Colombia 2 - Speciality Clean-up tour
Sunday 8th November - Tuesday 24th November - 2015
This is the second of our 2 special tours designed and led by Colombia's number 1 guide Diego Calderon. The emphasis of this tour is the same as tour 1 where we aim to see all the rare, endemic, newly described and difficult species that are missed out on our regular Colombia Tours. Tour 2 takes us to different habitats, reserves and sites different to tour 1 and once again this itinerary has been specifically designed for people who have already been to this fabulous country. Tour 2 will focus on the fabulous Chestnut-capped Piha reserve where a host of sought after species await. We then continue on to Urrao where Dusky Starfrontlet and Urrao Antpitta will be sought close to the lodge, and then we fly to the Bahia Solano on the coast where we search for more exciting birds include Baudo Oropendola and Scarlet-and-white Tanager, and finally we travel to an area where our main target will be the rare Sooty-capped Puffbird. We are the only company to offer these unique itineraries, and also the unique leadership of Colombia's number one guide! Our tours to this wonderful country have been floorless in their arrangements and bird finding results. The 2 Clean-up target tours will only take 8 participants maximum and offer opportunities to see many rarely seen birds. Join us to clean up on many of Colombia's most sought sfter species!
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Day 2 Bogota – Chingaza - Chicaque – 9th Nov
Chingaza - Main targets include Brown-breasted Parakeet, Blue-throated Starfrontlet, Coppery-bellied Puffleg, Amethyst-throated Sunangel.
Chicaque - Main targets include Golden-bellied Starfrontlet, Moustached Brush-Finch.
Other good birds in these areas include Andean Pygmy-Owl, Black-billed Mountain-Toucan, Silvery-throated Spinetail, Matorral (Pale-bellied) Tapaculo, Ocellated Tapaculo, Agile Tit-Tyrant, Black-collared Jay, Black-headed Hemispingus, White-capped Tanager, Black-chested Mountain-Tanager, Golden-crowned Tanager, Rufous-browed Conebill and Golden-fronted Redstart.
Night at Bogota. (B,L,D)
Days 3 - 5 Bogota - Medellin - to Piha Reserve – 10th - 12th Nov
Today we take a flight from Bogota to Medellin and then drive about 4 hours to the Piha reserve. Main targets and other good birds en-route include Colombian Chachalaca, Spectacled Parrotlet, Tody Motmot, White-mantled Barbet, Citron-throated Toucan, Bar-crested Antshrike, Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher, Yellow-browed Shrike-Vireo, Sooty-headed Wren, Black-capped Donacobius, Lemon-rumped Tanager, Scrub Tanager, Sooty Ant-Tanager and Yellow-tufted Dacnis.
2 full days will be spent birding the Piha reserve. Main Targets here include Highland Tinamou, Black Tinamou, Semicollared Hawk, Blue-fronted Parrotlet, Stygian Owl, Lanceolated Monklet, Tooth-billed Hummingbird, Green-crowned Brilliant, Stiles’s Tapaculo, Parker’s Antbird, Rufous-rumped Antwren, Rufous-browed Tyrannulet, Golden-breasted Fruiteater, Chestnut-capped Piha, Multicolored Tanager, Black-and-gold Tanager, Purplish-mantled Tanager and Red-bellied Grackle.
3 Nights Piha Reserve. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Piha Reserve - Urrao – 13th Nov
After some final birding in the Piha Reserve we will spend most of the day driving to Urrao. Our Main Targets en route include Colombian Chachalaca, Orange-chinned Parakeet, Spectacled Parrotlet, Greyish Piculet, Bar-crested Antshrike, Apical Flycatcher, Antioquia Wren and Rufous-naped Greenlet.
