Global Big Day Colombia Tour

Global Big Day 2018 organized by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is around the corner and we want to celebrate it by inviting you to the birding experience of a lifetime! Join Icaro Birding’s Global Big Day Colombia Tour and let’s be part of “birding history” as we support Colombia’s efforts to revalidate its Global Big Day 2017, 24-hour birding world record of 1,486 bird species recorded on ebird.org. With your support, we can get past the 1,500 mark. And your contribution? Birding the mythical Montezuma Road in the Choco Bioregion of Colombia, we will bird from dawn ’till dusk to try to record at least 120 species that day.

In preparation for Global Big Day 2018, take part on this beautiful 12-day birding tour that will cover the Cauca Valley (home to 900 bird species) and sections of the Western and Central branches of the Andes Cordillera. Some of the most amazing bird species to see include: (E) Multicolored Tanager, (E) Chestnut Wood-quail, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, (NE) Golden-chested Tanager, (NE) Choco Toucan, (E) Tatamá Tapaculo, (E) Grayish Piculet, (E) Apical Flycatcher, (E) Gold-ringed Tanager, (E) Munchique Wood-Wren, (E) Black-and-gold Tanager, (E) endangered Cauca Guan, (E) endangered Indigo-winged Parrot, (E) Buffy Helmetcrest, and (E) Rufous-fronted Parakeet.

Tour Duration: 12 days

Tour Dates: April 25 – May 6, 2018

Sale Price: $3,800

Single Occupancy Supplement: $500

Tour Goal: Over 120 bird species on Global Big Day 2018, 400 bird species total and +30 endemics

Tour Size: Limited to 8 Participants

Tour Guide: Johnnier Arango

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April 25, Day 1 - Arrival to Cali International Airport

Upon arrival in Cali, a company representative will pick you up at the airport and will drive you to the hotel to meet with Icaro's team including Tour guide, Johnnier Arango. We will have a welcome dinner and will go through intros, logistics, rules and expectations and an overview of our first birding day!

Night at hotel in Cali

April 26, Day 2 - Km 18 & Cock-of-the-Rock Lek

The Cauca Valley is home to OVER 900 SPECIES of BIRDS, representing roughly a 40% of Colombia’s total species and roughly equal to the total number of species in the United States.

Eighteen kilometres from Cali is the road marker for km 18, the unrivaled stretch of road we will use to catch a good sight of the endemic and much-sought Multicolored Tanager as well as others such as Endemic Chestnut Wood-quail, Endemic Colombian Chachalaca and Andean Cock-of-the-Rock.

Day Highlights:

Tanagers of interest include Metallic-green, Rufous-crested, Saffron-crowned, and Golden-naped, Black-capped, as well as Ash-throated Bush-Tanager and Blue-winged Mountain-tanager. Hummingbirds of interest include Violet-tailed Sylph (NE) Purple-throated Woodstar (NE), Blue-headed Saphire, Booted Raquettail, Tourmaline Sunangel Tawny-bellied Hermit and Wedge-billed Hummingbird. Birds of particular interest include Highland Tinamou (Hard to see), Scarlet-fronted Parakeet, Barred Parakeet, Red-headed Barbet, Crimson-rumped Toucanet, Uniform Antshrike,Red-faced Spinetail, Spotted Barbtail, Streak-capped & Flammulated Treehunter, Golden-headed & Crested Quetzal, Streaked Xenops, (NE)Nariño Tapaculo, and many more

In the afternoon we will go close to the village of Felidia where we can find the Lek of the Andean Cock of the Rock. Then we will drive to the town of El Queremal to spend the night.

Night in hotel at El Queremal

Andean Cock-of-the-rock

Andean Cock-of-the-Rock

Photo: Johnnier Arango

Multicolored Tanager

Multicolored Tanager

Photo: Sebastian Moreno

Colombian Chachalaca

Colombian Chachalaca

Photo: Johnnier Arango

April 27, Day 3 - Anchicaya Valley - Old road to Buenaventura

A very famous birding destination in the Western Andes cordillera, the Anchicaya Valley, also known as Old Road to Buenaventura, is clasified as a tropical forest in the foothills of the Chocó bioregion (one of the wettest areas on earth), which creates the perfect biodiversity storm to make birding out of this world. This all road can produce up to 100 bird species for our list in a single day. Some of the most seek out species to be found here include (NE) Golden-chested Tanager, (NE) Baudo Guan, (NE) Choco Toucan, (NE) Rose-Faced Parrot, and (NE) Choco Poorwill

