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Colombia Highlights Birding Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 15 day(s)
Group Size: 10 people
Destination(s): Colombia  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching  
Season: December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 5550 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 5550 US Dollar (USD)

Colombia has more bird species than any other country; a staggering 1900 species are to be found within the confines of this incredible nation, of which over 60 are endemic! This huge diversity 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, lakes and the rich wet forests of the Choco all help to make it one of the most exciting countries on earth in which to bird and travel.

Our comprehensive highlights of Colombia tour covers all three Andean ranges and both inter-Andean valleys, as well as lowland rainforest in search of numerous endemics and regional avian specialties. We will be searching for a remarkable collection of birds that are likely to exceed 700 species, including over 60 species of colorful tanagers, 12 species of furtive antpittas, and over 70 species of dazzling hummingbirds!

Combined with spectacular scenery, friendly locals and pleasant lodges situated within prime birding areas, this Colombia tour offers the very best of South American birding.

THE TOUR AT A GLANCE…

DETAILS
Tour Dates 1st to 15th December (15 days)
Tour price US$ 5,550 per person sharing (see below)
US$ 230 approximate cost of domestic flights
(Tour price fixed in US$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Tour Size Limited to 10 participants, 1 company leader & 1 local leader

THE ITINERARY
1st December - Arrival in Bogota
2nd December - Laguna Pedropalo
3rd December - Chingaza National Park and Siecha Gravel Pits
4th December - Bogota to Rio Claro via San Francisco
5th & 6th December - Rio Claro surroundings
7th December - Rio Claro to Medellin
8th & 9th December - Las Tangaras
10th December - Medellin to Jardin
11th December - Jardin
12th December - Jardin to Manizales
13th December - Rio Blanco Nature Reserve
14th December - Los Nevados National Park
15th December - Manizales to Otun-Quimbaya Sanctuary, fly to Bogota and departure

THIS TOUR CAN BE LINKED WITH
Santa Marta Extension
25th to 30th November (6 days) US$ 1,975 per person sharing

FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS:
The fee for the Colombia Highlights tour is US$ 5,550 per person sharing. (Please note: The price does NOT include the domestic flight as mentioned in the itinerary. As a general guideline, we suggest you budget +/- US$ 230 per person. We can book this flight on your behalf at no extra charge.)

The single supplement costs for the Colombia Highlights tour is US$ 500 and will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. PLEASE NOTE: The Single Supplement cost only covers 9 of the 15 nights as the other nights are at lodges where singles are unavailable. If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner for these 9 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 15;
•Some soft drink with meals;
•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);
•All alcoholic and any additional beverages;
•Special gratuities; and
•Telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature.

IMPORTANT NOTES:
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 (US$), 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 7 paying participants) 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 and / or the designated leader/s 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.

Tipping:
As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, restaurants etc) are included on this tour. However, this does NOT include your leader. If, therefore, you feel that he has given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip him.

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 to within a few remote parts of the country. This has made travel to most of Colombia 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 now visiting this great birding nation. 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.

•This tour involves very little arduous walking. We will however be at fairly high altitude on some occasions and on some days we will be on our feet for most of the day. You should therefore 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 let the 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 comfortable standard throughout.

•Transport is by small coach or minibus and the roads are mostly in good condition. However, due to the nature of the topography, there is the possibility of landslides interfering with our 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; it can be hot and occasionally humid in the lowlands, such as at Rio Claro. At higher elevations, however, it can be quite cool, especially at night. There is likely to be some rain, which can be heavy.

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE DETAILS:
This tour does not include ANY airfares. The tour will depart from Bogota 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 Bogota International on day 15. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard, kindly contact the office.

FLIGHTS:
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.

NB: Please DO NOT book any flights until you have consulted the office for confirmation on the status of the tour.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Tour Price (Per Person) €4,380 * £3,490 * USD5,550 * ZAR61,970
Single Supplement €400 * £320 * USD500 * ZAR5,590

Please note this price excludes flights.
Please note: these prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.

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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