Colombia: The Chocó & the Western Andes

      Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

      HN
      Hillstar Nature
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      11 reviews
      Jul 15 - 22, 2023
      Group size: 4 - 9
      Colombia: The Chocó & the Western Andes
      Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

      Hillstar Nature
      • Facebook verified
      11 reviews

      $NaN
      Jul 15 - 22, 2023
      Group size: 4 - 9

      About this trip

      Sporting three Andean mountain ranges, Colombia is a birder’s paradise with a remarkable variety of landscapes and near 20% of all bird species on the planet. This week we focus on “La Cordillera Occidental”, the Western Andes, which rise above the Pacific and the Choco offering an amazing variety of startlingly beautiful and special birds.


      This 1-week trip is based at just two hotels. One in the scenic mountains around and outside of Cali, the nation’s 3rd most populous city, and the other just below the Western Andes’s highest peak, Cerro Tatamá. Featuring a cool crisp climate, good photo opps, excellent birding along mountain trails and roads with a great list of showy endemics, we base ourselves at one luxurious lodge for the first four nights, and a more remote lodge surrounded by an intensely biodiverse wilderness for the final three nights.

      What’s included

      • All accommodations
        All accommodations from Day 1 through until Day 8.
      • Meals
        From dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on Day 8.
      • All guiding services
        Access permits and entrance fees to birding areas included.
      • Tips
        Tips for drivers and staff at hotels and restaurants.
      • International flights
        We can advise, but Hillstar does not book international flights.
      • Alcoholic beverages
      • Personal expenses
        Laundry services, charges for phone calls, additional expenses associated with travel such as insurance, visa fees, airport taxes, airline baggage fees, COVID tests, vaccinations, etc.

      Available Packages

      Shared room (price per person)
      $3,290
      Deposit: $500
      Single room (price per person)

      Single supplement: $265

      $3,555
      Deposit: $500


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      Hillstar Nature
      11 reviews
      Hillstar Nature offers authentic wildlife experiences, from half-day trips to week+ tours to Earth’s most spectacular wildlife destinations. Arranging custom/private trips and scheduled departures, Hillstar Nature specializes in delivering trips that celebrate biogeography, especially where it overlaps with community.

      Reviews

      This was a near shore pelagic trip perfect for first timers to get a feel for this type of activity. The guides, Holly, Mikey and Zach were personable, knowledgeable and worked hard to find birds, whales and dolphins for all to see. If you're on the fence about joining a pelagic trip, sign up for a near shore.
      By Christopher R for Delaware Pelagic: January 22 on 24 Jan, 2023
      The Gambler is a sturdy, beautiful, and well-captained and crewed ship, I felt safe and admired its capacity. Just right for the number of people and the trip. We sailed a triangle across the inner shelf. The leaders knew the best places to check for birds. On the deck above, Tom and Scott and others scanned the area continually, and usually relayed the news to all. They had the best views. The cabin was warm and there was free food, and some to buy. The weather was good. I was disappointed that the birds were so distant and I had hoped for better views. From the shore I rarely get a close view and was hoping somehow to get more satisfaction. Perhaps I expected too much.
      By Linda S for New Jersey Pelagic: January 14 on 24 Jan, 2023
      Very well run. Great spotters (Tom Johnson & George Armistead are world-class!). Friendly, knowledgeable, skilled crew. Really outstanding boat! Fun fellow birders, including several friends. Really excellent overall experience. Highly recommended!
      By Gregg G for New Jersey Pelagic: January 14 on 23 Jan, 2023
      We had a great trip. The staff was very accommodating and we did cover the areas that we were supposed to. We did get some great birds including an Icelandic gull. This was due to staff constantly chumming during the whole trip. Would definitely go again.
      By Bob L for New Jersey Pelagic: January 14 on 23 Jan, 2023
      I enjoyed the trip and even picked up a lifer (the Black-headed Gull). But there needs to be much better communication on board. I was surprised to look at the e-bird lists and realize how many birds I missed because I was unaware they’d been spotted. Perhaps better use of the ship PA system would help.
      By Steven S for New Jersey Pelagic: January 14 on 20 Jan, 2023
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