LOOKING FOR WILDLIFE

Take on the game of watching Colombian wildlife while discovering the culture

An original tour for curious travelers, eager to discover the country of biodiversity but also the Colombian culture.

You will discover

  • Bogota
  • Chingaza
  • Casanare
  • Medellin
  • La Romera
  • Jardin
  • Lorica
  • Sanguare
  • Cartagena

Price

4 165€

Duration

15 days / 14 nights.

Food

Full-board.

CO2 production

711 kg of CO2.

Itinerary

You will be recieved by Colombie Célestine at El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá.

We leave the hotel to go to the Chingaza National Natural Park at more than 3000 meters above sea level, where the Andes make a refuge of flora and fauna which reveals to visitors the secret of life. At the end of our stay in the park, before returning to Bogotá we will stop at the Hummingbird Observatory to discover many of these magical animals. 


Birds of interest
: Andean Teal, Sparkling Violetear, Purple-backed Thornbill, Great Sapphirewing, White-bellied Woodstar, Black-tailed Trainbearer, Tyrian Metaltail, Blue-throated Starfrontlet, Coppery-bellied Puffleg, American Coot, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Brown-breasted Parakeet (E), Silvery-throated Spinetail (E), Red-crested Cotinga, Golden-fronted Redstart, Pale-bellied Tapaculo, Great Thrush, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Masked Flowerpiercer, Rufous-browed Conebill, among others


Mammals
: White-tailed deer and Spectacled bear (low probability)


Herpetofauna
: Pristimantis bogotensis, Bolitoglossa adspersa, Atelopus muisca, Atelopus lozanoi, Riama striata, Anadia bogotensis, Anolis heterodermus, Stenocercus trachycephalus. 

We leave early in the morning the city of Bogotá to go to the Casanare department, located in the Orinoco region. This one is also known under the name of "Eastern plains" (Llanos Orientales) because of the majestic expanses which compose it, spreading out as far as the eye can see. It is famous for its whimsical aurora, between pink and flame, enough to make the northern lights jealous.


Birds of interest
: Horned Screamer, Orinoco Goose, Rufous-vented Chachalaca, Ruddy Pigeon, Great Potoo, Rufous-breasted Hermit, Great-billed Hermit, Hoatzin, Double-striped Thick-knee, Wattled Jacana, Black Skimmer, Jabiru, Fasciated Tiger-Heron, Scarlet Ibis, Turkey Vulture, King Vulture, Great Black Hawk, Tropical Screech-Owl, Yellow-crowned Parrot, Chestnut-fronted Macaw, Scarlet Macaw, White-fringed Antwren, White-fringed Antwren, Streak-headed Woodcreeper, Azara's Spinetail, Black-tailed Tityra, Eastern Meadowlark, Red-breasted Meadowlark, Silver-beaked Tanager, Masked Cardinal, Swallow Tanager, among others.


Mammals
: White-tailed deer, Red brocket, Giant anteater, Tamandua, Giant river otter, Capybara, Lowland paca, Crab-eating fox, Tufted capuchin, Night monkey, Puma and Jaguar (low probability), among others.


Herpetofauna
: Boana punctata, Phyllomedusa hypochondrialis, Pseudis paradoxa, Rulyrana flavopunctata, Eunectes murinus, Epicrates cenchria, Imantodes cenchoa, Oxybelis aeneus, Bothrops atrox, Chelonoidis carbonarius, Caiman crocodilus, Crocodylus intermedius, Podocnemis unifilis.

At the end of our stay in the Orinoco region, we go to Yopal airport to take the flight that will take us to the city of Medellín. The next day we go to the Western Andes.

We spend the morning at La Romera Ecological Park, a well-preserved secondary forest, located near the village of Sabaneta, south-east of Medellín. At the beginning of the afternoon we stop at Bolombolo, next to the Cauca river, a dry forest sheltering particularly interesting and important species. Continuing on our road, we reach our next destination, at 1750 meters above sea level, the heritage village of Jardín. You settle into the hotel and enjoy the charm of the village.


Birds of interest
: Colombian Chachalaca (E), Greenish Puffleg, Andean Motmot, Northern Emerald-Toucanet, Stiles's Tapaculo (E), Black-billed Peppershrike, Yellow-headed Manakin, Pale-eyed Thrush, Black-capped Tanager, Golden-naped Tanager, Common Chlorospingus, Red-bellied Grackle (E), Russet-backed Oropendola, Chestnut-capped Brushfinch, Slate-throated Redstart, among others.


Mammals
: Andean squirrel, Red-tailed squirrel, Kinkajou, Tayra, Carb-eating fox, Coati (low probability).  


Herpetofauna
 : Pristimantis achatinus, Dendropsophus bogerti, Bolitoglossa vallecula, Gastrotheca nicefori, Lampropeltis micropholis, Anolis mariarum, Clelia equatoriana, Bothriechis schlegelii.

This day is dedicated to birdwatching in the Yellow-Eared Parrot Bird Reserve, one of the best places in Colombia to contemplate this important parrot. We reach the "Alto de Ventanas" summit formerly dedicated to the monitoring and conservation program for migratory species. We meet birds along our way, even owls. We have breakfast and lunch in the countryside and return to Jardín in the late afternoon to rest.


Birds of interest
: Sword-billed Hummingbird, Yellow-vented Woodpecker, Black-billed Mountain-Toucan, Yellow-eared Parrot (E), White-browed Spinetail, Spillmann's Tapaculo, Blackish Tapaculo, Ocellated Tapaculo, Chestnut-naped Antpitta, Rufous Antpitta, Sharpe's Wren, Black-collared Jay, Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Barred Fruiteater, Green-and-black Fruiteater, Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant, Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant, Rufous-crowned Tody-Flycatcher, Golden-collared Honeycreeper, Lacrimose Mountain-Tanager, among others.


