PRE-TOUR: Meet the spectacular Sabinaria magnifica

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Date(s) - 05/21/2018 - 05/25/2018
All Day

Capurganá, Colombia

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Meet the spectacular Sabinaria magnifica.

Photo by Dr.’s Galeano & R. Bernal

Join this extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel with Dr. Rodrigo Bernal, Colombia’s premier palm expert, and botanist Saúl Hoyos, to the habitat of the newly-discovered Sabinaria magnifica. Available to only a small, select group of adventurous travelers, this five day expedition is limited to a maximum of eight participants (with a minimum of four). Registration will be on a first come-first-served basis. Participants will depart from and return to Medellin. Please note that this trip involves rigorous hiking and rough accommodation

Morning: Flight Medellín-Acandí (1 hour)

13:00 Travel by boat Acandí-Capurganá
Stay at Hotel Playas de Capurganá (

Day 2

Capurganá-El Brillante
A scenic 7-hr walk through the rain forest, up and down several hills. Mules available for backpacks and for those who prefer to ride. Observation of many palm species along the way.

Day 3

Exploration at El Brillante

Day 4

Exploration at El Brillante

Day 5

Return to Capurganá Flight – Acandí-Medellín

Cost per person: USD 1500

Included: Air tickets Medellín-Capurganá-Medellín, transportation to and from the airport in Capurganá, boats, mules, guides, hotel in Capurganá, field accommodation, meals.

Not included: Insurance, extra accommodation and/or meals caused by flight or boat delays, contingency.

Accommodation at El Brillante is basic, with shared rooms and shared bathrooms and showers.

The following palm tree species can be observed during the trip:

Aiphanes buenaventurae
Asterogyne martiana
Astrocaryum standleyanum
Attalea allenii
Attalea iguadummat
Bactris charnleyae
Bactris coloradonis
Bactris hondurensis
Bactris manriquei
Bactris maraja
Bactris pilosa
Calyptrogyne costatifrons
Chamaedorea allenii
Chamaedorea subjectifolia
Desmoncus myriacanthos
Elaeis oleifera
Euterpe precaroria 
Geonoma cuneata
Geonoma deversa
Geonoma interrupta
Hyospathe elegans
Iriartea deltoidea
Oenocarpus bataua
Oenocarpus minor
Pholidostachys dactyloides
Pholidostachys panamensis
Phytelephas macrocarpa
Prestoea decurrens
Sabinaria magnifica
Socratea exorrhiza
Synechantus warscewiczianus
Wettinia aequalis
Wettinia quinaria 

Recommended gear:

Binoculars, rubber boots, light trousers (avoid jeans and shorts), head torch, field notebook, Swiss army knife, insect repelent, rain poncho.