Colombia, with its diverse landscapes, is home to more bird species than any other country in the world. With almost 2,000 species, be prepared to be in awe of the spectacular avifauna as we explore Colombia’s lush cloud forests, wetlands,coasts, valleys, and high mountain plains on this 14-day adventure. Join to us to visit this dynamic birding destination as we enjoy the culture, gastronomy and fine people Colombia has to offer. Spend the first morning of birding at Finca La Arucana, which will be a great introduction to the birds of the Colombian Andes. Amid the cloud forests surrounding the infamous El18, search for a variety of species as well as visit an Andean Cock-of-the-rock lek. The birding is amazing, with mixedspecies flocks of Multicolored, Purplish-mantled, Scrub and Golden-naped Tanagers foraging among the mist-laden trees along side Green-and-Black and Scaled Fruiteaters, Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonia and Golden-headed and Crested Quetzal. Next, descend to the Choco Bioregion, on the Pacific coast, to one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. in search of Collared Aracari, Rose-faced Parrot and Chestnut-backed Antbird. Your next stop is in the Cauca Valley. The Sonso Lagoon is one of Colombia’s largest wetland reserves and home to Bare-faced Ibis, Cocoi Heron, White-throated Crake, Blackish Rail and Wattled Jacana. With luck you may encounter rare species such as Pinnated Bittern, Bar-crested Antshrike, and the endemics Apical Flycatcher and Grayish Piculet. Keep our eyes open for Horned Screamer – a large bird that can be described as a cross between a turkey and a goose.
Traveling northeast, you will continue on to the Coffee Triangle, to the Otun-Quimbaya Sanctuary in search of the endemic Cauca Guan and for the best views in the world of Red-ruffed Fruitcrow. Then, head to Manizales, also in the Central Cordillera of the Andes in the cloud forests of the Rio Blanco Reserve, which host more stunning species such as White-capped and Grass-green Tanager, Golden-fronted Whitestart, Ocellated Tapaculo, Black-billed Peppershrike; plus an excellent chance to see two endemic species: Brownbanded and Bicolored Antpitta at the worm feeders. After a couple of days at Rio Blanco, we will head to Manizales to our hotel Termales del Otono, featuring a host of mineral-rich hot springs. The next day we climb into the mountains and above tree-line to reach the high plains-like Paramo of the Nevado del Ruiz. The surreal Paramo habitat consists of windswept short grasses dotted with the fuzzy leaved Espeletia. In the Paramo, search for the impressive Bearded Helmetcrest, Tawny Antpitta, Scarlet-bellied, Mountain-Tanager, Andean-tit Spinetail, Blackbacked Bush-Tanager and the rare Rufous-fronted Parakeet.
After a long day at high elevation, you return to the hotel to the enjoy the hot springs before returning to Cali the next day. One more night in Cali will give you the chance to explore the city before catching flights home the next morning. Join us in a beautiful country with an unsurpassed diversity of fauna and flora. Please check out our Trip Report further down.
- 14 birding days in Colombia visiting world-famous National Parks and nature reserves
- start and finish in Cali
- using various accommodation at different habitats, most of them offer great on site birding
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