Actualizado: 5 de jul de 2018
In this post I'll share with you a brief visual report of our 24 days' birding trip to the best spots for birding in the Colombian Andes with an extension to the Caribbean Coast of the country and to the Santa Marta mountains, home of the highest concentration of endemics in the continent!
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Day 1. December 17th - 2017: Arrive to Bogotá international airport, drive to the Hummingbird observatory and #Chingaza National Park. Higher elevations of Bogotá, high-andean forest and páramo ecosystems. Night in Bogotá.
Day 2. December 18th - 2017: #Chingaza National Park. Higher elevations of Bogotá, high-andean forest and páramo ecosystem. Night in Bogotá.
Day 3. December 19th - 2017: #Monterredondo (Guayabetal, Cundinamarca). Subandean forest. East side of the eastern Andes. Night in Bogotá.
Day 4. December 20th - 2017: a) La Florida Park (Bogotá. Marsh). b) Jardín Encantado/Enchanted Garden (San Francisco, Cundinamarca. Hummingbird and tanager's feeders. West slope of eastern Andes). c) Drive to Cañón del Rio Claro reserve with stops in Puerto Triunfo and Puerto Nare (Antioquia department. Marshes and tropical dry forest patches) Night in Doradal, Antioquia.
Day 5. December 21st - 2017: a) #Cañón_del_Río_Claro reserve (San Luis, Antioquia. Tropical humid forest. Mid-Magdalena valley). b) Cueva del Cóndor/Oilbird cave (Doradal Antioquia. Tropical humid forest. Mid-Magdalena valley) Night in Doradal, Antioquia.
Day 6. December 22nd - 2017: San Luis y La Piñuela (Antioquia department. Tropical humid forest and tropical dry forest. Central Andes foothills). Drive to Medellín. Night in Medellín.
Day 7. December 23rd - 2017: a) La Romera (Medellín, Antioquia. Subandean forest of the Aburrá valley). b) Sinifaná creek's tropical dry forest (Venecia, Antioquia. West slope of central Andes). Night in Jardín (Antioquia department. East slope of western Andes)
Day 8. December 24th - 2017: Ventanas peak and Yellow-eared Parrot reserve (Jardín - Riosucio, Caldas, road. Subandean and cloud forests. East slope of western Andes) Night in Jardín.
Day 9. December 25th - 2017: a) Peñalisa (Venecia, Antioquia. Open pastures. Cauca river's valley). b) Los Termales road low section (Villamaría, Caldas. Subandean and andean forest). Night in Manizales (Caldas department. West slope of central Andes)
Day 10. December 26th - 2017: Páramo del Ruiz (Los Nevados National Park. West slope of central Andes. Páramo and elfin and high-andean forests) Night in Manizales.
Day 11. December 27th - 2017: #Río_Blanco reserve (West slope of central Andes. Subandean and andean forests) Night in Manizales.
Day 12. December 28th - 2017: Cortaderal (Santa Rosa de Cabal, Risarada. West slope of central Andes on the edge of Los Nevados National Park. High andean forest). Night in #Otún_Quimbaya Flora and Fauna Sanctuary (West slope of central Andes. Subandean forest)
Day 13. December 29th - 2017: Otún-Quimbaya FFS (West slope of central Andes. Subandean forest). Night in #Otún_Quimbaya lodge.
Day 14. December 30th - 2017: a) Apía (Risaralda department. East slope of western Andes. Subandean forest, shade-grown coffee plantantions). b) Montezuma, mid-low section (Tatamá National Park, Risaralda department. West slope of western Andes. Subandean and cloud forest). Night in #Montezuma ecolodge.
Day 15. December 31st - 2017: #Montezuma, high and middle section. Night in Montezuma ecolodge.
Happy new year 2018!
Day 16. January 1st - 2018: a) Montezuma low section. b) Drive to El Queremal (Dagua, Valle del Cauca. West slope of Western Andes) Night in El Queremal.
Day 17. January 2nd - 2018: Low #Anchicayá canyon (Dagua and Buenaventura, Valle del Cauca. West slope of western Andes on the edge of Los Farallones National Park. Tropical humid forest) Night in El Queremal.
Day 18. January 3rd - 2018: Low and mid #Anchicayá canyon. Night in El Queremal.
Day 19. January 4th - 2018: a) High Anchicayá (Subandean forest). b) #Finca_Alejandría and #Km_18 forest (Subandean and cloud forest. Cali, Valle del Cauca) drive to Cali's international airport. Flight to Barranquilla. Night in Barranquilla.
Caribben coast and Santa Marta mountains leg
Day 20. January 5th - 2018: a) #Salamanca National Park (Barranquilla and Ciénaga, Magdalena department. Mangrooves, swamps, dry forest) b) Las Gaviotas (Dibulla, Guajira department. Tropical humid and dry forest) Night in #Camarones (Guajira department)
Day 21. January 6th - 2018: #Los_Flamencos Flora and Fauna Sanctuary (Guajira department. Desert, arid and semi-arid vegetation, shore habitat). Drive to #Minca (Magdalena department. West slope of the Santa Marta mountains. Subandean forest). Night in Minca outskirts.
Day 22. January 7th - 2018: Minca to #El_Dorado reserve (Subandean forest, west slope of Santa Marta mountains). Night in El Dorado reserve. This is one of the top reserves of the Proaves foundation which protects a big area of forest where over 20 species of Santa Marta endemics have their home.
Day 23. January 8th - 2018: a) San Lorenzo ridge and El Dorado reserve. b) El Dorado to Minca. Night in Minca.
Day 24. January 9th - 2018: Minca low area (Tropical dry forest). Drive to Santa Marta airport. End of the tour.
MAP OF THE TOUR