MAGICAL COLOMBIA: The Andes And Santa Marta A Two Part Tour With Birdwatching Trips



Full Tour: Saturday 2nd – Thursday 21st November 2024


Part One: Saturday 2nd – Monday 11th November 2024


Part Two: Monday 11th– Thursday 21st November 2024




What a bird just has to be seen - Crescent-faced Antpitta just wonderful.



Join us on this bird-filled Birdwatching Trips Tour to Colombia – the number one destination in the world for birds with some 1,970 species recorded so far! Based on our fantastic 2023 tour, the first half of this trip will revisit the best areas and we have added a few exciting new destinations too. The second half of the tour, the Santa Marta area, will visit areas that Ruth checked out on a previous visit to Colombia. We were totally blown away by Colombia in 2023: mind-blowing birds, safe, friendly, delicious food, great hotels, and all-in- all a superb destination. This Birdwatching Trips Tour is all-inclusive in Colombia, all meals, transportation, domestic flights, hotels, entrance to reserves and local guides. We will take care of everything once you arrive in Bogota.

Colombia is the number one country with the largest number of bird species in the world, allowing you to enjoy more than 1,970 species of birds, of which 88 are endemic and 193 near-endemics. The country is situated in the northwest of South America and has an amazing variety of habitats that range from sea level to 17,388 ft, passing through dry tropical forest to paramo ecosystems. This is Colombia's most distinctive plant formation, Paramo is a moderately dry to very wet tropical high-elevation grassland at the limit of tree growth and continues upward to the snow line. Our itinerary will allow you to observe, photograph and appreciate a combination of wonderful landscapes and mind-blowing birds and wildlife. Together, we will explore a wonderful variety of habitats enjoying amazing special and endemic birds.

Day 1 Arrival in Bogotá, Colombia

Transfer from Dorado International Airport (airport code BOG) to Courtyard by Marriott.

https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/bogcy-courtyard-bogota-airport/overview/

Overnight at The Courtyard by Marriott, one night. Guests may prefer to arrive ahead of the tour and extra nights can be arranged at the hotel, not included in the cost of the trip.

Day 2 Tabacal Lagoon


Shining Sunbeam Hummingbird - one of oh so many species we will enjoy.

This mysterious place is in the municipality of La Vega, in Cundinamarca, eastern mountain range north of Bogota. It is a lagoon that in pre-Hispanic times was considered a sacred centre for the indigenous tribe of the Panches, who gave the name to the lagoon due to the presence of tobacco crops in the area.

At 5:00 am we will leave Bogota to avoid the worst of the traffic for this wonderful place. The temperature in this region of Colombia is 23°C, the lagoon is 1250 meters above sea level, the climate is warm and very pleasant. We will spend the morning here, then we will travel to the beautiful town of Honda; known as “City of Peace” or “City of Bridges”, the colonial architecture is an indication of its past. Walking through its historic streets evokes ancient Cartagena or even Andalusia in Spain. Honda Tolima is a natural paradise, and an historical heritage of Colombia, the Great Magdalena River flows through the town.

Endemic birds which occur here include Velvet-fronted Euphonia, and Apical flycatcher. Near-endemic birds include Bar-crested Antshrike, Scrub Tanager, Spectacled Parrotlet, and Grey-throated Warbler. We will also look for Pied-billed Grebe, White-throated Crake, Ruddy Quail-Dove, Squirrel Cuckoo, Gray-rumped Swift, Plain Antvireo, Wedge-billed Woodcreeper, Boat-billed Flycatcher, Rusty-margined Flycatcher, Black-bellied Wren, Pale-vented Thrush, Rufous-capped Warbler, Buff-rumped Warbler, Crimson-backed Tanager, Saffron Finch, Blue-black Grassquit, Rosy Thrush-Tanager, White-bellied Antbird, Black-headed Brush-Finch, White-bearded, and Striped Manakin, Band-backed, and Speckle-breasted Wren, White-winged Becard.

