Cauca & Valle Full
USD $1706 price for two people
The first stop in this plan that starts at night is San Antonio Boutique Hotel, located in one of the most traditional areas of the city, also known for its varied gastronomic and cultural offer.
On the morning of the first day we will get up early and we will go towards Popayán, also called the “White City” (Ciudad Blanca) for its colonial architecture. This city is also known for its rich gastronomy. In the surroundings of this city, capital of the Cauca province, we will do birdwatching on the first day of our tour, to appreciate different species of birds, which have made this area sometimes deserving the first place in the Global Big Day, one of the most important bird watching counts in the world.
We will spend the night in Popayán and next day, we will head early to the town of Coconuco, in the municipality of Puracé, whose National Natural Park receives birds such as the Condor of the Andes, and the Yellow-eared parrot, among more than 150 species of birds that roam the area. We will spend the night in Coconuco.
The next day we get up early to head to Cerro de la Eme, a place near Popayán, where more than 100 species of birds have been sighted, such as the crested oropendola or cornbird, the common chiffchaff, and the golden pigeon, among other species. The same day we will return to Cali to rest at night at the Hotel Boutique San Antonio.
The next day will take us to the farm 'El Descanso', located 55 kilometers from Cali, one of the best places in Colombia for bird watching. There, Dora Londoño, the owner of the place, takes care of hundreds of birds that fly between the mountainous area that becomes the ideal space where bird watching lovers arrive to appreciate many of the almost 500 species of birds that give even more life to the Valle del Cauca’s natural environment. Species such as the Barbetted Toucan (Semnornis ramphastinus), the Red-breasted Fruiteater (Pipreola jucunda), or the Pacific Ocean Bugle (Anisognathus notabilis), make this place the second destination with the greatest number of species in the Valle del Cauca department.
At the end of the day we return to San Antonio Boutique Hotel to rest and prepare for the fifth day of this tour.
(Plan A) On the fifth day we will take a tour of the village of Dapa, a few kilometers from Cali. There we will visit the Minga Ecolodge, a forest reserve crossed by the Bitaco River ideal for bird watching as it has more than 300 species, four of them endemic. Almost twenty species of hummingbirds and up to 30 species of tanagers, among which the multicolored tanager stands out, can be easily watched and photographed among this area.
(Plan B) On the fifth day we will take a tour of Tenerife, located in the central range of the Colombian Andean Mountains, an area that can reach temperatures ranging from 8°C to 21°C. This mountainous area is ideal for bird watching: species such as parrots, toucans, woodpeckers and other kinds of birds, some of them endemic, fly in this natural environment that allows us to appreciate the beauty of the birds throughout the day.
At the end of the day we return to San Antonio Boutique Hotel to rest and prepare for the last day of this tour.
At Kilometer 18, only 30 minutes from Cali, we will visit the Alejandría farm, a paradise at 1,800 meters above sea level, an ideal location to see tanagers, sylphs, sparrows, tiles, hummingbirds and even eagles, while connecting with nature, the humid and lush green typical of the area known as the cloud forest where a temperature of approximately 18 degrees prevails.
Finally, we will visit the town of Felidia, where Bichacue Yath is located, a place that with its name pays tribute to the richness of birds and tranquility that prevails in that area, because in the indigenous dialect means ‘bird sanctuary’. More than 60 different types of birds fly through this place located at 1,650 meters above sea level, which invites the preservation of native species of fauna and flora.
That will be our last stop before returning in the late afternoon to Cali, where we finish our tour.
Activity ScheduleIdeally in the morning.
Departing timeTo be stipulated previously.
DurationSix days. Approximately 5 hours per day.
OutfitComfortable clothing and light coat.
IncludedEntrance to Reserves & National ParksGuide (Eng / Spa)Hotel 4 StarsAll transfers