Birdwatching Lodge Tour in Colombia
On this 8-day Araucana Colombia Birding Lodge Tour, which is moderately paced and available on request, visitors have the chance to see more than 200 species of birds and enjoy all the comforts of world-class accommodation, owned and operated by Colombia Birdwatch and designed specifically for birders and nature lovers. Meals are served farm-to-table at this Colombia birding lodge from its expansive organic garden.
"Helen and I were one of the first couples to stay at their new lodge, which... has been designed with such care and attention to the environment. The rooms are huge and spacious, very comfortable with fabulous views over the property. All the staff are great and our guide Giancarlo Ventolini was the best - having not only sharp eyes and hearing - but the knowledge to answer any question we had on, not just the local area, but all of Colombia. It is such a relaxed atmosphere at Araucana, and everyone has a really professional attitude but with good humour and friendliness." - Paul Wakefield & Helen Cowcher
For those who enjoy bird photography, Araucana Lodge and the many reserves along the route have excellent feeder set-ups that provide some of the best photographic opportunities in Colombia. The tour starts in the KM 18 and San Antonio Cloud Forest, introducing guests to birding in the Colombian Andes. More than 100 years ago, Frank Chapman of the American Museum of Natural History spent some time researching the bird diversity of this forest, which resulted in the first detailed bird survey for Colombia. The birding in the area is amazing, with mixed-species flocks of Multicoloured, Purplish-mantled, Scrub and Golden-naped Tanagers foraging alongside Scaled Fruiteaters, Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonias and Golden-headed and Crested Quetzals.
As well as a visit to an active Andean Cock-of-the-rock lek and a feeding station for a brand new species of Antpitta, the tour dips into the humid forests of the Pacific lowlands in the San Cipriano Reserve, where the habitat and the species differ dramatically from those in the Andean Cloud Forests.
The next stop is the Anchicaya Valley in Farallones National Park, one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. Located along the Old Buenaventura Road, which descends from the western Andes to the Pacific Ocean, the area is one of Colombia’s newest destinations to open up to birding. The road provides such a astonishing diversity that it inspired Steve Hilty to start work on his Field Guide to the Birds of Colombia. This was the first ornithological field guide for South America and inspired a myriad of ornithologists to visit the continent.
Araucana Colombia Birding Lodge Tour highlights include:
- Comfortable accommodation at the Araucana Lodge, specifically designed for birders and with excellent feeder set-ups
- Visit KM 18 and the San Antonio Cloud Forest in the Andes, where foremost naturalist Frank Chapman began exploring Colombia's biodoversity
- Trip to an active Andean Cock-of-the-rock lek and a feeding station for a brand new species of Antpitta
- Tour the Pacific lowlands in the San Cipriano Reserve
- Explore Anchicaya Valley in Farallones National Park, where Steve Hilty was inspired to write the groundbreaking Field Guide to the Birds of Colombia
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Alternative Tour Name: Colombian Birdwatching at Araucana Lodge