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3 Andean Ranges & Magdalena Valley Endemics Trail

Tour Length: 11 Days

Minimum group size: 4 people

Tour dates: On demand

Price: $4,543 USD/pp

Leader: Alejandro Pinto 

If your wish is to view the endless range of avifauna found in the tropical Andes of Colombia then this tour doesn’t disappoint. You’ll bird in some truly superb sites across the Eastern, Central and Western Andes, aiming to view all of the restricted-range endemics found in the mountainous high dips and folds, cloaked in pristine paramo and wonderful high-Andean forest. As you descend elfin forest will give way to the humid, jungle-laden Magdalena Valley foothills as you search for even more Colombian or Magdalena endemics in this inter-Andean bioregion. A quick but very fulfilling tour that will make massive inroads to your tropical Andes bird list.

Day 1: Arrival to Bogotá

Day 2: PNN Chingaza & Observatorio de Colibríes (Hummingbird Observatory)

Day 3: PNN Sumapaz & Chicaque Natural Park

Day 4: Enchanted Garden & Tabacal Lagoon. Transfer to Magdalena Valley

Day 5: Rio Claro Nature Reserve. Afternoon at El Condor Cave

Day 6: Godoy trail AM. Transfer to Termales El Ruiz

Day 7: PNN Los Nevados. Transfer to Rio Blanco (Search for Owls, Pauraques and Nightjars)

Day 8: Rio Blanco AM. Transfer to Montezuma Lodge

Day 9: Montezuma upper altitudes

Day 10: Montezuma lower altitudes

Day 11: Montezuma (feeders). Transfer to Pereira to for flight to Bogota

Key sites:

  • PNN Sumapaz
  • PNN Chingaza
  • Hummingbird Observatory – La Calera
  • Chicaque Reserve
  • ‘Jardin Encantado’ (Enchanted Garden)
  • Tabacal Lagoon
  • Rio Claro Nature Reserve
  • Godoy Trail
  • Ruta del Condor Trail & El Condor Cave
  • Rio Blanco Nature Reserve
  • PNN Los Nevados
  • Termales El Ruiz
  • Montezuma (PNN Tatama)
  • Silvery-throated Spinetail
  • Bogota Rail
  • Magdalena Antbird
  • Brown-banded Antpitta
  • Rainbow-bearded Thornbill
  • Buffy Helmetcrest
  • Chestnut-bellied Flowerpiercer
  • Munchique Wood-wren
  • Gold-ringed Tanager
  • Crested Ant-tanager
Inclusions:

  • 1 Colombian Project Birding Tour Leader
  • Local guides
  • All transfers and road transport
  • All accommodation
  • All entrance fees to all parks and reserves
  • Tours as included in this itinerary
  • All meals (pending in/out flights)
  • All snacks and water on day tours
Exclusions:

  • Any internal flights
  • Any international flights
  • Laundry
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Drinks or beverages
  • Stay at a stunning mountain lodge, complete with private hot springs
  • Typical Hacienda farm stay in Cundinamarca with horse riding, excellent food and bike rides
  • Multi day trek or day hikes in the Coffee Region, in and around PNN Los Nevados
  • Hacienda Termales La Quinta and landscape-small