
 Noble Snipe
 Ochraceous Attila
 Orange-fronted Barbet
 Pacific Flatbill
 Powerfull Woodpecker
 Purple-backed Thornbill
 Rainbow-bearded Thornbill
 Rufous-headed Chachalaca
 Scarlet-bellied Mountain Tanager
 Sierran Elaenia
 Slate-coloured Coot
 Spectacled Whitestar
 Stout-billed Cinclodes
 Subtropical Doradito
 Subtropical Pygmy-Owl
 Sword-billed Hummingbird
 Tawny Antpitta
 White-chinned Thistletail
 Yellow-billed Pintail


  • Visit La Laguna de la Cocha, of glacial origin and the second largest in the country.

  • Walk inside the incredible Primary Forest of the Ñambi River and get amazed by its bird-diversity.

  • Visit the iconical Church of Las Lajas, embedded in the Colombian Massif Mountains.

  • Destination
  • Departure / Return Location
    Bogota DC IATA: BOG / Bogota DC IATA: BOG
  • 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 Bogota / Night at Hilton Garden
Day 2. Fly to Pasto or Ipiales, birding in Rio Bobo forest / Night at Villaviciosa Hotel
Day 3. Paramo de Bordoncillo & Laguna de la Cocha / Night at Villaviciosa Hotel
Day 4. Transfer early in the morning to La Planada Reserve / Night at Torre Eifel Hotel
Day 5. Rio Ñambi Reserve and Bangsias Reserve, transfer to Tumaco / Night at Los Corales Tumaco
Day 6. Birding in Km 42 & Maragricola / Night at Los Corales Tumaco
Day 7. El Morro Bridge and El Bajito beach shore birds and mangroves, fly to Bogota in the afternoon / Night at Hilton Garden
Day 8. Flight home from Bogotá

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