ENDEMICS TOUR I

NOTE: This tour can be run in conjunction with the Endemics Tour II.

Day 1: Arrive in Bogotá for a two nights stay.

Day 2: 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 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 3-4: Today we take an early morning flight to Medellin and transfer 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 5-6: This morning we shall depart for Jardin. 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 7-8: An early start we see us 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, Paramillo Tapaculo and Dusky Starfrontlet.

Day 9-11: For the next three nights we shall base ourselves in the city of Manizales. The first 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 12: After a final morning birding at the Rio Blanco before heading 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 13: After lunch we shall drive to Cerro Montezuma for a three nights stay.

Day 14-15: We shall spend these two days birding on Cerro Montezuma. 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 16: We shall leave Cerro Montezuma for Pereira to catch a flight to Santa Marta. We shall then drive straight to the El Dorado lodge for a two night stay.

Private Tour with Peter Symonds Day 17: 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 18: 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 19: 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 20: 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£4250/US$6800 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 drinks, tips, laundry and other items of a personal nature.

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