Complete Colombia Birdwatching Tour
This 20-day Colombia birdwatching tour is a relaxed-paced trip available on request where you can expect to see around 400 species of bird. Our birdwatching tour in Colombia starts in Cali city in where we visit a lot of ecosystems where we can see many endemics and near endemics and enjoy some of the best hummingbird and tanager feeders in the country.
Visiting places of wetlands, cloud forest, humid tropical forest, secondary forest and dry forest. During this Colombia birdwatching adventure, we will visit also, the Pacific coast and the lowlands of the Choco Region, which is one of the most bio-diverse spots in the world. The number of birds possible on its tour is amazing, many endemics and near-endemics, rare and beautiful birds and so wonderful landscapes are the components all days.
In Uraba Antioqueño, is a new location recently opened after of political conflict in Colombia finish, a real paradise of biodiversity where a lot of birds appear when the birdwatchers appear in the forest. Amazing humid tropical ecosystems, mangroves and secondary forest that save endangered species and poorly know species of birds.
To end this Colombia birdwatching tour, we will visit very an areas with some special and endemic birds where you will enjoy one of the most important serranías in Colombia: Santa Marta, with the plus of the dry forest of Guajira department in where the special birds are everywhere. You can enjoy a list of more than 350 species from Santa Marta in a few days and to know some of the most amazing places to see birds in Colombia.
Colombia Birdwatching Coast Tour Highlights include:
Visit the mouths of Atrato in the Colombian Pacific.
- We will visit several of the best bird feeders in Colombia, full of diverse colourful birds
- Be delight by the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets in the majestic mountains.
- Be pleased with the rich cultural expressions of the indigenous communities from northern Colombia (Wayuus, Arhuacos, Kogis, and Kankuamos).
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Alternative Tour Name: Colombia Coast Tour
Arrival to Cali City in Alfonso Bonilla Aragon in where a person of protocol will be waiting for you to go at the hotel
We will visit early in the morning the dry forest and wetlands of Laguna de Sonso Natural Reserve in the municipality of Sonso, a great place with a lot of good birds of the lowlands in where will be possible to see some species as Dwarf Cuckoo, Spectacled Parrotlet, Yellow Oriole, Apical Flyctacher, Buff-necked Ibis, Crested Bobwhite, Greyish Piculet, Jet Antbird, Rufous-browed Peppershrike, Scrub Greenlet, Black-chested Jay, Little Cuckoo, Black-bellied Wren, Red-capped Cardinal and many more.
In the afternoon we will visit Yotoco Forest, a reserve of the humid tropical forest in where the main target will be endemic and very rare Cauca Guan and other birds as Colombian Chachalaca, Crimson-rumped Toucanet, Chestnut-crowned Gnateater, Highland Tinamou, White-throated Spadebill, Scaled Antpitta, Golden-headed Quetzal, Uniform Treehunter, Golden-collared Manakin, Yellow-vented Woodpecker and other species of animals including a bug population of Red-howler Monkeys. In the end of the day we will come back to Cali City to rest.
Early in the morning we will transfer to Km 18 Reserve in where the birds of the cloud forest are the main target.
Some of the important birds in the morning include Chestnut Wood-Quail, Nariño Tapaculo, Uniform Antshrike, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Purplish-mantled Tanager,Streak-headed Antbird, Wedge-billed Hummingbird, Andean Cock-of-the-rock, White-throated Quail-Dove, Dusky Chlorospingus,Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonia, Green-fronted Lancebill, Powerful Woodpecker, Rusty-winged Barbtail, Crested Quetzal, Goldenrumped Euphonia, Black-throated Tody-Tyrant, Yellow-collared Chlorophonia, Barred Fruiteater, Pale-eyed Thrush, Bronze-olive PygmyTyrant, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, Rufous-throated Tanager, Tawny-throated Leaftosser, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, an many more. Inthe afternoon and after lunch, we will have a very special visit to “Finca Alejandria – The Hummingbird Paradise” in where we will seehummers and tanagers in feeders and we will enjpy a wonderful time seeing some birds as the wonderfuland endemic MulticoloredTanager, Golden-naped Tanager, Golde Tanager, Red-headed Barbet, Blue-headed Sapphire, Greenish Puffleg, Long-tailed Sylph and many more. We will transfer in the end of the day to El Queremal in where we will rest for the next wonderful days!
