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Colombia - Andean Endemics with Santa Marta Extension

offered by supplier M17026 (read about supplier)

Key Information:
Tour Duration: 18 - 23 day(s)
Group Size: 8 people
Destination(s): Colombia  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: November
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 5450 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 5450 US Dollar (USD)

Colombia has more species of birds than any other country; a staggering 1870 species are to be found within the confines of this incredible nation, of which at least 62 are endemic. This huge diversity of species results from the equally diverse range of habitats: three Andean Cordilleras (Western, Central and Eastern Andes), two inter-Andean valleys (the Cauca and Magdalena Valleys), the lowlands forests of the Amazon and Orinoco regions, the isolated snow-capped Santa Marta Mountains, the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, deserts and lakes, and the rich wet forests of the Chocó all help to make it one of the most exciting countries to bird on earth!

Despite the impressive number of species and endemics, Colombia is also among the least visited birding destination in South America. There can be little doubt that this is a direct result of the turbulent political and social climate; yet while Colombia has for a long time been considered unsafe to visit, there are many parts of the country that are now safe for tourists.

Our tour will focus on the large number of endemics the country has to offer; firstly in the Andean region, and then with an extension to the Guajira desert and the impressive Santa Marta Mountains on the northern coast.


Tour Dates
Andean Endemics - 8th to 25th November (18 days)
Santa Marta Extension - 25th to 30th November (6 days)

Tour Price
Andean Endemics - US$ 5,450 per person sharing (see below)
US$ 110 approximate cost of domestic flights
(Tour price fixed in US Dollars, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Santa Marta Extension - US$ 1,975 per person sharing (see below)
US$ 110 approximate cost of domestic flights
(Tour price fixed in US Dollars, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)

Tour Size
The main tour is limited to 8 participants with 1 M17026 leader, while the extension is limited to 10 participants with 1 M17026 leader

8th November - Arrival in Bogota
9th November - Laguna Pedropalo and Cana Grande
10th November - Chingaza NP and Siecha Gravel Pits
11th November - Bogota to Victoria via San Francisco
12th November - Victoria to El Paujil (Blue-billed Curassow) Preserve
13th November - El Paujil Preserve
14th November - El Paujil to Rio Claro
15th November - Rio Claro to Arrierito (Chestnut-capped Piha) Preserve
16th & 17th November - Arrierito Preserve
18th November - Arrierito Preserve to Las Tangaras Preserve
19th & 20th November - Las Tangaras (Gold-ringed Tanager) Preserve and surrounds
21st November - Las Tangaras Preserve to Jardin
22nd November - Jardin to Rio Blanco Preserve
23rd November - Rio Blanco Preserve
24th November - Los Nevados del Ruiz NP to Otun-Quimbaya Sanctuary
25th November - Otun-Quimbaya Sanctuary to Pereira and depart, or fly to Barranquilla for the extension

25th November - Arrivals in Barranquilla from Pereira
26th November - Isla Salamanca NP; birding en route to El Dorado Preserve
27th November - El Dorado Preserve
28th November - El Dorado Preserve to Minca
29th November - Minca to Riohacha
30th November - Riohacha to Bogota via Santa Marta

The fee for the Colombia – Andean Endemics tour is US$ 5,450 per person sharing. (Please note: this price excludes the domestic flights as mentioned in the itinerary. As a general guideline, we suggest you budget +- US$ 110 for these flights. We can book these flights for you at no extra charge.)

The fee for the Santa Marta Extension is US$ 1,975 per person sharing. (Please note: this price excludes the domestic flights as mentioned in the itinerary. As a general guideline, we suggest you budget +- US$ 110 for these flights. We can book these flights for you at no extra charge.)

The single supplement costs for the Colombia – Andean Endemics tour and Santa Marta Extension are US$ 450 and US$ 225 respectively and will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. (PLEASE NOTE HOWEVER: The Single Supplement cost for the main tour only covers 10 of the 18 nights as the other nights are at lodges where singles are unavailable. If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner for these 10 nights although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.)

