The Perijá Mountain Range shared by Columbia and Venezuela was next in our journey northward. It is a bit remote and up out of the valley to almost 10,000 ft, so we transferred our gear and ourselves into two four-wheel-drive vehicles to get up there. This is Villa Adelaide, a lovely little place we stayed on the trip up.
Lodge with rudimentary rooms on the left. Wonderful family-style meals in the small dining area on one end. It was COLD up there. But, they did have hot water.
The gardens were beautiful.
White-sided Flowerpiercer female
White-sided Flowerpiercer male
Sparkling Violetear at flowers
Columbia was a very clean country, very surprising to us, since other Central and South American countries seemed to have a lot of street and highway trash. There has obviously been a public service effort in and outside Columbian cities to promote proper disposal of trash. MUCH appreciated by us!
Perijá Metaltail male
Perijá Metaltail with red tail showing
So happy to have just a wee bit of sunlight for some photos of this endemic bird.
And just as the day was waning, along came the most special of appearances, a flock of about 5 Golden-headed Quetzals, calling constantly among themselves, posing helpfully in the fading light for a full 20 minutes, giving us photographers ample time to play.
The next morning early, I got this little beauty... Black-crested Warbler.
Lacrimose Mountain-tanager, a common bird where we were.
Nice ear flash.
Next we visit northern coastal areas which I think I'll combine into one blogpost. See you then.