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Colombia Wild Orchids Tour - 14 Days

Colombia Wild Orchids Tour

Unique Wild Orchids Tour in Colombia

This 14-day Colombia Wild Orchids Tour is a moderately-paced trip available as a set departure (or on request) where you can expect to see more than eight orchid genus. This wild orchids tour of Colombia takes the traveller to the Tropical Andes orchids in the Cordillera Oriental of Colombia, crossing parts of Meta, Cundinamarca, Boyacá and Santander Departments (Provinces) through several ecosystems including the Andean cloud forests, páramos and subpáramos (high mountain grasslands).

Colombia is a mega-diverse country and its amazing beauty is a wonderful destination. Colombia Wild Orchids Tour is a must for nature lovers; with around 4,000 species of orchids and 1,572 unique species in the country, about 39.3% of the whole diversity of orchids in Colombia, it is the country with the highest diversity of this group of plants in the world.

"Very well planned and organized. The guide from Jaguarundi Travel took us through high cold mountain paramo and hot moist green jungle, assisted by local guides. All guides knew their turf. Birds, plants, reptiles and frogs. They were skilled and able to spot and point out the highlights in excellent English. I hope to come back to Columbia and will most certainly use Jaguarundi Travel if I do." -Jens Wolf Jespersen.

We provide excellent orchid explorations and tours in different areas of the Colombian territory and offer routes for orchid specialists as well as amateur travellers. In our explorations during the Colombia Wild Orchids Tour, travellers can search for In Situ orchids or visit private collections depending on their needs and experience.

On this Colombia Wild Orchids Tour, travellers will see a great variety of orchid geniuses such as Epidendrum, Cyrtochilum, Odontoglossum, Lepanthes, Masdevallia, Stelis, Pleurothallis, Maxillaria  and Telipogon. All these genuses embrace an abundant diversity in terms of varieties, sizes, colours and type of growing (terrestrial, epiphytic or rupicola).

On this journey, travellers may see endemic and threatened species such as Cyrtochilum weirii, Odontoglossum luteopurpureum, Odontoglossum gloriosum, Odontoglossum crispum, Masdevallia misasii, Masdevallia aenigma, Lepanthes erytrochles, Lepanthes chelonion and Lepanthes matisii among others.

The Colombia Wild Orchids Tour operates all-year-round so some orchids may not be in bloom; however, travellers will see common genuses distributed among departments, as well as endemic and rare orchids not found elsewhere in the world.

Unique Wild Orchids Tour in Colombia includes:

  • Visiting the country with the highest diversity of orchids in the world, guided by an orchid specialist
  • Exploring remote areas with a variety of ecosystems, looking for multiple genuses
  • The chance to take mind-blowing photographs, and learn tips and tricks applicable to amateurs
  • An opportunity for the traveller to keep its own pace

Please note: this set-departure tour is also available as a private or custom tour on request. Please submit an enquiry with your preferred dates and group size.

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Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival

Arrival at El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá

We will pick you up at the airport and we will transfer to the hotel for you to settle and relax.

Day 2
Day 2 - Heading to Chingaza National Park

Early in the morning we will take the main road to Llanos Orientales (Orinoco savannas) and will stop half way through for some amazing Colombian coffee.

At this point, we will leave populated areas behind and enter the well-conserved forests of the Meta region, on the west slope of the Cordillera Oriental. We will spend the night in a country house near Chingaza National Park.

Day 3
Day 3 - Orchids in Subpáramo and Páramo ecosystems

In the morning we will continue our journey from high Andean forest to the high-altitude subpáramos and páramos. This unique ecosystems are a large water reservoir and plants have evolved to withstand extreme temperatures. We will reach heights of more than 3,000 meters above sea level and visit pre-Hispanic sacred lakes in Chingaza territory.

We will stay at a mountain lodge or camp, depending on availability. Orchid species in this area include Epidendrum oxysepalum, Pleurothallis lilijae, Fernandezia sanguinea, Epidendrum erosum, Masdevallia strumifera.

Day 4
Day 4 - Searching for Colombian orchids in the wild at Chingaza National Park

We will stay at Chingaza National Park, visiting the Chuza reservoir and the Laguna Seca sector, reaching the northeast part of the park in the municipality of Guasca, where we will spend the night.

Species seen on this day might include Epidendrum frutex, Trichosalpinx chamaelepanthes, Pachyphyllum chrystallinum, Cyrtochilum revolutum and Telipogon nervosus.

Day 5
Day 5 - Visiting the Andean forest ecosystem and searching for in-situ orchids

During this in-situ Colombian orchids tour we will visit Encenillo Biological Reserve, focusing on the Andean forest ecosystems where we will find a good diversity of orchid genuses associated to encenillo trees (Weimmania tomentosa), one of the representative species in the reserve.