We will be all day birding in the magic Anchicaya Canyon, one of the most amazing road to see birds in Colombia and maybe the world; we will be so focused in some incredible bird species that include a lot of Choco Specialities as Barred Hawk; Blue-headed, Mealy and Rose-faced parrot; White-whiskered Hermit; Rufous-breasted Hermit; Blue-chested and Purple-chested hummingbird; Green Thorntail; Purple-crowned Fairy; Lanceolated Monklet (fairly common here); Chocó Trogon; Chocó Toucan; “Chestnut-mandibled” Toucan; Spotcrowned Barbet; Broad-billed Motmot; Chestnut-backed and Immaculate antbird; Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher; Pacific Flatbill; Blackcapped Pygmy-Tyrant; Lemon-browed Flycatcher; Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher; Cinnamon Becard; Southern Rough-winged and Whitethighed swallow; Slate-throated Gnatcatcher (scarce); Bay Wren; Golden-bellied (Chocó) Warbler; Orange-billed Sparrow; Tawny-crested, Dusky-faced, Golden-chested, Scarlet-browed and Scarlet-and-white tanager; and Black-winged Saltator. This also is an excellent area for many small Tangara tanagers, including Blue-necked, Golden-hooded, Rufous-winged, Bayheaded, Blue-whiskered, Silver-throated, Rufous-throated Emerald, and even Gray-and-gold.
Other species include Pied Puffbird, Long-tailed Tyrant, Slaty-capped Shrike-Vireo, Scarletthighed Dacnis, Yellow-collared Chlorophonia, Ochre-breasted Tanager, Yellow-spectacled Tanager, Russet-backed Oropendola, and Scarlet-rumped Cacique among many more.
As Anchicaya is a long road, we will birding there again but using the low portion of this for it. In the end of the day we will transfer to Buenaventura City in where we will stay in a nice hotel.
During our birding day we will search some incredible and special birds that include Choco & Lita Woodpecker, Tooth-billed Hummingbird, Rufous-browed Solitaire, Esmeraldas Antbird and many more. But before of it we will enter in the lovely house of Mrs. Dora in where she thinking in a business start with hummingbird feeders doing now a successful places in where is possible to see species as Toucan Barbet, Black-chinned Mountain Tanager, Velvetpurple Coronet and many more. We will move to Buenaventura city in the afternoon and rest in a nice hotel of the bay.
Both days we will visit one of the jewel of birding in the Choco Lowlands, the amazing San Cipriano and Rio Escalerete (an incredible clear river in the middle of Choco Jungle) in where some incredible birds will be the focus of this places that include Black—tipped Cotinga, Stub- www.manakinnaturetours.com.
We make your birding and wildlife holidays an unforgettable and wonderful experience tailed Antbird, Five-coloured Barbet, Choco Trogon, Pallid Dove, Five-colored Barbet, Spotted Antbird, Thicket Antpitta, Lanceolated Monklet , Bare-crowned Antbird, Scarlet-and-white Tanager, Pacific Flatbill, Spot-crowned Antvireo, Club-winged Manakin, Ornate HawkEagle, Sapayoa, Fulvous-breasted Flatbill, Rufous Piha, Lemon-spectacled Tanager, Saffron-headed Parrot, Slaty-tailed Trogon, Rufousfronted Wood-Quail, Purple Quail-Dove, Gray-breasted Crake, Black Oropendola and many more, the places is really fantastic and when we finish to see birds there, we will transfer to Cali city at the end of the day 8, to take a flight to Medellin.
We will take a flight early in the morning to Apartado in Uraba in where 4x4 cars will be waiting for us to go at our first stop in the entrance of Golfo de Uraba per Leon River. Some very interesting birds are possible there, include Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Grey-capped Cuckoo, a lot of shorebirds, Sungrebe, Sunbiterns and other common but nice birds to start our adventure in this magical place.