Day Highlights:

(NE) Scarlet-and-white Tanager, Esmeraldas Antbird, Stub-tailed Antbird, (NE) Choco/blue-tailed Trogon, Lita Woodpecker, (NE) Blue-whiskered Tanager, White-headed Wren, Gray-and-gold Tanager, Spot-crowned Barbet, Black-headed Tody-flycatcher, Blue-crowned Manakin, Club-winged Manakin, Rufous-winged Tanager, (NE) Moss-backed Tanager (rare), (NE) Purple-chested Hummingbird, (NE) Tooth-billed Hummingbird, (NE) Yellow-green Chlorospingus, (NE) Choco Woodpecker, (NE) Lemon-spectacled Tanager, (NE) Ochre-breasted Tanager, among others

Night in hotel at El Queremal

Choco Toucan

Choco Toucan

Choco Blue-Tailed Trogon

Spot-crowned Barbet

Spot-crowned Barbet

Photo: Johnnier Arango

April 28, Day 4 - Anchicaya Valley - Old road to Buenaventura

We will focus today on the Middle and Higher Anchicaya Valley, where birding is done along a lightly traveled road, beginning in cloud forests of the western Andes at 1,600 m (5,250 ft) and ending in humid tropical forests at 400m (1,300 ft) in the Pacific Lowlands. The road will surely yield many highly prized species, including (E) Tatamá Tapaculo, (E) Grayish Piculet, (E) Crested Ant-tanager, (E) Parker’s Antbird, (NE) Toucan Barbet, (NE) Rufous-throated tanager

Day Highlights:

Other highlights for this productive day include (NE) Chocó tapaculo, (NE) Uniform Treehunter, (NE) Orange-breasted fruiteater, (NE) Club-winged Manakin, (NE) Sooty-headed Wren, (NE) Black-chinned Mountain Tanager, (NE) Ochre-breasted tanager, Torrent Duck, (NE) Glistening-green Tanager, (NE) White-whiskered Hermit, (NE) Yellow-collared Chlorophonia and many others.

Night in hotel at El Queremal

Fasciated Tiger Heron

Toucan Barbet

Green Manakin

April 29, Day 5 - Sonso Lagoon in the morning and transfer to Otun Quimbaya National Park

Roughly 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) southwest of the municipality of Buga, the Reserva Natural Laguna de Sonso (Sonso Lagoon) is a wetland reserve that offers delights to birders. The eastern margins of the River Cauca pour here to create an area of 2045 hectares (5053 ac), 90 percent of which is wetlands. Birding in the morning we will have the opportunity to see some prize species as (E) Grayish Piculet, (E) Apical Flycatcher, Bar-crested Antshrike, Cinereous Becard, Dwarf Cuckoo, Jet Antbird and Ruby Topaz Hummingbird

Day Highlights:

We will spend a good part of the morning going after some beautiful specialties: Comb duck, Grey-headed dove, Dark-billed Cuckoo, Ultramarine Grosbeak, Striped Cuckoo, Blackish Rail, Spectacled Parrotlet, Fulvous, White-faced & Black-bellied whistling ducks, blue-winged teal, Buff-necked Ibis, Little Cuckoo

In the afternoon we will drive for 4 hours to Otun Quimabaya National Park to get started with the Central Andes Cordillera part of the tour!

Night at Otun Quimbaya lodge

Apical Flycatcher

Photo: Johnnier Arango

Ruby Topaz Hummingbird

Photo: Johnnier Arango

Bar-crested Antshrike

Bar Crested Antshrike

Photo: Francesco Veronesi

Spectacled Parrotlet

Photo: Johnnier Arango

April 30, Day 6 - Otún Quimbaya and late transfer to Santa Rosa de Cabal

Otun Quimbaya is well-known as the best site for the endemic, endangered and now very local Cauca Guan, as well as being a great site for Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, (E) Chestnut Wood-Quail, (NE) Moustached and Hooded Antpittas, Torrent Duck, (E) Golden-plumed Parakeet, (E) Multicolored Tanager, (E) Stiles’s Tapaculo (E) Grayish Piculet, and (E) Crested Ant-tanager. The birding is along fairly flat trails and a road. The understory is pretty navigable and open, making this a great place to actually look for Antpittas and the Wood-Quail