Overnight at Waka Hotel, two nights https://www.wakahotel.com/

Day 3 Bella Vista Natural Reserve

At 5:00 am we will leave for the Bella Vista Natural Reserve, located between the Magdalena Valley and the beautiful mountains of Caldas, a protected area of a humid forest. Birdwatching in the reserve is mainly along the trails. The reserve has gained a reputation among birdwatchers as a relatively easy place to see the Tody Motmot, a tiny motmot that is difficult to see in most places. The endemic species of the reserve include White-mantled Barbet, Beautiful Woodpecker, Antiochian Bristle-tyrant, a small flycatcher that mainly frequents the upper levels of the forest canopy, Sooty Ant-Tanager and Velvet-fronted Euphonia.

Other interesting birds that can be found in the reserve include White-Bibbed Manakin, Striolated Manakin, Golden-headed Manakin, Collared Aracari, Olivaceous Piculet, Beautiful Woodpecker, Black-crowned Antshrike, Golden-hooded Tanager, Blue Dacnis, and Swallow Tanager. Hopefully we can see white-footed tamarin, threatened species of primate found in the area.

Overnight at Waka Hotel second night here https://www.wakahotel.com/

Day 4 Guarinosito Lagoon

This place is located just 30 minutes from our hotel; at 5:30 am we will leave for the lagoon. We will have breakfast on the road, and then we will tour the large wetland, in search of fantastic water birds, as well as those found in the forest around the lagoon; with its 180 protected hectares, it is like a five-star hotel for the 258 resident bird species recorded, in addition to the many migratory ones that pass through, it is also an excellent destination for dry forest birds.

We may be lucky enough to encounter Northern Screamer, Black-bellied Wood Duck, Black-crowned Night Heron, Cocoi Heron, Green Ibis, Savana Hawk, Russet-throated Puffbird, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Yellow-crowned Parrot, White-headed Marsh Tyrant, Black-capped Donacobius, Yellow-backed Oriole, Greater Ani, and many more.

We will have lunch in the town and then we will transfer to the city of Manizales, approximately three hours’ drive to the hotel. Overnight at El Recinto del Pensamiento Hotel, four nights https://www.estelarrecintodelpensamiento.com/

Day 5 Hacienda El Bosque


Equatorial Antpitta – what a beautiful bird.

We will leave early for this fantastic reserve just 30 minutes from our hotel, this is the most wonderful place in Manizales to see the Antpittas, species that are very difficult to find in the forest since they are very shy and almost impossible to see. This place is perfectly adapted for viewing and photographing these awesome birds. Here we will meet some of the star attractions including the fondly named Lunita, a Crescent-faced Antpitta, as well as Barred Fruiteater, Mountain Velvet Breast, Grey-browed Brushfinch, Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan, and Equatorial Antpitta amongst others at this magical place. We will spend all morning here and at midday we will have lunch in the reserve’s beautiful restaurant. At 1:00 p.m. we will continue with our adventure in Hacienda El Bosque until around 2:30 p.m. before returning to our hotel.

We will also look for Andean Guan, Sickle-winged Guan, Sword-billed Hummingbird, White-bellied Woodstar, White-throated Quail Dove, Red-crested Cotinga, Chestnut-bellied Chat Tyrant, Slaty Brushfinch, Black-crested Warbler, Hooded Mountain Tanager, Buff-breasted Mountain Tanager, Blue-backed Conebill.

Overnight at El Recinto del Pensamiento Hotel https://www.estelarrecintodelpensamiento.com/


Hooded Mountain Tanager we will enjoy so many mind-blowing birds on this tour.

