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For more information, questions, availability or to register for a Birding For Living, please contact Luis Iglesias at: +57 (310) 405 83 42

Images: Special Thanks to Daniel Orozco, Wilmer Quiceno, J. Esteban Berrío, Jose Luis Pushaina, Ferney Salgado for providing pictures for the video productions.

Day 1 Arrival

We will pick you up at the International Airport El Dorado and check in a lovely and high-quality and quiet hotel in Bogotá. You will be welcomed with a delicious dinner and a general idea of our journey.

Day 2 (Chicaque Natural Park Eastern Andes and Sumapaz National Park)

where we will look for very fascinating and beautiful birds in a well-preserved forest just half an hour from the city.  Some of the cool possible birds here are; (E & VU) Black Inca (Coeligena Chicaque Natural Park,This journey begins in prunellei), (NE) Golden-bellied Starfronlet (Coeligena bonapartei), Flame-faced Tanager (Tangara parzudakii), (NE) Golden-fronted Whitestar, (E) Colombian Chachalaca and many more. After lunch we will head to Sumapaz National Park where it is probable to see the (E & EN) Bogota Rail (Rallus semiplumbeus), (E & EN) Apolinar's Wren Cistothorus apolinari, Bronze-tailed Thornbill (Chalcostigma heteropogon) and Shining Sunbeam (Aglaeactis cupripennis) after a full day we go back to spend the night at Bogotá.

Day 3 - La Calera Hummingbird observatory and Siecha Wetlands
This day we will go to one of the must visit places of the city. There, we will certainly have a great hummingbird time near the feeders and we will, definitely, look for a lot more birds. Some of the birds we will get to see are: Sword-billed Hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera), (NE) Blue-throated Starfrontlet (Coeligena helianthea), (NE & NT) Coopery-bellied Puffleg (Eriocnemis cupreoventris), Great Sapphirewing (Pterphanes cyanopterus), Black-tailed Trainbearer (Lesbia Victoriae), Green-tailed Trainbearer (Lesbia nuna) and Red-crested Cotinga (Ampelion rubrocristatus). Althoug there are many specialties such as the Andean Teal, Andean Duck, Noble Snipe and Band-tailed Seedeater, our Main target in Siecha Wetlands will be the Bogotá Rail.

Day 4 - La Florida Park Wetlands and El Jardín Encantado

This day, we are going to be visiting two remarkable hotspots including a wetland ecosystem and a fabulous hummingbird spot located in the municipality of San Francisco. Some of the species possible in both places include (E & EN) Bogota Rail (Rallus semiplumbeus), (E & EN) Apolinar's Wren (Cistothorus apolinari), (NT) Noble Snipe (Gallinago nobilis), Subtropical Doradito (Pseudocolopteryx acutipennis), Gorgeted Woodstar (Chaetocercus heliodor), (E) Indigo-capped Hummingbird (Amazilia cyanifrons) and Ruby Topaz, Ruby-topaz Hummingbird (Chrysolampis mosquitus) After this return to Bogotá.

Day 5 Chingaza National Park
We will close our Andes visit with a wonderful and massif Paramo ecosystem, where the beautiful and Endemic Brown-breasted Parakeet (Pyrrhura calliptera) is possible together with the amazing (E) Green-bearded Helmetcrest (Oxypogon guerinii) and the (E) Silvery-throated Spinetail (Synallaxis subpudica). We will spend here a full day looking for other interesting birds such as the Purple-backed Thornbill, Plushcap, Black-billed Mountain-Toucan and many more. In the afternoon flight to Barranquilla.

Day 6 Salamanca National Park (Mangrove forest)
During this day we will dedicate the day looking for many fascinating birds in the road that connects Barranquilla with Santa Marta, with ecosystems such as mangrove forest, swamps and beaches where we possibly will see birds like (E & CR) Sapphire-throated Hummingbird (Lepidopyga lilliae), (NE & NT) Northern Screamer (Chauna chavaria), Hook-billed Kite (Chondrohierax uncinatus), Boat-billed Heron (Cochlearius cochlearius), and Black-crested Antshrike (Sakesphorus canadensis) then transfer to La Guajira. 

Day 7 - Los Flamencos National Park (La Guajira Peninsula)

In this place we will dedicate the day to get the region’s special birds, Vermillion Cardinal (Cardinalis phoeniceus), American flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber), American oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus), Buffy Hummingbird (Leucippus fallax), Chestnut Piculet (Picumnus cinnamomeus), Pileated Finch (Coryphospingus pileatus), Tocuyo Sparrow (Arremonops tocuyensis), Slender-billed Tyrannulet (Inezia tenuirostris) and White-whiskered Spinetail (Synallaxis candei) among others. Night at Minca.

Day 8 Minca Santa Marta Rain Tropical Forest
This day we will visit a paradise for birders, a humid forest home to a great amount of birds and lots of Endemics some of the are Santa Marta Brush Finch (Atlapetes melanocephalus), Santa Marta Wood-Wren (Henicorhina anachoreta), Santa Marta Blossomcrown (Anthocephala floriceps) and Santa Marta Antbird (Drymophila hellmayri). Nevertheless, there are many other interesting birds that we will keep an eye on them like: Rosy Thrush-Tanager, Glaucous Tanager, Keel-billed Toucan, Red-billed Parrot and Russet-throated Puffbird just to mention a few. Night at El Dorado lodge.

Day 9 - El Dorado Reserve
A mecca for birders, this Reserve offers a wide variety of birds and lots of them Endemic or Near Endemic, some of them are; Santa Marta Mountain Tanager, Santa Marta Bush-Tyrant, Santa Marta Parakeet, Yellow-crowned Whitestart, and Black-backed Thornbill we will spend the day looking for these birds and more specialties in the Santa Marta mountains.

Day 10 -  El Dorado Reserve San Lorenzo Ridge
We will continue covering different elevations from La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta where more and more birds will be crossing our way. Andean Condor, Santa Marta Screech-Owl, Santa Marta Woodstar, Lined Quail-Dove, Barred Parakeet, Fulvous-headed Tanager, Blue-naped Chlorophonia, Groove-billed Toucanet, Golden Grosbeak, Rusty-headed Spinetail and Crowned Woodnymph. Flight to Bogotá in the afternoon.

Day 11 International Flight

Departure day, during this day people will be taking flights from Bogotá to their destinations.

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