We will spend the night at the municipality of Guasca. Among others, we find species such as Epidendrum scutella, E. decurviflorum, Pleurothallis talpinaria, Telipogon berthae and Oncidium ornithorhynchum.

Day 6
Day 6 - Orchids in the wild and exuberance

Early in the morning, we will travel to Guavio territory to visit a conserved forest fragment near Chingaza Park having a chance to see the spectacled bear (Tremarctos ornatus) and a great array of bird species.

Orchids here include Epidedrum klotzscheanum, Stelis sp., Barbosella cucullata, Elleanthus aurantiacus and Otoglossum sp.

Day 7
Day 7 - Hotsprings and Orchids

We will take the road to Boyacá Department, through the town of Guatavita towards Paipa town where we can visit Paipa hotsprings.

On the way, we will stop to observe some common species of orchids such as Epidendrum secundum, E. zipaquiranum, Elleanthus sp. and Stelis sp.

Day 8
Day 8 - Visiting an pristine territory and remote communities

Early in the morning we will leave Boyacá to enter Santander Department, going up to the Guantiva – La Rusia Páramo complex. We will visit a still intact territory where communities live in remote areas with difficult access, and therefore a 4x4 truck will be required.

We will reach our lodging near the Sanctuary of Fauna and Flora Guanentá Alto Rio Fonce where we will stay for two nights. Species here include Epidendrum chioneum, Stenorrynchos vaginatum, Telipogon nervosus, Maxillaria aurea and Cyrtochilum sp.

Day 9
Day 9 - Learning about orchids from the local community

We will spend the day walking and learning about the region. We will have lunch with members of the Virolín community, and will hear how they propagate and conserve native orchids.

Among others, we will see species such as Cyrtidiorchis frontinoensis, Comparettia falcata, Dryadella simula, Maxillaria fractiflexa, Maxillaria lepidota and Odontoglossum ramosissimum.

Day 10
Day 10 - Searching for epiphytic and terrestrial orchids in Colombian humid forests

After breakfast, we will return to Boyacá Department, making a few stops on the way to look for some epiphytic and terrestrial orchid species.

We will arrive at our destination near Arcabuco municipality to spend the night. In the afternoon we will visit humid forests with several species of Pleurothallis, Epidendrum, Oncidium and Elleanthus among other genuses.

Day 11
Days 11 and 12 - Miniature orchids and stunning Colombian view

Descending the altitudinal gradient, we will visit Moniquirá town in Santander, continuing to the Puente Nacional municipality, where we will take a natural path to our lodging. During the trip we will be able to see species from the Cyrtochilum, Brassia and Maxillaria genuses.

We will spend the next two nights in a country house with a stunning view and surrounded by forest fragments and several miniature orchids such as Neooreophilus, Lepanthes, Platystele and some ornamental and emblematic as Odontoglossum crispum.

Day 13
Day 13 - Searching for wild orchids in mountainous Colombian terrain and forests

After breakfast, we will go to the town of Florián, driving through rugged and mountainous terrain with forests and orchids such as Sobralia sp, Epidendrum fimbriatum, Elleanthus sp. and Cyrtochylum sp.

We will spend the night in Saboyá municipality in Boyacá Department.

Day 14
Day 14 - Return to Bogota, potential last search of in-situ orchids, and departure

We will return to Bogotá to take the flight back home or stay one more night if desired.

Depending on when we arrive in Cundinamarca Department, it may be possible to visit areas near the city, some high Andean forests, with terrestrial orchids such as Malaxis, Epidendrum, Stenorrhynchos and epiphytic orchids as Lepanthes and other Pleurothallidinae. Transfer to the airport and end of tour.

During this orchid tour, we will see a great variety of orchid genuses such as Epidendrum, Cyrtochilum, Odontoglossum, Lepanthes, Masdevallia, Stelis, Pleurothallis, Maxillaria  and Telipogon. On this journey, we may see endemic orchid species and threatened orchid species such as Cyrtochilum weirii, Odontoglossum luteopurpureum, Odontoglossum gloriosum, Odontoglossum crispum, Masdevallia misasii, Masdevallia aenigma, Lepanthes erytrochles, Lepanthes chelonion and Lepanthes matisii among others.

During this tour we may be able to see many bird species and probably some mammals and reptiles as well.

What is included?

  • Private transportation services from day 1 to day 14
  • All meals from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 14
  • Open menu at restaurants, snacks and water during the whole trip
  • First drink is included with main meals (local beer, soda, juice or water)
  • Double accommodation as described in the program
  • Entrance fees and permits to natural reserves
  • Expert guide during the entire itinerary
  • Private driver during the entire trip
  • Magnifying glass and other equipment for Orchid observation and manipulation
  • National travel insurance

What is not included?

