DAY 1. Arrival to Bogotá International Airport (2600 m/8530ft- 5-14oC/41-57.2F.).
DAY 2. CHINGAZA NATIONAL PARK, La Calera Hummingbird Garden (Eastern Andes) (2600-3600m/8530-11810 ft- 5-12oC/41-53,6oF)
We will leave early the morning for Chingaza National Park high.
DAY 3 – ROGITAMA RESERVE, Transfer to Soata (north Eastern Andes) (2700/8860ft-10-17oC/50-62,6 oF)We will visit the gardens of the Rogitama Reserve, a clear example of conservation in this area o Colombia in where we will search some important species of Hummingbirds; In the afternoon we will transfer to SOATA VILLAGE at northeast a nice community close to the dry forest of Chicamocha Canyon; we will see birds also in PARAMO DE SUSACON on the road to Soata; some interesting birds this day include: lazuline Sabrewing, yellow breasted brushfinch, azare´s spinetail, noble traumbearer and many more. Near endemic birds: short tailed emerald, moustached brushfinch.
DAY 4- SOATA OAK FOREST / North Eastern Andes. 1800-3000m/5900-9840ft- 10-15oC/50-59oF)
All the morning we will explore the beautiful Oak forest of Soata in where we will search some very important species; in the afternoon we will come back to the same forest searching more new birds. Some interest Birds this day include: black capped tyranulet , red treaded Tanager, mountain woodcreper, bicolored hawk, blue-black tanager, bluisch flowerpiercer, pale-adge flycatcher, smoky-browned woodpecker, brown capped vireo, scale crested pygmy tyrant, tyrian metaltail and many more. Near endemic bird: golden-bellied-star frontlet.
DAY 5- SOATA DRY FOREST (Chicamocha Canon) North eastern Andes. (700-1200m/2300-3940ft- 18-25oC/ 64,4-77oF)
We will search more birds in the dry forest of Chicamocha canon, a very nice place with an amazing Landscape of pele mountains and spiny vegetation. In the afternoon we will transfer to San Gil. Some interesting birds this day include: bicolored Wren, white tailed kite, golden crowned warbier, buff breasted woodwren, pearly vented cuckoo, bare-faced ibis, streak headed woodpecker, pale eyed-pygmy tyrant, pale breasted spinetail, crimson-backed tanager, yellow bellied seedeater, yellow troated vireo an d many more. Endemic Birds: Niceforo´s wren, chesnut –bellied hummingbird, apical flycatcher.
Day 6- Transfer to San Gil.1100-1117/m/3900ft-20-25oC-65-77oF)
EL GALLINERAL NATURAL PARK, is a beautiful island formed by two branches of the Curití stream on the junction with the Fonce River, it has an area of 4 hectares where its beautiful trees with hanging mosses create a paradise full of exotic landscapes. The vegetation with heliconias and other wild flowers, the paved roads and colonial bridges invite the visitor to walk and enjoy its fresh and romantic atmosphere. In the Playita de la Piedra del Pato you can also enjoy EL GALLINERAL, it is the viewpoint where the sailors can be seen passing in the boats living the adventure of rafting.
We will search more birds in this Park. Ruddy ground dove, chesnut –bellied hummingbird, social flycatcher, great kiskadee, tropical kingbird, blue-and white swallow, palo troasted thrush, blue-and grey tanager, streaked saltator, saffron finch, blackburnian warbier, yellow warbier,rufous-capped warbier, plain antvireo the black phoebeand many more.
Day 7 Transfer to Charalá- 411 km2 1200- 1.291 m - 21 -27 °C -63-78oF)
Day 8 – Transfer to Virolin –2000-4000m 13-25oC.
SFF Flora and Fauna Located to the south of the department of Santander, it borders the department of Boyacá and the municipalities of San Gil, Duitama, Virolín, Gambita, Charalá and El Encino. The landscape that can be admired from there is beautiful and rich in fauna and flora, for example, the Páramo de la Rusia. The types of ecosystems found within the Sanctuary are páramo, high Andean forest and Andean forest.
The Sanctuary covers an area of 10,429 hectares and a temperature of 13 ° C. It is between 2,000 and 4,000 m altitude. As for fauna, it has 225 species of birds, tigrillos, tapirs, otters, poison dart frogs, otters, primates, sloth bears and porcupines.
The most outstanding species of flora are orchids, palms, climbers and stranglers. It has around 38 species of frailejones, of which 13 are endemic.
The indigenous Guane populated this region; They were very good weavers, warriors and potters. They disappeared in the 19th century. Here there are several water sources such as the Russia Pientá, Virolín, Guacha and Negro rivers.
Some interesting birds this day include scarlet-bellied mountain tanager, white naped brushfinch, emerald toucanet, yellow rumped cacique, common chlorospingus, capped conebill, smoke colored pewee, smooth billed ani, green jay, chesnut crowned antpitta, amethyst throated sunangel, white breasted wood wren, montane woodpecker, white throated tyranulet, acorn woodpecker, tyrian metaltail, black crested warbier, slaty backed chat tyrant, band talled pigeon, Andean guan, black capped tyranulet, cinnamon flycatcher, green and black fruiteater,purple backed thornbill, blue capped tanager, great thrush, rufous collared sparrow. Endemic Birds: Mountain Grackle – Semi endemic: Moustached brushfinch, rusty facet parrot, golden fronted redstart.
Day 10 ruta el Roble in Virolin. Paramo de la Rusia. 1900-2800msm 9oC - 2800msm
Day 11 back to Virolin -
Day 12 Biological Reserve Cachalu -1900-2800 msm/ 9oC-21oC
It protects one of the main areas of Andean forests, whose vegetation is dominated by Quercus humboldtii and Colombobalanus excelsa oak groves, which are associated with species of Andean forest families such as Clusiaceae, Winteraceae, Lauraceae, Chlorantaceae, Leguminosae, Rubiaceae, Melastomataceae and Araliaceae, among others. It is characterized by the presence of bromeliads and orchids, as well as by its water richness, highlighting the birth of the river La Rusia.
In the Reserve, about 256 species of birds have been recorded. As a result of the good condition of its oak groves, black hummingbirds (Coeligena prunellei), mountain changa (Macroagelaius subalaris) and the well-known Santanderean partridge (Odontophorus strophium) can easily be seen. The Reserve is considered, for its ornithological wealth, an Area of Importance for the Conservation of Birds (AICA), within the Guantiva-La Rusia-Iguaque corridor. There live five species of birds endemic to Colombia, one of them is the Blue-throated Hummingbird (Amazilia cyanifrons).
Day 13 Back to Encino und Charala.
Day 14 back to Bogota.
Day 15 Bogota City Tour.
Day 16 Airport el Dorado fly back to home.