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: Today we shall head to Monterredondo to look for the very local and endemic Cundinamarca Antpitta. We also have a very good chance of seeing the endemic Flame-winged Parakeet here. Other species we may encounter include Black-and-chestnut Eagle, Golden fronted Whitestart, Sulphur-bellied Tyrannulet, Barred Fruiteater, Northern Mountain Cacique, Black-billed Mountain Toucan and Black collared Jay. In the nearby town we will look for the localized Green-bellied Hummingbird.
Day 4-5: We shall take an early morning flight to Pereira and drive to Cerro Montezuma. Black-and-gold Tanager (Bangsia melanochlamys) On the higher slopes we shall look for the endemic Gold-ringed Tanager, Chestnut-bellied Flowerpiercer and Munchique Wood-wren. As we walk back down the slope towards the lodge we should start coming across the other most wanted tanager in the endemic Black-and-gold Tanager plus Parker's Antbird, Crested Ant-tanager and the as yet un-described Alto Pisones Tapaculo. We shall also hopefully see Beautiful Jay, Black Solitaire, Fulvous-dotted Treerunner, Glistening-green Tanager, Black-chinned Mountain-tanager, Bicoloured Antvireo, Club-winged Manakin and many other Chocó endemics.
Day 6: After a final breakfast we shall head off to the SFF Otun-Quimabaya. This is almost the only place you can see the very rare Cauca Guan and we should expect to see them feeding high in the canopy prior to going to roost on our first afternoon. We shall scan the species flocks for the enigmatic Multicoloured Tanager. We may also be lucky enough to encounter Chestnut Wood-quail or maybe even the diminutive Greyish Piculet.
Day 7-9: For the next three nights we shall base ourselves in the city of Manizales. The first full day will be spent at the Rio Blanco reserve where we shall look for several Antpittas including Brown-banded, Undulated, Chestnut-naped, Slate-crowned and Bicoloured, but also Dusky Piha, Black-billed Mountain Toucan, Occelated, Spillman's, Ash-coloured and Blackish Tapaculos, Masked Saltator, Rusty-faced Parrot and Golden-plumed Parakeet.
The following day we shall travel to the foot of the Nevado del Ruiz Volcano where our primary focus will be to look for the highly local and endemic Rufous-fronted Parakeet. However, we shall also be keeping our eye out for Tawny Antpitta, Golden-crowned Tanager, Black-backed Bush-tanager, Mountain Avocetbill, Black-thighed Puffleg and Bearded Helmetcrest or even the elusive Crescent-faced Antpitta.
Day 10-11: This morning we shall depart for Jardin stopping en route to look for the newly described Antioquia Wren and Apical Flycatcher. Here our aim will be to see the very rare Yellow-eared Parrot. Additional time in the area could reward us with Tanager-finch, White-capped Parrot, Black-billed Mountain Toucan and Red-bellied Grackle and a conveniently located Andean Cock-of-the-rock lek.
Day 12-13: We shall have an early start as we head for the remote village of Urrao. Transfering to horses, we shall ride up to the reserve centre. On our full day in the area we shall be looking for mainly Urrao Antpitta, Chestnut-bellied Flowerpiercer, Paramillo Tapaculo and Dusky Starfrontlet. Dusky Starfrontlet (Coeligena orina)
Day 14: Today will be spent mostly travelling to Medellin. However, if time allows we shall visit the La Romera reserve in the late afternoon to look for Yellow-headed Manakin.
Day 15-17: This morning we shall take a flight to Bahia Solano before transfering to our comfortable lodge at the other end of the only 18 miles of road that exist in this part of the pacific coast. We shall spend our few days here exploring the reserve behind our lodge along with walks through Utria National Park and along the road where excellent forest patches still remain. One of our main targets will be the very local and endemic Baudo Oropendola, but we should also hope to see a great variety of species including Grey-headed Chachalaca, Blue-footed Booby, Brown Booby, King Vulture, Grey-headed Kite, Double-toothed Kite, Plumbeous Kite, Tiny Hawk, Semiplumbeous Hawk, Common Black Hawk, White-throated Crake, Brown Wood-rail, Dusky Pigeon, Blue Ground Dove, Grey-chested Dove, Rose-faced Parrot, Grey-capped Cuckoo, Green Thorntail, Blue-chested Hummingbird, Purple-chested Hummingbird, Purple-crowned Fairy, Black-breasted Puffbird, Pied Puffbird, Spot-crowned Barbet, Stripe-billed Aracari, Choco Toucan, Black-mandibled Toucan, Black-cheeked Woodpecker, Black-striped Woodcreeper, Great Antshrike, Black-headed Antthrush, Thicket Antpitta, Western Sirystes, Bright-rumped Attila, Black-tipped Cotinga, Purple-throated Fruitcrow, Golden-collared Manakin, Green Manakin, Red-capped Manakin, Black-crowned Tityra, Masked Tityra, Lesser Greenlet, Black-chested Jay, Song Wren, Fulvous-vented Euphonia, Scarlet-rumped Cacique, Dusky-faced Tanager, White-shouldered Tanager, Tawny-crested Tanager, Plain-colored Tanager, Blue-whiskered Tanager, Rufous-winged Tanager, Golden-hooded Tanager, Scarlet-thighed Dacnis, Blue Dacnis, Scarlet-browed Tanager and Scarlet-and-white Tanager.
