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Escape to the Llanos Foothills

Escape to the Llanos Foothills

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The eastern flank of the Eastern Andes falls gently towards the lowlands of the Colombian savannas in the Orinoco river basin. The union of Andean forests and these savannahs creates an incredible mixture of birdlife that includes aspects from the lowlands as well as the medium and highlands, resulting in a magnificent species diversity and making the prairie foothills a fascinating place for birding. You can observe mixed flocks of Tangaras foraging the forest canopy or look carefully for a difficult Antbird (Antshrike) or Wren on the ground.

Key Species

 Amazonian White-tailed Trogon
 Andean Cock of the Rock
 Andean Guan
 Andean Leaftoser
 Andean Pygmy-Owl
 Azure Gallinule
 Back and White Hawk-Eagle
 Bare-eyed Thrush
 Bare-faced and Sharp-tailed Ibis
 Black and chestnut Eagle
 Black and White Becard
 Black collared Jay
 Black faced Tanager
 Blackish Tapaculo
 Blackpoll and Bay-breasted Warblers
 Blue and Black-faced Dacnis
 Blue-fronted Lancebill
 Blue-rumped Manakin
 Brown-breasted Parakeet
 Buff-breasted Mountain-Tanager
 Cestnut-winged Foliage-gleaner
 Chestnut-crowned Gnateater
 Chestnut-ear Aracari
 Cinereous Antshrike
 Cinereous Becard
 Cobalt-winged Parakeet
 Crested Eagle
 Crested Spinetail
 Crimson-bellied Woodpecker
 Crimson-mantled Woodpecker
 Cundinamarca Antpitta
 Curve-billed Scythebill
 Dusky Antbird
 Dusky Spinetail
 East Andean Antbird
 Euler´s Flycatcher
 Fascinated Antshrike
 Fulvous shrike-Tanager
 Gilded Barbet
 Glittering-throated Emerald
 Golden-collared Honneycreeper
 Golden-crowned Tanager
 Golden-fronted Whitestart
 Golden-headed and Striped Manakins
 Golden-tailed Sapphire
 Golde-tailed Sapphire
 Great Horned Owl
 Green and Black Fruiteater
 Green-bellied Hummingbird
 Grey-breasted Crake
 Grey-chinned Hermit
 Grey-fronted Dove
 King Vulture
 Large-headed Flatbill
 Lined Antshrike
 Maguari Stork
 Marble Wood-Quail
 Northern Slaty Antshrike
 Orinoco Goose
 Pale-headed Jacamar
 Pale-tailed Barbthroat
 Purple and Green Honeycreepers
 Purple Honneycreeper
 Red-bellied Macaw
 Red-stained Woodpecker
 Royal Flycatcher
 Rufous winged Antwren
 Rufous-crested and Spangled Coquete
 Russet Antshrike
 Short-tailed Antthrush
 Shrike-like Cotinga
 Slender-billed Kite
 Speckled Chachalaca
 Speckled Tanager
 Spotted Nightingale-Thrush
 Spot-winged Antbird
 Spot-winged Parrotlet
 Tawny-rumped Tyrannulet
 Violaceus Jay
 Violeaceus Quail-Dove
 Violet-fronted Brilliant
 Violet-headed Hummingbird
 White Hawk
 White-browed Antbird
 White-chested Puffbird
 White-chinned Jacamar
 White-faced Antbird
 White-streaked Antvireo
 White-vented and Golden-bellied Euphonias and Blue-naped Chlorophonias
 Wire-crested Thorntail
 Wite-tipped Sickebill
 Yellow-bellied and Burnished-buff Tanagers
 Yellow-tufted Woodpecker


  • Walk and birding in the incredible landscape of the Eastern Andes foothills.

  • Get amazed by the crystalline blue rivers that flow from the Andes to Eastern Colombia.

  • Visit Chivor Dam and La 70 waterfall.

  • 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 Hotel
Day 2. Transfer to Santa Maria, birding around the village / Night at La Esmeralda
Day 3. Almenara Reserve / Night at La Esmeralda
Day 4. Cachipay Reserve / Night at La Esmeralda
Day 5. San Luis Forest transfer to Villavicencio / Night at Hacienda Camana
Day 6. Bosques de Bavaria and Camana / Night at Hacienda Camana
Day 7. Monterredondo Forest, transfer Bogota / Night at Hilton Garden
Day 8. Flight to home from Bogotá

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