Highlights

Other marbles of Otun Quimbaya include (NE) Colombian Screech-Owl, (NE) Rufous-breasted Flycatcher, White-capped Tanager, Chestnut-breasted Wren, Wattled Guan, Rusty-winged Barbtail, Plumbeous-crowned Tyrannulet, Tyrannine Woodcreeper, Wedge-billed Hummingbird, Black-banded Woodcreeper, Streak-capped Treehunter, Bronze-olive Pygmy-tyrant, Black-billed Peppershrike, Golden-winged Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Whiskered Wren among others

In late afternoon we will leave behind Otun Quimbaya and will drive for 2 hours to spend the night at Santa Rosa de Cabal, home to the (E) Fuertes' Parrot

Night at hotel in Santa Rosa de Cabal

Red-ruffed Fruitcrow

Red-ruffed Fruitcrow

Photo: Francesco Veronesi

White-capped Tanager

White-capped Tanager

Photo: Johnnier Arango

Bronze-olive Pygmy-tyrant

Bronze-olive Pygmy-tyrant

Photo: Johnnier Arango

May 1, Day 7 - Santa Rosa de Cabal Highland and transfer to Termales del Ruiz

Santa Rosa de Cabal is the municipality in Colombia with the highest sighting records of the critically endangered (E) Fuertes's Parrot, also known as the Indigo-winged Parrot. A most seen beauty, highly restricted in range to the west slope of the Central Andes of Colombia. Other highly regarded birds to come and see here include Dusky Piha, (NE) Bicolored Antpitta, and Mountain Avocetbill

Highlights

Other birds of interest for this intense morning include: Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan, Black-billed Mountain-Toucan, Ocellated Tapaculo, Chestnut-naped Antpitta, Dusky Piha, Hooded-Mountain Tanager, Red-crested Cotinga, Golden-plumed Parakeet, Speckled-faced Parrot, White-capped Tanager, Bar-bellied Woodpecker, Black-chested Buzzard-eagle

In late afternoon we will hit the road for 3 hours to get to the high mountain part of the tour where we'll have the opportunity to see birds from Paramo. We will stay at a beautiful hotel that boasts a natural hotspring at 11,000 feet asl in place of a swimming pool

Night at hotel Termales del Ruiz

Black-billed Mountain-Toucan

Black-Billed Mountain-Toucan

Grass-green Tanager

Fuertes's Parrot

Dusky Piha

Dusky Piha

All photos at Santa Rosa de Cabal: Johnnier Arango

May 2, Day 8 - Paramo del Ruiz - Road to Termales

Early on day 8, we’ll climb to the high elevation Nevado del Ruiz National Park (from 3,500 to 4,200 mts asl or around the 13,000 feet asl) in search specially for the dazzling and very localized (E) Buffy Helmetcrest and the marvelous (E) Rufous-fronted Parakeet. This will be our chance to bird the paramo zone and its spectacular mix of unique species including Tawny Antpitta, White-chinned Thistletail, Stout-billed Cinclodes, Black-chested Buzzard-eagle, Andean Condor, Many-striped Canastero, Paramo Seedeater, Noble Snipe, Black flowerpiercer, Plain-capped Ground-tyrant. In the forest patches at an altitude of 3,500 mts asl we’ll look for the amazing Paramo Tapaculo, White-banded Tyrannulet, Buff-breasted Mountain-Tanager, Golden-crowned Tanager, Ash-coloured Tapaculo, Andean Pygmy-owl, Mountain Avocetbill and Black-backed Bush-Tanager

Highlights:

In early afternoon, just after lunch we can enjoy the spectacular display of feathers and songs as the feeders at Termales will attract 10 species of hummingbirds including: (NE) Black-thighed Puffleg, (NE) Golden-breasted Puffleg, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Buff-winged Starfrontlet, Tourmaline Sunangel, Viridian Metaltail, Shining Sunbeam, Great Sapphirewing, Rainbow-bearded Thornbill, and Purple-backed Thornbill

In late afternoon we will drive for just over an hour to reach the city of Manizales where we'll spend the night before birding the spectacular Rio Blanco Natural Reserve

