Medellin is a thriving, modern city. We will perch on its edges before heading north to the Chestnut-capped Piha Reserve, a 1000-hectare reserve that protects this Critically Endangered Colombian endemic. In addition to the piha, this reserve hosts a number of other Colombian endemics and specialties including Chestnut Wood-Quail, Red-bellied Grackle, Stiles's Tapaculo, Black-and-gold Tanager, Multicolored Tanager, Parker's Antbird, Bicolored Antvireo, and Scaled Fruiteater. From the piha reserve we will return south, skirting the edges of Medellin before climbing up into the eastern foothills of the Western Cordillera to the town of San Pedro de los Milagros. This small town is the type locality for the virtually unknown Antioquia Brushfinch. This species was only described formally in 2007, then thought to be extinct (with failed expeditions in 2007 and 2008) until it was recently rediscovered in 2018 once again near the town of San Pedro de Los Milagros. We will have a local guide here and make an effort to find this very rare bird.
Our next destination in the Western Andes is Jardin, our base to search for the endangered Yellow-eared Parrot. While the parrot, the size of a small macaw, is the quest, the journey is fun: we'll be birding for mixed flocks in the montane forests while listening and looking for two quetzals, scanning for Black-billed Mountain-Toucan or Chestnut-crested Cotinga, and visiting a lek of the spectacular Andean Cock-of-the-Rock. Crossing through the dry forests (think Antioquia Wren) of the Cauca Valley will bring us to one of the wettest regions on earth, the montane Choco. Three nights at ProAves' famed Las Tangaras reserve will give us time to savor the luxuriant cloud forests that harbor many specialties of the Choco biogeographic region. Colombian endemics include Munchique Wood-Wren, Crested Ant-Tanager, and Black-and-gold Tanager, along with many Choco specialties shared with northwestern Ecuador: Empress Brilliant, Toucan Barbet, Fulvous-dotted Treerunner, Orange-breasted Fruiteater, Choco Vireo, Beautiful Jay, Black Solitaire, Glistening-green and Purplish-mantled tanagers, Indigo Flowerpiercer, and Yellow-collared Chlorophonia.
Oh, yes, Colombian coffee with your meals is included in the tour price!
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ITINERARIES • TOUR STATUS • DETAILS • SPACE REQUESTSITINERARIES • We issue a separate itinerary for each year, typically at least 9 months before that year's first departure. Most itineraries don't vary much year to year, but there may be small or rarely more substantive changes. A sample previous-year itinerary is usually available even if the one for your chosen departure is not. We do not require any deposit for provisional bookings until the itinerary for the departure is ready.
- 2022 sample (PDF)
- 2024 (PDF expected Oct 2023)
DEPARTURES • We have 1 departures currently scheduled through 2024, with details including limits, guides, fees, and space available listed below.
Jun 29 - Jul 10, 2024
Guided by: Jesse Fagan & local guide
Tour Manager: Nicole Cannon
Tour Limit: 8
Status: Open - Space is still available on this tour, and we are accepting provisional bookings. No deposit is required until you receive the itinerary. Click below to book space.
Tour Fee: Fee TBD
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Enjoy looking through the 4 most recent Field Guides triplists for this tour linked below!