AMAZONIAN COLOMBIA: MITU

Day 1: Arrive in Bogotá

Day 2: At dawn we shall find ourselves on the Cerros overlooking the vast city of Bogotá. Here we shall look for the endemics, Matorral Tapaculo and Silvery-throated Spinetail as well as the near endemics, Rufous-browed Conebill and Coppery-bellied Puffleg. Mid morning we shall head off to some nearby gravel pits for Bogota Rail, Spot-flanked Gallinule and Merida Speckled Teal. After a short lunch we shall visit a vast reed bed to look for Apolinar's Marsh-wren.

Day 3 -8: After our flight out to Mitú we shall spend our time bird watching along the very many trails and habitats around Mitú. Unusually for birding sites in the Amazon, Mitú boasts three very different habitat types, Varzea, Terra Firma and White Sands forests and, as a result, an enormous diversity of birds. Some of the specialities that we shall look for include Red-fan Parrot, Blackish Nightjar, Fiery Topaz, Orinoco Piculet, Tawny-tufted Toucanet, Brown-banded Puffbird, Chestnut-crested, Grey-bellied and Black-throated Antbirds, Dot-backed Antwren, Yellow-crowned Manakin, Saffron-crested Tyrant-Manakin, Guianan Cock-of-the-rock, Purple-breasted and Pompadour Cotingas, Azure-naped Jay, Lemon-chested and Brown-headed Greenlets and White-naped Seedeater.

Other species could include White-throated Toucan, Chestnut and Scale-breasted Woodpecker, Bar-bellied Woodcreeper, Point-tailed Palmcreeper, Saffron-crested Tyrant-Manakin, Paradise Jacamar, Collared, White-chested and Spotted Puffbirds, Screaming Piha, Cinereous, Pearly and Amazonian Antshrikes, Black-throated, Black-headed, White-plumed and Bicoloured Antbirds, Cherrie's and Long-winged Antwrens, Black Bushbird, Spangled Cotinga, Green Oropendola, White-eyed Tody-Tyrant, Green Manakin, Rufous-tailed Xenops, Dusky-chested Flycatcher, Collared Gnatwren, Pink-throated Becard, Wing-barred Piprites, Flame-crested and Green-and-gold Tanagers and Pectoral Sparrow. At lunchtime on day eight we shall take our return flight back to Bogotá for connections to international flights.

 

Price: GB£1750/US$2890 per person
Max Group Size: 3

Tours Include: All accommodation in hotels and lodges, ground transport, internal flights, meals, services of tour leader, drivers and cooks.

Not included: International flights, departure tax, alcoholic and additional drinks, tips, laundry and other items of a personal nature.