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Sunrise Birding LLC - Worldwide Birding Tours and Wildlife SafarisPhoto: Red-fan Parrot. Photo by Diego Calderon.COLOMBIA
Specialties of Mitú
with Diego Calderon!
May 15 - 25, 2019

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Over the last few years, Colombia has hit the birding headlines as being a fantastic, new, safe destination, with more species (over 1900) than any other country in the world. Our guide Diego Calderon has been at the forefront of birding in this his home country and with new hotspots and new species being found all the time, we are delighted to now offer a tour to one of the very best unique areas – Mitú. Here the biodiversity of habitats including Terra Firme, White Sand, Varzea and Riparian Forests hold a multitude of unique species. Many Amazon/Guianan Shield specialties can be found here and sheer variety and quality of the species on offer is astounding. In addtion to the specialties of Mitú, we've included the chance to see a few more unique birds from Bogota including the recently described Cundinamarca Antpitta as well as Blue-throated and Golden-bellied Starfrontlets.

For those that have been to Colombia before or for those wanting to experience somewhere completely different, our Mitú itinerary is a must.

Photo: Red-fan Parrot. Photo by Diego Calderon.


ITINERARY - Start of Tour:

Green-bearded Helmetcrest (Photo: Diego Calderon)

Day 1: Wed., May 15 – Bogota
Plan to arrive in Bogotá, Colombia (Airport code: BOG) today.  The tour begins with dinner tonight. (D)

 

Day 2: Thur., May 16 -
Sumapaz National Park

ToOday we set off very early and travel towards Sumapaz National Park where we will look for the recently split Green-bearded Helmetcrest (Photo: Diego Calderon). Other interesting species here include Bogota Rail, Apolinar’s Wren and Bronze-tailed Thornbill. In the afternoon we will drive to Guayabetal with some birding en-route looking for Green-bellied Hummingbird and Cliff Flycatcher – night at basic hotel near Guayabetal. (B,L,D)


Day 3: Fri, May 17 – Monterredondo – Villavicencio
This morning we will be birding the cloud forest of Monterredondo, home to the Cundinamarca Antpitta (Photo: Andres M Cuervo) first described in 1992. Other birds in our sights include Brown-breasted Parakeet, Rufous Antpitta, Green-bellied Hummingbird and Ochre-breasted Brushfinch. After a late lunch on the road we will drive to Villavicencio – night at Villas de San Sebastian in a nice hotel near Villavicencio. (B,L,D)


Cundinamarca Antpitta (Photo: Andres M Cuervo)

Specialties & Targets:

  • Cundinamarca Antpitta
  • Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock
  • Orinoco Piculet
  • Tawny-tufted Toucanet
  • Bar-bellied Woodcreeper
  • Cherrie’s Antwren
  • Chestnut-crested Antbird
  • Yellow-crowned Manakin
  • Gray-bellied Antbird
  • Yellow-throated Antwren
  • Azure-naped Jay
  • Blackish-gray Antshrike
  • Brown-headed Greenlet
  • Plumbeous Euphonia
  • White-naped Seedeater
  • Cinnamon Neopipo
  • Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet
  • Dot-backed Antbird
  • White-bellied Dacnis
  • Saffron-crested Tyrant-Manakin
  • Imeri Warbling-Antbird
  • Purple-breasted Cotinga
  • Black Manakin
  • Black Bushbird
  • Brown-banded Puffbird
  • Pompadour Cotinga
  • Bronzy Jacamar
  • Pavonine Quetzal
  • Rufous-crested Elaenia
  • Golden-bellied Starfrontlet
  • Green-bearded Helmetcrest
  • Yellow-billed Nunbird
  • Sword-billed Hummingbird
  • Blue-throated Starfrontlet
  • Red-crested Cotinga
  • Chestnut-winged Hookbill
    plus many more!

Day 4: Sat, May 18 – Bavaria Reserve – Mitú
This morning we will be birding Bavaria Reserve hoping to see Yellow-billed Nunbird, Yellow-browed Tody-Flycatcher, Spot-winged Antbird, Blue-fronted Lancebill, White-chested Puffbird, Green Manakin, Paradise Tanager and Golden-bellied Euphonia. Later we will take a noon flight from Villavicencio to Mitú. Later in the afternoon we go birding near town – night at Hotel Los Paisas, Mitú. (B,L,D)

 

Days 4 - 8: Sun, May 19 - Thur, May 24 – Mitú
Cherrie's Antwren (Photo: Diego Calderon)We have 5 full birding days among the local indigenous communities of Mitú Cachivera, Santa Cruz, Tayasu, Pueblo Nuevo, Urania, and Ceima Cachivera. The roads and trails near Mitú offer a superb mix of white sand, igapó, várzea, terra firme, and semi-open areas full of endemics restricted to the Orinoco and Negro Rivers. The list of birds here is extensive with Gray-legged Tinamou, Red-fan Parrot, Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet, Blackish Nightjar, Straight-billed Hermit, Fiery Topaz, Black-bellied Thorntail, Gould's Jewelfront, Bronzy Jacamar, Brown-banded Puffbird, Rusty-breasted Nunlet, Tawny-tufted Toucanet, Orinoco Piculet, Rufous-tailed Xenops, Point-tailed Palmcreeper, Chestnut-winged Hookbill, Bar-bellied Woodcreeper, Black Bushbird, Yellow-throated, Cherrie's Antwren (Photo: Diego Calderon), Spot-backed Antwrens, Imeri Warbling-Antbird, White-plumed, Grey-bellied & Chestnut-crested Antbirds, Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock (Photo: Steve Bird), Pompadour Cotinga, Saffron-crested Tyrant-Manakin, Yellow-crowned and Black Manakins, Azure-naped Jay and White-naped Seedeater.

Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock (Photo: Steve Bird)Other good birds here include Black Caracara, Red-bellied Macaw, Maroon-tailed Parakeet, Dusky-billed Parrotlet, Long-tailed Potoo, Paradise Jacamar, Chestnut-capped and Spotted Puffbirds, Lemon-throated Barbet, Lettered Aracari, Olive-backed Foliage-gleaner, Fasciated, Blackish-gray and Amazonian Antshrikes, Rufous-tailed, Pygmy, White-flanked and Long-winged Antwrens, Gray, Dusky and Blackish Antbirds, plus White-browed, Black-faced, Black-chinned, Silvered, Black-throated, Bicolored & Scale-backed Antbirds, Thrush-like Antpitta, Rusty-fronted & Yellow-browed Tody-Flycatchers, Musician Wren, Paradise, Opal-rumped and Opal-crowned Tanagers, Yellow-bellied Dacnis, Moriche Oriole and Plumbeous Euphonia among many others. As you can see, this is truly a wonderful birding destination. Nights at Hotel Los Paisas, Mitú. (B,L,D) 

 

Day 9: Fri, May 24 – Bocatoma trail – Mitú – Bogota
This morning we continue birding the Bocatoma trail for missing white sand specialties and then after lunch we will head for the airport and take the Mitú-Bogota flight arriving early evening. We then drive 2 hours to Observatorio de Colibries. Night at Observatorio de Colibries above Bogota. (B,L,D)




Blue-throated Starfrontlet (Photo: Fabio Arias)Day 10: Sat, May 25
Morning birding – Bogota – Departure
Birding at Observatorio de Colibries we hope to find Blue-throated Starfrontlet
(Photo: Fabio Arias), Coppery-bellied Puffleg, Silvery-throated Spinetail, Sword-billed Hummingbird and Red-crested Cotinga. We will then have lunch at Chicaque Park where we hope to see Golden-bellied Starfrontlet (Photo: Fabio Arias), Glowing Puffleg and Moustached Brush Finch.

Golden-bellied Starfrontlet (Photo: Fabio Arias)

Mid-afternoon we drive back a couple of hours to hit Bogota airport late afternoon in time for any international departures which should be no earlier than 8:00/9:00pm. Alternatively we can arrange an additional night near the airport. Note this extra night would be on your own expense. (B,L)

Photo below: Saffron-crested Tyrant Manakin by Diego Calderon.

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COLOMBIA: Specialties of Mitú
with Diego Calderon!

May 15 - 25, 2019     Questions? Email info@stevebirdswildlife.com
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TOUR PRICE: $3500.00 per person/double occupancy from Bogota, Colombia (Airport Code: BOG).
Single supplement: Please inquire as singles may not be available at Mitú.

Deposit: $500.00 per person. Tour deposits can be paid by credit card via PayPal.  Use this link to make your credit card payment.  Please advise gina@sunrisebirding.com when you have made payment. 

Included in cost: Accommodation based on twin rooms, all meals from dinner on May 15 to lunch on May 25, all community fees, and transportation throughout, domestic flights, drinking water and services of leaders.

Not included: International flight, passport fees, departure tax, insurance, drinks, laundry, tips, and items of a personal nature.

RESERVATIONS: This tour is now OPEN FOR BOOKING! To reserve your place on this tour, contact gina@sunrisebirding.com to hold your space! Then follow up with your completed registration form and deposit within two weeks to secure your place. Instructions are on the form. Reservations are held with a deposit on a first-come, first-served basis.   >Download & print the Registration Form. 


Once the tour is confirmed to go ahead, we will send you information about booking your flights. Please do not book flights until you receive this information from us and are notified that the trip has sufficient numbers to run. Final payment is due June 15, 2019.

Please note: Tour prices are based on quoted costs from ground operators (in their local currency), estimated fuel costs, and the rate of exchange the time of itinerary publication. The erratic nature to global financial markets makes it difficult to predict changes in costs and foreign currency exchange rates over the long term. Since tours are priced well in advance of the actual operation of the tour, tour costs, fuel costs and exchange rates can change, sometimes drastically. Depending on the extent of such changes, it may be necessary to implement a surcharge on this tour. If a surcharge is necessary, every effort will be made to minimize the amount.

Cancellations and Refunds:  All cancellations must be made in writing.  In the event that you must cancel your booking at any stage, all payments you have made to Sunrise Birding, LLC will be retained by us, except at our discretion. Please ensure that you take out adequate insurance to cover this and any other eventuality as early as possible. You may have the opportunity to transfer your booking to another tour or another person, provided you are unavoidably prevented from coming on the tour. In this case, you will bear any extra costs that such changes may incur.

There are no refunds once the trip is confirmed to go ahead and no refunds will be made for unused meals, accommodations, or other trip features. 


Insurance: Sunrise Birding, LLC recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click on the link below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 07-0025.

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