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Colombia - Multicoloured Tanager Tour

Tour Code: COL02

An 11-day tour exploring the exceptional birdlife of Colombia's central and western Andes and Cauca Valley

11 days from £2795(inc flights) Land Only Price: £2195 SRS: £295


This 11-day birding tour, which can be easily combined with our Santa Marta Endemics tour, begins with an exploration of Cali for Cauca Valley specialties, before driving up to the fabled ‘KM18’ for Multicoloured Tanager plus a host of colourful Tangara tanagers. We next travel north to Montezuma to some of the most beautiful cloudforest in Colombia. A suite of endemics is present here, including Munchique Wood-wren, Chestnut-bellied Flowerpiercer, Gold-ringed Tanager and Black-and-gold Tanager. Other tanagers keep us royally entertained, including jaw-droppers such as Purplish-mantled, Glistening-green, and Grass-green. Otún Quimbaya is next on the itinerary, with Cauca Guan and Red-ruffed Fruitcrow. Via Manizales we ascend the slopes of 5,429-metre-high Nevado del Ruiz for the stunning endemic Buffy Helmetcrest. Finally, we enjoy the energetic flocks and antpitta feeding stations of the Rio Blanco Reserve.

  • Cauca Valley specials in Cali, including Greyish Piculet & Bar-crested Antshrike
  • Exquisite food & hospitality at Finca La Lolita, plus Multicoloured Tanager nearby!
  • Wonderful Montezuma cloudforest & mind-blowing birding
  • Gold-ringed & Black and Gold Tanager amongst many target endemics
  • Stunning endemic Buffy Helmetcrest on high slopes of Nevado del Ruiz
  • Red-ruffed Fruitcrow & Cauca Guan at Otún Quimbaya
  • Antpitta feedings stations at Rio Blanco – photograph Slate-crowned amongst others

Food

All meals are included.

Accommodation

A mixture of birding lodges and small hotels.

Multicoloured Tanager (Daniel Orozco)

Multicoloured Tanager (Daniel Orozco)

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 Fly Cali, via Bogota

Day 2 Cali & Finca La Lolita

Day 3 KM 18 and San Lorenzo Forest

Day 4 Queremal

Day 5/6 Montezuma

Day 7 Otum Quimbaya

Day 8 Nevado del Ruiz from Manizales

Day 9 Rio Blanco Reserve from Manizales

Day 10 Pereira/Bogota

Day 11 Arrive London

Colombia, with almost 1,900 recorded species at the last count, including around 80 endemics, is the undisputed number one country on the planet for bird diversity. Unfortunately, for most of the 90’s and ‘noughties’, civil unrest had made visiting remote areas within the country distinctly unadvisable. Whilst ecotourism flourished in neighbouring Panama, Ecuador, Venezuela, Brazil and Peru, Colombia remained in the doldrums, waiting patiently for the chance to reveal its wonderful landscapes, birds and people to the world once more. Happily, Colombia has changed dramatically in the past few years and birders worldwide are now flocking to this beautiful country in search of its many avian jewels. Colombia’s topography is both diverse and breath-taking, with snow-capped mountains, cloud-filled valleys, savannas and rainforests augmented with a magnificent birdlife ranging from tiny hummingbirds to toucans, fruitcrows and an incredible array of colorful tanagers. This tour concentrates on endemics as well as the trademark hummingbirds, antpittas and tanagers which are always a feature of birding tours in the subtropical Andes.

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Thu 9th November 2017 - Sun 19th November 2017

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Fri 24th November 2017 - Mon 4th December 2017

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Sun 21st January 2018 - Wed 31st January 2018

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Thu 1st February 2018 - Sun 11th February 2018

1

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Sun 18th February 2018 - Wed 28th February 2018

6

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Sun 18th November 2018 - Wed 28th November 2018

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