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ALB-E710 A sample of bird watching tour
Destination: The Andes - Ecological Reserves in the Plains - Henry Pittier National Park
Length: 10 D / 9 N
Day 8. The Plains-Henry Pittier National Park (BLD)
Breakfast. The Henry Pittier National Park area also hosts more than 500 species of birds. Rising from sea level to 4,200 feet, the park is home of the Rancho Grande Biological station as well as Portachuelo Pass, which serves as a natural migratory route for hundreds of thousands of birds and insects including as many as 200 species of vibrantly colored butterflies. Birders visiting this area can expect to see Fruit eaters, Blood-eared Parakeets, Groove-billed Toucan, Red-billed parrots, Buff-fronted, Glittering-throated Emerald White-tipped Quetzal, Northern Helmeted, Lilac-tailed parrot and possibly even a harpy eagle among many other beautiful endemic species. Visit Rancho Grande. As the main center for bird watching you will see Ruby-topaz Hummingbird, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Venezuelan Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo, Cocoa Woodpecker, Montane Foliage-gleaners. Arrival to the lodge in Maracay. Accommodation, dinner and overnight (B, L, D)
Day 9. Henry Pittier National Park (BLD)
After breakfast you will board your transportation bus heading towards Rancho Grande Biological station; where you will continue your discovery of the various birds’ species that this place can offer. Accommodation, dinner and overnight (B, L, D)
Day 10. Henry Pittier National Park-Caracas (B)
Breakfast. Transfer to Caracas to take your connecting flight back Home. Luggage assistance at the airport.
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Arrival to Maiquetia International airport. On the way to the hotel, your bilingual guide will give you information about the country as well as some details on the program to be followed by the group.
Day 2. Caracas - Mérida (BLD)
This area of the country offers many different life zones that change as the visitors travel through the different altitudes. On your route you will probably run into the crested oropendulas, Black-mandibles Toucan, and the endemic Rose-headed Parakeet, as well as the quetzals, trogons, torrent ducks, jays, Andean cock-of-the rock and all sorts of hummingbirds.
Day 3. Santo Domingo-Páramo (BLD)
At this beautiful location you will have some dawn birding in the garden long paths surrounded by exotic vegetation. Observe the Yellow-backed Oriole, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Green-rumpled Parrot let, Thick-billed Euphonia and Shiny Cowbird…
Day 4. Páramo (BLD)
Day 5. Santo Domingo-The Plains (BLD)
Descend to the city of Barinas at the feet of the Andes and in the very heart of The Plains. In a single day you may view a greater variety of tropical wildlife than anywhere in the world. Perfect reason why The Plains have been called the "Serengeti of South America".
Day 6. The Plains Photo Safari (BLD)
Breakfast. The following days will be booked for river excursions, which constitute one of the primary attractions of the Hatos and a perfect moment to observe Orinoco Goose, Maguari Stork, American Stilt, Paraguayan Snipe, Sun bittern, Watt led Jacana, Boat-billed Heron, Bared-faced Ibises, King Vulture, Great Horned Owl, Trinidad Euphonia, Band-tailed Nightjar, Brazilian Duck, Chestnut-fronted Macaws, Pale-headed Jacamar, Amazon Kingfisher, Scaled Dove, Yellow-knobbed Curassow, Roseate Spoonbill, Sun grebe Screamer, Oriole Blackbird. During these outings, you can see many different species of bird and crocodiles sunning on the sandy beaches on the banks of the river. You will have close encounters with capybaras, Spectacled Cayman, Freshwater dolphins, Armadillo, Giant anteaters, and macaws. In the middle of the river is the island of 'Los Chácharos' where guests may encounter collar peccaries, a large number of birds, and carry out an examination of the typical local vegetation, as well as enjoying a delicious picnic. Accommodation, dinner and overnight.
Day 7. The Plains (BLD)
Breakfast. In the evenings there are performances at the Posada by local folkloric groups, playing instruments typical to the Llanos: harp, “cuatro” (four-stringed guitar) and maracas, and our guests can enjoy watching dances performed by local companies in traditional local costumes (for groups). Accommodation, dinner and overnight.