Day 6 Rio Blanco Reserve

At 6:30 a.m. we will leave for the Rio Blanco Reserve and Quebrada Olivares which is located in the northeast of Caldas; the drive will take an hour and half by minibus. This reserve is in the mountainous area of the great Chinchiná River Basin of cloud forest, it is 4,932 hectares, at a height of 7053-12139 feet and boasts 350 species of birds. This magical place has feeders for Antpitta species, as well as hummingbird feeders, and a great trail to look for forest species. When we arrive, we will start the tour around the reserve, and we will have lunch here at noon.

Possible species include Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, Bicolored Antpitta, Brown-banded Antpitta (E), Pearled Treerunner, Green-and-black Fruiteater, Blue-capped Tanager, Grass-green Tanager, Superciliaried Hemispingus, Yellow-vented Woodpecker, Rufous-crowned Tody-Flycatcher, Azara's Spinetail, Collared Inca, Capped Conebill, and Slaty-backed Chat Tyrant among others. We will spend the whole day here and in the late afternoon, we will return to the hotel.

Overnight at El Recinto del Pensamiento Hotel again.

Day 7 Termales del Ruiz and National Natural Los nevados Park

Today we will visit the grounds of the Termales del Ruiz Hotel. We will leave our accommodation at 6:30 am to take an approximate 1-hour drive to the park. Here we will be able to appreciate the beauty of the cloudforest and moor, a unique and vulnerable ecosystem, just 30 minutes from the entrance of the Natural National Park Los Nevados. The hotel has viewpoints and feeders for some species of hummingbirds including as Tourmaline Sunangel, Purple-backed Thornbill, Rainbow-bearded Thornbill, Black-thighed Puffleg, Golden-breasted Puffleg, Shining Sunbeam, Buff-winged Starfrontlet, Great Sapphirewing, Viridian Metaltail, along with Blue-and-black Tanager, Scarlet-bellied Mountain Tanager, Lacrimose Mountain Tanager, and it is possible among its forests and paths to find others species including Golden-crowned Tanager, Blue-winged Mountain Tanager, Rufous-fronted Parakeet. We will stop at the entrance of the National Park to look for the Buffy Helmetcrest (E) a fantastic hummingbird - among the paramo gardens. We will return to the hotel for lunch and to enjoy more birds at the feeders, some of the hummingbirds will actually land on you here. We return to our accommodation in the late afternoon.

Overnight at El Recinto del Pensamiento Hotel again.

Day 8 Transfer to Jardin - Andean Cock of the Rock Reserve

At 7 am we will have breakfast and check out, before heading to Jardin Antioquia, a small town known for its brightly coloured houses, colourful flower displays and milk candy. It is also home to the forest reserve of the Andean Cock of the Rock. The drive will be approximately 4 and a half hours by minibus. At noon we’ll have lunch in a restaurant in Jardin Antioquia, then after some downtime, we will visit the reserve at 3:00 p.m. where we stay until 05:30 p.m. We will look for the Red-bellied Grackle and of course the mind-blowing Andean Cock-of-the-Rock and many species of Tanagers that arrive at the feeders.

Overnight at Passiflora Hotel, two nights https://www.hotelesmemorables.com/es/hotel-casa-passiflora/

Day 9 Mirador El Roble

At 4:30 am we will go to the Mirador El Roble reserve, which is approximately two hours away, where the last antpittas that we will see in the Andean zone are found at the feeders at this amazing place. We will have breakfast and lunch in the reserve, and we will return to our hotel in the afternoon. Amongst our target species will be the Slate-crowned Antpitta, Mountain Cacique, Chami Antpitta, Black-collared Jay, Southern Emerald-Toucanet, Streak-throated Bush tyrant, Chestnut-napped Antpitta, among many others.

Overnight at Passiflora Hotel https://www.hotelesmemorables.com/es/hotel-casa-passiflora/


Endemic Vermilion Cardinal high on our would love to see list.

