Valle del Cauca & Coffee Zone
USD $1788 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.
We will get up early in the first day of this tour and 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).
Once the day is over in the Otún Quimbaya Flora and Fauna Sanctuary, 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 finish the tour by the Cocora Valley to go to the town of El Cairo. There we will sleep at night a to move early the next day to the Cerro El Inglés.
Early in the morning we will arrive at Cerro El Inglés, located in a mountainous area of El Cairo, which is in the heart of two of the areas where bird watchers can observe one of the largest numbers of endemic birds in the Americas: the tropical Andes and the biogeographic Chocó, making it an ideal place to observe birds such as the choker shrike, the red-breasted fruit tree, the tatama bangsia or the black and gold bangsia.
Once we finished this wonderful experience, we returned to San Antonio Boutique Hotel to rest and get ready for the fourth day of this tour.
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