Day 0: Arrival in Bogotá
Day 0: Arrival in Bogotá
Pick-up El Dorado International Airport- Hotel HOTEL EMBASSY PARK - http://www.hotelembassypark.com HOTEL MACAO https://hotelmacaocolombia.com-bogota.com/ This will be the day of your arrival in Colombia, it will be picked up at El Airport Dorado in the city of Bogotá, whatever your arrival time the check-in at the hotel will be done after 3 pm, this day will be destined for you to rest and adapt to the height of the city 2600 m.a.s.l; Together with the leading guide, Check List, the itinerary of the trip will be reviewed, recommendations and coexistence agreements will be made, all your questions will be resolved on this day. Note: Please note that if you wish to exchange dollars, this must be done at the airport upon arrival. ATMs are perhaps the easiest place to get Colombian pesos. If your flight is late, dinner is not included tonight.
Day 1: La Florida Park - Observatorio Colibríes
This will be the first day of the tour, we will leave very early towards The Florida park is located northwest of the city and due to its proximity to the Jaboque wetland, it houses a good amount of bird species, such as the Andean Siskin, Pileated Finch, Plain-colored Seedeater, Torrent Tyrannulet, Veery, Little Cuckoo, White-tailed Hawk, Willow Flycatcher, Black Phoebe, Bar-crested Antshrike, Red-billed Scythebill, Sedge Wren, Grassland Sparrow, Tropical Parula, Andean Duck, Glossy Flowerpiercer ; In the afternoon we will pass to the hummingbirds Observatory, located in Calera, at 3000 meters above sea level, being an ecosystem of high Andean forest for the habitat of approximately 18 species of Hummingbirds, such as the Black-tailed Trainbearer, Long-tailed Sylph, Glowing Puffleg, Blue-throated Starfrontlet, Green - tailed Trainbearer, Sword-billed Hummingbird, in the afternoon we will visit Finca Suasie, where you can see various birds, such as the Masked Trogon, Undulated Antpitta, Tawny Antpitta, Rufous Antpitta, White-banded Tyrannulet, Golden-fronted Redstart, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Powerful Woodpecker, Lesser Violetear, Mountain Velvetbreast, Black-billed Mountain-Toucan, the endemic Brown-breasted Parakeet.
Day 2: Finca Suasie (Chingaza)
We will leave Bogotá very early and visit the Suasie Farm. The farm belongs to the Rio Blanco reserve and is a buffer zone and biological corridor with the Chingaza National Natural Park. Located on the 3100 meters above sea level, this place of mist forest houses more than 130 species of birds among which are endemic, almost endemic, in vulnerable, common and migratory states, among which are Pearled Treerunner, Pale- bellied Tapaculo, White-browed Spinetail, Mountain Wren, Blue-backed Conebill, Amethyst-throated Sunangel, White-throated Screech-Owl, Brown-breasted Parakeet, Ash-colored Tapaculo, Pale-naped Brushfinch, Rufous Wren, Black-crested Warbler , Slaty-backed Chat-Tyrant, Torrent Tyrannulet, Bluish Flowerpiercer, Mountain Cacique, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Black-capped Hemispingus, at the end of the afternoon you return to the Hotel in Bogotá.
This is a nature reserve, foggy forest, located in the savanna of Bogotá, has more than 300 hectares of forest, finding more than 350 species of birds, between a latitude of 2100- 2700 meters above sea level, there we can find some wild animals and some bird species such as Southern Emerald-Toucanet, Moustached Brushfinch, White-sided Flowerpiercer, Spinus spinescens, White-throated Screech-Owl, Streaked Tuftedcheek, Orange-bellied Euphonia, Geoffroy's Wedgebill, American Coot, return to the Hotel in the afternoon.