Day 10 Transfer to Medellin Airport Jose Maria Cordova- Cartagena de Indias

We will have breakfast at 7:00 am and then we will all leave the hotel and drive from Jardin Antioquia to the Jose Maria Cordova International Airport which will take approximately 4 and a half hours. On the way we will be able to take in beautiful landscapes and of course hopefully enjoy more birds along the way.

This is the last day of Part One of our Colombian adventure. Those returning home can take an internal flight to Bogota to connect with your international flights.

For those staying on for Part Two we take an internal flight north to Cartagena where we settle into our lovely hotel.

Overnight at Melia Karmairi Hotel, two nights https://www.melia.com/en/hotels/colombia/cartagena-indies/melia-cartagena-karmairi

Day 11 Agrícola Las Camelias Reserve

This reserve is home to more than 200 bird species, spread across 40 hectares of tropical dry forest, with a wetland. We will leave the hotel at 5:am for the reserve and we will bird there until 11:am, we will have lunch back at our hotel and in the afternoon we will take a tour of the old walled city of Cartagena, visiting the castle of San Felipe and the main tourist attractions of this beautiful historic city.

Some of the exciting birds we will look for include Grey-capped Cuckoo, Turquoise-winged Parrotlet, Ruby-topaz Hummingbird, Shining-green Hummingbird, Red-billed Emerald, Lance-tailed Manakin, Chestnut Piculet, Hooded Tanager, Golden-winged Sparrow, and Black-crested Antshrike.

Overnight at Melia Karmairi Hotel https://www.melia.com/en/hotels/colombia/cartagena-indies/melia-cartagena-karmairi

Day 12 Botanical Garden of Cartagena and Transfer to Barranquilla

After breakfast we will leave the hotel to visit this fantastic area where we will spend the whole morning enjoying some of the 400 birds that have been recorded here. With luck we will be able to see the cotton top tamarin monkey. The Botanical Garden and forest reserve are just 30 minutes from the centrr of Cartagena and are one of the most important and interesting ecological attractions in the Caribbean region. The Botanical Garden of Cartagena "Guillermo Piñeres" has a collection of more than 300 species of plants from the Colombian tropical dry forest and other exotic ornamental plants from other tropical regions of the world. It also includes one of the last virgin native forests in the region and is therefore an important resource for tropical dry forest restoration.

We will look for Chestnut-winged Chachalaca, Rufous-vented Chachalaca, White-tipped Dove, Blue Ground Dove, Groove-billed Ani, Striped Cuckoo, Pale-bellied Hermit, Steely-vented Hummingbird, Rufous-breasted Hermit, and Common Black Hawk.

After lunch we will move on to the city of Barranquilla. Here we check the dry scrub forest, if time permits, for endemic Chestnut-winged Chachalaca, we may also see Mouse-coloured Tyrannulet, Northern Scrub Flycatcher, Trinidad Euphonia, and Whooping Motmot.

Overnight at Estelar Prado Hotel, one night https://en.estelarenaltoprado.com/

Day 13 Salamanca Island Park

The Cienega Grande de Santa Marta is a brackish water lagoon, and wonderful place to enjoy a lot of birds. Its stability depends mainly on the balance between the fresh water that enters through the system of lagoons, the Magdalena River, the rivers that come down from the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the salt water coming from the Caribbean Sea; Salamanca Island Park is a Protected Area and one of the National Natural Parks of Colombia. We will be there until noon before having lunch at a typical local restaurant, and then transferring to our hotel located near Tayrona Park.

We will look for Chestnut-winged Chachalaca, Northern Screamer, Limpkin, Comb Duck, Pied Puffbird, Russet-throated Puffbird, Bicoloured Conebill, American Pygmy Kingfisher, Red-rumped Woodpecker, Golden-green Woodpecker, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Scaled Dove, Pied Water Tyrant, Panama Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Spinetail, Black-crested Antshrike, Dwarf Cuckoo, and Stripe-backed Wren.

