Amazon & Llanos Bird Watching Tour, Colombia
This 20-day Amazon & Llanos Bird Watching Tour, Colombia is a leisurely-paced trip available on request where you can expect to see around 400 species of bird, including endemics and near-endemic species. And where you can enjoy the magical and majestic mountains of this beautiful and mega-diverse country.
The east of Colombia is a vast, wild territory. Leaving behind the eastern Andes, the huge plain stretches out to the horizon, towards the borders with Venezuela, towards the Orinoco River to the East, and Peru and Brazil to the South and the South East. This plain is barely interrupted to the south, just on rare occasions by steep elevations or mountain ranges associated with Guyana rock formations, while to the north the immense savannas and floodplains are interrupted by the gallery and riparian forests that run along the watercourses.
Orinoquia and Amazonia are also home to an incredible number of birds, including colourful Tanagers, mysterious antbirds, iridescent hummingbirds, silent flycatchers and incredible singing wrens, all of which may be seen during this trip. The Orinoquia region is dominated by ecosystems of savannas, flooded savannas, riparian and gallery forests, and is home to at least 600 species of birds. Here the main feature will be the large flocks of herons, egrets, Jabirus and Ibis that congregate in huge groups while foraging for their food, creating a colourful and surreal image.
In Inírida, we will have the opportunity to explore the Orinoco-Amazon transition, with trails in firm-ground forests and gallery forests associated with black-water rivers, which create an excellent combination resulting in an incredible diversity. In Mitú, we will be immersed in the megadiverse and little-known Amazon rainforest, where there is an almost uninterrupted green mantle that will enable us to explore the forests associated with the Guyana Shield, white-sand forests, varzea forests and the mainland.
Each visit to these places gives us new and unexpected records and even new species of birds are being discovered and described, attesting that these new destinations’ promise to be a favourite for any birder. Here we will be amazed by the singing of the capuchin bird, colourful manakins and a large number of antbirds, antwrens and antshrikes. The green colour of the jungle is broken up by the colourful Cotingas, tityras, toucans and aracaris, while the puffbirds and jacamar hunt silently in the forest. Many trails are possible here and all are full of birds. The Orinoquia and the Colombian Amazon promise to be an unforgettable experience!
Amazon & Llanos Bird Watching Tour, Colombia highlights include:
- We will observe birds in the indigenous Tukano communities.
- We will visit the Mavacure hills, a sacred place for the Amazonian indigenous communities around Inírida.
- We will observe the pink dolphins (Boto) in the Guainía, Guaviare and Inírida rivers.
- We will be in contact with the plains culture of eastern Colombia in Hato La Aurora and its beautiful sunsets.
If you’d like to try an alternative tour, look at what this Birdwatching Colombia Classic Andes and Chocó Tour have to offer.
Alternative Tour Name: Colombian Amazon & Llanos Tour
Arrival to El Dorado International Airport in Bogota, you will be transfer in a private transportation to a hotel in the city; if you arrive early you will can take dinner in hotel and this will be included; our guide or represent of Manakin Nature Tours will be waiting for you in the airport or hotel.
We will take a flight early in the morning to Mitu, in the flight you will can see the amazing ocean of amazon forest and to start to be so excited to down of the plain. After of our arrival we will visit a closer path in the afternoon in where many birds will be possible.
Amazon Forest in Mitu all days, different paths and incredible birds (Indigenous communities, birds, landscapes and opportunities to see monkeys and other mammals). Mitu and the Amazon Jungle around are one of the best places in Colombia to see amazon diversity and birds, with more antbirds that other place in Colombia, Mitu is the best place to see birds of White-sand habitat, Terra firme and Varzea. Many special mammals and birds, indigenous communities and unbelievable landscapes. We will use amazing indigenous guides trained per SENA institution of the government, in series of trails around Mitu that include Cachivera, Santa Cruz, Momfort, Ceima and others.