Day 4: La Vega - Enchanted Garden - Laguna El Tabacal
In the morning you will visit Jardín Encantado, a beautiful place located in the San Francisco sidewalk at an altitude of 1,500 masl, there you can see more than 100 species, including about 25 species of lowland hummingbirds, including the Endemic, Indigo -capped Hummingbird, Sparking Violetar, Georgeted Woodstar, Ruby-topaz Hummbingbird, Black-throated Mango, Brown Violetear, Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, Short-tailed Emerald, White-vented Plumeleteer, Bananaquit, Shiny Cowbird, Rusty-margined Flycatcher, Olivaceous Piculet , Common Tody-Flycatcher, Gray-breasted Martin, Then we will go to Laguna el Tabacal, where we will have the possibility of finding waterfowl and more, such as Bar-crested Antshrike, Booted Racket-tail, Scrub Tanager, Blue-necked Tanager, Gray -necked Wood-Rail, Red -crowned woodpecker, Watled Jacana, Merlin, Parker's Antbird, Pied Water-tyrant, as well as the endemic Plain-colored Seedeater, exit to Honda Tolima. HOTEL LAS TRAMPAS - https://www.posadalastrampas.com/ HOTEL WAKA HOTEL RURAL - https://www.wakahotel.com/
Day 5: Honda (Tolima) - The City of Bridges
In the morning we will visit the Hacienda el Triunfo Reserve, a tropical dry forest, in the lowlands at approximately 800 meters above sea level, It has a unique biodiversity of plants and animals, it is considered the most threatened ecosystem in the neotropics and one of the interests of the most natural ecosystem for the conservation of biodiversity, currently this type of forest is in a critical state of fragmentation that has adapted to conditions of water stress where if we have the opportunity you can see around 130 species of birds, such as Yellow-crowned Parrot , Blue-headed Parrot, Russet-throated Puffbird, Greenish Elaenia, Giant Cowbird, American Kestrel, Black-chested Jay, Yellow-olive Flycatcher. Return to the Hotel Lunch- Travel to Reserva el Paujil (Boyacá), this tour by car will be approximately 4 hours.
Day 6 y 7: El Paujil Reserve (Boyacá) - Return Hotel Las Trampas
On day 6 we will travel a part of the Paujil reserve very early, this area is located in the Las Quinchas mountain range, in Boyacá, has an area of 3,419 hectares, protects the endemic and critically endangered species Blue-billed Curassow, and other endemics such as the Beautiful Woodpecker, this reserve is between 150 and 1200 masl, houses around 360 species of birds, and you will have the possibility to see birds such as Crested Guan, Marbled Wood-Quail, White-tipped Dove, Common Pauraque, White-collared Swift, Gartered Trogon, White-tailed Trogon, Whooping Motmot, American Pygmy Kingfisher, Yellow-throated Toucan, Mealy Parrot, Plain Xenops, Rufous Mourner, Striolated Manakin, Swallow-tailed Kite, Red-breasted Meadowlark, Golden-hooded Tanager That day we will not leave the reservation, the whole tour will be there in the afternoon and we will stay there again. On the 7th we will take the opportunity to see more of the birds that this magnificent place offers us until noon, then we will have lunch and return to Honda, there we will rest at the Hotel. If you want on the night of the 7th you can take a history tour through the town of Honda, where you will hear the history of its beautiful colonial streets. Note: additional plan and not included in the final price)
Day 8: Falan & Combeima Canyon (Ibagué)
Early in the morning we will pass to Falan, municipality located in Tolima, the place has 1008 hectares in natural forest, which constitutes a mixed arboreal and shrub vegetation that mainly occupies the high South-Andean area, conserving basins and micro-basins, of water resource, the ecosystems that are in this Municipality, are being focused on their conservation, which provide a lot of wildlife, there could be different species of birds such as Golden-headed Manakin, Black-bellied Wren, Bay Wren, Buff-rumped Warbler, Bar-crested Antshrike, Blue Dacnis, Scrub Greenlet, Yellow-headed Caracara, Lineated Woodpecker; We will take the whole morning to explore Falan and after lunch, we will go to Ibagué. Arrival in Ibagué in the afternoon, towards the Combeima Canyon, located between 1400 and 4200 m.s.a.l, it is located on the slopes of the Nevados National Natural Park, east side of the central mountain range, you can see narrow valleys on the banks and steep slopes of up to 90 degrees, which reveal the great walls of pure rock that the Canyon has, presenting a wonderful landscape to the tourists who visit the region, in this place there have been more than 250 species of birds, and it is place Golden Eagle, when it is migrating to North America. IBAGUE - HOTEL IGUAIMA https://hoteliguaima.com/ In the hotel you could check some birds like Buff-tailed Coronet, Flame-rumped Tanager, Carib Grackle, Bronzy Inca, Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Yellow-bellied Seedeater, Green Hermit, Western Elaenia, Giant Cowbird, Blue-and-white Swallow, White-capped Dipper, among others, the place is perfect for a good rest.