After lunch and the check in in the hotel, we will transfer to Guineo Spot, in where wewill search some very important birds that include the beautiful Tody Motmot, Black Oropendola, Baudo Oropendola, Grey-check Nunlet, Grey-capped Flycatcher, and many more. At the end of the day we will transfer to Carepa municipality torest in a comfortable hotel.
This day is the ocean day, in where we will take a fat boat to cross the “Golfo de Uraba” to arrive at Bocas del Atrato Location, in where we will search one of the most enigmatic endemic birds of Colombia: Sooty-capped Puffbird and other important birds as Grey-headed Chachalaca, Northren Screeamer, Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, Sapphire-throated Hummingbird, Sapphire-bellied Hummingbird, Cinnamon Woodpecker, Collared Forest-Falcon, Black Antshrike, Choco Syristes and many aquatic birds. In the end of the day we will come back to Carepa to rest.
This day will be another great day in where we change of habitat in Tasido and Bedo Locations, an amazing humid tropical forest with a lot of birds to see and another beautiful natural surprises; some of the important species to see there include: Berlepsch's Tinamou, Longtailed Potoo, Black-throated Trogon, Rose-faced Parrot, Bicolored Antbird, Chestnut-backed Antbird, Southern Bentbill, Royal Flycatcher, Mealy Parrot, Pale-legged Hornero, Baudo Guan and many more. Other species can happen this days, the list is more than 200 species in the place.
Probably the best place to see birds in this travel, La Bonga is an isolated farm that conserve a really big portion of forest that connect with Paramillo National Park, there some of the most interesting species to see include;
Crested Guan, White-whiskered Hermit, Toothbilled Hummingbird, Thicket Antpitta, Long-Wattled Umbrellabird, Rufous-vented Groud Cuckoo, Black-striped Woodcreeper, Rufouswinged Tanager, Spot-crowned Barbet, Choco Toucan, Dot-winged Antwren , Spot-crowned Antvireo, Zeledon's Antbird, Tufted Flycatcher, Rufous Piha, Russet-winged Schiffornis, White-headed Wren, Song Wren, Black-and-gold Tanager, Gray-and-gold Tanager, Lemon-spectacled Tanager , Great Green Macaw, Gray-chested Dove, Tawny-faced Gnatwren, Blue-whiskhalfered Tanager, Great Curassow, Blue-tailed Trogon, Ocellated Antbird, Rufous-breasted Antthrush, Double-banded Graytail, White-bibbed Manakin, Scarletthighed Dacnis , Barred Hawk, White Hawk, Baudo Guan, Berlepsch's Tinamou, Olive-backed Quail-Dove, White-tipped Sicklebill, Yelloweared Toucanet, Checker-throated Antwren, Magdalena Antbird, Black-headed Antthrush, Brown-billed Scythebill, Marble-faced Bristle.
We make your birding and wildlife holidays an unforgettable and wonderful experience Tyrant, Pacific Flatbill, Scaled Fruiteater, Club-winged Manakin, Sooty-headed Wren, Indigo Flowerpiercer, Baudo Oropendola, Yellow-collared Chlorophonia, Bronze-tailed
Plumeleteer, Scaled Antpitta, Golden-breasted Fruiteater, White-necked Puffbird, and many more.
In our last day of adventure and birding in Golfo de Uraba we will visit a new location for birding in where our main focus is the very rare and recently report to Colombia Duskybacked Jacamar; after of the half day we will transfer to the airport to take a flight to
Medellin and other flight to Barranquilla to follow our adventure in the Caribeean Coast.
Early in the morning we will take a fight to Barranquilla city and transfer to Birding in Salamanca National Park in where we will be focus in some very important birds of mangrove ecosystems; we will look more birds also in the location named Km 4, road
with some wetlands around in where is possible to see aquatic birds and other of dry and secondary forest. In the afternoon we will transfer to Riohacha city in where we will rest.
