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Activity

Sighting

Difficulty

Low

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Duration

One day

Price:

$95,000

The final price of the trip may be higher depending on the number of people who sign up
The route of Andes Hummingbird

 

In three days you will visit the most representative places for the sighting of hummingbirds in the Andes mountain range. This will make you vibrate with each photograph you take of these colorful and iridescent birds. On average you can observe up to 10 different species per day depending on the date of the year, for a minimum total of 30 species at the end of the three days.

 

Hummingbirds are the jewel in the birdwatching crown in Colombia, with a total of 165 species from 343 species ranging from southern Alaska to “Tierra del Fuego” in Argentina. 16 of them are endemic and 96 are almost endemic or in danger. This bird family is the second largest in the world.

 

The ecological importance of the hummingbirds lies in their pollination function, where they visit innumerable types of flowers, so the anatomy of their peaks vary according to the flora of each habitat from sea level to the snow line of the Andes. One of the favorite places of hummingbirds is the cloud forest of the subtropical mountains, where the density of these birds depends on the number different types of flowers per square meter. Those are the conditions where it is really easy to see this small bird.

 

Hummingbirds have captured the attention of scientists, birders and photographers among others, for their ability to fly in all kinds of directions, even face up, for their striking colors and their ability to save energy in ecosystems with hostile climates such as páramo.

 

These sightings will be made in private reserves and will be the dessert of your  bird watching day in each region.

 

Fauna:

Adelomyia melanogenys, Aglaeactis cupripennis, Aglaiocercus kingii, Amazilia cyanifrons, Amazilia franciae, Amazilia saucerottei, Amazilia tzacatl, Anthracothorax nigricollis, Boissonneaua flavescents, Campylopterus falcatus, Chaetocercus heliodor, Chaetocercus mulsant, Chalcostigma heteropogon, Chalybura buffonii, Chlorostilbon gibsoni, Chlorostilbon poortmani, Chrysolampis mosquitus, Coeligena bonapartei, Coeligena coeligena, Coeligena helianthea, Coeligena prunellei, Coeligena torquata, Colibrí coruscans, Colibrí cyanotus, Colibri delphinae, Doryfera ludovicae, Ensifera ensifera, Eriocnemis cupreoventris, Eriocnemis vestita, Florisuga mellivora, Glaucis hirsutus, Haplophaedia aureliae, Heliangelus amethysticollis, Heliangelus exortis, Heliodoxa rubinoides, Heliomaster longirostris, Lafresnaya lafresnayi, Lepidopyga goudoti, Lesbia nuna, Lesbia victoriae, Metallura tyrianthina, Ocreatus underwoodii, Oxypogon guerinii, Phaethornis guys, Phaethornis striigularis, Ptherophanes cyanopterus, Ramphomicron microrhynchum, Schistes geoffroyi y Thalurania colombica.

 

Stage 1. Calera “Observatory of Hummingbirds” – March 9

Stage 2. San Francisco “Járdin Encantado” – April 6

Stage 3. Fusagasuga “Finca Colibrí Gorriazul” – May 25

 

In the 3rd Stage, we will start the route in the Green and Water Park. It is located in the municipality of Fusagasuga, capital of the province of Sumapaz, at 1765 m.a.s.l and with a temperate range of 18ºC to 22ºC. You will enjoy the birds walking on ancient trails. The tour starts from the place called “tree window”, there are recorded around 162 species of birds. At about 12:30 pm, we will head to Finca Colibri Gorriazul, a private reserve, where we can contemplate and take pictures of species such as Brown Violetear, Lesser Violetear, Black throated mango, White-vented Plumeleteer among others. Photographers prepare your cameras!

 

Each stage has a cost of $ 95,000 pesos per person.

 

We thank Christian Irian @christian_de_la_selva for the bird photos.

 

Meeting point: Calle 63 with Cra 7 in Carulla Grocery Store

Departure time: 5.30 am

Estimated time of arrival in Bogota: 4:00 p m

Maximum capacity: 12 people

Includes: 

Express transportation round trip

Bilingual birding guide

Fruit

 

Not included: 

Any meals

Entrance fee  “Parque Verde y Agua” USD 32

Entrance Fee ” Colibri Gorriazul” COP 10.000

Personal expenses

  • During wildlife observation tours, priority must be given to SILENCE. Animals should not be fed or contacted.
  • In order to have an excellent birding experience bring BINOCULARS
  • It is very important to always follow the instructions of the guide
  • Review the recommendations and tools that appear on our website
  • Caminantes del Retorno works with local communities providing tourism services to promote conservation programs.
  • Registration deadline: thursday before departure

 

How to be prepared for one day treks
  • Carry an ergonomic backpack of about 30 liter capacity.
  • Wear breathable, water resistant clothes. Dress accordingly to climate conditions of the destination your are going to visit. Quick dry clothes are strongly recommended. Avoid jeans.
  • Do not use brand new shoes in any of our treks. Hiking or trekking boots are recommended.
  • Bring additional clothes just in case you need to change for a comfortable trip back to Bogota. Your additional clothes can be stored in our bus while you are trekking. You don’t have to carry them in your backpack.
  • Please bring a plastic bag to take trash you produce back to the city.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. Use caps or hats, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • For some people, trek poles are useful to keep a good balance while walking.
  • If needed, bring any medicine you might have to take.
  • Bring your personal documents always with you. Personal ID and medical insurance.
  • Bring your own food and beverages. Restaurants will not be found along the day. We recommend to take sandwiches, peanutsor cereal bars and about 350ml to 500ml of your preferred hydration beverage.
  • Do not bring jewelry.
  • Protect your electronic devices and documents from rain and dust. If you don’t have a highly protective case for your electronics, a plastic ziploc bag will do.
  • Do not use camo clothes. They are forbidden for civil use in Colombia.
  • Do not bring cigarettes, beer, wines or spirits.
  • If you haven’t had enough sleep, if you feel sick or if you have a hangover, please do not  book trekking activities.
  • If you are pregnant, have an injury or a medical condition that represents a limitation for physical activities, please follow your physician’s instructions accordingly.

 

 

Choose the date and number of friends that will travel with you:
Altitude

1.700 m.a.s.l.

Temperature

18-28 ºC

Region

Andean region

Additional information

Fecha de entrega

25 of May

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