Mammals : Andean squirrel, Red-tailed squirrel, Kinkajou, Tayra, Carb-eating fox, Opossum, Olinguito and Coati (low probability).  


Herpetofauna
 : Pristimantis permixtus, Pristimantis erythropleura, Dendropsophus columbianus, Centrolene robledoi, Erythrolamprus epinephelus, Chironius monticola, Atractus obesus, Pholidobolus vertebralis.

The morning is dedicated to bird and orchid watching in the Orchid Reserve. Created by The Colombian Orchidology Society, this reserve aims to protect and conserve ecosystems across its 200 hectares.

In the afternoon, we will have a coffee experience, on a typical farm.


Birds of interest
: Sword-billed Hummingbird, Lyre-tailed Nightjar, Black-and-chestnut Eagle, Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Yellow-eared Parrot, among others.

At the end of our stay in the village, we return to Medellín to take the flight to go to the city of Monteria, located in the Caribbean Region.

This day is dedicated to community tourism. We will witness an event of great importance: Magdalena River Turtle (Podocnemis lewyana) liberation.

At the end of the afternoon, we head to the Sanguare Nature Reserve, where a great typical dinner awaits us. 

These days, our attention from the morning will be one of the last natural sanctuaries of the tours, The Sanguare Nature Reserve. This reserve conserves strategic ecosystems such as dry tropical forests, marshes and natural savannas, linked to mangroves, coastal lagoons and seagrass beds.

One night, you embark on a trip to the starry sea. Kayaking, you cross the coast with your lamp, the mangrove and reach the lagoon where the luminescent plankton is concentrated.


Birds of interest
: Chestnut-winged Chachalaca (E), Crested Bobwhite, White-tipped Dove, Greater Ani, Red-billed Emerald, Gray-cowled Wood-Rail, Southern Lapwing, Spotted Sandpiper, Pearl Kite, Ringed Kingfisher, Collared Aracari, Keel-billed Toucan, Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Brown-throated Parakeet, Black-crested Antshrike, Common Tody-Flycatcher, Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Pied Water-Tyrant, Bicolored Wren, Trinidad Euphonia, Crested Oropendola, Baltimore Oriole, Blue-black Grassquit, among others.


Mammals
: Crab-eating raccoon, Sloth, Northern tamandua, Northern Amazon Red Squirrel, Bicolored-spined porcupine, Capybara, Nine-banded armadillo, Ocelot (low probability), among others.


Herpetofauna
: Boana pugnax, Dendrobates hola, Ceratophrys calcarata, Elachistocleis pearsei, Iguana iguana, Tupinambis teguixin, Bothrops asper, Porthidium lansbergii.

You will enjoy a last morning at the reserve before being taken to the city of Cartagena de Indias. You continue your tour of the city with the breeze and observe the Caribbean Sea from its majestic fortifications.

While the reveller tourists still sleep, you embark in a canoe to discover an unusual Cartagena. Here, you appreciate the amazing ecosystem of mangroves but also cross the path of an entire people, that of the fishermen of La Boquilla. You continue your visit to La Boquilla, through a percussion workshop.


Birds of interest
: Black-necked Stilt, Marbled Godwit, Magnificent Frigatebird, Neotropic Cormorant, Brown Pelican, Cocoi Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Green Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, White Ibis, among others.


In the afternoon you are driven to Rafael Núñez International Airport for your international flight.

  1. Bogota – Chingaza NNP – Hummingbird Observatory.
  2. Casanare.
  3. Medellin.
  4. Jardin – Yellow-Eared Parrot NR – Orchid Reserve.
  5. Monteria – Lorica
  6. San Onofre.
  7. Cartagena.
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You will appreciate

  • More than 300 expected species of birds.
  • More than 5 species of mammals and 15 species of reptiles and amphibians.
  • Participation in a Magdalena river turtle liberation.
  • 3 nights dedicated to the herpetofauna.
  • The night bath in luminescent plankton
  • The discovery of the culture of 3 geographic regions.
  • Comfortable accommodation.
  • 4 native trees planted as contribution per person.
  • Accommodation
  • Dates and Price
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Booking

Our accommodations are carefully selected for their comfort but also their commitment to respect their environment. The stars we assign are the synthesis of these two criteria.

They are adapted to their geographic and climatic conditions.

  • In towns and villages, we offer 3 to 4 star hotels. Most of the rooms have air conditioning.
  • In nature reserves, we offer a selection of ecolodges and natural accommodation. We work with our partners to offer you the greatest possible comfort in remote areas bathed in lush nature.

Dates :    

  • From February 15th to March 1st 2021.

Price :    

  • 4 125 € / person.
  • Doble room - *Private single room accommodation add 450 €.

​​Group size :    

  • From 4 people up to 8.

Environmental and social responsibility :  Strong. By visiting the Sanguare Reserve, you fight against the deforestation of the Tropical Dry Forest, fragile ecosystem and considered by some as critically endangered. You allow local communities to find an alternative to livestock and mass tourism.

  • Chingaza NNP : Thanks to its lagoon system (made up of 20 lagoons), the park was declared Ramsar zone in 2008 and IBA. This natural sanctuary also counts with the three lagoons of Siecha which are of glacial origin, from where one of the Muisca rafts representing the ceremony of El Dorado, the legend of the Muiscas was extracted.

  • Sanguare Nature Reserve : Former farm for cattle breeding, this reserve is today dedicated to research, recovery, sustainable use of non-wood forest resources and the conservation of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, essential for the well-being of species and sustainable development of human beings.

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