Tour B: Cotinga Excursion – 2 days

Best of the best birding 2 days tour in Venezuela.

Two days Cotinga Excursión in the Santo Domingo valley, birding in the cloudforest, paramo highlands and around coffee plantations with tropical mountain rainforest!! We will observe at San Isidro to see the Cock of the Rock, Crested Quetzal, Red ruffed Fruitcrow, besides others. In the Paramao we look for the endemics like Merida Sunangel, Merida Wren, Merida Flowerpiercer, Merida Tapaculo, etc. In Altamira we usually see 5 species of Manakins, Antbirds, etc. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

1. Day: We leave early from Posada Casa Vieja to the Páramo highlands of the Venezuelan Andes in between 3000 – 4300 meters. In the Paramo we go for the highland specialists and endemics, then we bird down the outside wall of the Andes to the tropical cloudforest.
Highlights: Andean Condor, Black-Chested Buzzard-Eagle, Ochre-browed Thistletail, Andean Tit Spinetail, Bearded Helmetcrest, Merida Sunangel, Merida Wren, Merida, Tapaculo, Merida Flowerpiercer, Sword-Billed Hummingbird, Torrent Duck, White Capped Dipper, Torrent Tyrannulet, etc.

In the afternoon we go down the Santo Domingo Valley to the cloudforest next to San Isidro and La Soledad. Highlights: Andean Cock of the Rock. Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Crested Quetzal, Masked Trogon, Sword-Billed Hummingbird, Golden-winged Manakin,  Green+black and Golden-breasted Fruiteater, Rusty-breasted Antpitta, Immaculate Antbird, Lyre-tailed und Band-winged Nightjar, etc.

We will stay in the charming colonial village of Altamira at Posada Casa Vieja Altamira.

2. Day: In the morning we will bird several hours in the Altamira area, looking for the Wire-tailed Manakin, White-bearded Manakin, Golden-headed Manakin, White crowned Manakin and Striped Manakin, White bellied- White-crowned-, Immaculate, Dusky Antbird as well as many tanagers, hummingbirds, toucans, parrots, and so on. After lunch we vistit Laguna Mucubaji in Sierra Nevada national
park where we look for Andean and Blue-winged Teal, Lesser Scoup, Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant, Bar-winged Cinclode, Andean Tit-Spinetail, Ochre-browed Thistletail, Bearded Helmetcrest, Orange-throated Sunangel and Andean Snipe and other waders.
Late in the afternoon we arrive to at Posada Casa Vieja.

We recommend you book the Llanos Tour after this tour or to stay at least one extra day at this magic birding areas !

Best of the best birding 2 day tour in Venezuela.

White-bearded Manakin by Joe Klaiber ©

Immaculate Antbird by Joe Klaiber ©

Striped Manakin  by Joe Klaiber ©

Cock of the Rock by Joe Klaiber ©

Golden-headed Manakin 3 by Joe Klaiber ©

White-rowned Manakin by Joe Klaiber ©

Golden-headed Quetzal by Joe Klaiber ©

Rates on request

Extra days recommended: just ask our stuff!

 Includes: Bilingual bird guide, Transportation, Lodging, all meals, nationalpark entrance, cooling box full with ice, softdrinks and beers.

 

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