Night at Urrao (B,L,D)
Days 7 - 8 Starfrontlet Reserve – 14th - 15th Nov
This morning we will set off on the climb up to the Starfrontlet Reserve. The best way to make this easy is to use the horses provided for this journey. On arrival we will bird the reserve where several of our target species come to feeders. We will then have a full day to continue our exploration of this fabulous area. Main Targets will include Rusty-faced Parrot, Andean Pygmy-Owl, Dusky Starfrontlet, Black-billed Mountain Toucan, Urrao Antpitta, Ocellated & Paramillo Tapaculos, Black-collared Jay, Chestnut-bellied & Black-throated Flowerpiercers, White-capped and Red-hooded Tanagers
2 Nights Starfrontlet Reserve (B,L,D)
Day 9 Starfrontlet Reserve - Medellin – 16th Nov
After making our way back down the mountain we will continue on to Medellin. Our Main Targets en route include Colombian Chachalaca, Orange-chinned Parakeet, Spectacled Parrotlet, Greyish Piculet, Bar-crested Antshrike, Apical Flycatcher, Antioquia Wren and Rufous-naped Greenlet.
Night at Medellin (B,L,D)
Day10 Medellin - Bahia Solano – 17th Nov
This morning we make a quick stop for some specific species near Medellin after which we will take a flight to Bahia Soleno on the coast. Our Main Targets around Medellin will be Yellow-headed Manakin, Stiles’ Tapaculo, Red-bellied Grackle, Chestnut-collared Swift.
Night at El Almejal (B,L,D)
Days 11 - 13 Bahia Solano – 18th - 20th Nov
The area around our fabulous beach front lodge offers superb birding and here and nearby areas include amongst others:
Main Targets: Crimson-bellied Woodpecker, Baudo Oropendola, Grey-chested Dove, White-necked Puffbird, White-fronted Nunbird, Black-tipped Cotinga, Blue Cotinga, Purple-throated Fruitcrow, Scarlet-thighed Dacnis, Blue Dacnis, Scarlet-and-white Tanager, Fulvous-vented Euphonia, Rose-faced Parrot, Saffron-headed Parrot, Great Curassow, Plumbeous Hawk, Dusky Pigeon, Great Green Macaw, Choco Toucan, Northern Barred Woodcreeper, Black-headed Antthrush, Streak-chested Antpitta, Brownish Flycatcher, Sirystes, Ocellated Antbird and more.
3 Nights at El Almejal (B,L,D)
Day 14 Bahia Solano - Medellin - Home or Apartadó – 21st Nov
After some final birding in the Bahia Solano area we will take a flight to Medellin and if you are finishing our main tour you will then depart for Bogota. If you going onto our extension then you will fly to Apartadó.
Depart International Flight or Night at Apartadó (B,L,D)
Sooty-capped Puffbird extension:
Day 14 Apartadó – 21st Nov
If you going on to our main tour you will be flying to Apartadó
Days 15 - 16 Apartadó to Bocas – 22nd, 23rd Nov
From Apartadó we will take a 1 hour drive, followed by a 30 minute boat ride to Bocas. Our main targets here will include Sooty-capped Puffbird, Sapphire-bellied Hummingbird, Black Antshrike, Bare-throated Tiger-Heron and Northern Screamer.
2 Nights Bocas (B,L,D)
Day 17 Bocas - Medellin - Bogota – 24th Nov
Today we we will return to Medellin and then fly to Bogota for our international departing flights. (B,L)
Leaders: Steve Bird, Gina Nichol & Diego Calderon With less than 6 participants it will be led By Diego only.
Ground Price: Main Tour: £3799.00
Sooty-capped Puffbird extension: £1050.00
Airfare: £Approx £850 - UK-UK Please note that flight costs can vary a lot on route taken and time of booking.
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Single supplement: Extension: £98.00
Not included: International and domestic airfare, insurance, drinks, tips, and items of a personal nature.
Accommodation: Our hotels and lodges vary in quality from excellent to very basic in Bocas where a rugged visitor centre was built and is the only place to stay, but all are within easy reach of the areas we wish to bird. Note that depending on how many single rooms requested these may not always be available in which case you will be required to share, especially as some accommodations have limited rooms. Note that where the temperature is generally warm to hot, most hotels and lodges do not offer hot water. They say they do not need it!
Tour Code: This is a focused birding tour with all day birding. Many of the areas we visit have been visited by few birders which is what makes this such an interesting tour. 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. All in all this works very well and maximises our birding opportunities. The weather can be variable at this time of year, so expect some cooler weather and warm weather. Note that birds are far more active in rain than in sunshine!
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