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Going into the mountains of the eastern mountain range offers us the best chance to find one of the most representative faunas in the country. Endemic and colorful species, from the smallest Lycaenidae (blues) and the great Morpho, will be the ones who accompany us during all the localities. We will stay in Santa Maria, Villa de Leyva, and Otanche (Boyacá).

  • Explore the east and west slopes of the Eastern Cordillera of the Andes and the Department of Boyacá
  • Visit the different towns within Boyacá: Santa María, Villa de Leyva, and Otance
  • Opportunity to see such unique species as Prepona praeneste, Heliconius heurippa (ENDEMIC), three species of Epiphile, four of Doxocopa, Perisama, Leodonta, Catasticta, among many others. Fortunately, we will have the chance to find the very rare Theorema dysmenia (Lycaenidae), only photographed in nature from this area.

Itineraries

Day 1

Arrival in Bogotá

Arrive at El Dorado airport in Bogotá. We will spend the evening in a comfortable hotel, Hotel El Campin.

Day 2-5

Boyacá

We will depart Bogota for the town of Santa María (Boyacá), approximately 5 hour drive. Santa Maria is one of the best locations for viewing and photographing nature in the entire Eastern Cordillera (eastern slope). The town center is around 800 masl. Santa María (800 masl) is one of the best places to see and photograph nature in the entire Eastern Cordillera (eastern slope). To reach the town we will travel through 14 tunnels built in the 1970s, and along the way, we will make our first stop to photograph butterflies at an elevation of about 1500 masl. In the afternoon, we will arrive at our hotel that will be our lodging for the next four nights. Meals will be at a local restaurant.
Researchers estimate that the Boyacá region is home to about 600 species of butterfly. During the following days, we will visit different locations well known as butterfly hotspots, where we can find species such as Morpho menelaus lecromi, Morpho teseus, Morpho peleides. In addition to unique species such as Prepona praeneste, Heliconius heurippa (ENDEMIC), three species of Epiphile, four of Doxocopa, Perisama, Leodonta, Catasticta, among many others. Fortunately, we will have the chance to find the very rare Theorema dysmenia (Lycaenidae), only photographed in nature from this area.

Day 6

Villa de Leyva

After breakfast we will leave Santa María, heading to the old and colonial town of Villa de Leyva. We will stop along this roughly 4 hour drive to see if we can spot any butterflies.

Day 7

Arcabuco

After breakfast we will venture to the town of Arcabuco, with the hopes of photographing the very special Morpho sulkowskyi and the endemic Ephiphile neildi. This location will allow us to see and photograph many species of medium altitude (2600muns), including several species of Perisama and Pierid speices found at this altitude such as Colias and the endemic Natalis plauta. In the afternoon we will return to the town of Villa de Leyva, where we will spend the night.

Day 8

Villa de Leyva to Otanche

Today will leave Villa de Leyva toward the town of Otanche also in the department of Boyacá. On the way we will stop to see species from this side of the mountain range at altitudes around 2500 masl. We will overnight in Otanche (800 masl).

Day 9-12

Otanche

We will visit different trails along the streams of the region, especially in search of the magnificent Morpho cypris cypris. In addition to it, we can find other specialties such as Morpho amathonte, Morpho telemachus, Agrias amydon amydon, Consul panariste, Pterourus zagreus, Pterourus birchalli, among hundreds of other species.

Day 13

Return to Bogotá

After looking for butterflies in the morning we will return to Bogotá where we will have a special dinner and an evening of rest from our adventure.

Day 14

Flights Home Today

Flights home today. For those with an afternoon flight home you may want to join us as we visit one or two of the sites and museums within walking distance of our hotel, such as the Plaza de Bolívar or the Gold Museum. We may also visit one of the most representative places of the Colombian capital, the hill of Monserrate.

The prices include the following:
  • Guiding services
  • Entry fees into reserves and parks
  • All planned meals and tips at restaurants
  • Hotel nights on the itinerary
  • In-country transportation.
The prices do not include the following:
  • International flights.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Phone calls, laundry or other items of a personal nature.
  • Tips at hotels or guides.

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Please plan your arrival flight into Bogotá's El Dorado international airport.

Assistance can be provided to arrange a hotel stay in Bogotá for those arriving prior to our start date or those departing after our end date.

The Colombian peso is the country's legal tender. It is generally identified with the abbreviation COP, and you'll find that the official peso symbol ($) is used locally.
A wide selection of banknotes and coins are used. You will find 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 peso coins and 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 and 100,000 peso banknotes. The exchange rate is 1 US Dollar to about 3400 COP.

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Garwood and Guillermo. Butterfly Catalogs. https://www.butterflycatalogs.com/

Glassberg, Jeffrey. A Swift Guide to the Butterflies of Mexico and Central America.

McMullan, Miles. 2018. Field Guide to the Birds of Colombia. Editorial Delfin S.A.S.

Each client is solely responsible for bringing an ample supply of their personal meds, if taken. On occasion, however, if someone forgets their meds we can often find something nearly identical in local pharmacies.

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