South to North Deluxe
USD $3339 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.
At Kilometer 18, only 30 minutes away from Cali, you can visit sites suitable for bird watching, such as Alejandría Farm and Loma Azul Farm. Both sites are located 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.
Posteriormente nos desplazaremos hacia el corregimiento de Dapa, también a las afueras de Cali. Allí llegaremos a la Minga Ecolodge, donde dormiremos esa noche. Al día siguiente aprovecharemos nuestra estadía en esa reserva forestal, que es atravesada por el río Bitaco para hacer avistamiento de aves un lugar donde se han identificado más de 300 especies, cuatro de ellas endémicas. Casi una veintena de especies de colibríes y hasta 30 especies de tangaras, entre las que se destaca la tangara multicolor, pueden ser observadas y fotografiadas con facilidad entre la extensa vegetación de la zona.
At the end of the day, we will head towards the city of Buga, where we will spend the night to leave the next day early for the Sonso lagoon, recognized as an area of interest for the conservation of birds (AICA) at an international level due to its unique character, is the first stop of this incredible three-day tour. In this place, located in the heart of Valle del Cauca’s department, you can find a great diversity of bird species, including resident and migratory birds from North America and other regions. Bird watchers can easily appreciate many of the 162 species of birds among which are the marsh vulture (Anhima cornuta), the Iguaza Maria (Dendrocygna bicolor), the osprey (Pandion haliaetus), or the cattle egret (Bulbucus ibis), to mention only a few names.
Nearby is the Yotoco Forest Nature Reserve, an area that stands out for being the habitat of important plant and animal species, which is home to more than 150 species of birds that share this space with animals as diverse as howler monkeys, the "Monarch" butterfly and armadillos, e.t.c.
Once the day is over, we will move on to Salento, one of the most representative towns of the Colombian coffee culture landscape, adorned by its colorful houses, steep streets where jeeps, the most traditional car in that region. We will spend the night there to get to know the magic of the coffee traditions.
The next day we will visit, just a few kilometers away, the Cocora Valley, home of the Wax Palm, a plant recognized as the Colombia national tree and the tallest of its kind. There, between the palms and the different shades of green in that valley surrounded by high mountains, you will be able to see birds as the Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus) or Messenger of the Sun; the Swallow-tailed Toche (Ramphocelus flammigerus) or the Barranquero (Momotus momota), a representative bird of that Colombian area.
We finished the tour of that day in a coffee farm, icon of the Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia, and later we will return to Salento, which will be our resting place for that night.
The next morning we will get up early we will head to the Otún Quimbaya Flora and Fauna Sanctuary, located in the Central Colombian mountain range, about 15 minutes from the city of Pereira. In this area, which is characterized by its great biological diversity, and where nearly 90% of the protected area corresponds to natural forests, you can see birds such as the Mountain Toropisk (Pyroderus scutatus), the Rufous-headed Tororoi (Grallaricula cucullata) and the Giant Woodcreeper (Xiphocolaptes promeropirhynchus).
Una vez concluida la jornada en el santuario de fauna y flora Otún Quimbaya, nos desplazaremos a Montezuma Lodge…
Day 6: Otun Quimbaya + transfer Montezuma Lodge
Night 6: Ecolodge Montezuma
Noche 6: Ecolodge Montezuma
Day 7: Birding at Montezuma Ecolodge
Night 7: Ecolodge Montezuma
Noche 7: Ecolodge Montezuma
Day 8: Birding at Cerro Montezuma and Tatamá
Night 8: Ecolodge Montezuma
Noche 8: Ecolodge Montezuma
Day 9: Transfer to Rio Blanco Reserve + Birding at Rio Blanco
Night 9: Rio Blanco Lodge
Noche 9: Rio Blanco Lodge
Day 10: Birding at Rio Blanco
Night 10: Rio Blanco Lodge
Noche 10: Rio Blanco Lodge
Day 11: Transfer Hotel Termales del Ruiz + Birding
Night 11: Hotel Termales del Ruiz
Noche 11: Hotel Termales del Ruiz
Day 12: PNN Nevado del Ruiz + Birding
Night 12: Hotel Termales del Ruiz
Noche 12: Hotel Termales del Ruiz
Day 13: Transfer to Cali or Manizales
Activity ScheduleIdeally in the morning.
Departing timeTo be stipulated previously.
DurationThirteen days. Approximately 5 hours per day.
OutfitComfortable clothing and light coat.
IncludedEntrance to Reserves & National ParksGuide (Eng / Spa)Hotel 4 StarsAll transfers