Overnight at Senda Hotel, two nights https://sendahotels.com/

Day 14 Tayrona National Natural Park

The foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the highest coastal mountain in the world, sink into the sea like the fingers of a gigantic hand between which bays and inlets of singular beauty are formed: Chengue, Gayraca, Cinto, Neguanje, Concha, Guachaquita, with their white sand beaches delimited by mangroves, scrub or forests, and all bathed by the crystalline waters of the Caribbean Sea, are part of the many attractions offered by the Tayrona National Natural Park. After breakfast we will move to the park, where we will be looking for some of the more than 400 species of birds that this area has recorded. We will have lunch inside the park and return to the hotel in the afternoon.

We will look for Crested Guan, Lesser Scaup, Least Tern, Black Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Laughing Gull, Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Green Heron, Long-billed Hermit, Grey-cowled Wood-Rail, Crimson-crested Woodpecker, and so many more at this bird-filled site.

Overnight at Senda Hotel https://sendahotels.com/

Day 15 Minca

After having breakfast we will leave for Minca; This small town is located 21 km from the city of Santa Marta, Magdalena and used to be the settlement of the Taironas indigenous community; It is located in the middle of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, thus earning its title of the ecological capital of the country. The entire area is surrounded by forest, so we will be looking for birds of main interest at different points along the way; it will be a great morning full of lifers and stunning landscapes. It should be noted that the Sierra Nevada is one of the places with the greatest endemism of birds in the country. Our hotel garden has amazing hummingbird feeders – ideal for close views.

This area holds Santa Marta Brushfinch (E), Golden-winged Sparrow, Scaled Piculet, Long-billed Starthroat, Red-billed Emerald, Keel-billed Toucan, Pale-eyed Pygmy Tyrant, Rufous-and-white Wren and Black-headed Tanager, Purple Honeycreeper, Red-legged Honeycreeper, Moustached Puffbird, Bicolored Wren, Scarlet-fronted Parakeet, and Blue-black Grassquit amongst others. We will look for White-necked Jacobin, Steely-vented Hummingbird, White-vented Plumeleteer, Rufous-breasted Hermit, Black-throated Mango at the hotel which has a beautiful garden.

Overnight at Minca La Casona Hotel, one night https://hotelminca.com.co/

Day 16 Minca to El Dorado

Today we climb up into the Sierra Nevada, and after having breakfast we will begin our journey looking for the amazing endemic bird species of the area. We will have lunch at a place surrounded by bird feeders, and we will continue up the road until we reach the Pro-Aves reserve called El Dorado. In addition to being one of the most important centres of continental endemism in the world, it was the place where Melbourne Armstrong Carriker, an American ornithologist, carried out several research projects based on a series of expeditions to different altitudes during the second decade of the 20th century. Here he collected bird skins for several museums in the United States, resulting in the publication of The Birds of the Santa Marta Region of Colombia; A Study in Altitudinal Distribution; This place is located at an altitude between 900 and 2600 meters above sea level with an area of 1,200 hectares designated for conservation. This reserve is home to 366 species of birds, of which 26 are endemic. Among them, three species of great importance for the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta stand out: the Santa Marta parakeet, Santa Marta Brush Finch, Santa Mara Woodstar.

Just a few of the species we may encounter in this fantastic area include: Blue-capped Tanager, Black-capped Tanager, Bay-headed Tanager, Blue-naped Chlorophonia, White-tailed Starfrontlet, Santa Marta Blossomcrown, Santa Marta Toucanet, Groove-billed Toucanet, Golden-breasted Fruiteater, Yellow-legged Thrush, Yellow-backed Oriole, Rusty Flowerpiercer, Plumbeous Kite, King Vulture, Short-tailed Hawk, Sickle-winged Guan, Streaked Saltator, Santa Marta Antbird, Rusty-breasted Antpitta, Crested Oropendola, Rufous-breasted Wren, Black-striped Sparrow, Rufous Tailed Jacamar, White-tipped Quetzal, tiny Santa Marta Woodstar, the endemic race of Tyrian Metaltail and sometimes Lazuline Sabrewing. Even the compost pile here has birds: Black-fronted Wood Quail, Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush, Black hooded Thrush and Sierra Nevada Brushfinch are posible here.

