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Itinerary -  Central Andes

Megadiverse

Day 1 Bogotá

Arrival to Bogotá International Airport, night at Bogotá. 

Day 2 and 3 - Manizales Río Blanco

Flight to Manizales we will go to Rio Blanco Natural Reserve a nearby location, just 30 minutes from the airport. In this place you will find an Antpitta paradise some of the species are the Endemic Brown-banded Antpitta and the Near Endemic Bicolored Antpitta, other interesting species are Slate-crowned and Chestnut-crowned Antpitta. Here you can also enjoy the hummingbirds and tanagers feeders with some outstanding birds among them Ocellated Tapaculo, Masked Saltator, Golden-plumed ¨Parakeet and Rusty-faced Parrot. We will spend the night in the reserve. 

Day 4 Los Nevados National Park

On this third day, we will cover the road to the snow mountain El Nevado Del Ruiz, here we will be in a dwarf forest and Paramo ecosystem that goes from 3000 to 4000 m.a.s.l. this day you will have the possibility to observe the amazing Endemic Buffy Helmetcrest and Rufous-fronted Parakeet. Other interesting birds in the area are Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Black-backed Bush Tanager, Tawny Antpitta, Andean Condor, Many-striped Canastero, Andean Lapwing. On our way down we will make a stop in Termales del Ruiz Hotel where other hummingbirds such as Shining Sunbeam, Golden-breasted and Black-thighed Puffleg, Rainbow-bearded Thornbill and Sword-bellied Hummingbird are constantly seen. In the Afternoon we will Go to Santa Rosa de Cabal and spend the night there.

Day 5 Santa Rosa Fuertes’s Parrot hotspot

We will go Cortaderal a great site for a rare Endemic Indigo-winged Parrot or Fuertes’s Parrot one of the most threatened Parrots in the world, it being considered Critically Endangered by BirdLife International. Other attractive birds here are Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Black-billed Mountain-Toucan, Speckle-faced Parrot, White-capped Tanager, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Mountain Avocetbill, Hooded Mountain-Tanager, Purple-backed Thornbill, Mountain Wren, White-rumped Hawk among others. After this we will transfer to Otun Quimbaya National Park and have the night there.Day 5 Santa Rosa Fuertes’s Parrot hotspot: We will go Cortaderal a great site for a rare Endemic Indigo-winged Parrot or Fuertes’s Parrot one of the most threatened Parrots in the world, it being considered Critically Endangered by BirdLife International. Other attractive birds here are Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Black-billed Mountain-Toucan, Speckle-faced Parrot, White-capped Tanager, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Mountain Avocetbill, Hooded Mountain-Tanager, Purple-backed Thornbill, Mountain Wren, White-rumped Hawk among others. After this we will transfer to Otun Quimbaya National Park and have the night there.

Day 6 Otún Quimbaya Sanctuary

Our day begins early in the morning to look for the Hooded Antpitta a very rare and beautiful bird that can be seen. Cauca Guan, Crested Ant-Tanager and Multicolored Tanager are also possible, Red-ruffed Fruitcrows are abundant in the area, so we will have good possibilities of meeting with one of these among many other birds that are part of this reserve.

Day 7 Otún Quimbaya Sanctuary

We will do some birding in the morning and look for other species such as the Torrent Duck, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, Stiles's Tapaculo, Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant and many more. In the afternoon we will be heading to Montezuma Natural Reserve and we will spend the night in its facilities.

Day 8 and 9 Montezuma Rain Fores

Montezuma is one of the best birding places in Colombia, located in Tatamá National Park, it has an unparalleled bird diversity due to its altitude range that goes from 1100 to 2800 meters. This is one of the most diverse regions in Colombia Choco, with amazing birds such as Indigo Flowerpiercer, Glistening-green Tanager, Club-winged Manakin, Beautiful jay, Munchique Wood-Wren, Black Solitaire, Yellow-collared and Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonia, Black-and-gold and Gold-ringed Tanagers, Semicollared Hawk, Velvet-purple Coronet, White-faced Nunbird, Tatama Tapaculo, Greater Scythebill among many more. During our stay we will cover several hotspots along the Natural Park. 

Day 10 Sonso Lagoon Reserve

We will spend the morning birding in the lower elevations of the Park, then we will transfer to El Sonso Lagoon, where we will look for aquatic birds, some of them are Black-necked Stilt, Anhinga, Jet Antbird, Least and Pied-billed Grebe, Pied Water-Tyrant, Limpkin, Yellow-hooded Blackbird, Pinnated Bittern, Horned Screamer, White-faced Whistling-Duck and Least Bittern. After looking for these birds we will go to Cali city where we will spend the night at a nice Hotel. 

Day 11 and 12 Anchicayá Valley The old Buenaventura Road. (Western Andes)

Early morning we will have breakfast and head birding to the Anchicayá Valley we will go from humid tropical forest to the Pacific lowlands in a megadiverse paradise with more than 400 species recorded. Here we can find incredible birds such as The Rufous-throated Tanager, Toucan Barbet, Silver-throated Tanager, Scarlet-and-white Tanager, Yellow-collared Chlorophonia, Slaty-capped Shrike-Vireo, Tooth-billed Hummingbird, Lita Woodpecker, Choco Trogon, Scarlet-browed Tanager, Green Thorntail, Empress Brilliant, Long-wattled Umbrellabird, Blue-whiskered Tanager, White-headed Wren, Golden-chested Tanager. Return to Cali city.

Day 13 - Km 18 Alejandría Farm Hummingbird paradise

We will go to el km. 18 an amazing birding hotspot well-known for its Hummingbirds as well as for its tanagers that come on daily basis to its feeders. Some of the birds possible here are: Multicolored, Golden-napped, Scrub, Saffron-crowned and Golden Tanagers, Southern Emerald and Crimson-rumped Toucanet, Red-headed Barbet, Green Honeycreeper, Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager, Crested and Golden-headed Quetzal. As for the Hummingbirds we can expect to see Booted Racket-tail, Blue-headed Sapphire, Purple-throated Woodstar, Andean Emerald, White-necked Jacobin, Fawn-breasted Brilliant, Speckled Hummingbird, Brown and Green Violetear and Long-tailed Sylph. Flight in the afternoon to Bogotá

Day 14 Cali - Destination

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