San Jose del Guaviare and Inírida are the new birding destinations in our country, for years were an impossible fate that waited patiently by birders around the world and is now a reality, with several birding routes operated by the communities and more than 300 birds with many specialties, This city is located around 130 meters above sea level and is 400 kilometers from Bogota, both are part of the Colombian Amazon piedmont. Likewise, the Andean and Northern regions have enormous wealth in birds that worth to know, from low to high elevations, birding in Colombia is funny and easy, here a full program to visit us.
We take our flight in the morning, in the afternoon we spent our time looking for for the first Amazonian birds at Caño Cunuben, then go back to inírida and lodging at Guainía Hotel.
We will visit a beautiful indigenous family, this family is a local community that offers Eco-tourism services, guiding and meals mainly. There, we will visit Sendero Sabanitas looking for the amazing Capuchinbird and Pompadour Cotinga, many Antbirds, Antwrens and other birds can be seen on this day, in the afternoon, back to Inírida (Just one hour)
In the morning, we can visit Sendero Matraca looking for Amazonian Birds, then we have to take our flight to Bogotá to get ready for the next day at the eastern Andes. Overnight in Bogotá.
We will drive early two hours to Monterredondo, just one hour before Villavicencio city, the main target here is the Cundinamarca Antpitta but the way offers many other birds of the Eastern Andes, we will spend de day on that place, in the afternoon, we will drive to Villavicencio (900 ma.s.l.), overnight at Don Lolo Hotel.
After breakfast, we will drive 5 hours to San Jose del Guaviare with some stops on specific sports looking for special birds. In the afternoon, visit Sendero del río, where is possible the first views of the Hoatzin. Overnight at Hotel Aeropuerto.
This day we will visit those wonderful places looking for the Gianan Cock of the Rock, Clif Flycatcher, Purple Honeycreeper, Paradise Tanager, Cotingas, Toucans, Parrots and Macaws and many others, first day we have to climb 30 minutes but it´s worth, as well, we will explore the área for other birds. Overnight at Hotel Aeropuerto.
Visit Laguna Negra in the morning, it is a very easy trail with wonderful birds, in the afternoon flight to Cali with a little stop in Bogotá, overnight at Cali (900 m.a.s.l. warm)
This place is perfect for Hummingbirds with some rares but the king here is the endemic Multicoloured Tanager visiting with other Tanagers the fruit feeders. In the afternoon, drive 45 minutes to Queremal (1,750 m.a.s.l.) overnight at Cali.
The Queremal is located in the old way to Buenaventura, there is Anchicayá, one of the favorite places to observe some endemic and rare birds of the Chocó region. In the afternoon drive to Buga (900 m.a.s.l.) to get ready the next day to visit Montezuma. Overnight at Guadalajara Hotel.
The Cerro Montezuma is ideal for the birding experience in the high Andean forest, where the Andes merge with the Chocó, with a little over 300 species of birds, instead beginning to be recognized among birders as one of the most biodiverse places on the planet, finding 11 endemic species of the western mountains, 9 endemic species of Colombia, nearly 14 species of endemic birds. There, we will be looking for the endemic Gold-ringed Tanager, Endemic Chestnut-bellied Flowerpiercer, NE Toucan Barbet, NE Purplish-mantled Tanager, endemic Munchique Wood-Wren, NE Black Solitaire and others. Nigth at Montezuma Lodge.
We continue visiting other paths to looking for the other different species in this magical place: Red-headed Barbet, Lemmon and Flamme-rumped Tanager, NE Violet-tailed Silph, NE Velvet-purple Coronet, White-tailed Hillstar, and NE Empress Brillant. Night at Montezuma.
The La Suiza lodge is a fabulous place. The lodge is surrounded by beautiful forest and all you have done to see forest birds is to step out of your cabin and stroll along the road entering the park. The reserve is the best place to look for the local and endemic Cauca Guan (long thought to be extinct until a healthy population was rediscovered in 1989 near Pereira at the actual location of the Otun-Quimbaya Reserve).We will also be looking for the endemics Chestnut Wood-Quail and Stiles´sTapaculo, Sickle-winged Guan, Greenish Puffleg, Highland Motmot, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, Streak-capped Treehunter, MoustachedAntpitta, Plumbeous-crowned Tyrannulet, Rufous-breasted Flycatcher, both Variegated and Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrants, Chestnut-breasted Wren, Pale-eyed and Glossy-black Thrushes and White-capped Tanagers, among many others. Here we will see the enigmatic Red-ruffed Fruitcrow which is better seen in this location than anywhere else in its range, also is the perfect place for Hooded Antpitta and Torrent Duck.
Río Blanco (2,400 m.a.s.l.) is just 30 minutes from Manizales and is the perfect place for Antpittas (Almost three species) and Cloud Forest Hummingbirds and Tanagers, we will spend the day here, in the afternoon we will drive to Pereira. Overnight there.
Another early start will find us at the first traffic light in the upper cloud and elfin forest on the way to Nevado del Ruiz National Park, we will make the first stop at Hacienda el Bosque to meet the enigmatic Crescent-faced Antpitta. Then, our main objective will be to look for the Rufous-fronted Parakeet rare and endemic. At a higher elevation near the entrance to the National Park, we will be looking endemic Buffy Helmetcrest, which is hard to find elsewhere and White-chinned Thistletail, Andean Tit-Spinetail, Stout-billed Cinclodes, Tawny Antpitta, Plain colored Seedeater, Paramo Seedeater, Plumbers Sierra-Finch and is possible to see Andean Condor Wetlands and ponds will also give us the opportunity to Andean Teal and Noble Snipe.
There also have an opportunity to Shining Sunbeam, Black-thighed and Golden-breasted Pufflegs, Great Sapphirewing, Viridian and TyrianMetaltail, Rainbow Bearded Thornbill, Buff-wingedStarfontlet, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Mountain Velvetbreast, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Golden-crowned Tanager, Paramo Tapaculo. Other possibilities are rarely OcelatedTapaculo and the rare Black-backed Bush Tanager. Later in the day we will go to Manizales where we will be lodging.
In the morning we will take our flight to Riohacha and then we go to Camarones, we spent the afternoon looking for very special birds like Chestnut Piculet, Slender-billed Inezia, Rufous-billed Hummingbird, Buffy Hummingbird, Glaucos Tanager, Vermillion Cardinal among others, in the afternoon drive to Santa Marta, overnight at Tayrona Park.
We will drive up in the morning to El Dorado Lodge, on the way we will look for the first endemics of this wonderful place like Santa Marta Tapaculo, Santa Marta Brush-Finch, Bang’s Wood Wren, White-lored Warbler, Santa Marta Foliage-gleaner, Santa Marta Antbird and others. Overnight t Dorado Lodge (1,900 m.a.s.l)
On This day we began this trip at 4:00 a.m. will search for the highlights of Santa Marta, Besides having the chance to see the snowy mountains at 18.946 ft, it is also
possible to see birds like Santa Marta Parakeet, Santa Marta Antpitta, Streak –capped Spinetail, Rusty-headed Spinetail, Santa Marta Bush Tyrant, Yellow-crowned Whitestart, Grey-throated Leaftosser, Santa Marta Woodstar, Crowned Woodnymph, Santa Marta Sabrewing, White-tailed Starfrontlet, Black-backed Thornbill and other very special birds. Nigth at Dorado reserve.
On our way back, we will keep looking for birds that have not yet been recorded before, we will look on every corner waiting for those hard birds, it is possible to make better records of birds that were far or whose records were sporadic. Santa Marta Screech-Owl, blossom crown, Golden-breasted Fruiteater and others specialties.