Western and Central Andean Endemics, Cauca Valley and Choco Specialties

DATES ( (15 Days)
January 7 – January 21, 2018
Jul 1 – Jul 15, 2018

TRIP TYPE:
A.
Birdwatching Expedition
B. Photography Birdwatching Expedition

COST:

A. US$4,400 USD per person, double occupancy, not including airfare, singles extra. Inquire about Single Supplement. Birding emphasis. Natural history and birdwatching leader. Please email colombiaphotoexpeditions@gmail.com to get a quote. Birding emphasis. Natural history and birdwatching leader.

B. US$5,400 per person, double occupancy, not including airfare, singles extra. Single Inquire about Single Supplement. Birding emphasis. Natural history and birdwatching leader. Please email colombiaphotoexpeditions@gmail.com to get a quote. Photography & Birding emphasis. Led by National Geographic Creative photographer Kike Calvo, a Natural history and birdwatching leader plus local experts on each location. It includes presentations on photography, photo critiques and photography training.

GROUP SIZE:  8 participants, not including leaders. Remember we also specialize in private-customized expeditions for birders & nature photographers. If you want us to help organize a private tour for you, please write us.

ACCOMODATIONS: Lodging will consist of a mix of 3-4 star hotels in cities and basic lodges at the more rural destinations. Our hotel in Los Nevados has natural hot springs, but be advised it is situated at 11,000 feet in elevation. There is a river near the lodge at Montezuma and a pool at the hotel in Buga, so pack your swim wear! The lodges do have the luxury of hot showers (almost always), three great meals a day, and they work on a birders schedule so we can be out in the morning early and have a siesta in the heat of the day after lunch. We expect relative comfort and great local food but, as tourism is in its infancy in Colombia, do not expect fancy 5-star type lodges. We will have purified or bottled drinking water available throughout the trip.

ITINERARY:
El 18 – San Antonio Forest – Sonso Lagoon – Montezuma Lodge – Otun – Quimbaya
– Rio Blanco – Los Nevados National Park

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Day 1:  Flights to Cali
Day 2: The Infamous Km 18
Day 3: San Antonio Forest, Andean, Cock-of-the-rock Lek and Travel to Buga
Day 4: Sonso Lagoon and travel to Montezuma Lodge
Day 5: Higher elevations of Tatama National Park
Day 6: Lower elevations of Tatama National Park
Day 7: Montezuma Lodge and travel to Otun-Quimbaya
Day 8: Otun-Quimbaya Reserve
Day 9: Otun-Quimbaya Reserve
Day 10: Rio Blanco Reserve
Day 11: Rio Blanco Reserve
Day 12: Los Nevados National Park
Day 13:  Manizales to Cali for Cali city tour
Day 14: Dolmetsch Arboretum
Day 15: Flighs home

Contact Us for a more detailed itinerary.

TRIP INCLUDES:

Bottled Water Throughout the Trip
Snacks Throughout the Trip
All Meals From Breakfast on Day 2 to Breakfast on Day 15
All Lodging (Double Occupancy)
Entrances to Parks and Reserves
Local Guides
Terrestrial Transport From Airport Pickup to Airport Drop-off

We suggest that you buy travel insurance.

Photo © Juan Jose Arango / VWPics.com

 

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