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Colombian Amazon Birding Tour - 14 Days

Colombian Amazon Birding Tour

Amazon Birdwatching Tour in Colombia

This 14-day Colombian Amazon Birding Tour is a moderately-paced trip available on request where you can expect to see more than 400 species of bird, including 35 endemics, some of which are on the list of the rarest in Colombia. The indigenous culture, the amazing rivers, and the exuberant biodiversity are the perfect combinations for you to have a wonderful trip to the Colombian Amazon.  Good, comfortable hotels and short journeys make your trip easy and full of surprises.

During this magical Colombian Amazon Birding Tour, we mix two of our best destinations for birding in the Amazonian ecosystems that include the incredible Orinoco basin forest in Inírida and the gorgeous and mystical Guiana Shield White Sands forest in Mitú.

Amazon is Biodiversity, the largest rainforest in the world is a real treasure in biodiversity. One in ten known species lives in the Amazon.

It is the greatest diversity of plants on the planet, it is estimated that there may be more than a thousand different species in each square kilometer in the Amazon. This impressive number could reach 50,000 plant species, which would amount to 20% of the number of plants in the world.

The region is also home to thousands of species of insects, mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and fish.

Colombian Amazon Birding Tour highlights includes:

  • Birdwatching in the indigenous Tukan community’s territory.
  • We will visit the Mavecure hills, a marvel of the Colombian Amazon that remains unknown for many people, as is a sacred place for the indigenous communities living around Inírida.
  • We will observe the unique freshwater pink dolphins (Boto) while sailing in the Guainía, Guaviare, and Inírida rivers.
  • Sailing and birdwatching within the Varzea forests of the Colombian Amazon
  • Awaken your senses with a real typical indigenous food right inside the community.

Manakin Nature Tours have plenty of wonderful birding experiences in a variety of different locations. Have a look at the Pacific Coast and Cauca Valley Birding Tour, Colombia. 

Alternative Tour Name: Colombian Amazon
Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival to Bogotá

You will be transfer to a hotel close by the airport

Day 2
Day 2 - Flight to Mitú, Bocatoma White sand forest

We will take an early flight to Mitu, after our arrival we will visit the road of Urania-Mituseño, a great secondary forest and edge primary forest in where we can see a lot of birds, some of the target of this day include Azure-naped Jay, Swallow-winged Puffbird, Yellow-crowned, Striped, Golden-headed, White-crowned and Blue-crowned Manakin, Black Bushbird, Cherrie´s Antwren and many more

Day 3
Day 3 - CH Hydroelectric Santa Cruz trail

We will visit this day also the amazing lek of Fiery Topaz and Guiana Cock of the Rock, other targets included: Gould´s Jewelfront, Banded Antpipit, Scarlet-rumped Parrotlet, Chestnut Woodpecker, Paradise Jacamar, White-plumed Antbird, Green-tailed Goldenthroat

Day 4
Day 4 - Road to Pueblo Nuevo

Birding in Pueblo Nuevo Path, a wonderful terra firme forest with some amazing target to see as Chestnut-crested Antbird, White-plumed Antbird, Spot-backed Antbird, Tawny-tuffted Toucanet, Banded Antbird, Striated Antthrush, Bar-bellied Woodcreeper, Pavonine Quetzal, Great Jacamar, Spangled Cotinga, Bronzy Jacamar, Brown-banded Puffbird, White-crowned Spadebill and many others

Day 5
Day 5 - Bocatoma, terra firme forest

We will visit Terra Firme Fores in Bocatoma path in where we will be focused in other specialties of the areas as Pompadour Cotinga, Red-fan Parrot, Banded Antbird, Brown-breasted Puffbird and many more. This is a day in where we will take the lunch in the hotel and we come back to the field in the afternoon. At night we will search some owls that include the Tawny-bellied Screech Owl and we will try to see the enigmatic Nocturnal Curassow

Day 6
Day 6 - Road to Santa Cruz

We will search during all day birds on the road to Santa Cruz, in where we will focused in birds of secondary forest and open areas that include some important as White-bellied and Yellow-bellied Dacnis, Red and Green, Blue and Yellow, Scarlet, Red-bellied and Chestnut-fronted Macaws, Speckled Chachalaca, Orange-cheeked Parrot, Maroon-tailed Parakeet, Lineated and Yellow-tufted Woodpeckers and many more. We will comeback to the hotel in the afternoon to rest.

