Duration: 16 days / 15 nights
Start / End: Bogota / Bogota
Activities: Enjoy a full Colombia birding tour in the mountains of Colombia; visit the Montezuma National Reserve, one of the most diverse areas in Colombia with more than 600 recorded species; have an up-close-and-personal experience with the astonishingly beautiful Andean Cock-of-the-Rock; visit the Rio Blanco Natural Reserve, where the amazing number of birds are astonishing and easy-to-see; search at night for unique owl and nightjar species
Highlights: Chicaque Natural Reserve, Chingaza National Park, La Romera Natural Reserve, Yellow-eared Parrot Reserve, lek of Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Bolombolo, Rio Blanco Natural Reserve, Los Nevados National Park, Otun-Quimbaya Sanctuary, Montezuma Rain Forest Reserve, Nevado del Tolima National Park, San Jorge Botanical Garden, Mana Dulce Natural Reserve
Best Season: January, April, and July to October
Price: Contact us for pricing
Included: private vans with A/A, 4×4 transfers in parks and reserves, all meals with open menu in restaurants with one drink included, 2 snacks daily (bottled water, fruit, etc.), hotels and eco-lodges as per itinerary, entrance fees in national parks, professional guides, experienced car and boat drivers
Not Included: International flights, travel insurance, optional meals/snacks, personal expenses, tips
With the highest biodiversity of bird species in the world, Colombia is the place to go for bird watching! Its Central and Western Andes has the Choco bio-geographic region, found specifically in the medium and lowlands of the Montezuma Reserve and Anchicaya Canon. This Colombia birding tour will bring you to the Colombian mountains for a unique experience with hummingbirds, antpittas, tapaculos, tanager, fruiteaters, and over 450 other bird species.
Arrival at Bogota International Airport.
Morning: Visit to Chicaque Natural Reserve, where you can see important birds at hummingbird feeders and in an incredible cloud forest on the western slope of the eastern Andes. (Near-endemic birds are: golden-bellied starfrontlet, matorral tapaculo, golden-fronted whitestart, rufous-breasted flycatcher, moustached brush-finch, and more.)
Afternoon: Return to Bogota to rest.
Morning: We continue our Colombia birding tour with a full day visit to Chingaza National Park. (Endemic birds to see: brown-breasted parakeet and silvery-throated spinetail. Near endemic birds to see: blue-throated starfrontlet, matorral tapaculo, golden-fronted whitestart, coopery-bellied pufflegland, and more.)
Afternoon: Return to Bogota. Flight to Medellin.
Morning: Birding in La Romera Natural Reserve at Sabaneta village, a nice secondary forest in Medellin Mountains. (Endemic birds to see: red-bellied grackle and Colombian chachalaca. Near endemic birds to see: yellow-headed manakin, and more.)
Afternoon: Lunch in a typical “paisa” restaurant. Transfer to Jardin Village to rest.
Morning: All day bird watching in the Yellow-eared Parrot Reserve, the best place in Colombia to see this unique species of parrot. Bird searching in Alto de Ventanas locations on the road from Jardin to Rio Sucio village. (Endemic birds to see: yellow-eared parrot. Other birds to see: black-billed mountain-toucan, yellow-vented woodpecker, Spillmann’s tapaculo, blackish tapaculo, ocellated tapaculo, rufous-crowned Tody-flycatcher, green-and-black fruiteater, and more.)
Afternoon: Return to Jardin Village to rest.
Morning: Early visit to the amazing lek of Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, one of the best in the neotropics where birds come 2-3 meters close. Sometimes it’s possible to see 20-25 males calling. Breakfast. Transfer to Bolombolo, near the Cauca River, a dry forest that has its own significant birds. (Endemic birds to see: Antioquia wren. Other birds to see: apical flycatcher, grayish piculet, black-chested jay, Andean cock of the rock, speckle-breasted wren, black-striped sparrow, cocoa woodcreeper, spectacled parrotlet, and more.)
