Coffe Zone, Cauca, & Valle Deluxe
USD $2956 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 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).
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 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 day we will return to Cali to rest at the Hotel Boutique San Antonio. Next day we will be able to visit different places around Cali, also known as the Salsa Capital City.
The next morning will take us on a tour around 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.
The next day will take us to El Queremal town, where we will visit the farm 'El Descanso', located 55 kilometers from Cali and 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.
Once we finished this wonderful experience, we will return to San Antonio Boutique Hotel to rest and get ready for the next day of this tour.
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.
At the end of the day we will return to San Antonio Boutique Hotel to rest and prepare for the next day of this tour.
The next day we will continue the tour through 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.
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.
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.
DurationTwelve days. Approximately 5 hours per day.
OutfitComfortable clothing and light coat.
IncludedEntrance to Reserves & National ParksGuide (Eng / Spa)Hotel 4 StarsAll transfers