On this day we will visit two of the different sites that the canyon has, we will start at Ukuku Rural Lodge, and around noon we will arrive at Finca La Rivera, at this time we will look for several of the almost 300 species of birds that the basin allows to enter through several corridors, among them we could hopefully see Torrent Duck, Sickle-winged Guan, the representative birds of the municipality, Tolima Dove and Tolima Blossomcrow, we can also see birds such as the Speckle-faced Parrot, Blue-and-white Swallow, Golden Tanager, Golden-naped Tanager, Saffron-crowned Tanager, Orange-bellied Euphonia, Southern Emerald-Toucanet, Chestnut-collared Swift, Andean Momot, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Roadside Hawk, Gray-necked Wood-Rail, Squirrel Cuckoo , Oilbird, Golden-olive Woodpecker, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Lineated Woodpecker, Green-fronted lancebill, Lazuline Sabrewing, Red-crowned Woodpecker, Scaly-naped Parrot, Chestnut-collared Swift, night Hotel Iguaima.
Day 10: Combeima Canyon
Tomorrow in the canyon, we will take a tour of a special site which the local government closed to make the reserve of the spectacled bear, a vulnerable species in our country, this place was commonly traveled by vehicles and now it is working on its conservation, therefore, only walking is allowed. Afternoon ENVIRONMENTAL SPA LOS ALPES https://www.losalpes.at/ At noon we will go to Spa Environmental Los Alpes, we will have lunch in this place and there we will be able to observe different species such as Rusty-margined Flycatcher, Velvet-fronted Euphonia, Mourning Warbler, Panama Flycatcher, Tropical Kingbird, Gray-headed Tanager, Southern Rough-winged Swallow, Red-eyed Vireo, Red-breasted Blackbird, Blue-gray Tanager, Pale-breasted Thrush, among other birds, this place is a small reserve located just 15 Min of the city of Ibagué, its owners have dedicated years to conserve and reforest the land that belongs to them and also to take care of the habitat of many species of animals; We will watch birds in the afternoon and spend the night in this place.
Day 11: Ibagué Reserve
In the morning we will be in Gaia Reserve, an ideal place to have many bird species nearby including the Rufous-breasted Hermit, Gray-cowled Wood-Rail, Moustached Puffbird, Spot-breasted Woodpecker, Orange-chinned Parakeet, Golden-faced Tyrannulet , Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant, Masked Crimson Tanager, Blue-black Grosbeak, Black-faced Grassquit, Blue Ground-Dove, Slate-colored Seedeater, Orange-billed Sparrow, Common Tody-Flycatcher, this place is located on the northwestern hills from the city of Ibagué, and it is a space that has been enriched by a great variety of flora, which serves as food for the fauna that lives there. In the afternoon, we will pass to the Entreaguas Natural Reserve a special reserve, which bears his name, because it is located in the middle of several natural water sources, it is located south of the city of Ibagué, this reserve has been sustained and is being worked by the same family; Therefore, there is evidence that several generations have worked to maintain a wonderful habitat for the flora and fauna found there, in the reserve we can observe important birds such as Crested Ant-Tanager, Bay-headed Tanager, Green Honeycreeper, Red-billed Emerald, White-necked Jacobin, White-bellied Antbird and many more birds that have been registered there; We will spend the night at Los Alpes Environmental Spa.
