Considered one of the ultimate birdwatching destinations in Colombia, Inírida is strategically located at the confluence of three of the world's richest biodiversity regions: the Orinoco region, the Amazon, and the Guiana Shield. This mosaic of ecosystems is the key element to understanding the immense avian diversity present in Inírida, where specialists of white-sand forests are the undisputed stars.

 

Inírida is one of the lesser-known regions in the Amazon basin. However, it has recently become one of the most sought-after destinations for birdwatchers, thanks to its high concentration of rare and specialized species, incredible biodiversity, and geographic isolation. Located at the confluence of the Guaviare and Meta rivers, the Inírida River flows into the Orinoco River. Its floodplains, savannah extensions, and white-sand forests are part of the landscapes of the Guiana Shield, to which this ecosystem belongs. This formation has the particularity of sharing elements of the Orinoco, the Amazon, and the Andes, and therefore hosts an incredible birdlife. An adventure journey through one of Colombia's most aesthetic and well-preserved places. Here, indigenous cultures, gastronomy, and the rarest birds blend skillfully to create an exceptional birding experience.

Colombia
6 days
From 1500 US$
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Day 1: Bogotá – Inírida

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Meeting at Bogotá airport for our flight to the Amazon with our guide. After a two-hour flight, we arrive in the city of Inírida and transfer immediately to our small city hotel, which will be our headquarters for the next 6 days. Then we will go for our first exploration of the Amazonian forests of the Yapacana reserve, located near the city. This first observation session will take us to the Amazonian forests on white sand. These tree trunks, so particular to the region, are generally found on slabs of highly oligotrophic soil. These ecosystems, which are highly endemic, are unfortunately very fragile. Many birds have specialised in this ecosystem. We will look for antbirds, antwrens, antshrikes and other antbirds and in particular the Yapacana Antbird, a stealthy bird with a very restricted range. Overnight in a charming hotel in Inírida.

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Target birds: Glittering-throated Emerald, Pompadour Cotinga, Spangled Cotinga, Black-spotted Bare-eye, Bare-necked Fruitcrow, Screaming Piha, Swallow-winged Puffbird, Spotted Puffbird, Black Manakin, Orange-winged Parrots, Scarlet Macaw, Red-and-Green Macaw, Least Nighthawk

Day 2: Sabanita Reserve

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Close to our hotel is the richest network of trails in the area. Preserved and managed by the Curipaco Indian community, Sabanita is home to an impressive list of species, distributed across the majority of ecosystems present in the area: grassy savannahs, roadside, white sand forests, but also riparian vegetation. But the vast majority of observers come here to try to locate the curious sound of the rare and unpredictable Capuchinbird. A population of this curious bird has taken up residence here, far from its traditional range. A multitude of other rare and localised Amazonian species also occupy this ecosystem. The open areas are suitable for the observation of several species of tyrant and the passage of large groups of macaws and parakeets. After this long day of observation we will return to our hotel in Inírida.

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Target birds: Brown Jacamar, Gilded Barbet, Amazonian Trogon, Amazon Kingfisher, Yellow-crowned Manakin, White-crowned Manakin, Orinoco Piculet, Paradise Tanager, Black-faced Tanager, Burnished-buff Tanager, Giant Snipe, Sand-colored Nighthawk, Spotted Puffbird, Golden-headed Manakin, Black Manakin

Day 3: Mavecure Stone

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A 90 minute motorboat ride will take us down to the impressive anthracite rock formations of Cerros de Mavecure, hills of striking beauty, considered sacred by the Amerindians living in the area. If the group's physical condition allows it and if the heat is not too oppressive, we will walk around these time-worn tepuis, belonging to the Guiana Shield. The most intriguing aspect of this area is the presence of different birds of very diverse origins, coming from both the Amazon base region and the Guiana plateau, as if it were a point of convergence. Several lookouts along the river can also be visited. Return at the end of the day to our hotel in Inírida.

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Day 4: Sendero Pajuil

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We cross the Inírida River by dugout canoe to the opposite bank and start exploring several trails. We will spend our morning walking slowly along these pleasant forest trails where we hope to find new species for our list. We will explore some large patches of várzea forest, in particular the Paujil trail where some rare birds but also many mammals and in particular primates are normally found. We return to Inírida at noon to avoid the hotter hours. After a good lunch and a few hours of rest, we will go to the Inírida River, an integral part of the Orinoquia basin. We will scour the banks of this river for many special species adapted to the riverbank vegetation; kingfishers, antbirds, herons, spinetails and many others. Return at dusk to try to observe some nocturnal species. Overnight in Inírida.

