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Colombia - Andean Endemics with Santa Marta Extension

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 19 - 24 day(s)
Group Size: 10 people
Destination(s): Colombia  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 6960 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 7550 US Dollar (USD)

Colombia has more species of birds than any other country on earth, 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 birds 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 lowland 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 this one of the most exciting and rewarding birding countries on earth.

Despite the impressive number of species and endemics, Colombia remains probably 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 primarily on the large number of endemics that 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 Itineraries:

Colombia - Andean Endemics:

Day 1: Arrival in Bogota.

Day 2: Laguna Pedropalo.

Day 3: Chingaza National Park & Siecha Gravel Pits.

Day 4: Bogota to Victoria via San Francisco.

Day 5: Victoria to Rio Claro.

Day 6: Rio Claro surroundings.

Day 7: Rio Claro to Anori.

Day 8: Anori.

Day 9: Anori to Jardin

Day 10: Jardin to Rio Blanco Nature Reserve.

Day 11: Rio Blanco Nature Reserve.

Day 12: Los Nevados National Park.

Day 13: Rio Blanco to Otun-Quimbaya Sanctuary.

Day 14: Otun-Quimbaya Sanctuary to Cerro Montezuma.

Day 15 & 16: Cerro Montezuma surroundings.

Day 17: Cerro Montezuma to Laguna de Sonso.

Day 18: Laguna de Sonso to Cali.

Day 19: El 18 to Cali and flight to Bogota (or flight for extension).

Santa Marta Extension:

Day 1: Flight to Santa Marta and transfer to Minca.

Day 2 & 3: Santa Marta Mountains.

Day 4: Santa Marta Mountains to Riohacha.

Day 5: Riohacha to Santa Marta.

Day 6: Isla Salamanca NP to Barranquilla and departure.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- Colombia - Andean Endemics: 12 - 30 Nov 2012 (19 days):
US$6,960 * £4,380 * €4,970 * COP12,175,000 per person sharing (see below)
* Approximate cost of domestic flights: US$170
* Single Supplement: US$590

- Santa Marta Extension: 30 - 5 Dec 2012 (6 days):
US$2,000 * £1,260 * €1,430 * COP3,500,000 per person sharing (see below)
* Approximate cost of domestic flights: US$425
* Single Supplement: US$120.

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

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