Andes and Llanos Birding

Code: VEWILD02
11 DAYS - 10 NIGHTS
  • Biggest&Baddest, Venezuela
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  • Biggest&Baddest, Venezuela
  • Biggest&Baddest, Venezuela
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Description

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.
INCLUDED
24/7 assistance Professional guides, drivers and cooks
All airport taxes and park fees All ground transfers, all internal flights
2 night lodging in Hotel close to airport 8 night accommodation at Lodges
All private transfers Certified birding guide at all times
Meals as described on itinerary Welcome Gift
NOT INCLUDED
Especial Attractions fees
Guide gratuity

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy the beauty of the Andean Cordillera Mountains, with its typical towns filled with colors and friendly people
  • Discover the marvelous birds of the lower Andes
  • Experience an African Style Safari, but enjoying the animals typical from the American Llanos

TRIP DETAILS

  • Physical demand (1-10): 1
  • Travel Style: Relax – Active
  • Trip type: Private group, Small Groups
  • Price For Minimun 4 PAX

Itinerary

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Day 1: CARACAS

Airport reception and accommodation in hotel near airport (D)

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Day 2: MERIDA

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)

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Day 3: MERIDA – LA AZULITA

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)

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Day 4: MERIDA – LA MUCUY

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)

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Day 5: MERIDA – PICO EL AGUILA

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)

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Day 6: MERIDA – SAN ISIDRO

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)

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Day 7: HATO CEDRAL

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)

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Day 8: HATO CEDRAL

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.

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Day 9: HATO CEDRAL

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.

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Day 10: CARACAS

Free morning and flight back to Caracas Airport. Private transfer to hotel near the airport. (B,L,D)

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Day 11: GO HOME

Transfer to International airport(B)

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Reviews (3)

3 reviews for Andes and Llanos Birding

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Helen

    STUNNING! I never thought I would experience something like this in Latin America. LOTS of animals, close enough to enjoy contact with nature. Took so many awsome pics!!! I totally recommend this trip

    Name: Helen – Boston – USA

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Daniel Vaamonde

    We travelled to document wildlife and its landscapes, spectacular fauna, with amazing scenarios, very gentle and friendly attention from locals and those helping us get the full experience. Many thanks!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    felix medina

    hato cedral conocido con el pantanal venezolano, donde su belleza y inmensidad no se puede expresar en palabras, un área que por metro cuadrado su riquezas es abundante, con mas de 350 especies de aves, que en la mañana te despiertan el le campamento Matiyure, contemplar su amanecer y su atardecer con el rio dorado y sus corocoras regresando a sus garzeros para pasar la noche, salir a observar aves te pasa en día y no te das cuenta de la cantidad de aves que ya llevas en tu lista en tu ruta de los andes la variedad de aves es diferente la rupicola peruviana y los colibrís de los paramos marcan la diferencia. no me canso de visitarlo y lo recomiendo gratamente

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