Some important birds there include: Fiery Topaz, Streack-throated Hermit, Black-bellied Throntail, Orinoco Piculet, Tawny-tufted Toucanet, Brown-banded Puffbird, Point-tailed Palmcreeper, Lineated Woodcreeper, Stlipple-throated, Yellow-throated, Spot-backed Antwrens, Greybellied, Chestnut-crested Antbirds, Imeri Warbling-Antbird, Cithron-throated Attila, Yellow-crowned Manakin, Saffron-crested TyrantBirding & Wildlife Tours
Manakin, Guian Cock-of-the-Rock, Purple-breasted Cotinga, Pompadour Cotinga, Guianan Gnatcatcher, Azure-naped Jay, Lemon-chested, Brown-headed Greenlets, White-naped Seedeater, Plumbeous Euphonia, Black Bushbird, Amazonas Antbird, Pearly Antshirke, Amazonian Black-Tyrant, Sulphury Flycatcher, Screaming Piha, Grey-legged Tinamou, Festive, Orange-cheeked Parrot, Lemon-throated Barbet, Barbellied Woodcreeper, Sungrebe, Blackish-grey Antshirke, Black-throated Antbird, Slaty Grosbeak, Pectoral Sparrow, Grey-beasted Sabrewing, Versicoloured Emerald, Blackish Nightjar, Spangled Cotinga, White-throated Toucan, Green Oropendola, Collared Puffbird, Chestnut, Scale-breasted Woodpeckers, White-plumed, Bicoloured Antbirds, Yellow-bellied Jacamar, Ringed Pipit, White-eyed Tody-Tyrant, Green Manakin, Paradise Jacamar, Black-bellied Cuckoo, Golden-green Woodpecker, Rufous-tailed Xenops, Pink-throated Becard, Wingbarred Piprites, Flame-crested, Green and Gold Tanagers, Cliff Flycatcher, Scarlet Macaw, Amazonia Umbrellabird, Bronzy Jacamar, Spotted Puffbird, Spot-throated Woodcreeper, Rusty-breasted Nunlet, White-chinned Sapphire, Gould´s Jewelfront, Pavonine Quetzal, Red-fan Parrot, Rufous-capped Antthrush and many many more.
We will fly early in the morning to Villavicencio city, in where 4x4 cars will be waiting to go at Yopal city to rest, before our adventure in llanos and Hato La Aurora Natural Reserve.
Transfer to Hato La Aurora, in where during our three full days in this unique and bird-rich biome, we will explore the key habitats including riverine (gallery) forest, flood plains, tropical dry forest, scrubby vegetation and shrubs.
Each of these habitats offers distinctive wildlife. Hato La Aurora is a private reserve of 17.000 hectares that conserve the natural grassland of llanos and the areas of tropical, riparian and secondary forest. From 2005 the owners of the reserve conserve animals that are possible to see in the reserve as Neotropical River Otter, Giant Otter, Hoffmann's Two-toed Sloth, Mountain Lion, Central American Ocelot, Jaguar, Llanos long-nosed Armadillo, Brazilian Porcupine, Giant Armadillo, Crab-eating (Savvana) Fox, White-lipped Peccary, South American Tapir, Northern Tamandua, Giant Anteater and many more, also many aquatic and savannahs birds, reptiles and amphibians.
Some of the most important birds to watch in Mururito include: Orinoco Goosee, Jabiru, Maguari Stork, King Vulture, Pale-headed Jacamar, Scarlet, White, Green, Glossy, Buff-necked, Bare-faced and Sharp-tailed Ibis, Grea Horned owl, Azure Gallinule, Black faced Tanager, and many more. The reserve have lake with permanent water, amazing forest and savannahs, the possibilities to take pictures are really incredible and the nocturnal explorations are always an available.
We will spend all morning in Hato La Aurora, in the afternoon we will transfer to Yopal, to take a flight to Bogota and to rest before our next birding adventure in Inirida, in the Orinoco River Basin
We will go take a flight to Inirida in the heart of Orinoco River Basin, after to do the check in in our hotel we will visit Caño Culebra location in where we will start to search specialized birds of White Sand Forest.