Night at hotel in the beautiful city of Manizales

Buffy Helmetcrest

Buffy Helmetcrest

Crowned Chat-tyrant

All photos at Nevados by: Johnnier Arango

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Rufous Fronted Parakeet

Nevado del Ruiz & Paramo scenery

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Sword-Billed Hummingbird

May 3, Day 9 - Río Blanco Reserve

Rio Blanco is the go-to spot for three very attractive species: Masked Saltator, (NE) Bicolored Antpitta, and (E) Brown-banded Antpitta. The two Antpittas are commonly heard and both are seen readily at feeding stations. The Saltator is regular, but certainly not guaranteed. Other 2 very important birds to see here are (E) Chestnut Wood-quail and Rusty-faced Parrot

Highlights:

We will bird around the small lodge and will spend much of the day exploring the excellent network of trails looking out for such marvelous species like Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, Slate-crowned Antpitta, Dusky Piha, (NE) Western Wedge-billed Hummingbbird, Gray-browed Brush-Finch, Tyrannine Woodcreeper, Crimson-mantled, Bar-bellied and Powerfull Woodpeckers, Golden-plumed Parakeet, White-throated Quail-Dove, Pale-footed Swallow, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, Grass-green and Blue-winged Tanager, White-throated Screech-Owl, Rufous-banded Owl, Stygian Owl and Andean Pygmy-Owl

In the afternoon, we'll have lunch at the lodge and enjoy the spectacular hummingbird show at the feeders. We will continue birding at the reserve all afternoon and will do a spot of owling before heading back to our hotel in Manizales. At this point adrenaline level goes up as we are almost there for Global Big Day!

Night at hotel in Manizales

Rusty-Faced Parrot

Photo: Johnnier Arango

Rufous Spinetail

Rufous Spinetail

Photo: Francesco Veronesi

Brown-Banded Antpitta

Photo: Francesco Veronesi

May 4, Day 10 - Drive to Tatama National Park and Montezuma afternoon birding

We will drive for three hours in the morning making promissing birding stops along the way and saving some vital energies on preparation for Global Big Day!

Welcome to Montezuma

In early afternoon we'll reach our final destination, the almighty Montezuma Peak located at the heart of Tatama National Park and the chosen hotspot for our May 5th, Global Big Day birding extravaganza!

In preparation for Global Big Day, we will do some birding around the lodge in the lower Montezuma peak segments located at around 3,500 feet asl hoping to see some specialties such as (E) Black-and-Gold Tanager, (E) Crested Ant-Tanager, (NE) Bicolor Antvireo, (E) and the recently described Tatama Tapaculo, (NE) Choco Vireo, (E) Parker's Antbird, (E) Multicolored Tanager, (E) Grayish Piculet, (NE) Yellow-breasted Antpitta, and (NE) Indigo Flowerpiecer. Also with some luck we may see the well regarded Golden-winged Manakin and (NE) Club-winged Manakin. The Club-winged Manakin, is one of the star attractions of the Chocó bioregion, as anyone who has observed their freaky mooning display can attest

Night at Montezuma lodge

Grayish Piculet

Grayish Piculet

Photo: Francesco Veronesi

Crested Ant-tanager

Crested Ant-tanager

Photo: Francesco Veronesi

Black-and-gold Tanager

Indigo Flowerpiercer

Photos by: Johnnier Arango

Montezuma Peak

From Dawn till Dask - Let's Be Part of Birding History!



May 5, Day 11 - Global Big Day Colombia


May 5, Day 11 - Montezuma High-Medium parts

The Montezuma Peak lies within Tatama National Park in the Colombian Western Andes Cordillera. It is recognized as one of the best birding sites in the world with over 600 bird species identified, and with the most endemics in the Americas, thanks to both, the terrific verticality of this humid cloud forest and its location in the Chocó bioregion, an Endemic Bird Area that encompasses much of western Colombia and Ecuador

Birding at a range of 5,250 to 8,200 feet asl atop cerro Montezuma, we will start early in Global Big Day morning going after some nocturnal owling around the lodge. As the night wears out we should be on top of Montezuma Peak with the first morning rays, ready for a birding day that will test both our birding skills and our phisical and phsicological endurance. Every birding record counts towards reaching our goal of +120 bird species. Some of the main specialties we may encounter include (E) Gold-ringed Tanager, (NE) Tanager Finch and (E) Munchique Wood-Wren, (NE) Black Solitaire, (NE) Fulvous-dotted Treerunner, Orange-breasted Fruiteater, and (NE) Beautiful Jay. (E) Chestnut-bellied Flowerpiercer, (E) Dusky (Glittering) Starfrontlet (rare), White-faced Nunbird, and Greater Scythebill (rare)