Should you wish to pay for this tour in Great British Pound (£), Euro (€), or South African Rand (ZAR), please refer to our website for the current exchange rate.

This includes:
•All meals from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 18 for those on the main tour, and from dinner on day 1 of the extension to breakfast on day 6;
•Bottled drinking water;
•All lodgings;
•Ground transportation;
•Extra activities mentioned in the itinerary;
•Reserve entrance fees; and
•All guiding services (including tips for local guides and services.)

The tour fee does not include:
•Visa fees;
•ANY flights (see above);
•Any drinks;
•Special gratuities; and
•Telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature.

a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies (see website for all 4 currencies). The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (Colombian Pesos), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.) The same applies to approximate flight and single supplement rates, which are also quoted in the respective fixed currency.

b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration (a minimum of 6 paying participants for the main tour, and 5 paying participants for the extension) a small party supplement will have to be charged.

c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.

d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.

As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, porters and restaurants) are included on this tour. However, this does NOT include your M17026 leader/s. If, therefore, you feel that he/they have given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip them.

Special Notes:
•Due to its prolonged problems with insurgents, the country has gained a reputation of being an unsafe destination and this reputation has proved hard to throw off. However, the present government has succeeded in containing the insurgent military groups within a few parts of the country. This has made travel to many parts of the country as safe as one has come to expect from much of South America. As the security situation has improved and birding sites of interest have become safe to visit, more birders are visiting Colombia. The security situation will be closely monitored by our ground agent, who has led tours in Colombia for the last 13 years without incident. He is in constant contact with the accommodations and other establishments on our tour and if the need arises the tour itinerary can be changed accordingly. Our tour is also designed to avoid areas that are controlled by revolutionary groups, like FARC.

•This tour involves very little arduous walking though we will be at fairly high altitude on some occasions. You should be in good health and of reasonable fitness to undertake this tour. If you have any physical limitations or medical conditions of any sort please do let the M17026 office know in advance of the tour.

•We will be birding in some remote areas well away from modern medical facilities.

•The hotels are of reasonable standard throughout although on occasion they will be basic.

•Transport is by small coach or minibus, and 4x4 vehicles where required, and the roads are mostly in good condition. However, due to the nature of the topography, there is the possibility of landslides interfering with out trip, though we have minimized this risk by undertaking the tour during the drier season.

•We expect the weather to be mostly dry and often sunny, and it can be hot and occasionally humid in the lowlands, such as at Rio Claro, Sonso, Isla Salamanca, and on the Guajira peninsula (extension). At higher elevations visited, it can be quite cool, especially at night. There is likely to be some rain, which can be heavy.

•Our guides are very experienced Neotropical birders who have led tours to Colombia previously and are fluent Spanish speakers.

This tour does not include ANY airfares. The tour will depart from Bogotá International airport on day 1 and, as it is an arrival day, you are welcome to arrive at any time on this day. Further meeting details in this regard will be forwarded to you in due course. The tour will conclude in the late afternoon at Bogotá International on day 18. For those doing the Santa Marta extension, the tour will conclude in the late afternoon on day 6 of the extension at Bogotá International airport. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard, kindly contact the M17026 office.

Bogotá is the main port of entry for international flights in Colombia. We have the capacity to advise you on the best route according to your preferences, but your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you. We can, however, book the domestic flights on your behalf.

IMPORTANT: please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the M17026 office for confirmation on the status of the tour.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Tour Price (Per Person) €4,300 * £3,450 * USD5,450 * ZAR60,780
Single Supplement €360 * £290 * USD450 * ZAR5,020

Note: Tour price fixed in Colombian Pesos, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Excludes flight costs.

About This Supplier
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Location: South Africa
Joined InfoHub: Sep 2007
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M17026 is one of the world’s longest established and most highly regarded birding tour companies. Based in South Africa with satellite offices in USA, Australia and New Zealand, their team of professional tour leaders and dedicated office support staff arrange and guide more than 250 annual birding and wildlife tours...

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