During this days we will visit different locations around Puerto Inirida. Some of the most amazing ecosystems include Humid Tropical Forest, White Sand Forst, Verzea Forest and Terra Firme. We will visit walking some amazing locations as Matraca Trail, Los Pepes, Caño Vitina, Guamal, Sabanitas, and other location in boat as Laguna Negra and Cerros de Mevecure that is a holy places for Turripaco Indigenous and one of the most beautiful places in the area. Birding is really amazing with chance to see many specialized birds of this ecosystems that include very important birds as;
Rusty-backed Spinetail, Capuchinbird, Rose-breasted Chat, Yapacana Antbird, Black-eared Fairy, Blue-crowned Trogon, Black-fronted Nunbird, Green-tailed Jacamar, Lafresnaye's Piculet, Little Woodpecker, Red-and-green Macaw, Chestnut-fronted Macaw, Fasciated Antshrike, Blackish-gray Antshrike, Dot-winged Antwren, Dusky Antbird, Gray Antbird, Black-chinned Antbird, Dot-backed Antbird, Long-billed Woodcreeper, Slender-billed Xenops, Drab Water Tyrant, Bare-necked Fruitcrow, Varzea Schiffornis, Turquoise Tanager, Slate-colored Grosbeak, Velvet-fronted Grackle, Olive Oropendola, Spix's Guan, Orinoco Piculet, Black Caracara, Red-throated Caracara, Cherrie's Antwren, Rufous-crowned Elaenia, Black Manakin, Coraya Wren, Red-shouldered Tanager, Cliff Flycatcher, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Black-collared Swallow, Grayfronted Dove, Amazonian Motmot, Paradise Jacamar, Gilded Barbet, Golden-spangled Piculet, Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet, Black-headed Parrot, Amazonian Antshrike, Pearly Antshrike, Imeri Warbling-Antbird, White-cheeked Antbird, Olivaceous Woodcreeper, Slender-footed Tyrannulet, Citron-bellied Attila, Short-crested Flycatcher, White-crowned Manakin, Paradise Tanager, Pectoral Sparrow, Epaulet Oriole, Plumbeous Euphonia, Golden-bellied Euphonia, Green-tailed Goldenthroat, Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch, White-naped Seedeater, White-chinned Sapphire, Brown Jacamar, Bronzy Jacamar, White-eyed Tody-Tyrant, Spangled Cotinga, Pompadour Cotinga, Black-faced Tanager, Blackbellied Cuckoo, Spotted Puffbird
In our last day in Amazon Jungle we will visit Laguna Negra Location in where we will can see some amazing birds as Blue-throated PipinGuan or Hoatzin, but also to have amazing experience with the Pink River Dolphins swimming around the boat. In the afternoon we will take a flight to Bogota to end this wonderful experience.
International Flight to home
Wildlife species expected to see:
Rusty-backed Spinetail, Capuchinbird, Rose-breasted Chat, Yapacana Antbird, Black-eared Fairy, Blue-crowned Trogon, Black-fronted Nunbird, Green-tailed Jacamar, Lafresnaye’s Piculet, Little Woodpecker, Red-and-green Macaw, Chestnut-fronted Macaw, Fasciated Antshrike, Blackish-gray Antshrike, Dot-winged Antwren, Dusky Antbird, Gray Antbird, Black-chinned Antbird, Dot-backed Antbird, Long-billed Woodcreeper, Slender-billed Xenops, Drab Water Tyrant, Bare-necked Fruitcrow, Varzea Schiffornis, Turquoise Tanager, Slate-colored Grosbeak, Velvet-fronted Grackle, Olive Oropendola, Spix’s Guan, Orinoco Piculet, Black Caracara, Red-throated Caracara, Cherrie’s Antwren, Rufous-crowned Elaenia, Black Manakin, Coraya Wren, Red-shouldered Tanager, Cliff Flycatcher, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Black-collared Swallow, Grayfronted Dove, Amazonian Motmot, Paradise Jacamar, Gilded Barbet, Golden-spangled Piculet, Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet, Black-headed Parrot, Amazonian Antshrike, Pearly Antshrike, Imeri Warbling-Antbird, White-cheeked Antbird, Olivaceous Woodcreeper, Slender-footed Tyrannulet, Citron-bellied Attila, Short-crested Flycatcher, White-crowned Manakin, Paradise Tanager, Pectoral Sparrow, Epaulet Oriole, Plumbeous Euphonia, Golden-bellied Euphonia, Green-tailed Goldenthroat, Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch, White-naped Seedeater, White-chinned Sapphire, Brown Jacamar, Bronzy Jacamar, White-eyed Tody-Tyrant, Spangled Cotinga, Pompadour Cotinga, Black-faced Tanager, Blackbellied Cuckoo, Spotted Puffbird
What is included?