Some birds include this day are: Sapphire-bellied Hummingbird, Sapphire-throated Hummingbird, Bicoloured Conebill, Pied Puffbird, Golden-green Woodpecker, Yellowchinned Spinetail, Stripe-backed Wren, Russet-throated Puffbird, Caribbean Hornero, Green, Bare-faced- Glossy and White Ibis, Limpkin, Blue-winged Parrotlet, Cattle Tyrant, Savanna Hawk, Snail Kite, Lage-billed Tern and many more.
All morning searching the really nice and different birds of the Los Flamencos National Park and birding place around, in the afternoon of the day 4 we will transfer to Santa Marta city and visit the VALE location searching the endemic Chestnut winged Chacalaca that is possible in this place.
After to VALE you will transfer to Santa Marta City in where you will rest in a nice hotel. The species possible this day are Chestnut Piculet, Whitewhiskered Spinetail, Slender-billed Tyrannulet, Tocuyo sparrow Vermilion Cardinal, Harris’s Hawk, Common Black-Hawk, Pearl Kite, Aplomado Falcon, American Kestrel, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Bare-eyed Pigeon, Common and Ruddy ground-dove, Brownthroated and Blue-crowned parakeet, Green-rumped Parrotlet, Burrowing Owl, Redbilled Emerald, Buffy Hummingbird, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Blue-crowned Motmot, Russet-throated Puffbird, Red-crowned Woodpecker, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Caribbean Hornero, Pale-breasted Spinetail, Black-crested and Black-backed antshrike, White-fringed Antwren, Northern Scrub-Flycatcher, Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Paleeyed Pygmy-Tyrant, Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested and Venezuelan flycatcher, Streaked Flycatcher, Social Flycatcher, Bicolored Wren, Blackchested Jay, Tropical Gnatcatcher, Tropical Mockingbird, Scrub Greenlet, Blue-gray and Glaucous tanager, Black-faced Grassquit, Pileated Finch, Grayish, Buff-throated and Orinocan Saltator, Saffron Finch, Yellow Oriole and many more.
Birding in Minca location and your beautiful humid tropical forest in the morning, after to the lunch we will transfer to El Dorado Reserve in where we will rest and enjoy a wonderful sunset. Some birds in Minca for this day include: Santa Marta Blossomcrown,
Santa Marta Foliage-gleaner, Santa Marta Tapaculo, Santa Marta Antbird, Santa Marta Sabrewing, Santa Marta Wood-Wren, Santa Marta Brush-Finch, Coppery Emerald, Streakcapped Spinetail, Black Hawk-Eagle, Crested Bobwhite, Military Macaw, Scarlet-fronted and Orange-chinned Parakeet, Red-billed Parrot, White-tipped Dove, Lined Quail-Dove (voice), White-collared and Chestnut-collared swift, Blue-fronted Lancebill, Green Violetear, Brown Violetear, White-vented Plumeleteer, Steely-vented Hummingbird, Collared Aracari, Keel-billed Toucan, Golden-olive, Lineated and Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Black-backed Antshrike, Greenish and Forest Elaenia, Yellow-olive and Ochre-faced (Yellow-breasted) flycatcher, Ochre-bellied Flycatcher, Black-headed TodyFlycatcher, Social and Piratic flycatcher, Cinereous, Cinnamon and White-winged becard, Masked Tityra, Rufous-breasted and Rufous-and-white wren, Yellow-legged.
We make your birding and wildlife holidays an unforgettable and wonderful experience hooded, Pale-breasted, and Black-billed thrush, Black-chested Jay, Golden-fronted Greenlet, Brown-capped Vireo, Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush, Rusty Flowerpiercer, Bay-headed, Black-headed, Black-capped, Blue-gray, Palm, White-lined and Crimson-backed Tanager, Streaked and Grayish saltator, Golden-winged Sparrow, Yellow-bellied Seedeater, Yellow-backed Oriole, Crested Oropendola and Thick-billed Euphonia. During the northern winter months these foothills harbor a good number of North American breeding migrants including Swainson’s Thrush, Yellow-throated Vireo, Tennessee, Golden-winged, Cerulean, Blackburnian, and Black-throated Green
warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Summer Tanager.
