MID-MAGDALENA VALLEY TOUR

A region not to be missed full of endemics and excellent birding sites, enjoy the best of Colombia dry forests! 

Day 1 Arrive to Medellín

We will pick you at the airport and transfer to Medellín, the second largest city in Colombia.

Night: Hotel Porton, Medellín

Day 2. La romera in to the Chestnut-Capped Piha Reserve

At La Romera, a small park in the vicinity of Medellín,  we will search for the endemic Red-bellied Grackle (Hypopyrrhus pyrohypogaster) with a very good chance to see its flocks, while enjoying the surroundings and other birds like the also endemic Colombian Chachalaca (Ortalis columbiana) and  the near endemics Scrub tanager (Tangara vitriolina) and Yellow-headed manakin (Xenopipo flavicapilla). There other birds such as Marble-faced bristle-Tyrant (Phylloscartes ophtalmicus), Rufous-naped Greenlet (Hylophilus semibrunneus) and Black-billed Peppershrike (Cyclarhis nigrirostris). Then we will drive for about 4 hours to reach the Piha Reserve.

Night: Lodge at Chestnut-Capped Piha Reserve.

Day 3. Chestnut-Capped Piha Reserve

Our target is off course the endemic Piha (Lipaugus weberi) but this Proaves reserve is easily the best place in the Mid-magdalena valley for birdwatching with other endmics as well  like Parker’s antbird (Cercomacra parkeri), Stiles’s tapaculo (Scytalopus stilesi), White-mantled Barbet (Capito hypoleucus). Other birds include Wing-barred Piprites (Piprites chloris), Sapphire-rumped Parrotlet (Touit purpuratus), Bicolored antvireo (Dysithamnus occidentalis), Brown-billed Scythebill (Campylorhamphus pusillus), Pavonine cucko (Dromoccoccyx pavoninus). Several raptors have been recorded such as Ornate Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus ornatus), Tiny (Accipiter superciliosus) and Barred Hawks (Leucopternis princeps) and Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus tyrannus). Some night species to look for are Colombian Screech-Owl (Megascops columbianus), Mottled Owl (Ciccaba virgata), Stygian Owl (Asio stygius) and the splendid Lyre-tailed Nightjar (Uropsalis lyra).

Night: Lodge at Chestnut-Capped Piha Reserve.

Day 4. Chestnut-Capped Piha Reserve to Rio Claro

We will bird in the morning taking the other trails not covered in our previous day at the Piha reserve. After lunch we’ll start our way to Rio Claro. During the road there are opportunities to spot Northern-screamer (Chauna chavaria) and several other aquatic birds, plus forest birds in some forested areas. We will then accommodate ourselves in Rio Claro and go birding in the afternoon.

Day 5. Reserva Rio Claro

Alongside the birds, this reserve is truly fantastic. The ecolodges are open-wall because there are no mosquitoes in the area, the food is very good, and there is a clean river running over a marble streambed and along a beautiful canyon.

There are several nice birds like the endemics White-mantled Barbet (Capito hypoleucus), Sooty Ant-Tanager (Habia gutturalis) and Antioquia Bristle tyrant (Phylloscartes lanyoni). The place is very good for antbirds most even in the same flock (following army ants) such as Chestnut-backed (Myrmeciza exsul), Bicoloured (Gymnopithys leucaspis) and Magdalena antbird (Myrmeciza palliata). Other species include Pacific Atwren (Myrmotherula pacifica), Saffron-headed Parrot (Pyrilia pyrilia), Citron-throated Toucan (Ramphastos vitellinus citrolaemus), Brownish twisting (Cnipodectes subrunneus), Rufous motmot (Baryphtengus martii) and several other. We will go in an amazing visit to Cueva del Condor to spot the noisy and perplexing Oilbirds (Steatornis caripensis).

Night: Reserva Natural Río Claro (Río Claro EcoLodge), department of Antioquia

Day 6. Rio claro to La Victoria

We’ll bird early in the morning in a diferent trail and hopefully take sometime to enjoy the Rio Claro River. Then after lunch we will head towards La Victoria.

Night: La Juana Hotel, La victoria

Day 7. La Victoria to Bogotá

A price here for its rarity is the Tody Motmot (Hylomanes momotula) and also we will be looking for at least 5 manakin species including White-bibbed (Corapipo leucorrhoa) the endemic Beatiful Woodpecker (Melanerpes pulcher) and Red-rumped Woodpecker (Veniliornis kirki) Woodpeckers , Golden-crowned Spadebill (Platyrinchus coronatus), Blue-chested Hummingbird (Amazilia amabilis), White-lored Tyrannulet (Ornithion inerme), Sepia-capped Flycatcher (Leptopogon amaurocephalus), Black-Faced Anthrush (Formicarius analis) and others that we might have missed in Rio Claro or Chestnut-Capped Piha Reserve, to have covered the best in the Mid-Magdalena Valley

Night: Le Manoir Hotel, Bogotá

 

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Tour leader: Rubén Darío Palacio