Leaders: Jose Castaño and Nick Bray
Ground Price: £4750.00
Airfare: £750 - £850 - UK/UK
Single Supplement: £425.00
Group size: Minimum for tour to go ahead 4 and Maximum of 8.
Included in cost: Accommodation in twin rooms, mostly en-suite, some with shared facilities (Montezuma), all meals from dinner on 4th September to breakfast on 22nd September, ground transport, bus on main tour and 4x4 landcruisers where neccessary, domestic flights (Bogotá-Pereira, Medellín-Barranquilla and Santa Marta-Bogotá), snacks, additional local guide where necessary, all entrance fees, bottled water, coffee and daily snacks and services of all leaders and local guides.
Not included: International airfare, insurance, drinks, tips, and items of a personal nature.
Accommodation: Our hotels and lodges vary in quality from excellent to rather basic, but all are within easy reach of the areas we wish to bird. Note that there may not be single rooms available at Montezuma and depending on group size and make up you may be required to share. Other places there is limited single room availability depending on group size. Note that areas in the lowlands such as Rio Claro and along the coast at Santa Marta are places where the temperature is generally warm to hot and as such no hotels or lodges offer hot water. They say they do not need it!
Tour Code: This is a standard birding tour with all day birding. No particular strenuous walks are planned and birding is generally easy from open roads and wide tracks. To see a good amount of endemics and specialities you need to be prepared for long days. We will generally begin with a 4.30am to 5.00am start and either have an early breakfast or take a picnic breakfast with us. Lunches will be either picnic or a restaurant depending on our schedule, and the majority of our birding takes place in the morning with travelling performed in the afternoons, again depending on how far and where we need to get to. All in all this works very well and maximises our birding at the right times of day, which will allow for an impressive list. The weather can be unsettled at this time of year, so expect some cooler weather and possible cold weather with good chances of a shower or two. Note that birds are far more active in rain than in sunshine! If the weather has been raining for a while then we often get disruptions on the roads, please bear with this as it comes with the territory.