Highlights

There are so many specialities at Montezuma that it'd be impossible to mention them all here. However, some of the most coveted species include: (NE) Purplish-mantled Tanager, (NE) Glistening-green Tanager, (NE) Dusky Chlorospingus, (NE) Black-chinned Mountain-tanager, Crested Quetzal, Olive Finch, and Scaly-throated Foliage-Gleaner, Tricolored Brush-Finch, Yellow-collared Chlorophonia and Bronze-olive Pygmy-Tyrant, Semicollared Hawk (rare). Cloud-forest Pygmy-Owl, Ochre-breasted Antpitta, and Barred Fruiteater among many others

Montezuma Peak - Mid-Lower segments

As the day wears off we will continue birding the mid-lower segments covering the roads and trails we did the previous day. Some of the highlights not mentioned on day 11 include: (NE) Yellow-Green Chlorospingus (rare), (NE) Ochre-breasted Tanager, (NE) Golden-bellied Warbler (Choco Warbler), Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonia, (NE) Violet-tailed Sylph, (NE) Brown Inca, (NE) Velvet-purple Coronet, (NE) Empress Brilliant, (NE) Purple-throated Woodstar, (NE) Toucan Barbet, (NE) Uniform Treehunter, (NE) Choco Tapaculo, (NE) Orange-breasted Fruiteater, (NE) Rufous-throated Tanager, (NE) Scarlet and White Tanager, White-tailed Hillstar, Greenish Puffleg, Scaled Fruiteater, Olivaceous Piha, (NE) Sooty-headed Wren, Black-winged Saltator, Rufous-breasted Antthrush, Zeledon´s Antbird, Barred Hawk, Chestnut-headed Oropendola, Lanceolated Monklet, Brown-billed Scythebill, White-headed Wren, Purple-bibbed Whitetip, Moustached Puffbird, Lemon-browed Flycatcher, Large-billed Seed-finch and others

From dusk till dawn, frantic 24-hours birding to achieve our +120 bird species goal. Well done everyone, let's have some downtime now to try and digest what it meant for us all to be part of birding history!

Night at Montezuma Lodge

Black-chinned Mountain-tanager

Black-chinned Mountain-tanager

Photo: Johnnier Arango

Munchique Wood-Wren

Munchique Wood-Wren

Photo: Francesco Veronesi

Purplish-mantled Tanager

Purplish-mantled Tanager

Photo: Johnnier Arango

Violet-tailed Sylph

Violet-tailed Sylph

Photo: Johnnier Arango

Orange-breasted Fruiteater

Orange-breasted Fruiteater

Photo: Johnnier Arango

Chestnut-headed Oropendola

Chestnut-headed Oropendola

Photo: Francesco Veronesi

May 6, Day 12 - End of tour and into the next adventure

We will have a good breakfast at the lodge, will share memories, will make final counts and will celebrate what we just did the previous day. We will then ride the van towards the city of Pereira to get into our connecting flights

Time for a last group picture, let's shake hands and bid farewell. We will make sure you all get to your connecting flights on time. Thanks for being part of birding history!

  • Tour starts in Cali and ends in Pereira, COLOMBIA. Both cities are 3 hours away from each other by car.
  • Duration: 13 days, 12 nights.
  • Comfort level: Standard. We will stay at comfortable, pleasant and clean Eco-Lodges, and Hotels.
    • Birding lodges are clean and simple but comfortable.
    • They have the luxury of hot showers, three great meals a day, and they work on a birders schedule.
    • Accommodations in cities will be at local hotels, with relative comfort and good local food but no fancy 5 stars hotels.
    • We will have purified or bottled drinking water available throughout the trip.
  • Disposition level: Adventure. It is willing to leave some comfort to go deeper into nature.
    • A couple of days will be especially demanding since we will be out from dusk till dawn birding. Food, water, snacks and toilet breaks are all integrated, though. We will have fun!
  • Included in this Tour:
    • Internal private land transportation. Private Vans and 4x4 when needed. All with A/C
    • All meals from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 13
    • Accommodation: Lodges, and Hotels with shared rooms (2 persons per room)
  • Not Included :
    • International Flights
    • Personal expenses
    • Medical insurance during the tour
    • More than one beer per person per day, unless our guide has a new 'lifer'
    • Not specified expenses.

