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Magdalena Valley & Eastern Andes foothills

Tour Length: 12 Days

Minimum group size: 4 people

Tour dates 2018: 15th​ – 26th ​June

Price: $3,140 USD/pp

Leader: Alejandro Pinto

Through geographical accidents and tropical latitudes, the Magdalena River Valley was once (and in areas still is) one of Colombia’s (if not the world’s) great biodiversity hotspots. The super-humid forests that cloak the western foothills and uber-diverse lowland tropical forest is just full of species that have evolved here and only here. During this tour you’ll explore the hot flatlands of the Magdalena and venture up into foothills and mountains of the Eastern Andes that overlook the Magdalena drainage. Birding is excellent, with days full of endemics and rarities during this superb tour.

Day 1: Arrival to Bogotá. Night at Bogota airport hotel

Day 2: La Florida AM. Transfer to Indigo-capped Hummingbird Reserve (Fusagasugá). Night in Girardot

Day 3: Maná dulce Reserve. Night in Ibagué

Day 4: Picaleñas rice fields. Laguna del Hato. Night in Honda

Day 5: Bellavista Reserve, Victoria. Transfer to Doradal

Day 6: Rio Claro Reserve & El Condor Cave

Day 7: Rio Claro Reserve. Transfer to El Paujil reserve

Day 8: Birding at El Paujil reserve

Day 9: Birding at El Paujil reserve. Transfer to Cerulean Warbler Reserve

Day 10: Birding at Lengerke trail

Day 11: Birding at Cerulean Warbler Reserve

Day 12: Morning at Cerulean Warbler Reserve. Transfer to Bucaramanga airport. Fly to Bogotá

Key sites:

  • La Florida Park
  • Hummingbird Reserve (Fusagasuga)
  • Mana Dulce Reserve
  • Picaleñas Rice Fields
  • Bellavista Reserve (Victoria, Caldas)
  • Rio Claro Nature Reserve
  • El Paujil Reserve (ProAves)
  • Lengerke Trails
  • Cerulean Warbler Reserve (ProAves)
  • Indigo-capped Hummingbird
  • Velvet-fronted Euphonia
  • Sooty Ant-Tanager
  • White-mantled Barbet
  • Beautiful Woodpecker
  • Antioquia Bristle-Tyrant
  • Magdalena Antbird
  • Blue-billed Curassow
  • Chestnut-bellied Hummingbird
  • Niceforo’s Wren
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
  • Visit one of the deepest and most stunning canyons in the world – the Canyon del Chicamocha is a joy to behold, near Bucaramanga
  • Visit the sleepy colonial town of Barichara, voted as Colombia’s most beautiful town this national heritage site is a place that one could easily relax and enjoy for a number of days, and forget that there’s a place called home!