Day 7
Day 7 - Bocatoma, Mituseño and Urania - Flight to Bogotá

We will visit the road of Urania-Mituseño, a great secondary forest and edge primary forest in where we can see a lot of birds, some of the target of this day include Azure-naped Jay, Swallow-winged Puffbird, Yellow-crowned, Striped, Golden-headed, White-crowned and Blue-crowned Manakin, Black Bushbird, Cherrie´s Antwren and many more. We will take a flight to Bogota

Day 8
Day 8 - Flight from Bogotá to Inirida, birding at Caño Culebra

We will take a flight to Inirida from Bogota, after of our arrival we will transfer to the hotel to make the check in and to take the lunch. We will have our first birding adventure in Caño Culebra in where we will can see a lot of birds of humid tropical forest of terra firme as Black Manakin, Black-bellied Cuckoo, Amazonian Antshrike, Cithron-bellied Attila, Dot-backed Antbird, Gilded Barbet, Gray Antbird, Spot-breasted Woodpecker, Ruddy-tailed Flycatcher and many more.

Day 9
Day 9 - Birding at Caño Carbon and Sabanitas

We will have the experience to visit the indigenous community of Sabanitas in where we will can see a lot of good species including the enigmatic and one of the most rare birds in the area the Capuchinbird, other birds this day include Ringed Woodpecker, Lafresnaye´s Piculet, Orinoco Piculet, Golden–spangled Piculet, Blackish-gray Antshrike, Dot-winged Antwren, Dot-backed Antbird, Bare-necked Fruitcrow, Slender-billed Xenops, Pompadour Cotinga, Velvet-fronted Grackle, Cherrie's Antwren, Red-shouldered Tanager, Black-headed Parrot, Citron-bellied Attila, Plumbeous Euphonia, Brown Jacamar, Bronzy Jacamar, Rufous-tailed Flatbill, Spangled Cotinga and many more.

Day 10
Day 10 - Birding at Matraca and Laguna Negra

We will take a boat early in the morning to move us to Matraca trail at the border of Inirida River. This one of the best places to see bird in Inirida and a place in where is possible to find some of the specialties. We will be birding all morning; we will come back to take the lunch and in the afternoon we will come back to same place.

Some very important birds of this place include Orinoco Softail, Rose-breasted Chat, Yapacana Antbird, Blue-crowned Trogon, Green tailed Jacamar, Varzea Schiffornis and many more. In the afternoon we will take a boat early in the morning to go at Laguna negra in where we will can see amazing birds, beautiful landscapes and wonderful animals as the Pink River Dolphins that are very common in the place; we will can see some very interest birds as Hoatzin, White-faced Jacamar, Blue-thraoted Pipin Guan, Bare faced Fruitcrow, Amazonian Umbrellabirds and many more.

Day 11
Day 11 - Mavecure Hills and Lago Matraca

This is one of the most special days during the tour; will be possible to see a lot of birds as Capped Heron, Pied Lapwing, Cliff Flycatcher, Pied Puffbird and many more; but this day will be special to visit Mavecure Mountains that is a mythic place for the indigenous of the area and amazing jewel of the nature, a places in where you will feel a really amazing good energy. We will visit also an indigenous comminute and we will share a time with them.