Day 12: Ibagué Reserves
Today we will visit a complex of lagoons that belong to the Hacienda El Escobal, where a paneling industry is produced, a product that is prepared based on sugarcane; In addition, rice and corn are grown, because of this, the farm has the lagoon complex which it uses to irrigate the crops, that is why, the lagoons are indispensable there and now it is the habitat of many birds that found those lagoons to stay ; There are a variety of aquatic species of tropical forest, of which you could see: White-faced Whistling-Ducke, Bare-faced Ibis, Ringed Kingfisher, Least Grebe, Olivaceous Piculet, Yellow Oriole, Cocoi Heron, Streaked Flycatcher, Gray Seedeater , Neotropic Cormorant, Black Skimmer, Tricolored Munia, Yellow-hooded Blackbird, in the afternoon we will travel to the municipality of Anaime, to reach a beautiful hotel in the forest, that route is approximately two hours by car. HOTEL URAPANES DEL BOSQUE http://urapanesdelbosque.com/ This place is located in the Anaime Canyon, a place considered the agricultural pantry of Colombia, and its landscapes show the different crops that are produced there, at night there are activities From a gathering that allows knowing the history of the region, you can make some observations of Owls right there in the hotel.
Day 13: Giles-Fuertesi Reserve
In the morning the departure is made to the Giles Fuertesi reserve, located between 2750 m.a.s.l. and 3600 m.a.s.l. the eastern flank of the Colombian Central Cordillera, on the Potosí Alto village, in the municipality of Cajamarca, Tolima; It has an area of approximately 294 hectares between Andean, high Andean and moorland ecosystems of the central Colombian mountain range, the average temperature is 10 ° C and it is an area that has high cloudiness, it is the refuge for the conservation of Indigo- winged Parrot, the Golden-plumed Parakeet, and the Rufous-fronted Parakeet, endemic and vulnerable species, additional species such as Sickle-winged Guan, Tyrian Metaltail, Lacrimose Mountain-Tanager, Gray-breasted Mountain- can be observed Toucan, in the afternoon we will return to the hotel.
Early in the morning we will go to the route of the great naturalist Roy Chapman Andrews during his expedition to the American Museum of Natural History in the early twentieth century, Toche is a magical place, with a lush landscape, where the palm forest of Wax largest in the world (zero-nylon quindiuense) with about 800,000 palms, in this place you can do birdlife on the path along the river, in a great calm, you can see between its path the volcano - Cerro Machin, additional enjoy the beautiful landscape that forms with the fog between the palm valley, there you could see different species of birds among which have been recorded are: Yellow-eared Parrot, a critically endangered species that lives and feeds on the palm of wax, as well as the Tourmaline Sunangel, Grass-green Tanager, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, Slaty Brushfinch, Green Jay, Thick-billed Euphonia, Slate-crowned Antpitta, Grass-green Tanager, Blue-backed Conebill, Hooded Mountain-Tanager, White-banded Tyrannulet, Golden Tanager, Mountain Cacique, Black-capped Tanager, there we will spend the whole day and have lunch at the La Leona country estate, and we will make a long journey in search of different species. Overnight in Girardot, the tour from Toche to Girardot is approximately 3 hours. HOTEL IN GIRARDOT HOTEL GHL, Relax el Puente https://www.ghlhoteles.com/hoteles/colombia/girardot/ghl-relax-el-puente/
Day 15: Trip to Mana Dulce Reserve (Nilo - Cundinamarca)
We leave the hotel from Girardot towards Nilo to the Mana Dulce Reserve, in the morning we will be there in the reserve, in which they have been maintaining a humid enclave in the Tropical Dry Forest for 50 years with 167 species of birds registered so far, on this tour We could observe species such as: Apical Flycatcher, Yellow-olive Flycatcher, Pixleated Finch, White-eared Conebill, Sepia-capped Flycatcher, Rufus-tailed Jacamar, Barred Puffbird, Yellow-tailed Oriole, Little Tinamou, Black-crowned Antshrike, Barred Puffbird, Pale-vented Pigeon, Pale-breasted Spinetail, Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant, Cattle Tyrant, White-bearded Manakin, Lance-tailed Manakin, White-eared Conebill, Yellow-tailed Oriole, Tapera Naevia, in the afternoon after touring the Reserve and lunch, we will go to Bogotá to rest. Night in Bogotá HOTEL HOTEL EMBASSY PARK - http://www.hotelembassypark.com HOTEL MACAO - https://hotelmacaocolombia.com-bogota.com/
International flight home, if the flight is in the afternoon, you can schedule some purchases you want to make in the morning.