Mitú - Colombian Amazon and White Sand Forest Specialties

Brown-banded Puffbird

Mitú has quickly gained a reputation as a great site for Amazonian/Guiana Shield birding, combining a variety of habitats, and several white sand forest specialty birds. Mitú is the capital of Vaupes department and probably holds more sought after Amazonian species than anywhere else. Located close to the Brazilian border, it is one of the most remote and undeveloped regions of Colombia. The forests around Mitú are in good condition. Although they are still part of the Amazon region, this region contains a distinctively different topography, vegetation, and associated avifauna than the forest of Leticia, 600 km to the south. Mitú has a mosaic of lowland forest both varzea and terra firme, white-sand scrub and some savanna. Mitú has extensive and richer lowland forest with great affinities to the Amazon. Many species depend on the sandy-belt forests, which grows on white sand soil in this region. The area around Mitú is characterized by isolated mountains - eroded remnants of hard sedimentary rocks with relatively flat "table" tops covered by low dry thorny vegetation. There are many white-sand forest restricted species and a host of more widely distributed birds. We will spend 4 full days plus exploring different trails looking for ant swarms and being “out there”. We must co-ordinate our trip with local indigenous communities and use local native guides. Many special mammals and birds, indigenous communities and unbelievable landscapes. We will use indigenous guides trained per on a series of trails around Mitu that include Cachivera, Santa Cruz, Momfort, Ceima and others.

Day 1: Arrival in BogotaArrival in Bogotá and transfer to our hotel. Your tour leader will meet you at the Hotel.

Day 2: Bogota to Mitú via Parque La FloridaIf time permits depending on the fluctuating flight times we’ll have an early field breakfast and we shall visit La Florida Park in search of Apolinar's Wren (endemic) and Bogotá Rail (endemic) and common Andean wetland birds. We'll also be on the lookout for Rufous-browed Conebill and Silver-throated Spinetail. We’ll head to the airport for a flight to Mitu. On arrival we’ll transfer to our hotel and if time permits start with some afternoon birding

Day 3-6: MitúSome important birds there include: Fiery Topaz, Streak-throated Hermit, Orinoco Piculet, Tawny-tufted Toucanet, Brown-banded Puffbird, Lineated Duida Woodcreeper, Napo Stlipple-throated, Yellow-throated, Spot-backed Antwrens, Grey-bellied, Chestnut-crested Antbirds, Imeri Warbling-Antbird, Citron-throated Attila, Yellow-crowned Manakin, Saffron-crested Tyrant-Manakin, Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock, Purple-breasted & Pompadour Cotinga, Guianan Gnatcatcher, Azure-naped Jay, Lemon-chested, Brown-headed Greenlets, White-naped Seedeater, Plumbeous Euphonia, Black Bushbird, Amazonas Antbird, Pearly Antshirke, Amazonian Black-Tyrant, Sulphury Flycatcher, Screaming Piha, Grey-legged Tinamou, Festive, Orange-cheeked Parrot, Lemon-throated Barbet, Bar-bellied Woodcreeper, Sungrebe, Blackish-grey Antshirke, Black-throated Antbird, Slaty Grosbeak, Pectoral Sparrow, Grey-beasted Sabrewing, Versicoloured Emerald, Blackish Nightjar, Spangled Cotinga, White-throated Toucan, Green Oropendola, Collared Puffbird, Chestnut, Scale-breasted Woodpeckers, White-plumed, Bicoloured Antbirds, Yellow-billed Jacamar, Ringed Antipipit, White-eyed Tody-Tyrant, Green Manakin, Paradise Jacamar, Black-bellied Cuckoo, Golden-green Woodpecker, Rufous-tailed Xenops, Pink-throated Becard, Wing-barred Piprites, Flame-crested, Green and Gold Tanagers, Cliff Flycatcher, Scarlet Macaw, Amazonia Umbrellabird, Bronzy Jacamar, Spotted Puffbird, Spot-throated Woodcreeper, Rusty-breasted Nunlet, White-chinned Sapphire, Gould´s Jewelfront, Pavonine Quetzal, Red-fan Parrot, Rufous-capped Antthrush, Pale-bellied Mourner, White-bellied Dacnis and many many more. The listis far to extensive to mention here but needless to say we will be very busy

Day 7: Flight from Mitu to BogotaWe’ll spend some time birding local wetlands until our flight arrives. On arrival in Bogota and homeward connections or join the Serrania De Perija, Guajira and Sierra Nevada De Santa Marta tour.