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11 days and 10 nights

The Avian treasure chest

Tour Information

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Colombia is known to be the country with the highest number of bird species in the world and for many reasons has grabbed the headlines in the bird world in recent years. Increasing and improving eco-tourism has ensured some amazing spots for bird photography and we take advantage of this growing industry.

Colombia’s bird list is nearing a staggering 2000 species, and in recent years eco-tourism has really started to flourish – it is primed to become the newest bird photography craze. More and more sites are offering feeding stations conducive to photography, not just for the spectacular hummingbirds, but also for tanagers, antpittas, and more.

Colombia has been steadily mending from its past political troubles, and in recent years the country has returned to this diverse and abundant habitat, and our carefully crafted itineries with the expert of local guides seek many of its range-restricted and threatened species while enjoying all those wonderful tropical birds of more widespread distribution. At the same time, there has been a steady growth in Colombian ornithology and the establishment of many private nature reserves to complement the public ones, all making locating many of the special birds more practical.

Our all-inclusive itinerary ensures the photography is done at safer locations and provides a lifetime experience of birding in Colombia. We work closely with the local expert guides and our team with technical ability ensure you enhance your photography techniques as you capture these diverse species.

BASIC INFORMATION

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Medical

Please consult with your doctor regarding general travel vaccinations and check the CDC website for more information.

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Insurance

We strongly recommend you purchase trip insurance that includes trip cancellation and medical coverage while overseas.

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Internet Access

Most lodges have free WIFI in the reception/dining area.

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Airport

You should arrive to and depart from Colombia's Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport. Our representative will be waiting to provide your private transfer to a hotel near city centre in Cali.

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Certified

All of our services are conducted by fully licensed travel, lodge, and transport operators. This is part of our commitment to providing a professional travel experience.

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Electricity

Electrical outlets are US-style. Those coming from Europe or Asia may need travel adapters. We will send more info after signup.

TOUR DATES

Session 1: Nov 15 – Nov 25, 2023 (full)
Session 2: April 25 – May 5, 2024 (4 seats available)
Session 3: Dec 4 – Dec 14, 2024 (8 seats available)

Tour Motive

Our well planned Colombia bird photo tour will focus on endemics like the Multi-colored Tanager to special birds like the Cock of the rock. This tour will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for our participants. Our tour starts in Cali and ends in Medellin.
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Photo Opportunities

  • Opportunity to photograph the Multi-colored tanagers, Long-tailed sylph, Red headed tanager and more such stunning species.
  • Guided Colombia Bird photo tour with expert local guidance to make the best images of the target species and more.
  • Our all-inclusive tours help you enjoy a stress-free, safe, photography focussed days coupled with local lodging and culinary experience.

Cost (In USD)

$4,950 in shared accommodations and $5,600 for single accommodation.

Email us at info@tropicalphototours.com or call us at +1-512-508-6914/512-806-6469 if you’d like to talk first.

COLOMBIA

DURATION : 11 days and 10 nights

PHYSICAL LEVEL : Easy

Tour Dates

Session 1: Dec 4 – Dec 14, 2024 (7 spaces available)
Session 2: April 25 – May 5, 2025
Session 3: Dec 4 – Dec 14, 2025

COST (In USD)

$4950 per person in sharing accommodations and $5600 for a single supplement.

INCLUSION

  • Lodging from day 1 to 10
  • Meals from breakfast on day 2 to breakfast on the last day
  • Private transportation  
  • Professional guide and photography mentor
  • Local guides at multiple locations
  • Entrance Fees
  • Water 

EXCLUSION

  • International Airfare
  • Dinner on arrival day
  • Alcoholic drinks 
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips to guides and drivers
  • Items of personal nature

Colombia, the global leader in bird species diversity, hosts nearly 2000 unique avian inhabitants. Its lush landscapes and eco-tourism flourish, offering captivating bird photography opportunities. Embark on a journey guided by local experts to discover Colombia’s rich birdlife and create lifelong memories

DETAILED ITINERARY

Your adventure starts as you touch down at Cali’s Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport (CLO). Our team will warmly welcome you and facilitate your transfer to our hotel in Cali. 

Prepare for an array of exceptional photo opportunities, where the Chestnut Wood Quail, the sought after Multicolored Tanager (Endemic), Flame-rumped, Golden, Saffron-crowned, and Golden-naped Tanagers, as well as the Blue-winged Mountain Tanager can be photograph on this day. Green Jay, Colombian Chachalaca (Endemic), Acorn Woodpecker, and the elusive Crimson-rumped Toucanet are also possibilities today.

On this day we start early and drive to the highly biodiverse choco-region to visit one of the local feeders.  Our main targets on this day will be Choco endemics like Toucan Barbet, Glistening green tanager, Velvet purple coronet, Back-chinned Mountain Tanager , Rufous-throated Tanager, among several others species. 