Entering Colombia is a breeze for citizens of many countries. However, we thought it will be helpful to go over some items for you to consider before making a reservation for our Epic Birding Tour to Colombia. You can expect to receive more detailed information in your welcome package.

ENTERING COLOMBIA: US citizens must have a passport, valid for at least six months after your date of departure from Colombia. A the present time, no visa is required for US citizens visiting Colombia for 60 days or less. Visitors from other countries may need a visa; please contact your nearest Colombian embassy or consulate for further information.


COUNTRY INFORMATION: You can review the U.S. Department of State Country Specific Travel Information at http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/colombia.html and the CIA World Factbook background notes on Colombia at https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/co.html.


PACE OF TOUR: Our days will begin normally early at around 6:00 am. On some days we may take a picnic lunch in the field and on others we will stop at roadside restaurants. Participants should be able to walk at a slow to moderate pace for around 3-4 hours at a time; we may walk in the sun on some roads, though most of our trails will be in the shade. Rubber boots may be necessary depending how much it’s been raining, but we will let you know in advance. On rainy days, we may have to stay behind and bird the lodge grounds, and on hot days we may have some downtime after lunch to take a 'siesta' and return to birding in the afternoon. We will typically return to our lodgings at around 5:00 pm, with dinner generally starting around 6:30 pm. We will collectively call a list of the birds recorded during the day after dinner.


HEALTH: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all travelers be up to date on routine vaccinations. The most current information about travelers’ health recommendations can be found on the CDC’s Travel Health website at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/colombia


  • Dengue Fever and Chikungunya: Dengue Fever and Chikungunya occur in parts of Colombia and seem to be becoming commoner in many parts of South America. There is as yet no inoculation available for either disease, so no protection can be made in advance of travel. They are transmitted by diurnal mosquitoes mostly in heavily populated areas. It is important therefore cover up and use repellent wherever mosquitoes might be encountered.
  • Yellow Fever: We’ll be in areas considered to be free of the disease. However, it is recommended that you are vaccinated before coming into the country. Please consult your physician.
  • Zika Virus: This virus is expanding into South America including Colombia, and health authorities are still trying to gauge its full impact. Couples who expect/hope to become pregnant should consult their physician.
  • Insects: There are few problems with insects on this tour. There are a few mosquitoes in some areas. Bring a good insect repellent for mosquitoes and other insects that we will occasionally encounter.
  • Altitude: We’ll visit sites up to around 12,000 feet above sea level!.
  • Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in the vehicles or when the group is gathered for meals, checklists, etc. If you are sharing a room with a non-smoker, please do not smoke in the room. If you smoke in the field, do so well away and downwind from the group. If any location where the group is gathered has a smoking prohibition, that one will prevail.

PERSONAL SAFETY:Colombia is once again a safe destination for sensible international travelers. There is no significant threat in the areas we will visit. However petty crimes such as pickpocketing are common in major cities including airports, so be careful. But really, the biggest risk you take in Colombia is wanting to stay for good.


CLIMATE: August in this region of Colombia is supposed to be just great for birding. We will have some rain but in general you can expect to have dry, beautiful days. Temperatures range between low 40s in the paramo to high 80s. More accurate info as we get closer to the starting date.


FOOD: We cannot guarantee that all food allergies can be accommodated at destinations in rural areas (lodges). If you have a significant food allergies or special dietary requirements, please let us know in advance and prepare to bring foods for those times when your needs cannot be met. Participants who need to eat according to a fixed schedule should bring supplemental food. Please contact us if you have any questions.


TRANSPORTATION: Travel will mostly be by private vans and 4x4 vehicles wherever the road gets rough. Participants must be willing and able to take the ride in any seat.

The Tour will take you from wetlands to cloud forests, from the Choco bioregion, (the place with more endemics in the Americas), to mountains and nevados.

We will birdwatch in the Cauca Valley, home to some 900 bird species (equal to the number of species in the United States) and the West and Central Andean Cordillera searching for coveted and speciality species such as:

  • Chestnut Wood Quail (E)
  • Multicolored Tanager (E)
  • Bar-Crested Antshrike (NE)
  • Gold-ringed Tanager (E)
  • Alto Pisones Tapaculo (E)
  • Cauca Guan (E)
  • Stiles's Tapaculo (E)
  • Golden-plumed Parakeet (NE)

And many others in beautiful Conservation Areas and Natural Reserves that have all the infrastructure, human warmth and professionalism to guarantee delightful birding, safety and comfort.

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