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COLOMBIA PHOTO TOUR
 

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TOUR DETAILS

Embark on a delightful journey spanning 10 nights, exploring the enchanting regions of Medellin, Manizales, and Cali. This trip has been carefully scheduled for the best times of the year, taking into consideration the favorable weather conditions and abundant bird activity. To ensure the utmost comfort throughout the tour, I have handpicked some of the best lodges for your stay.

DATES: 

Dec 4 to 14, 2024 (6 spaces available)
April 25 to May 5, 2025 
(6 spaces available)

Arrival airport: CLO (Cali)
Departure Airport: MDE (Medellin)


TOUR LEADER:  Magdalena Sanchez  

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1- Your adventure starts as you touch down at Cali’s Alfonso Bonilla Aragón

International Airport (CLO). Our team will warmly welcome you and facilitate your transfer to our hotel in Cali. 

Day 2- Prepare for an array of exceptional photo opportunities, where the Chestnut Wood Quail, the sought after Multicolored Tanager (Endemic), Flame-rumped, Golden, Saffron-crowned, and Golden-naped Tanagers, as well as the Blue-winged Mountain Tanager can be photograph on this day. Green Jay, Colombian Chachalaca (Endemic), Acorn Woodpecker, and the elusive Crimson-rumped Toucanet are also possibilities today.

Day 3- On this day we start early and drive to the highly biodiverse choco-region to visit one of the local feeders.  Our main targets on this day will be Choco endemics like Toucan Barbet, Glistening green tanager, Velvet purple coronet, Back-chinned Mountain Tanager , Rufous-throated Tanager, among several others species. 

Day 4- On this day we will change our location,  in the afternoon we will be photographing the endangered Yellow-eared Parrot, found only in the Andes of Colombia. 

Day 5- A second opportunity to photograph the beautiful Yellow-eared Parrot and more endemics, including the Tolima Dove. We will complement this day with a session of  hummingbirds in multiflash. Some of the key species on this day will be: Tolima Blossomcrown (endemic), Indigo Capped Hummingbird (Endemic), Andean Emerald, White-vented Plumeleteer &  Amazilia Hummingbird  among many other species! 

Day 6- We will have one last session of hummingbirds in natural light before making our way to the beautiful city of Manizales.

Day 7- We will visit a picturesque dairy farm in the Central Andes, where with decades of dedicated conservation efforts by the owners the possibilities are boundless. Crescent-Faced Antpitta, Equatorial Antpitta, Gray-Breasted Mountain Toucan, Hooded Mountain Tanager, Collared Inca, Tourmaline Sunangel, Buff-Winged Starfrontlet, the Mountain Velvetbreast, the Masked Flower piercer, Sparkling Violetear, the iconic Sword-Billed Hummingbird, and more are all possibilities on this day. 

Day 8- On this day we will visit a private reserve. Among the sought-after subjects are three distinct Antpitta species, the Green-and-Black Fruiteater, along with a performance of hummingbirds and tanagers that adorn this lush landscape.


Day 9- A journey to Jardin! We will arrive in time to experience the awe-inspiring Andean-Cock-of-the-Rock lek. Just minutes from the colorful town of Jardin. Here, the charismatic Cock-of-the-Rock takes centre stage, complemented by appearances from the Andean Motmot and various tanagers drawn to banana feeders.

Day 10- On this day, we will visit a charming place where we will have one last session before we go to Medellin. Blue-necked Tanager, Crimson-backed Tanager, Red-headed Barbet, Andean Motmot are some of the targets. 

Day 11 - Following breakfast, our driver will take you to the José María Córdova International Airport, Rionegro (MDE), for your international flight home. 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

 

  • This is a very relaxed trip and involves very little walking 

 

HOW TO JOIN THE WORKSHOP?

 

  • Please read all terms and conditions 

  • Contact me using the contact form below 

  • If you are interested in private tours please let me know in your email 

 

COST & TERMS 

  • $4,950 USD per person in shared accommodation 

  • $5,600 USD per person in single accommodation  

  • A deposit amount of $1000 is required to book your space

  • How to pay: Bank transfer, check & PayPal options are available  

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Lodging 

  • Meals from breakfast on day 2 to breakfast on the last day

  • Private transportation 

  • Professional guide and photography mentor

  • Local guides at multiple locations 

  • Entrance Fees 

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

 

  • Dinner on the first night 

  • Any drinks other than what's included in the itinerary 

  • Visa fees, if required 

  • Airfare 

  • Insurance 

  • Alcoholic beverages 

  • Snacks 

  • Phone calls 

  • Laundry 

  • Tips 

  • Cost of hospitalization and evacuation if necessary

 

PAYMENT POLICY 

$1,000 payment to confirm your seat and the remaining 45 days before the trip start date. 

 

CANCELLATION POLICY 

​The booking amount is non-refundable. 

Remaining amount:

  • 45 to 30  days before the start of the tour: Refund of 50% of the remaining payment (not including deposit), less $100 convenience fee.

  • 30 days before the start of the tour: No refunds will be given, and all payments will be forfeited. 
     

HOW MANY PARTICIPANTS IN THE TOUR 

A max of 8 photographers 

 

WHAT PHOTOGRAPHY GEAR TO BRING? 

We recommend bringing your longest telephoto lens, preferably 300mm or more. A full-frame camera is good to have. Pack a ton of memory cards as well. 

 

A sturdy tripod or monopod is required 

 

Since it can be rainy sometimes you might want to get some sort of a rain jacket as well. 

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We recommend that you purchase travel insurance to protect your trip investment and yourself while traveling. 

 

Our tours do not take the liability for your flight cancelations, medical expenses, gear damage, accidents, natural disasters, extended stays and other unforeseen emergencies.  

BOOKING ENQUIRY 

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