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Southern Andes & Amazon foothills

Tour Length: 12 Days

Minimum group size: 4 people

Tour dates 2018: 1st – 12th September​

Price: $3,140 USD/pp

Leader: Alejandro Pinto 

Bird in the still-intact high-altitude forests and páramos of the southern Andes of Colombia, a region that is literally bursting with birdlife that has most likely never seen a birder’s bins before. Some of the rarest birds in Latin America call this place home. Descend through the legendary super-humid Amazon foothills transition zone, full of rarities that are unique to these altitudes. Finish the tour by visiting the mystical and sacred Colombian massif, birthplace of Colombia’s greatest rivers, such as the Magdalena, Cauca, Caqueta and Patia. These areas that are now open to birders have so many small-range and uncommon specialities in the canopy and undergrowth that it boggles the mind. Bird from tropical through to treeline climatic zones and walk away with a list like no other. 

Day 1: Arrival to Bogotá

Day 2: Fly to Pasto

Day 3: La Cocha Lagoon

Day 4: Sibundoy Valley and Paramo complex of ‘Quilinsayaco’

Day 5: The ‘Trampolin of Diversity’ Road

Day 6: Day 7. Mocoa – Campucana trails

Day 8: Day 9. Road to Pitalito: KM 51, Manaos trail and KM 31 Verdeyaco trail. Transfer to San Agustín

Day 10: San Agustin Archaeological Park

Day 11: Puracé National Park. Transfer to Popayán

Day 12: Popayán Transfer to Bogotá

Key sites:

  • La Cocha Lagoon
  • Sibundoy Valley & Paramo
  • San Francisco – Mocoa Road (El Trampolin)
  • Mocoa – Campucana Trail
  • Mocoa – Pitalito Road (San Juan de Villalobos), KM 31 Verdeyaco Trail
  • Mocoa – Pitalito Road (San Juan de Villalobos), KM 51 Manaos Trail
  • San Agustin Archaeological Park
  • PNN Purace
  • Golden-eared Tanager
  • Masked Mountain-Tanager
  • Chestnut-bellied Cotinga
  • Golden-fronted Whitestart
  • White-rimmed Brush-finch
  • Carunculated Caracara
  • Orange-eared Tanager
  • Amazonian Umbrellabird
  • White-backed Fire-eye
  • Black-streaked Puffbird
  • Deep-blue Flowerpiercer

  • 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

  • Any internal flights
  • Any international flights
  • Laundry
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Drinks or beverages
  • An archaeological adventure in San Agustin’s archaeological parks
  • Agroecological farm visits among the indigenous communities of the La Cocha Lagoon
  • Visit Purace volcano and the ‘Coconuco’ craters in PNN Purace
  • Tour the historical Spanish colonial centre of Popayan