Escape to the Pacific Foothills
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.
|Black-billed Mountain Toucan|
|Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan|
|Masked Mountain Tanager|
|Scarlet-bellied Mountain 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 / 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