Trip Information

For more information please contact

Santiago M. Escruceria

guadualito@me.com or write to

P.O. Box 224 Lee Vining, CA 93541 USA

Phone: 707-328 6371

©GBT 2017

Accommodations and meals


The tour cost includes lodging and all but one meal -the last night’s dinner. Most nights are spent at Santiago's family and friends’ country homes. A hotel has been arranged in Cali. The country homes provides homemade meals. In Cali, the hotel provides breakfast. Drinking water is provided for the entire tour. Soda and alcoholic beverages are not offered, however, clients can purchase their own. Special diets are accommodated for a extra fee.

   

Guadualito Birding Tours offers eleven days in the Colombian countryside observing many of the country's 1920 known bird species. Based out of Cali, the tour visits four distinct birding locations: Guadualito Area, Coordillera Occidental, Wetlands and Coordillera Central. These locations take birders through open fields and riparian corridors to seek species of woodpeckers, flycatchers, and raptors. Toucanets, hummingbirds, tanagers, and quetzals call to birders in the lush jungle. On the banks of the Colombian wetlands, orioles, ibis, hawks, cormorants, and waterfowl play on the ground and in the sky. The Nirvana Reserve showcases motmots, trogons, potoos, and honeycreepers on the slopes of the central cordillera. The last days of the tour are spent in Cali, birding and experiencing Colombian city culture.

   

Colombian-born Santiago M. Escruceria, Guadualito Birding Tours owner and guide, opens up his family and friend’s homes and land to host birding and naturalist events. He leads small groups through the countryside of his youth to share the beauty of the birds and the land.  Santiago shares with clients copies of “A Guide To The Birds of Colombia,” “Birds of Northern South America,” and the new “Field Guide to the Birds of Colombia.” Clients also receive a general Colombian bird-list packet to document birds observed and to preserve many memorable moments.


My philosophy on birding is that I don’t go to see the birds, the birds allow me to see them. So, I think that a nice, gentle walk gives the birds an opportunity to come out and say: Hello.”


-Santiago

 

Transportation


The tour cost includes all local land transportation. For the Valle del Cauca tour, driving times usually are between 30 minutes to an hour and a half. The drive to the Coffee Growing Area takes between three to four hours.

                                                                                                                                                                    

Cost: US $2400.00 per person for 2018 trip.

Ask about our new tour to the Coffee Growing Area in the Central Coordillera Area -eight days and seven nights, three different areas are visited.  

All trips require six people unless otherwise prearranged. 2016 tours run from Feb 21 through March 27. Contact Guadualito Birding Tours for additional 2016/2017/2018 tour dates information.


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Excellent video from Colombia Birdwatch showing a lot of the birds we may see during our trip:

http://vimeo.com/85987790#share


Check out the Photo-Book link at the Destination Photos and our Bird Photos pages.


"Janet and I wanted to thank you, again, for the expertise and organization that you put into our birding trip... Still can't believe that we saw 152 species in less than a week. The expert ornithologist and local guides you enlisted to help added a lot, and they were amazing... We felt secure and very well taken care of during this Colombian adventure...”

      -Dave and Janet Carle, 2009

"In March, I joined a small group and headed South in search of birds... South to Colombia. Birding with Santiago and Guadualito Birding Tours... We changed climates, environments and elevations. Each had it's own variety of birds and spectacular scenery. We saw rainbows of Tanagers, prisms of Hummingbirds, Mot Mots (my favorite), Potoos, Trogons and Toucans to name only a few. It was a very special experience, and one every birder--including those from "extreme" to "casual" should be fortunate enough to enjoy!"


      -Nancy, 2010