Day 12
Day 12 - Birding at el Paujil trail

We will visit other wonderful path of the Paujil Community in where we will search birds of varzea forest and secondary forest patch, some of the birds that will be great to see include Collared Puffbird, Black-eared Fairy, Blue-crowned Trogon, Black-fronted Nunbird, Green-tailed Jacamar, Fasciated Antshrike, Dot-winged Antwren, Dusky Antbird, Gray Antbird, Black-chinned Antbird, Dot-backed Antbird, Slender-billed Xenops, Varzea Schiffornis, Slate-colored Grosbeak, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Amazonian Motmot, Citron-bellied Attila, Pectoral Sparrow, Black-bellied Cuckoo, Spotted Puffbird and many more

Day 13
Day 13 - Birding at Caño Vitina and flight to Bogotá

This day is focused on white sand forest birds, we will be walking on a beautiful savannah with millions of Inirida Flowers that are endemic of this region of the Orinoco Basin, spm birds prefers these areas for foragign such as Green tailed Goldenthroat, White-naped Seedeater, Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch, Plain crested Elaenia and many more. In the afternoon we will take a flight to Bogota to end this wonderful trip.

Day 14
Day 14 - International flight to home from Bogotá

International departures from Bogotá

Wildlife species expected to see:

Fiery Topaz, Streak-throated Hermit, Black-bellied Thorntail, Orinoco Piculet, Tawny-tufted Toucanet, Brown-banded Puffbird, Point-tailed Palmcreeper, Lineated Woodcreeper, Stipple-throated, Yellow-throated, Spot-backed Antwrens, Grey-bellied, Chestnut-crested Antbirds, Imeri Warbling-Antbird, Cithron-throated Attila, Yellow-crowned Manakin, Saffron-crested Tyrant-Manakin, Guianan 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 Antshrike, Amazonian Black-Tyrant, Sulphury Flycatcher, Screaming Piha, Grey-legged Tinamou, Festive, Orange-cheeked Parrot, Lemon-throated Barbet, Bar-bellied Woodcreeper, Sungrebe, Blackish-grey Antshrike, 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, Wing-barred 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 , Capuchinbird, Rose-breasted Chat, Yapacana Antbird, Verzea Schiffornis, Blue-throated Piping-Guan, Blue-crowned Trogon, Ringed Woodpecker, Green-tailed Jacamar, Lafresnaye´s Piculet, Orinoco Piculet, Golden–spangled Piculet, Blackish-gray Antshrike, Dot-winged Antwren, Dot-backed Antbird, Bare-necked Fruitcrow, Slender-billed Xenops, Pompadour Cotinga, White-naped Seedeater, Rufous-crowned Elaenia, Velvet-fronted Grackle, Cherrie’s Antwren, Red-shouldered Tanager, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Black-headed Parrot, Citron-bellied Attila, Plumbeous Euphonia, Brown Jacamar, Bronzy Jacamar, Rufous-tailed Flatbill, Spangled Cotinga.

What is included?

  • Transport: Private transport (4x4 cars or Mototaxi), Domestic Flights Bogota – Mitu – Bogota / Bogota – Inirida – Bogota, Boat Transportation in Mitu & Inirida
  • 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
  • Indigenous Local Guides all days during the tour
  • Permissions to enter at indigenous territories
  • 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
  • Toiletries
  • 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
  • Anything that is not included in "What is included"

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Why book with Manakin Nature Tours?

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.

What are your group sizes?

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.

How do you support local communities during this tour?

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.

Do you provide travel and/or medical insurance (incl. repatriation)?

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.

What happens if I need to change my trip?

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.

Can you recommend any articles and/or books to read before this trip?

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.

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This tour is operated by: Manakin Nature Tours
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Tour Facts

  • Colombia
  • On Request
  • Set Departure Tour
  • Birds
  • 2 to 8px
  • 14 Days
  • November to March
  • + 15 years
  • Moderate
  • English, Español
  • El Dorado Luis Carlos Galan Sarmiento International Airport
  • El Dorado Luis Carlos Galan Sarmiento International Airport