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Target birds: Rose-breasted Chat, Yellow-crowned Elaenia, Black-chinned Antbird, Blue-throated Piping Guan, Orinoco Piculet, Paradise Jacamar, Slate-colored Hawk, Duida Woodcreeper, Boat-billed Heron Band-tailed Nighthawks

Day 5: La Matraca trail

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This morning's excursion, consisting mainly of várzea forest and flooded primary forest, will take us to the Matraca trails. This complex of paths allows us to go gently in search of many particularly aesthetic species. Jacamars, nunbirds, schiffornis, woodpeckers and manakins. In 2017, a possible new species of antshrike, provisionally named Inírida Antshrike, was discovered in this primary forest area. Pending genetic analysis and further study, we will of course search for this mysterious and fascinating bird in these gallery forests. After a picnic lunch, we explore the lower banks of the Inírida River to try and complete our list of waders and other water birds until nightfall for our final owling session. Last night in Inírida.

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Target birds: Hoatzin, Capped Heron, White-throated Toucan, Drab Water Tyrant, Amazonian Tyrannulet, Collared Plover, Pied Lapwing, Orinoco Softtail, Black Bushbird, Black-capped Donacobius, Green-tailed Jacamar, Inírida Antshrike, Black-fronted Nunbird, Gilded Barbet, Várzea Schiffornis, Cream-colored Woodpecker, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Sand-colored Nighthawk

Day 6: Yapacan reserve

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We will take advantage of the few short hours in the morning to explore the Yapacana area. This reserve gave its name to the Yapacana Antbird. This antbird is only found around this reserve in Colombia and in a few places in the north of Brazil. Last observation before our return flight to Bogota.

Possible Extensions: Choco - 5 days / 4 nights

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Targeted birds: Yapacana Antbird, Green-tailed Jacamar,

Dates of the next departures

Dates
Status
From Dec 08 to Dec 13, 2024
Open to booking (4 places left)
From Jan 26 to Jan 31, 2025
Open to booking (8 places left)

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Dates Status
From Dec 08 to Dec 13, 2024 Open to booking (4 places left)
From Jan 26 to Jan 31, 2025 Open to booking (8 places left)

Prices per person

2 travelers 4 travelers 6 travelers
2,250 US$ 1,750 US$ 1,500 US$

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Included

  • Private transport (petrol, road taxes, parking, insurance for vehicle and passengers).
  • Entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • All transfers as mentioned
  • Specialised bilingual naturalist guide
  • 24-hour assistance
  • Accommodation in double rooms with private bathroom - (Hotels, haciendas and charming lodges)
  • Meals as mentioned, picnics for some hikes.

Not included

  • International flights (you can consult our list of tour operators offering dry flights).
  • National flights Bogota-Inirida-Bogota - 220 US$/prs
  • Excursions and activities indicated as optional in the programme.
  • Luggage weight surcharges for flights (23kg allowed on domestic flights)
  • Some dinners (expect to pay between US$8 and US$15/meal)
  • Single room supplement
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks for all meals.
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Personal insurance
  • Bank charges for bank transfers

Important note

Itineraries may be subject to last-minute changes due to natural disasters or changes in domestic legislation. The visitor must take into account and accept the possibility of last-minute changes in the organisation of the trip. The operator therefore reserves the right to make the necessary changes to ensure the safety and integrity of the travellers and to respect the laws in force. The hotels are given as an indication only and are subject to availability at the time of booking the tour. In case of unavailability, a hotel of the same category will be proposed.

* In US dollars based on double room accommodation. These rates are valid for the dates selected but may be subject to increase at the time of booking and depending on the tourist season and local holidays. Our quotations are calculated in US Dollars and we are committed to this amount. The equivalent value in Euros or in any other currency is therefore indicative and calculated on the basis of the exchange rate on the day of the offer.

** Airfares may vary depending on the airline and availability at the time of booking.

Your guides for this trip

José Ferney Salgado

José Ferney Salgado

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Colombian by birth, he dedicated the last 15 years of his life to follow with the binocular birds of Colombia. Of the 1880 species of the country he has some 1200 to his credit until then. He is currently in the Top Ten register Ebird 2019. He received a scholarship from the French Alliance of Manizales to continue studying the language of Molière. He knows perfectly every nook and cranny of the country and will accompany you during bird watching and naturalistic observation trips to Colombia. When, with his wife, he does not take care of these three children, both of them are very happy to pursue their new passion: animal photography. And the time they have left, they dedicate it to several conservation and sustainable tourism development projects.
Vincent Mouret

Vincent Mouret

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A passionate ornithologist and naturalist for many years, Vincent trained as a biologist specializing in evolution and ecology, and travels the globe discovering avian fauna. After spending four years in Ecuador as a resident bird guide, he fell under the spell of South America and its winged inhabitants. With boundless enthusiasm, he accompanies trips to South America and Europe. In addition to his indispensable binoculars, he will be equipped with a telescope, recording and spotting equipment, and several identification guides. But above all, he'll bring with him his beaming smile and unrivalled expertise in the field.

Characteristics of the trip

Travel theme

Voyage ornithologique et photografique

Accompaniment

English-speaking specialist guide

Group

Maximum 8 participants

Arrival city

Bogota

Departure city

Bogota

Accomodation

Charming hotels

Transport

Private transport throughout the tour

Physical condition

Easy to Moderate

Best season

October to June
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