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BIRD RESERVE “LAS TANGARAS” – CARMEN DEL ATRATO

Antioquia

Duration: 3 days/ 2 nights

This journey will take you through Antioquia’s coffee growing region to Andean part of Colombia’s Chocó. The “Farallones de Citará” is a natural border between the interior of Colombia and the tropical Pacific lowlands. Here, one finds the “Las Tangaras” Bird Reserve located in the municipality Carmen del Atrato, created in October  2009  to  protect  the  habitat  of  two  endemic  bird  species:  The  Golden-ringed  tanager  (Bangsia aureocinta) and the Black-and-gold tanager (Bangsia melanochlamys).

The “Las Tangaras” Bird Reserve is one of the most diverse and important tropical forest sites on earth, and will protect a great elevational gradient – from 1,250 to 3,400 meters above sea level. This area protects aprox. 290 hectares at the watershed of the Rio Atrato – the Chocó’s most important river which serves as a vital economic resource for tens of thousands of inhabitants living in poor rural communities. It has a high diversity index with records of 250 species of birds belonging to 15 orders and 42 families, highlighting the Golden-ringed tanager (Bangsia aureocinta) the Black-and-gold tanager (Bangsia melanochlamys), the Chocó Vireo (Vireo Masteri), the Purple-mantled Tanager (Iridosornis porphyrocephala), the Indigo Flower-Piercer (Diglossa Indigotica) and Fulvous-dotted  Treerunner (Margaronis stellatus) and several  species of  hummingbirds like the  Brown Inca (Coeligena wilsonii), Velvet-purple Coronet (Boissaneaua Jardini) and Empress Brilliant (Heliodoxa imperatrix)

Visit this well-preserved Andean cloud forest full of exotic birds and plants. Experience pure Andean nature and go bird watching with an experienced eco-guide and explore one of most beautiful and less visited cloud forest nature reserves of Colombia.

Included

  • Private transportation incl. pick-up service
  • Travel insurance
  • Accommodation (visitor centre in “Las Tangaras”)
  • Meals (2x breakfast / 3x lunch / 2x dinner)
  • Guided birding hikes in nature reserve “Las Tangaras”
  • Bilingual attendance (NO birding expert!)
  • Taxes

Trip Highlights

  • Hikes in untouched Andean cloud forests (Nature Reserve “Las Tangaras”)
  • Observe the great variety of Andean flora & fauna
  • Enjoy bird watching with a guide of the birding reserve
  • Visit the coffee village of Ciudad Bolivar, one of the pearls of Southwest Antioquia
  • Breath taking views of picturesque landscapes

Itinerary

Day 1: Antioquia's coffee region and the Andean mountains of Chocó (L, D)

Our destination of the day is the protected area “Las Tangaras” with its amazing cloud forests. This is where the famous  Atrato  River  starts,  the  biggest  river  of  Colombia's  Pacific  Coast.  After  midday  you  arrive  to  “Las Tangaras” and enjoy your first bird watching activity on a short hike with a local guide. You will spend the night at the visitors' centre on the banks of the Atrato River.

Day 2: “Las Tangaras” Nature Reserve – Hike through Chocó's Cloud Forest (B, L, D)

On  a  guided  tour  through  the  cloud  forests  in  the  “Las  Tangaras”  nature  reserve  you  will  experience  the unbelievable  biodiversity  of  Colombia's  Pacific  region.  The  nature  reserve  protects  one  of  the  less  known ecosystems in the country. The untouched mountain forests of the Andean Chocó are refuge to numerous endemic species of animals and plants. In the late afternoon you will arrive at the visitors' centre where you will also spend another night.

Day 3: “Las Tangaras” Nature Reserve & visit of the coffee town Ciudad Bolívar (B, L)

This morning you experience another hike into the forest and return to the visitor centre around midday. In the afternoon travel to Ciudad Bolivar, one of the friendliest villages in Antioquia, where high mountains create a mild climate before returning to the city of Medellín.

Not included

  • Please note: There are no bilingual birding guides available /

Do the hikes with an expert guide in Spanish accompanied by a translator!

  • Activities or expenses not specified in the plan.

Price

Price in dollars "USD" and, accommodation in Carmen del Atrato: Centro de visitantes “Las Tangaras” . The price may vary depending on the number of people.

Bilingual guide: 15 USD

 

Todo el día
$959

Price for private groups from 4 people, the price depends on the number of people and is subject to change

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