Day 1: Medellín
Arrival to Airport José María Córdoba (MDE) and transfer to Hotel Acqua Express in Medellin city. Informative meeting to share general information and recommendations for the tour. Dinner (at your expense).
Day 2: Medellín
Trip from the Hotel to the stream La Presidenta. (15-minute walk approximately). La Presidenta is an urban linear park (greenway) and a very important environmental axis of the city where more than 80 diﬀerent species have been documented, among them: Scrub tanager (Tangara vitriolina), Bar-crested antshrike (Thamnophilus multistriatus) y Colombian chachalaca (Ortalis columbiana). Trip to the botanical garden Jardín Botánico de Medellín. Tour within the Garden, one of the city's green areas, where more than 130 diﬀerent species have been documented among them: Scarlet macaw (Ara macao), Thick-billed euphonia (Euphonia laniirostris). At the botanical garden we will have a tour to identify and enjoy diﬀerent species of trees, palms, orchids and tropical bush. Lunch in the botanical garden at its restaurant IN SITU. Trip to the municipality of Jardín. (130 km) Check in and dinner at hotel Balandú in Jardín.
Day 3: Ventanas
Jardín is a town of coﬀee-growing culture roots, we will ﬁnd there highly interesting species such as Yellow-eared Parrot (Ognorhynchus icterotis), Dusky starfrontlet (Coeligena Orina), Andean cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruviana). Trip to Alto de Ventanas (hill pass area), tour through the reserve Reserva Loro Orejiamarillo maintained by Foundation ProAves. Breakfast at Alto de Ventanas. (Colombian Fiambre- typical food of the region wrapped in plantain or plantain-like leaves which add ﬂavor and preserve food). Visit to the reserve or the Orchidology Society - Reserva de la Sociedad de Orquideología. Tour through the native-orchid path (we will spend a couple of hours there)
Visit to the observatory to enjoy the Cock of the Rock leks (Rupicola Peruviana). Trip, back to the hotel. Lunch at Hotel Balandú and check out. Trip to the farm Finca Bambusa. This is a traditional coﬀee-growing farm where we will watch birds like: Squirrel cucko (Piaya cayana), Swallow tanager (Tersina viridis), Columbian chachalaca (Ortalis Columbiana), Guira Tanager (Hemithraupis guira). In Finca Bambusa we can feel and live the coﬀee-growing every-day life and buy some locally produced organic coﬀees. Trip to the municipality of Santa Fe de Antioquia. (140 km) Dinner and check in at hotel Mariscal Robledo.
Day 4: Santa Fé de Antioquia
Santa Fe de Antioquia, a town characterized by its ecosystem of dry tropical forests, one of most threatened ecosystems in the country. There we will observe species such as: Antioquia Wren (Thryophylus sernai), Apical ﬂycatcher (Myiarchus apicalis), Olivaceus piculet (Picumnus olivaceus), Black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), Boat-billed heron (Choclearius chloclearius). Breakfast at the Hotel. Trip to the farm Finca Corrales and the wetland Humedal de La Bramadora to ﬁnd the Antioquia Wren (Thryophilus sernai), a new endemic species, threatened, living in the dry tropical forest of the Rio Cauca Canyon. Trip, back to the Hotel.
We suggest you to enjoy a walk or short tour within Santa Fe de Antioquia and visit its museums and its goldsmithing workshops where you can buy some gold and/or silver local hand-crafted ﬁligree jewels.
Lunch at Hotel Mariscal Robledo. Trip to Medellín. (57 Km) Visit to Hotel El Tesoro to birdwatch at its garden and possibly take photos of the Sernai (Thryophilussernai). Check in at Hotel Acqua Express in Medellín. Dinner (at your expense).
Day 5: Southeast of Antioquia
Breakfast at Hotel Acqua Express. Check out. Trip to Rio Claro area. Southeast of Antioquia, region of the Magdalena Medio river (152 Km). On the way to Rio Claro we will visit the natural reserve Reserva Natural San Sebastián de la Castellana, a high Andean forest located in the municipality of El Retiro, we will have the opportunity to watch species like: Red-bellied grackle (Hypophyrrhus pyrohypogaster), Black-bellied mountain toucan (Andigena nigrirostris), Streak-headed antbird (Drymophila striaticeps), Chesnut wood quail (Odontophorus hyperythrus), among other species.
Lunch at the restaurant Palacio de los Frijoles in the Municipality of Cocorná. Tour around the area of the restaurant where we can observe species such as: White-mantled Barbet (Capito hypoleucus), White-bearded manakin (Manacus manacus), Golden-winged Manakin (Massius chrysopterus), among others. 2-hour walk tour up to the hydroelectric station Central Hidroeléctrica El Ocho. Trip to Rio Claro. Lodge at Hotel El Refugio. Snacks and refreshments.
Day 6: Reserva Natural Cañon del Rio Claro
Breakfast at the Hotel. In the morning we will visit a karst forest in the natural reserve Reserva Natural Cañon del Rio Claro we will go on a tour through the Sendero de la Mulata (pathway) to watch species such as: (Pionopsitta pyrilia) and the Antioquia bristle tyrant (Phyloscartres lanyoni). During the tour we will also watch monkey species such as the White fronted tamarin (Saguinus leucopus). Lunch at Hotel El Refugio and check out. Trip to the farm Finca Torre la Vega, a rehabilitation center where we will observe and know the stories of diﬀerent species victims of illegal wildlife traﬃc that are under treatment and in their process to be returned to their native habitats. Trip to Medellín. Check in at Hotel Acqua Express. dinner (at your expense).
Day 7: Medellín
Optional city tour or transfer to the airport. End of the tour services.