  • International and domestic flights, and taxes
  • Personal equipment
  • Laundry service
  • Tips
  • Medical expenses
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Phone calls
  • Other activities and services
  • International travel insurance
Wildlife Reviews
4.67 stars
- based on 1  reviews
  1. 16 days of excellent guidance
    Jens Wolf Jespersen21 Feb 2018







    Very well planned and organized. The guide from Jaguarundi Travel took us through high cold mountain paramo and hot moist green jungle, assisted by local guides. All guides knew their turf. Birds, plants, reptiles and frogs. They were skilled and able to spot and point out the highlights in excellent English. I hope to come back to Columbia and will most certainly use Jaguarundi Travel if I do.

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Why book with Jaguarundi Travel?

At Jaguarundi Travel we are experts on sustainable, responsible ecotourism. Communities benefit, biodiversity is conserved, and all aspects of culture are respected. We offer creative travel experiences greatly superior to large tour operators. Our travellers stay in small hotels, farms and reserves where they are safe and comfortable. We ensure an unforgettable trip and the best possible service. We have, over time, built strong working relationships with many diverse communities. By working together, a first-class tourist product has been developed. These communities are also involved in education, conservation and the rescue and preservation of biological, historical and cultural elements. PRINCIPLES Our principles are present in all our plans and journeys: Grounding. We are grounded in the culture, the people and the communities of Colombia. We meet, share and learn from the indigenous peoples, peasants and Afro-Colombians. We celebrate their music, rituals, ancient cultures, food and customs. Respect for nature. We learn from biodiversity and are committed to conservation of our rich biological heritage. We marvel at the flora, fauna and landscapes through birdwatching, photography, diving and visiting our national parks and private reserves. Your safety and security is one of our highest priorities. Our drivers and vehicles, as well as our guides and support staff, are highly skilled and know the routes and local dynamics on any itinerary. Our standards of comfort are excellent and food is always delicious and safe, and prepared according to our clients’ dietary requirements.

How does the payment process work?

It is required to pay 100% at least one month prior to the departure date, via wire transfer. The information for payment will be sent to the travellers once they decide to choose our services. If the tour is private, if there is an extra service, if a pre-tour is added, or if the tour is extended, alternative payment options are available. Please contact us for further information.

What does a typical day on the tour involve?

Early breakfast, transfer to area of interest, nature experience, lunch, nature experience continues, return back to hotel or lodge, species checklist review and briefing for the following day, and dinner.

Is the tour suitable for children?

Jaguarundi Travel nature tours are suitable for children, and travellers are requested to contact the company to discuss further details.

Are credit cards useful during the tour?

Credit cards are useful in the main Colombian cities, however it is necessary to travel with some cash. ATMs are usually available during the trip.

Are pre-tours and extensions possible to be added to set departures?

Jaguarundi Travel nature and wildlife tours is a company that is always willing to help and fulfill the interests of the travellers. We have multiple options to choose from and we are always ready to include other areas and create the itineraries according with our travellers' needs and interests.

What is the pace like in Jaguarundi Travel Journeys?

We want our customers to enjoy the most that Colombia has to offer – its history, culture, biological richness and breathtaking landscapes. When travelling with us, regardless of the age or experience, all our itineraries are designed with comfort in mind. Everyone can discover and be thrilled by this country’s sheer beauty. Colombia, a country with many rivers and mountain ranges, has extensive highways and roads, some paved, others rugged, rutted and challenging. In some of our Journeys you might take domestic flights, travel on dirt roads and by boat. These modes of transportation allow the traveller to witness the astonishing biodiversity, the rivers, the rainforest, the mountain tops and the many climatic changes. Detailed itineraries delivered to our clients in advance outline the journey, the accommodations, internal travel arrangements and meal plans. While travel in Colombia can be considered an adventure, we provide the most comfortable and easiest route to a destination. We do not advertise as an adventure agency but we can and do accommodate travellers seeking new and remote locales away from cities. Sometimes on tour, you need to wake up early and travel overland to remote areas. Our staff arranges for food delivery and carries all luggage and equipment. Again, with comfort in mind, we book into boutique hotels in major cities and excellent guest houses in remote locations. Also, our staff is always available to answer any questions you might have about an itinerary before you start packing.

Is it possible to request special dietary needs?

Good, healthy, food is of prime importance for travellers and to us as well. So we ensure that all food is of the highest quality, even when our tours take us to remote parts of the country. In urban areas, we work with food services and restaurants that always meet national sanitary standards. Depending on location, we turn to reliable, high quality suppliers. Sometimes we supply our own cooks. We guarantee clean kitchens and the use of potable water for cooking at all times. Dietary restrictions and special needs diets will be accommodated. Vegetarians and vegans are also welcomed.

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14 Days

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Tour Facts

  • Colombian eastern mountain range
  • Set Departure
  • Set Departure Tour
  • Wildlife
  • 2 to 8 pax
  • Late November to late March and late June to early September
  • 14 days
  • +15 years
  • Moderate
  • English, Spanish
  • El Dorado International Airport
  • El Dorado International Airport