COLOMBIA BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY SAFARI

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Price: From £3750/$4500 per person

Date: 12th to 25th November 2024

Your Local, Award-Winning Photographer Guide: Daniel Mideros

Photograph an Abundance of Hummingbirds in The Cloud Forest

Observe Toucans, Trogons, and Aracaris

Discover the Andes of Colombia

Watch out for Condors and Caracaras in the Paramo

Visit 10+ Private Reserve with Excellent Bird Photography Opportunities

Multi-flash Photography Opportunity

Day 1: Arrive at Cali, welcome to Colombia

 

Arrival in Cali (Alfonso Bonilla Aragon International Airport). Join us for a delightful welcome dinner (payable locally), where we’ll introduce fellow participants and discuss the exciting activities planned for the days ahead.

Meals: None

Overnight in Cali.

Red-Headed Barbet by Daniel Mideros

Day 2 – 3: Bird Photography in the Cali Cloud Forest

 

Start the day with going to a small farm located in the western Andes of Colombia (at 2,000 m.a.s.l.). It has 20 species of hummingbirds and you can also spot up to 30 species of tanagers, including the famous Multicolored Tanager, one of the main objectives of this trip!

Other species of birds such as flower piercers, honeycreepers, jay,  toucans,  woodpecker will appear too.

In addition, during these days, we will have the opportunity to take multiflash photography, in which we will be able to obtain  beautiful photos of hummingbirds in flight and perched near the feeders.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Overnight in the Valle del Cauca.

Multicolored-tanager by Daniel Mideros

Day 4 -5 : Discovering the La Rivera Reserve

 

Today we start heading North and go to La Rivera Reserve, to see and photograph the famous Red-ruffed Fruitcrow. In the afternoon we will visit Finca Don Miguel Reserve in Chinchiná, to photograph the Bay-headed Tanager. After our stay we will head slowly towards Manizales.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Overnight in Salento.

golden-collared manakin in Colombia

Day 6 – 7: Photographing the Parrots of Cajamarca

 

After breakfast, we will go to Cajamarca in search of another main target of the trip, the Yellow-eared Parrot (Ognorhynchus icterotis).  On arrival, if time permits, we will visit a reserve of “Palmas de Cera” , which are nesting places for the parrots. We will also enjoy seeing and photographing some stunning hummingbirds in the area.

On the following day , we will visit again the private reserve with the Palm trees in search of the Yellow-eared Parrot. We will spend the rest of the day around the bird feeders in a private reserve, where there are great chances of observing Tolima Blossomcrown and the  Yellow-headed Brushfinch, two endemic species that frequently visit the local gardens.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Overnight near Cajamarca.

Yellow-earred parrots by Daniel Mideros

Day 8 – 9: Tanagers, Hummingbirds and Manakins near Tinamu

 

After breakfast we will leave to the outskirts of Manizales. Once we arrive at the reserve, we will enjoy the company of hummingbirds in a full multi-flash day. Our main targets in the area are the Steely-vented Hummingbird, the Western Emerald, the White- necked Jacobin, the Rufoustailed Hummingbird (Rufous-tailed hummingbird), the White-vented Plumeleteer , the Green hermit, the Blackthroated Mango, and many more.

This beautiful dry forest is a perfect place for bird and nature lovers. The feeders attract a wide-range of species, like the Clay- coloured Thrush, Andean Motmot, Thick-billed Euphonia, Crimson-rumped Tanager, Acorn woodpecker, Bay-headed tanager, Blue-necked tanager, Crimson-backed tanager ), Scrub tanager, Bluegray tanager , Guira tanager , Red-crowned woodpecker …

Additionally, when the lek activity is high, it is possible to approach to take good photographs of the Golden-collared Manakin.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Overnight near Manizales.

