Mountains & Lower Anchicayá
USD $1227 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.
The morning of the first day of this tour will have as its destination 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.
The first day of the tour ends with a return to San Antonio Boutique Hotel to rest and prepare for the next day.
(Plan A) On the second 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 second 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.
(Plan C) On the second day we will take a tour of the village of Pance, in the surroundings of Cali. There we will visit the El Topacio Environmental Education Center, a paradise bathed by waterfalls, rivers and streams, which is renowned for its abundant biodiversity, with numerous species of birds, reptiles, insects, flora and fauna, as well as more than 40 types of medicinal plants. A short distance from El Topacio, in the same village of Pance, are located Villa Cielo and Anahuac reserves. In those places and in just a few meters of walking, we will be able to meet with many species of birds such as ravens, tiles, the honey bee queen or the different species of tanagers that stand out with their exotic colors among the extensive vegetation of the area.
The second day of the tour ends with a return to San Antonio Boutique Hotel to rest and prepare for the next day.
On the third day we will go to Alejandría farm, also known as 'the hummingbird's paradise'. This place has been home to more than 300 species of birds that enjoy the biodiversity of this environment at different times of the year. This is an ideal space to watch, at very short distances, different species of hummingbirds; here the birder can marvel at the diversity of colors, sizes of their tails and their beaks, while also enjoying woodpeckers, tanagers, sparrows, sylphs and tiles, which transit in this 15-hectare forest adorned by bromeliads, orchids and mosses that give life to this natural environment located in the western Colombian mountain range.
Posteriormente, nos dirigiremos a El Queremal, llegaremos a la finca ‘El Descanso’, ubicada a 55 kilómetros de Cali, uno de los mejores lugares en Colombia para hacer avistamiento de aves. Allí, Dora Londoño, la propietaria del lugar, cuida a cientos de aves que vuelan entre la zona montañosa que se convierte en el espacio propicio a donde llegan enamorados del aviturismo a apreciar muchas de las casi 500 especies de aves que le dan aún más vida a ese entorno natural del Valle del Cauca. Especies como el Cómpas-Toucan Barbet (Semnornis ramphastinus), el frutero pechirrojo (Orange-Breasted fruiteater) (Pipreola jucunda), o el clarinero del Pacífico (Anisognathus notabilis), hacen de este lugar el segundo destino con mayor número de especies en el Valle del Cauca. Esta noche dormiremos allí, antes de dirigirnos para el Pacífico colombiano en la mañana siguiente.
On the fourth day we will visit one of the wonders of the Pacific region: The San Cipriano Natural Reserve, a territory with 3 kilometers of vegetation, which has a river of crystalline waters that flow into the Pacific Ocean, located one hour from this reserve. In San Cipriano, more than 400 species of birds have been seen, which can be appreciated from the early hours of the morning, such as the arasari and the toucan pechigualdo, just to mention some of the birds typical of the area. The great biodiversity of this place amazes both locals and visitors, who will surely take away a unique experience and a magical memory for their countries of origin.
Ese mismo día y antes de regresar a Cali, en el trayecto de regreso haremos una última parada en la finca Loma Azul, un lugar que se encuentra a 1.800 metros sobre el nivel del mar, ubicación ideal para avistar tangaras, silfos, gorriones, azulejos, colibríes y hasta águilas, mientras se conecta con la naturaleza, el verde húmedo y frondoso propio de la zona conocida como el bosque de las nieblas en donde predomina una temperatura de 18 grados aproximadamente.
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.
DurationFour days. Approximately 5 hours per day.
OutfitComfortable clothing and light coat.
IncludedEntrance to Reserves & National ParksGuide (Eng / Spa)Hotel 4 StarsAll transfers