Afternoon: Transfer to Manizales.
All day birding in Rio Blanco Natural Reserve, one of the most famous places in Colombia to see birds by the Antpitta feeders. This location has easy-to-see and fascinating mixed flocks; the vast number of birds will amaze you! Night bird searching for some owl and nightjar species. (Endemic birds to see: brown-banded Antpitta. Near endemic birds to see: bicoloured antpitta, agile tit-tyrant, and many others.)
Morning: Birding in the high elevations (4,000 meters) in Los Nevados National Park, an incredible paramo in the central Andes with many special birds and amazing landscapes. Here, we will visit the hummingbird feeders of “termales” to search for unique hummers. (Endemic birds to see: buffy helmetcrest and rufous-fronted parakeet. Near endemic birds: black-thighed puffleg, golden-breated puffleg, crescent-faced antpitta, black-backed bush-tanager, and more.)
Afternoon: Transfer to Otun-Quinbaya National Park.
All day birding in the Otun-Quimbaya Sanctuary of Fauna and Flora, a lovely place in the central Andes with rare birds. Bird searching along a seldom-used road or paths inside the forest. Night owling explorations in the reserve. Rest in Otun-Quimbaya Park. (Endemic birds to see: Cauca guan, chestnut wood-quail, multicolored tanager, and Stile’s tapaculo. Near endemic birds: hooded antpitta, moustached antpitta, Colombian screech-owl, rufousbreasted flycatcher, flame-rumped tanager, scrub tanager, and others.)
Morning: Birding in Otun-Quimbaya National Park.
Afternoon: Departure to Pueblo Rico municipality and the Cerro Montezuma Natural Reserve.
We continue this Colombia birding tour with two days of bird searching in the Montezuma Rain Forest Reserve. With an elevation gradient on the track from 1,100 to 2,800 meters, Montezuma is one of the best places to bird in Colombia. It has one of the highest biodiversity with more than 600 species recorded. You can see many endemics and near-endemics of the Choco region.
We will explore 4 different spots on the birding track: Los Chorros (highest spot), Cajones (medium spot), and Clarita and Rio Claro (lower spots).
(Endemic birds to see: black-and-gold tanager, gold-ringed tanager, Munchique wood-wren, chestnut-bellied flowerpiercer, Parker´s antbird, Alto-Pisones tapaculo, and crested ant-tanager. Near endemic birds to see: violet tailed sylph, brown inca, velvet-purple coronet, empress brilliant, purple-throated woodstart, toucan barbet, fulvous-dotted treerunner, uniform treehunter, bar-crested antshirke, icolored antvireo, yellow-breasted antpitta, Choco tapaculo, Nariño tapaculo, orange-breasted fruiteater, club-winged manakin, Choco vireo, beautiful jay, sooty headed wren, black solitaire, black-chinned mountain-tanager, purplish mantlet tanager, glistering green tanager, rufous-throated tanager, scarlet and white tanager, indigo flowerpiercer, dusky bush-tanager, tanager finch, yellowgreen brush-finch, ochre-breasted tanager, yellow-collated chlorophonia.)
Morning: Bird watching in the lowlands of Montezuma.
Afternoon: Transfer to Ibague city to rest.
Morning: Birding in El Nevado del Tolima, El Silencio, and Juntas locations. (Endemic birds to see: masked saltator. Near endemic birds to see: Tolima dove, yellowheaded, brush finch, Tolima blossomcrown, and others.)
Afternoon: Visit to San Jorge Botanical Garden. Return to hotel in Ibague.
Morning: Early transfer to Mana Dulce Natural Reserve, where the birds of the humid tropical forest and dry forest are the main attraction. (These birds include: Apical flycatcher, velvet-fronted euphonia, and others.)
Afternoon: Our Colombia birding tour now comes to and end and we return to Bogota to finish the tour.
Departure from Bogota.