We will search birds all day in San Lorenzo Ridge and the medium areas of El Dorado Natural Reserve, in where we can see many
endemics of this special bird hotspot place.
Some important birds this day in Santa Marta Mountains are Santa Marta Parakeet, Santa Marta Screech-Owl, White-tailed Starfrontlet, Santa Marta Woodstar, Rusty-headed Spinetail, Santa Marta Antpitta, Brown-rumped Tapaculo, Santa Marta Bush-Tyrant, Yellow-crowned Whitestar, White-lored Warbler, Santa Marta Warbler, Santa Marta (Black-cheeked) Mountain-Tanager, Black-backed Thornbill, Colombian Nevada Brush-Finch, Bang´s Wood-Wren, Black-fronted Wood-Quail, White-tipped Quetzal, White-rumped Hawk, Band-tailed Guan, Sickle-winged Guan, Band-tailed Pigeon, Scarlet-fronted Parakeet, Red-billed Parrot, Masked Trogon, Golden-olive Woodpecker, Yellow-billed (Groove-billed) Toucanet, Emerald Toucanet, Montane Foliage-gleaner, Spotted Barbtail, Streaked Xenops, Gray-throated Leaftosser, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, Rusty-breasted Antpitta, Rufous Antpitta, Mountain Elaenia, Black-capped Tyrannulet, Venezuelan and White-throated Tyrannulet, Olive-striped Flycatcher, Black-throated Tody-Tyrant, Cinnamon Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Chat-Tyrant, Golden-breasted Fruiteater, Orange-billed and Slaty-backed Nightingale-thrush, Great Thrush, Black-hooded Thrush, Slate-throated Redstart, Three-striped Warbler, White-sided Flowerpiercer, Blue-naped Chlorophonia and others.
We will search more birds in the lowlands of Santa Marta Mountains in the morning, we will transfer to Barranquilla in where we will stay in a nice hotel and we will finish with wonderful dinner.
International Flights from Barranquilla
Wildlife species expected to see:
Barred Hawk; Blue-headed, Mealy and Rose-faced parrot; White-whiskered Hermit; Rufous-breasted Hermit; Blue-chested and Purple-chested hummingbird; Green Thorntail; Purple-crowned Fairy; Lanceolated Monklet (fairly common here); Chocó Trogon; Chocó Toucan; “Chestnut-mandibled” Toucan; Spotcrowned Barbet; Broad-billed Motmot; Chestnut-backed and Immaculate antbird; Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher; Pacific Flatbill; Blackcapped Pygmy-Tyrant; Lemon-browed Flycatcher; Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher; Cinnamon Becard; Southern Rough-winged and Whitethighed swallow; Slate-throated Gnatcatcher (scarce); Bay Wren; Golden-bellied (Chocó) Warbler; Orange-billed Sparrow; Tawny-crested, Dusky-faced, Golden-chested, Scarlet-browed and Scarlet-and-white tanager; and Black-winged Saltator. This also is an excellent area for many small Tangara tanagers, including Blue-necked, Golden-hooded, Rufous-winged, Bayheaded, Blue-whiskered, Silver-throated, Rufous-throated Emerald, and even Gray-and-gold, Pied Puffbird, Long-tailed Tyrant, Slaty-capped Shrike-Vireo, Scarletthighed Dacnis, Yellow-collared Chlorophonia, Ochre-breasted Tanager, Yellow-spectacled Tanager, Russet-backed Oropendola, tailed Antbird, Five-coloured Barbet, Choco Trogon, Pallid Dove, Five-colored Barbet, Spotted Antbird, Thicket Antpitta, Lanceolated Monklet , Bare-crowned Antbird, Scarlet-and-white Tanager, Pacific Flatbill, Spot-crowned Antvireo, Club-winged Manakin, Ornate HawkEagle, Sapayoa, Fulvous-breasted Flatbill, Rufous Piha, Lemon-spectacled Tanager, Saffron-headed Parrot, Slaty-tailed Trogon, Rufousfronted Wood-Quail, Purple Quail-Dove, Gray-breasted Crake, Black Oropendola
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.