On this day we will change our location,  in the afternoon we will be photographing the endangered Yellow-eared Parrot, found only in the Andes of Colombia. 

A second opportunity to photograph the beautiful Yellow-eared Parrot and more endemics, including the Tolima Dove. We will complement this day with a session of  hummingbirds in multiflash. Some of the key species on this day will be: Tolima Blossomcrown (endemic), Indigo Capped Hummingbird (Endemic), Andean Emerald, White-vented Plumeleteer &  Amazilia Hummingbird  among many other species! 

Manizales has become very popular in the last few years due to the many sites you can visit to photograph birds. 
We will have one last session of hummingbirds in natural light before making our way to this beautiful city.

We will visit a picturesque dairy farm in the Central Andes, where with decades of dedicated conservation efforts by the owners the possibilities are boundless. Crescent-Faced Antpitta, Equatorial Antpitta, Gray-Breasted Mountain Toucan, Hooded Mountain Tanager, Collared Inca, Tourmaline Sunangel, Buff-Winged Starfrontlet, the Mountain Velvetbreast, the Masked Flower piercer, Sparkling Violetear, the iconic Sword-Billed Hummingbird, and more are all possibilities on this day. 

Among the sought-after subjects are three distinct Antpitta species, the Green-and-Black Fruiteater, along with a performance of hummingbirds and tanagers that adorn this lush landscape.

 

We will arrive in time to experience the awe-inspiring Andean-Cock-of-the-Rock lek. Just minutes from the colorful town of Jardin. Here, the charismatic Cock-of-the-Rock takes centre stage, complemented by appearances from the Andean Motmot and various tanagers drawn to banana feeders.

On this day, we will visit a charming place where we will have one last session before we go to Medellin. Blue-necked Tanager, Crimson-backed Tanager, Red-headed Barbet, Andean Motmot are some of the targets. 

Following breakfast, our driver will take you to the José María Córdova International Airport, Rionegro (MDE), for your international flight home. 

Cancellation & Refund Policy

  • A ‘non-refundable’ deposit of USD 1000 of the Tour fee as booking amount to reserve your spot
  • The remaining balance is due in full 90 days before the start of the tour. If you would like to pay the remaining balance in installments, please let us know.
  • All figures in USD per person
  • Failure to make payments within this timeline could result in tour cancellation.
  • A deposit is your commitment to joining the workshop. These deposits don’t typically sit in an account, they are used to cover initial expenses for the workshop like hotel reservations, park permits/fees and guided tour deposits. Due to these expenses, deposits are non-refundable and tour payment made is subject to a cancellation fee.
  • More than 60 days before the start of the tour: Refund of workshop payment (not including deposit), less $100 convenience fee.
  • 60 – 45 days before the start of the tour: Refund of 50% of workshop payment (not including deposit), less $199 convenience fee.
  • Less than 45 days before the start of the tour: No refunds will be given, and all payments will be forfeited. Full payment is required no later than 45 days prior to departure. If full payment is not received by this date you will be notified by email. If you do not respond within 3 business days, your spot will be forfeited and offered to participants on the waiting list.
  • For Travel Insurance Quotes visit: www.insuremytrip.com
  • Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.
    CANCELLED WORKSHOPS: If we are forced to cancel a workshop for any reason, your entire payment will be transferred to another comparable workshop within one calendar year

Cancellation & Refund Policy

  • A ‘non-refundable’ deposit of USD 1000 of the Tour fee as booking amount to reserve your spot
  • The remaining balance is due in full 90 days before the start of the tour. If you would like to pay the remaining balance in installments, please let us know.
  • All figures in USD per person
  • Failure to make payments within this timeline could result in tour cancellation.
  • A deposit is your commitment to joining the workshop. These deposits don’t typically sit in an account, they are used to cover initial expenses for the workshop like hotel reservations, park permits/fees and guided tour deposits. Due to these expenses, deposits are non-refundable and tour payment made is subject to a cancellation fee.
  • More than 60 days before the start of the tour: Refund of workshop payment (not including deposit), less $100 convenience fee.
  • 60 – 45 days before the start of the tour: Refund of 50% of workshop payment (not including deposit), less $199 convenience fee.
  • Less than 45 days before the start of the tour: No refunds will be given, and all payments will be forfeited. Full payment is required no later than 45 days prior to departure. If full payment is not received by this date you will be notified by email. If you do not respond within 3 business days, your spot will be forfeited and offered to participants on the waiting list.
  • For Travel Insurance Quotes visit: www.insuremytrip.com
  • Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.
    CANCELLED WORKSHOPS: If we are forced to cancel a workshop for any reason, your entire payment will be transferred to another comparable workshop within one calendar year
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