- Transport: Private vans (comfortable transport) with Air conditioning 4x4 transport
- Meals: All food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in all locations with open menu in restaurants, 2 snacks daily that include bottle water, fruit, etc, (Water available all the time on the bus – big bottle to recharge the potable bottles), Just one national beer, soda, bottle water or juice included with meals, (The second drinks beers, juice, bottle water or juices need to be paid per client)
- Accommodation: All Hotels described in the itinerary, Eco-lodges inside the Natural Reserves, Towel and linen provided in all places, Entrance fees at National Parks and Reserves
- Guides, drivers and cooks: The group will be accompanied by a professional guide all time of MANAKIN NATURE TOURS, Experienced car and boat drivers, Experienced cooks in all reserves, lodges and hotels
- Insurance: Event Insurance (Transportation and accidents)
What is not included?
- International Flights and taxes
- Travel Insurance
- Laundry Service
- Room service
- Tips or gratuity
- Medical Expenses
- Beer except one beer at lunch or dinner
- International or local Phone Calls
- Activities not included in the itinerary
- Extensions of a trip due to circumstances beyond our control
We are one of the companies with the most experience and trajectory in birdwatching tourism in Colombia, we were pioneers as a Colombian agency operating professional bird tours and our learning was done with large operating companies worldwide, with which we are very committed to the quality of service and the satisfaction of our clients. We have currently expanded our portfolio to other Latin American countries, which strengthens our operational and service capacity. We are not only a company that does bird and wildlife observation tourism, we are also committed to the conservation of nature, environmental education, scientific research and the social and economic development of the communities with which we work, we think that tourism It must be a nature-friendly development alternative for everyone and we support this idea with many programs that we have other than tourism.
The maximum size of a group is 10 people and the ideal is 8 people, however, for groups of friends or special groups we can make exceptions of up to 14 people using 2 professional guides in our operation.
We always try to hire services from the communities in all the places we visit when they are available; We want the entire value chain to benefit and for everyone to benefit from tourism and see in it, an economic alternative that leads to the conservation of nature. In this way, we also hire our professional guides, local guides, community restaurants, rural accommodation, rural transport, logistics services from community organizations or local NGOs, etc. We also have some programs such as Manakin Birding Club, where we support with equipment such as binoculars, laptops, books, etc., ecological groups of children and young people to continue with their education and conservation activities in their regions, an initiative that has been very successful in recent years and with which dozens of binoculars have been delivered to children in many parts of the country.
Yes, we have an event insurance that we include in all our packages with the company Colombia Colasistencia, this insurance covers considerable amounts in terms of accidents, illnesses, injuries, death, repatriation, among others; We also have an agreement with the Global Rescue company with which you can purchase much more complete travel insurance at a lower price than normally offered if you decide to travel with us.
We try to be very flexible with our cancellation policies and even more so with the current situation of COVID, changes in trips and conditions will be associated with the time with which the cancellation or change is made, if you decide to cancel your travel a few days before the tour, we will refund your money with the exception of expenses that cannot be reimbursed such as air tickets or hotels with strict cancellation policies, or we can simply postpone the trip to a new date during the following year, this may be subject to changes in accommodation prices or penalties in change of dates on national air tickets.
Yes, John Kricher's Neotropical Companion book that you can download in Spanish here http://www.aba.org/aneotropicalcompanion.pdf and Birds of Tropical America: A Watcher's Introduction to Behavior, Breeding, and Diversity by Steven Hilty . Also acquire some of the new Colombian bird guides from Steve Hilty, Miles McMullan or Fernando Ayerbe.