On arrival at Simon Bolivar international airport in Maiquetia you will meet your local guide and be transferred to your accommodation, level 3* – Hotel Miramar Suites. You will have your welcome to Venezuela meal and prepare to explore the regions birdlife.
This morning you will catch a flight from Caracas south to the cloud forests. After lunch you will have a drive through the greatly changing environment from cloud forest to desert. Along this journey you will probably find black-mandibled toucan, crested oropendulas and the endemic rose-headed parakeet You will also be treated to a guided walk through the secondary forest here in search of emerald toucanet, black phoebe, Blackburnian warbler and southern rough-winged swallow before your evening meal at your accommodation, level – local estancia (Estancia la Bravera). The estancia has a very pleasant garden with many hummingbird feeders around and even in the dining room. These flowers and feeders attract over 20 species including Lazuline sabrewing, orange-throated sunangel, buff-tailed coronet, gorgeted woodstar, sooty-caped hermit, golden-bellied starfrontlet, long-tailed sylph and spangled coquette natural to name a few.
This morning will start with some early morning birding with shiny cowbirds, yellow-necked orioles, thick-billed euphonias, green-rumped parrolets, long-billed starthroat, bronzy Inca, Crested quetzal, Andean guan, barred forest falcon and many more all on our list to find. Once again your evening meal will be at your accommodation, level – local estancia (Estancia la Bravera).
Today you will be transferred up into the Andean foothills and the paramo. This tussock grass ecosystem is surprisingly high in bird life and on a trip to the Black Lagoon we shall try to find the endemic bearded helmetcrests, paramo wrens as well as other birds such as Andean siskins, paramo tits and the massive Andean condor. We will stop by the Andean Condor Reintroduction Station at Pico Aguila. Your evening meal will be at your accommodation, level – camp (Grados Alta Aventura Camp).
Today will again be spent in the Andean foothills searching some of the other birdlife here such as blue-winged teal, torrent ducks, black-chestnut buzzard eagles, white-tipped doves, bar-winged cinclodes and many more bird species. All the birding here will be done with the help of an expert bird naturalist who knows the birds here like no one else. The help of a naturalist guide is so important as there are hundreds of birds here and the differences can be subtle at times. Your evening meal will again be at your accommodation, level – camp (Grados Alta Aventura Camp).
Today you will be transferred to your amazing accommodation, level – local hato (Hato El Cedral) in the heart of the incredible Los Llanos where you will spend the next three days. This afternoon you will have an excursion with a local tracker in search of the many bird species here which including wood storks, hoatzins, Maguari storks, red-capped cardinals, black skimmers, white-faced whistling ducks, yellow-headed parrot and literally hundreds more species. Your evening meal will be at the accommodation where a you can watch an incredible sunset over Los Llanos.
Today will be your first full day here in Los Llanos and you will have morning and afternoon birding tours either on foot, by boat or 4×4. We will try and find some of the many raptor species here, such as turkey vultures, ospreys, ornate hawk-eagle, lesser yellow-headed vultures, black vultures, yellow-headed caracaras and crested caracaras. Once again your evening meal will be at your accommodation, level – local hato (Hato El Cedral).
Today is your last day in Los Llanos and once again you will have morning and afternoon guided birding trips around the area. Many more birds could be found today such as scarlet macaws, ruby topaz, Orinocan saltator, copper-rumped hummingbird, yellow-knobbled curassow, white-fringed antwren and plenty more. There is so many birds here that you will never be disappointed. You will have your evening meal in view of the amazing sunset again at your accommodation, level – local hato (Hato El Cedral).
Today you will be taken to Barinas airport in order to catch your flight back to Caracas. Once you get back to the capital you will be transported to your accommodation, level – 4* Hotel (Hotel Avila). Here you will have your meals and get ready for the second part of your Venezuelan birding adventure.
Henry Pittier National Park
This morning after breakfast you will travel for around 5hrs to Henry Pittier National Park. Once you arrive today you will have time for an afternoon guided birding excursion into the park, before your evening meal at your accommodation, level – 3-4* Guesthouse (Posada El Limon).
Henry Pittier National Park
The park is an absolute must for all birders and the number of Neo-Tropical birds here is remarkable. Over 550 species in a relatively tiny park (half the size of Snowdonia National Park in Wales). Specialties are Venezuelan wood-quails, white-tipped quetzals, groove-billed toucanets, guttulated foliage-gleaner, black-throated spinetails, Venezuelan antvireo, scallop-breasted antpittas, solitary eagles, black-and-white hawk eagles and many others. Many of the species are much easier to see here than elsewhere in their range such as the white-fronted tyrannulet. After a full day spent inside the park birding you will have your well deserved evening meal at the accommodation, level 3-4* Guesthouse (Posada El Limon).
After breakfast this morning you will be transferred back to Caracas and to your accommodation, level – 3* Hotel (Hotel Miramar Suites). Here you will have your evening meal and look back over a magical birding experience.
Today after breakfast you will be transferred to Maiquetia international airport in time to catch your return flight home.
Please note that the itinerary stated above is correct as our planned intentions for the tour. However adverse weather conditions and other local considerations can necessitate some modifications of the itinerary during the course of the tour; any changes will be made to make the best of the time and weather conditions available to us.
This tour is available on different date (subject to availability) please contact us for more details about running this tour on a date which suits you more.