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  • What are the accommodations like?
    Exclusive Boutique Stays Our curated selection includes elegant boutique hotels and cozy lodges, ensuring a unique and intimate lodging experience. Each location is equipped with modern amenities such as hot water and 120V electrical outlets, providing comfort and convenience throughout your stay. Authentic Colombian Dining Indulge in the rich flavors of Colombia with our all-inclusive dining options. We cater to a variety of dietary needs, including vegetarian preferences, ensuring every meal is a delightful experience reflective of Colombia's authentic culinary traditions. Personalized Rooming Experience Enjoy the luxury of privacy with our single occupancy rooms, offered at no extra charge. We believe in providing a personal and comfortable space for each guest, without the additional cost often associated with single accommodations.
  • What should I pack for a photography tour in Colombia?
    Recommended items include camera gear, comfortable clothing for varied climates, a rain jacket, sturdy footwear, and personal items.
  • Are there any health and safety tips for traveling in Colombia?
  • What is included in the airport pickup and drop-off service?
    Driver Meeting at the Airport: Upon arrival, a professional driver or tour representative will meet participants directly at the airport. This ensures that guests are greeted personally, making the transition from air travel to the ground transport as smooth as possible. Communication via WhatsApp: To facilitate easy communication, the driver or representative will be ready to communicate with participants via WhatsApp. This popular messaging app allows for real-time communication, including the exchange of messages, voice notes, and even live location sharing, ensuring that participants can easily find their driver even in a busy airport setting. Pre-Departure Information: Before the trip, participants will typically receive detailed information, including the driver's contact details and specific meeting point instructions. This pre-arrival communication helps minimize any confusion and ensures a stress-free start to the tour. Assistance with Luggage: The driver will assist with any luggage, guiding participants to the vehicle designated for their transfer. This service is particularly appreciated after a long flight, offering a touch of comfort and convenience.
  • What are some examples of meals provided?
    During birding tours in Colombia, participants have the opportunity to indulge in a range of traditional Colombian dishes that showcase the country's rich culinary heritage. Meals are prepared with fresh, local ingredients, offering both hearty options and lighter, vegetarian-friendly choices. Here are some examples: Bandeja Paisa: A classic Colombian dish, Bandeja Paisa is a generous platter that typically includes: Grilled steak Pork crackling (chicharrón) Red beans cooked with pork White rice Fried eggs Plantain (plátano) Arepa (cornmeal cake) Avocado Fresh tomato salsa Tropical Fruit Juices Participants can refresh and hydrate with a variety of tropical fruit juices, known for their vibrant flavors and health benefits: Guanabana Juice: Made from the guanabana fruit, also known as soursop, this juice is creamy, with a flavor that combines strawberry, pineapple, and citrus notes. It's known for its vitamin C, antioxidants, and potential health benefits. Lulo Juice: Lulo, a tropical fruit native to northwest South America, produces a tangy, refreshing juice that's often described as a mix between lime and rhubarb. It's rich in vitamins A and C, adding a refreshing zing to meals. Other Meal Examples: Ajiaco: A comforting chicken and potato soup, flavored with guascas (a local herb), and served with capers, avocado, and cream. Vegetarian Options: For those preferring plant-based meals, options might include quinoa salads, lentil stews, or vegetable arepas, ensuring that there's something for every palate. These meals and beverages not only provide a taste of Colombia's diverse culinary landscape but also cater to a range of dietary preferences and needs, ensuring that all participants enjoy delicious and nutritious food throughout their tour.
  • How does emergency medical insurance work?
    The emergency medical insurance for birding tours in Colombia provides comprehensive coverage for various health-related issues that might arise during the trip. It includes support for medical emergencies and hospitalization as well as emergency dental care. This insurance aims to ensure participants' safety and peace of mind, covering essential medical needs and unexpected situations while traveling.
  • What kind of wildlife can I expect to photograph?
    In Colombia's rich and varied ecosystems, participants have the extraordinary opportunity to photograph an impressive variety of wildlife, focusing especially on the country's remarkable bird species. Colombia is a global hotspot for birdwatching and photography, offering: Home to Over 1,900 Bird Species: Representing almost 20% of the world’s bird species, Colombia's diverse habitats support a vast array of bird life, making it the top country for bird diversity. World Record for Bird Spotting: Colombia holds the world record for the highest number of bird species spotted in a single day, highlighting its status as a premier destination for bird enthusiasts. Photographers can expect to encounter: Endemic, Resident, and Migratory Birds: A chance to capture rare and unique species in their natural habitats. More Than 150 Hummingbird Species: Including some of the most colorful and dynamic birds in the world. 200 Flycatcher Species: Offering a wide range of subjects for photographers interested in behavior and diversity. 140 Tanager Species: Known for their vivid colors and patterns, tanagers are a delight to photograph. From the vast tropical rainforests to the high-altitude Andes mountains, Colombia's landscapes provide the perfect backdrop for capturing the beauty of these species. The ongoing discovery of new bird species further adds to the allure of Colombian wildlife photography, making it an ideal destination for photographers keen on exploring the richness of avian life.
  • Can dietary restrictions be accommodated?
    Yes, dietary needs, including vegetarian options, can be accommodated with advance notice.
  • What photography equipment should I bring?
    Professional-grade cameras and lenses are provided to ensure high-quality images. This typically includes DSLR or mirrorless cameras and a range of lenses suitable for wildlife photography. You are always welcome to bring your own cameras, lenses and memory cards though.
  • How can I book a tour and what are the payment options?
    Booking can typically be done through our website, with payment options including major credit cards as well as PayPal.
  • Are these photography trips for beginners?
    Yes, our trips are designed to cater to all skill levels, offering personalized instruction to help improve photography techniques, from basic to advanced. Led by seasoned professionals, our workshops offer personalized guidance to improve your photography skills, catering to all experience levels from beginner to advanced.
  • Do I need to be an experienced photographer to enjoy the tours?
    Our tours are geared towards beginner and intermediate photographers. Instruction on how to use the cameras and lenses is provided.
  • How are transportation arrangements handled?
    Comfortable, air-conditioned transportation is provided for all transfers, including airport pickups, hotel transfers, and travel to photography sites.
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