Overnight at Dorado Reserve, two nights https://proaves.org/reserva-proaves-el-dorado/

Day 17 Reserve Dorado- Cuchilla de San Lorenzo

Today we will leave at 4:30 am for the upper part of the mountain range and our main objective will be to look for the Santa Marta Parakeet. It is believed that in the entire mountain range there are no more than 100 individuals left, it is a very vulnerable species and its future is far from certain given the tiny population. We will also visit areas with bird feeders for fantastic close-up views of wonderful birds while the scenery here will be breath-taking with views of the entire mountain range and its snow-capped peaks. We will return to the reserve for lunch and in the afternoon, we will look for birds close to lodge at a relaxed pace.

On the ridge above the lodge, we will look for Yellow-crowned Whitestart, Santa Marta Warbler, Santa Marta Bush-Tyrant, Santa Marta (Black-cheeked) Mountain Tanager, Rusty-headed Spinetail, Santa Marta Antpitta, and the local race of Rufous Antpitta, Sierra Nevada Antpitta(E), Santa Marta Tapaculo (E), Golden-breasted Fruiteater, Northern Mouse-colored Tyrannulet, Black-backed Thornbill, and White-tailed Starfrontlet.

Overnight at Dorado Reserve https://proaves.org/reserva-proaves-el-dorado/

Day 18 El Dorado to Riohacha City Today we will look for birds along the trails of the reserve, looking for any key species we may have not already enjoyed the previous day. Mid-morning we will move on to the city of Riohacha, capital of the state of La Guajira. This city is an ancestral land in which the sea, river, desert and mountains come together to form a territory with one of the greatest natural riches in the country. Likewise, it is home to different cultures such as indigenous people, Afro-descendants and Arabs and the settled indigenous communities wayúu, arhuacos, koguis, kankuamos and wiwas. The traditional handicrafts of these communities are unique, especially those of the Wayúu with their backpacks, hats, blankets, and hammocks. The most special thing about these handicrafts is that they are more than just items, they transmit indigenous knowledge, their culture, and their customs.

We will look for Prothonotary Warblers, Bicolored Conebill, Northern Scrub-Flycatcher, Panama Flycatcher, Pied Water-Tyrant, Red-rumped Woodpecker, Chestnut Piculet, Black-crested Antshrike, Stripe-backed Wren, handsome Russet-throated Puffbird, screeching Brown-throated Parakeets, and so much more.

Overnight at Taroa Hotel, two nights

Day 19 Los Flamencos Flora and Fauna Sanctuary

This morning we will visit Los Flamencos Flora and Fauna Sanctuary in Camarones. The transfer takes approximately one hour and 30 minutes. We will take a tour of the Sanctuary looking for the many birds here, and we will also visit a special place for a close encounter with the endemic Vermilion Cardinal. Another highlight here should be the beautiful American Flamingos that can occur in huge flocks, a spectacular sight, while with luck we may see the gorgeous Ruby-Topaz Hummingbird.

We will have lunch near the beach, where we will be able to observe shorebirds and many other species. In the afternoon we will enjoy an optional cultural exhibition of the Wayuu community, an Indigenous people, or alternatively enjoy more birding.

