Day 0: Arrival to Bogotá and Transfer to Ibagué
Pick up El Dorado Airport in the city of Bogotá heading to the first city of the route: Ibagué, Musical City of Colombia. On the day of your arrival, you will go to Ibagué and you will rest from your trip; Together with the leading guide, the Check List, the itinerary of the days will be reviewed, recommendations will be made and all your questions will be resolved on this day. Night: SONESTA HOTEL https://www.sonesta.com/co/tolima/ / IGUAIMA HOTEL https://hoteliguaima.com/
On the morning of day 1, you will depart towards the Combeima Canyon, located between 1400 and 4200 meters above sea level, it is located on the slopes of the Nevados National Natural Park, east side of the central mountain range, narrow valleys are visible 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 tourists who visit the region, this place has more than 250 species of birds, and is a place of passage of Golden Eagle, when it is migrating to North America.
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 entering 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 / Sonesta.
Morning in the Canyon, we will make a tour of a special site which the local government shut down to make the reservation of the Spectacled bears, vulnerable in our country, this place was commonly traveled by vehicles and is now working in his conservation, therefore, only allowing entry walk. Afternoon SPA AMBIENTAL LOS ALPES https://www.losalpes.at/ At noon we will go to the Spa Ambiental Los Alpes, will have lunch at this place and there we can see different species 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, this place is a small reserve located just 15 minutes from the city of Ibague, the owners have dedicated years to preserve and reforest the land that belongs to them and also to take care of the habitat of many species of animals; will observe birds in the afternoon and spend the night in this place. Night: Spa Ambiental Los Alpes, Ibagué
Day 3: San Jorge Botanical Garden and Gaia 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, Colombian Guacharaca (Ortalis culumbiana), east This place is located on the northwestern hills of 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 inhabits it. Then we will pass in the afternoon to the Botanical Garden of Ibagué; where, in addition to the beautiful birds, different species of Flora can be found, among the birds that can be observed are: Kingfisher (Chloroceryle americana), Caracara cheriway, Baltimore Turpial (Icterrus galibula), Tinamu Chico (Crypturellus soui) , Bataá Barrado (Thamnophilus doliatus), Amazilia Colirrufa (Amazilia tzacatl), the beautiful and majestic Barranquero (Momotus aequatorialis), among many others over the 150 species recorded. Night Spa Environmental Los Alpes.
Day 4: Entreaguas & Orquideario
On the morning of day four we will visit Entreaguas Nature Reserve a special reserve, which bears his name, because it is located in the middle of several natural water sources, 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 could hopefully 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. In the afternoon, we will go to the Orquídeas del Tolima Foundation or the so-called Orquidiario, a reserve that is easily inferred, because it has varieties of orchid species and many more species of fauna and flora, among the birds that could be observed They are: Black-faced Dacnis, Greenish Elaenia, Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Green Hermit, Ocher-bellied Flycatcher, Boat-billed Flycatcher, Tropical Mockingbird and many more of the 120 birds that have registered in the reserve. We will spend the night at Los Alpes Environmental Spa
Day 5: Lagunar Complex and Urapanes del Bosque
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. 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 gatherings activities that allow you to know the history of the region, You can make some observations of Owls right there at the hotel. Night: URAPANES DEL BOSQUE HOTEL http://urapanesdelbosque.com/
Day 6: 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.
Day 7: Toche, Palma de Cera Sanctuary
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. In the afternoon the transfer will be made to the municipality of Mariquita and the Night will be spent at the Cerro Dorado Hotel. https://www.hotelcerrodorado.com.co/
Early in the morning we will go to Falan, the place has 1008 hectares in natural forest, which constitutes a mixed arboreal and arboreal vegetation that mainly occupies the high south-Andean zone, conserving basins and micro-basins, of the water resource, the ecosystems that they are in this Municipality, they are being focused on their conservation, which provides a lot of wildlife, there you could see 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 use the whole day to explore Falan and then at the end of the afternoon we will travel to the city of bridges, Honda. Night: LAS TRAMPAS HOTEL https://www.posadalastrampas.com/ -
HOTEL WAKA HOTEL RURAL https://www.wakahotel.com/
Day 9: Honda (Tolima) - Back to home
In the morning we will visit the Hacienda el Triunfo Reserve, a tropical dry forest, in the lowlands at approximately 800 masl, 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 and in the afternoon travel to Bogotá, overnight at hotel Bogotá. Night: EMBASSY PARK HOTEL - http://www.hotelembassypark.com
MACAO HOTEL 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; If you are going to connect to another Birding Peace Colombia route, the transfer will be made to the starting point of the next route.