Discover the particular avian life of the Andean Cordillera, while you enjoy the friendly people, great food and nice small lodges in the classic mountain settings of the Andes.
Living the contrast, visit the Andes and Llanos in the southern Venezuelan Savannah, and stay at Hato Cedral a 106,000-acre wildlife sanctuary, where you will experience one of the continents greatest wildlife spectacles. The experience is like going on a Safari in Africa, but enjoying the animals typical from the American Llanos, more than 50 mammal and 300 bird species, a spectacle worth to see!
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Simon Bolivar International airport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.|
Airport reception and accommodation in hotel near airport (D)
Flight to Merida in the Andean Cordillera and transfer to hotel. Afternoon tour to La Mucuy to our first bird watching of the lower Andes such as the Collared Inca, Merida Sun angel, Andean Guan, Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, Mountain Wren, Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant, Barred Becard, Mustached Brush-Finch and many others. (B,L,D)
Full day in La Azulita, a dense forest located in the western part of Merida State, sheltering species as the Rose-headed Parakeet, Golden and Crested Quetzals, Emerald Toucan, Azaras Spinetail, Pygmy Swift, Crimson-backed Tanager, Black-billed Mountain Toucan, Streaked Tuftedcheek. (B,L,D)
Early walk the famous Humboldt Trail in La Mucuy to look for other birds of the lower Andes prior to continuing up to our nest Hotel Los Frailes. Los Frailes was once a monastery, and its garden is fabulous. They have a feeder that the Sword-billed Hummingbird enjoys at times. Afternoon, explore a dwarf forest near the hotel where we might see Mountain Velvetbreast, Pearled Treerunner, Brown-rumped Tapaculo, Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant, Smoky Bush-Tyrant, Brown-bellied Swallow, Collared Jay, Red-crested Cotinga, White-fronted Redstart, Black-crested Warbler, Blue-backed Conebill, Bluish Flower-Piercer, Buff-breasted and Lachrymose Mountain-Tanagers, Blue-and-black Tanager, Supercilliaried Hemispingus as well as others. (B,L,D)
Early departure to Pico El Aguila (Eagle Peak), Mifafí Condor Center and finally have lunch at the Laguna de Mucubají, where we will be able to see Speckled Teal and Least Grebe. If we are lucky during our visit we might see Paramo Wren, Streak-backed Canastero, Ochre-brown Thistletail, Andean Tit-Spinetail and Plumbeous Sierra-Finch. With really good luck, we will find the Bearded Helmetcrest and the imponents Andean Condor and Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle. (B,L,D)
Our goal today is to find the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock along the San Isidro Tunnel road, but first we must stop by the Santo Domingo River to find Torrent Duck and White-capped Dipper. Once in the forest, we must also look for Russet-backed Oropendola, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Golden-winged Manakin and many tanagers. As we travel down the mountain towards the lowlands in the afternoon we will be birding in the foothills to look for Cinnamon Becard, Blue-necked Tanager, Many-banded Aracari, Cliff Flycatcher and a spectacular glance of the Lyre-tailed Nightjar. Overnight in the town of Altamira de Caceres on the foot of the Andes. (B,L,D)
Transfer to the renowned Hato El Cedral located in the vast plains known as Los Llanos. We will see hundreds of Capybaras, deer, Spectacled Cayman and the Giant Anaconda, as well as Black-bellied and White-faced Whistling Ducks by the thousands, 7 species of ibis, 3 species of storks, including the Jabiru, as well as such special birds as the Chestnut-bellied Heron, Sunbittern, Hoatzin, Pinnated Bittern, Wire-tailed Manakin, Great Potoo, Black-collared Hawk, Amazonian Black-Tyrant, Yellowish Pipit, to name just a few.
Awakening early in the morning is a spectacular opportunity to see the dawn and awakening of thousands of birds that uses the housing zone of the Hato as residence. (B,L,D)
Each station (rainy and dry season) offer a complete different scenery. In the rainy days all is green and flooded, and the Herons and Corocoras are nesting. It?s the best moment to see anacondas and alligators. While during the dry season the fauna concentrates in the Caños and lagoons even in thousands.
In the Hato, you will have two optional truck tours per day to see fauna and landscapes. You are free to go on all or choose when to stay in the pool and lodge area, or even walk around by your own.
Free morning and flight back to Caracas Airport. Private transfer to hotel near the airport. (B,L,D)
Transfer to International airport(B)