We will look for a mind-blowing array of species including: White-whiskered Spinetail, Vermilion Cardinal, Orinocan Saltator, Chestnut Piculet, Slender-billed Tyrannulet, Glaucous Tanager, Tocuyo Sparrow, Ruby-Topaz Hummingbird, Buffy Hummingbird, Red-billed Emerald, Green-rumped Parrotlet, Black-crested Antshrike, White-fringed Antwren, and others. The lagoons behind the beach vary in water levels, but are sometimes teeming with waterbirds. With luck we’ll find some Scarlet Ibis among the more common White Ibis, along with other species such as Roseate Spoonbill, Reddish Egret, Black Skimmer, wintering shorebirds, gulls, terns, and more. We also have a chance of encountering Bare-eyed Pigeon, Lance-tailed Manakin, White-bellied Antbird, Buff-breasted Wren, Barred Antshrike, Golden-fronted Greenlet, Slender-billed Inezia, Cocoa Woodcreeper, and Crimson-crested Woodpecker.

Overnight at Taroa Hotel.

Day 20 Flight to Bogotá

We fly back to Bogota to connect with onward flights or overnight in the city, not included in the tour, but can be arranged. The tour concludes at Bogota Airport, sadly time to return home but happy to have experienced Colombia, its culture, people, food and especially the birds!

The price includes: • Guiding throughout the tour by Alan and Ruth and a Colombian bird guide.

• Transport throughout the tour in air-conditioned minibus or 4x4 where required.

• Accommodation in double rooms in hotels and reserves as shown in the plan, all rooms with private bathroom.

• All meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner, snacks, drinks including water throughout the tour.

• Entrance fees to all reserves and natural parks; additional local guides.

• Internal flights - Medellín – Cartagena- Riohacha – Bogotá.

• Use of top-of-the-range telescopes and field guides.

• Check list of the birds.

Not included in the tour price:

• International flights to and from Bogota.

• Laundry service.

• Telephone calls from hotels.

• Tips for guides and drivers, at your discretion.

• Alcoholic beverages.

• Travel/medical insurance - essential.

• Additional hotel expenses not mentioned above.

• Any other items of a personal nature.

Pricing:

The price for the full 20-day tour is £7550 per person sharing an ensuite twin/double room. Sorry but we have to pass on the £450 single room supplement that we are charged by the hotels.

The price for each 10-day half tour is £3775 per person sharing an ensuite twin/double room. Sorry but we have to pass on the £225 single room supplement that we are charged by the hotels.

Vehicles used for our tour: an air conditioned minibus throughout most of the tour, 4x4's where terrain makes them essential.

We look forward to sharing the wonderful birds of Colombia with you!

Alan and Ruth

To book your place or for more information on this wonderful tour please email us here...

info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk

General Tour Information:

Difficulty:

Moderate. Walks are on trails and footpaths which may have an uneven surface and may be steep and muddy in places. Some walks will be at high altitude, but we will always be walking very slowly. You should be able to walk unaided at least two miles on rough or uneven surfaces. Please contact us if you have any concerns over your participation. We will be making early starts but we will always have time for a proper night’s sleep at our hotels.

Payment:

Payment can be made by cheque or electronic bank transfer. We ask for 20% deposit upon booking with the balance due by 70 days before travel. Full details are provided on our Booking Form. Please ensure you see our Terms and Conditions. We are compliant with the Packaged Travel Regulations 2018 to give you the fullest possible protection.

Transportation:

Transport will be in a comfortable air-conditioned minibus or 4x4 depending on the terrain.

Accommodation:

Accommodation will be in comfortable to very comfortable hotels and lodges throughout, all bedrooms are ensuite. If there is no lift to your room, we will always be happy to help you with your luggage.

Participants:

The full tour or each half tour will run with a minimum of six and a maximum of six guests. The full tour or each half tour will go ahead provided six guests have booked by 70 days before the start of the trip. This tour is a 20-day tour but can be split into a 10-day half tour depending on interest. Please ask us for more information.

Cancellation:

Please see our Terms and Conditions on our website. Full cancellation details are on our booking form. Please ask us if you would like us to send you a copy.

Travel and medical Insurance:

Please make sure you have the correct insurance cover in place for this tour before the start of the trip.

Terms and Conditions

Please see our Terms and Conditions page on our website for all the details.



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