BIRD RESERVE “LAS TANGARAS” – CARMEN DEL ATRATO
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.
- 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!)
- 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
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.
- 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 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
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