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Eastern, Western & Central Andes + Cauca & Magdalena Valleys

Tour Dates: 15 Days

Minimum group size: 4 people

Tour dates: On demand

Price: $2,807 USD/pp

Leader: Alejandro Pinto 

Colombia is a collection of isolated landscapes and nowhere is it more apparent than in its 3 immense Andean ranges that divide the country from south to north, along with the inter-Andean valleys of the Magdalena and Cauca Rivers that lie within. Amongst these jungle laden folds, high-altitude tundra and deep valleys, endemics abound, limited to slopes, valley floors and various other biog regions. This is the complete tour in the interior of Colombia, that even includes jaunts into the Choco/Pacific slope of the Western Andes. Amazing landscapes and even better birds.

Day 1: Arrival to Bogotá

Day 2: PNN Chingaza

Day 3: PNN Sumapaz, transfer to Chicaque Natural Park

Day 4: Enchanted Garden and transfer to Tabacal Lake

Day 5: Rio Claro Nature Reserve

Day 6: Rio Claro. Transfer to Medellín

Day 7: La Romera – Bolombolo (Antioquia wren, Greyish piculet, Apical flycatcher) transfer to Jardín

Day 8: Alto ventanas

Day 9: Alto ventanas medio día + Andean Cock of the Rock lek. Transfer to Manizales

Day 10: Rio Blanco Nature Reserve. Transfer to Termales El Ruiz

Day 11: PNN Los Nevados transfer to Montezuma, PNN Tatama

Day 12: Montezuma

Day 13: Montezuma

Day 14: AM Montezuma. PM transfer to Cali

Day 15: El Queremal & KM 18. Return Cali for flight to Bogota

Key sites:

  • PNN Chingaza
  • PNN Sumapaz
  • Chicaque Reserve
  • ‘Jardin Encantado’ (Enchanted Garden)
  • Tabacal Lagoon
  • La Romera
  • Bolombolo Road
  • Jardin
  • Rio Blanco Nature Reserve
  • PNN Los Nevados
  • Termales El Ruiz
  • Montezuma Lodge & Road (PNN Tatama)
  • Sonso Lagoon
  • KM 18
  • El Queremal – Alto Anchicaya
  • Brown-breasted Parakeet
  • Green-bearded Helmetcrest
  • Indigo-capped Hummingbird
  • Glistening-green Tanager
  • Antioquia Wren
  • Yellow-eared Parrot
  • Brown-banded Antpitta
  • Buffy Helmetcrest
  • Gold-ringed Tanager
  • Multicolored 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
  • Bogota City Tour – museums, contemporary culture, great restaurants and nightlife
  • Visit the startling subterranean Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira
  • Walk amongst the tea fields in the Western Andes above Cali
  • Learn about typical Antioquian ‘Paisa’ coffee culture in Jardin and south-west Antioquia