Andean Motmot by Daniel Mideros

Day 10 – 11: Birding around Manizales

 

In the next two days we will discover a big ranch and the surrounding cloud forest looking for the chance to photograph some exotic and exciting species. In the morning we will photograph the feeding Crescent-faced antpitta (Grallaricula lineifrons) and Rufous antpitta (Grallaria rufula). we will also have a great chance of seeing and photographing Grey Breasted Mountain Toucans (Andigena hypoglauca), Barred fruiteater (Pipreola arcuata), the Hooded Mountain-Tanager (Buthraupis montana). In the afternoon we will continue with hummingbirds photography, which includes the famous Sword-billed hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera).

The next day the main target will be the iconic Black-billed Mountain-Toucan along with 10-20 species of hummingbirds.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Overnight in Manizales.

Crescent-faced-Antpitta by Daniel Midros

Day 12 – 13: Birding in the Los Nevados

 

We spend the next two days at high elevation (3400 m.a.s.l.). The forest we will visit is located near the Natural Los Nevados National Park. He re the goal will be to see and photograph the Southern Emerald-Toucanet.

Our lodge is located in a privileged location that combines natural hot springs with a pleasant place for bird watching and photography. At the feeders, we can photograph and enjoy the sighting of  Black-thighed and Golden-breasted pufflegs, Great sapphirewings, Buff-winged Starfrontlets, Collared Incas, Mountain Velvetbreasts; and if we are extremely lucky, the magnificent Rainbow-bearded Thornbill (Chalcostigma herrani).

The next day we will visit the paramo to see the Buffy Helmetcrest (Oxypogon stuebelii) in its natural habitat.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Overnight near Termales.

BUffy-Helmetcrest by Daniel Mideros

Day 14: Departure Day

After a good rest and a tasty breakfast, we will head back to Pereira city’s airport.

Meals: Breakfast.

Mountain Tanager

Cali

Sonesta Hotel Cali (Premium)

Tis 4-star hotel is located in Cali. it offers clean an comfortable rooms, a pool, a bar and restaurant. It will be a great place to start our birding adventure.

Dagua

Araucana Lodge (premium)

Araucana Lodge is a beautiful boutique lodge nestled in the Western Andes, among palm and bamboo groves. it is an excellent place to do bird watching and bird photography and enjoy nature in general.

Salento

Hotel el Mirador de Cocora (Classic)

Hotel el Mirador de Cocora is a nice, modern-looking hotel 400m from the town centre of Salento. The hotel has breath-taking views to the Cocora valley.

Cajamarca

Urapanes Del Bosque (Classic)

Urapanes del Bosque is a rural farm stay-style accommodation. it is located in the forest and has some nice views to the valleys.

Near Manizales

Hotel Tinamu (Classic)

A very nice birding lodge nestled in the valley among the beautiful forest. They have been conserving nature for 40+ years. The hotel has it own private trails and offers high-level of bird watching in this part of Colombia.

Manizales

QUO Quality Hotel – Manizales (Classic)

A very nice, modern hotel in Manizales. A perfect place to relax after a tiring day on the field.

Termales

Hotel Termales Del Ruiz (Classic)

A nice hotel with pool at high elevation, near the Natural Los Nevados National Park. It has comfortable, clean rooms, a restaurant and pools.

Prices & Inclusions

Date: 12th to 25th November 2024

Holiday Price

Single Supplement

Min. 2, Max 6 participants.

£3750/person £600/person
$4500/person $720/person

Inclusions

  • Arrival and departure transfers from/to Quito Airport
  • 13 night accommodation in the mentioned hotels and (birding) lodges on a twin share basis
  • All meals (from the breakfast of Day 2 till breakfast of Day 14)
  • Local, English-speaking photographer guide: Daniel Mideros
  • Private transportation throughout the holiday
  • Private reserve-fees (around 13 reserves)
  • Multi-flash equipment
  • Full financial protection by Protected Trust Services

 

Exclusions

  • International Flights
  • Meals that are not listed
  • Beverages
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance
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