Day 18-19: We shall take an early morning flight back to Medellin. And then drive to the Chestnut-capped Piha Reserve for a two nights stay. Here we shall focus our efforts on looking for Chestnut-capped Piha, Parker’s Antbird, Multicoloured Tanager, Purplish-mantled Tanager, Stiles' Tapaculo, Pale-eyed Thrush and Red-bellied Grackle.
Day 20-22: We shall set off early for the Cerulean Warbler Reserve for a three night stay. We shall spend our time focusing on nine of the endemics this reserve has to offer; Gorgeted Wood-quail, Indigo-capped Hummingbird, Chestnut-bellied Hummingbird, Black Inca, Upper Magdalena Tapaculo, Mountain Grackle, Niceforo's Wren, Parker's Antbird and Turquoise Dacnis.
Other highlights could include Highland Tinamou, Yellow-throated Spadebill and White-bellied Antpitta.
Day 23-24: After an early breakfast we shall leave head south towards El Paujil stopping en route to look for Northern Screamer that frequents the marshes alongside the main highway. Once at the reserve we shall focus our time looking for Blue-billed Curassow as well as several other endemics such as White-mantled Barbet, Beautiful Woodpecker, Colombian Chachalaca and Sooty Ant-tanager. Other species we should look out for include Black-billed Flycatcher, Black Antshrike, Citron-throated Toucan and Saffron-headed Parrot.
Day 25: After breakfast we shall drive back to Bogotá stopping en route to visit a spectacular garden with over 20 hummingbird feeders.
Day 26-30: After an early morning flight 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, Spot-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, Guianan Gnatcatcher 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.
Day 31: After a final morning around Mitú we shall catch our flight back to Bogotá.
Day 32: We shall catch an early morning flight to Santa Marta. We shall then drive straight to the El Dorado lodge for a two night stay
Day 33: Today we shall spend the day birding the San Lorenzo ridge in search of the many endemics that the region has to offer including Santa Marta Parakeet, Santa Marta Bush-tyrant, Santa Marta Seedeater, Santa Marta Warbler, Santa Marta Mountain-tanager, Santa Marta Brush-finch, White-lored Warbler, Yellow-crowned Whitestart, Rusty-headed Spinetail, Streak-capped Spinetail, White-tailed Starfrontlet, Santa Marta Antpitta, and Santa Marta Woodstar. Other species may include White-tipped Quetzal, White-rumped Hawk, Black-and-chestnut Eagle, Black-fronted Wood-Quail, Golden-breasted Fruiteater and Lined Quail-Dove. In the evening we shall look for the elusive and as yet un-described Santa Marta Screech-owl.
Day 34: After breakfast we shall head back down towards Santa Marta where we shall stop at selected spots to look for Santa Marta Tapaculo, Santa Marta Foliage-gleaner and Blossomcrown. In Minca we shall spend our time at some hummingbird feeders. Two nights in Santa Marta.
Day 35: Today we shall visit La Guajira for Coro endemics including Chestnut Piculet, Tocuyo Sparrow, Vermillion Cardinal and Buffy Hummingbird. We shall also hope to see Bare-eyed Pigeon, White-whiskered Spinetail, Black-crested Antshrike, Venezuelan Flycatcher, Orinocan Saltator, Pale-eyed Pygmy-tyrant, Glaucous Tanager, Slender-billed and Pale-tipped Inezia, Russet-throated Puffbird, Northern Scrub-flycatcher, Double-striped Thick-knee and Northern White-fringed Antwren.
Day 36: We shall spend the early morning in Isla Salamanca in search of the endemic Chestnut-winged Chachalaca, Sapphire-bellied Hummingbird and Bronze-brown Cowbird before driving to Barranquilla for our lunchtime flight to Bogotá.
Price: GB£7,500/US$12,000 per person
Max Group Size: 4
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