Diverse Colombia Nature Tour
Travel to different regions of Colombia to experience the biological diversity and observe the fauna and flora of each location.
During the tour, you may see spectacled bears, pink dolphins, monkeys and rodents of various species, armadillos, anteaters, hummingbirds and birds of different ecosystems. You will visit the Andean forest, lowland areas, páramos and the Pacific Coast. You will get to know different species of plants such as bromeliads, heliconias, orchids, anthuriums, fruits and woody plants.
International flight, arrival in Bogotá and transfer to hotel. Free afternoon.
Night at hotel in Bogotá.
Early in the morning, we leave for Chingaza Natural National Park and its surroundings; we visit the Páramo, an ecosystem important for retaining and storing water, get to know its vegetation and how it has adapted to the climate. If we are lucky, we see spectacled bears and the white-tailed deer. On the way back, we see several varieties of hummingbirds and other species.
Overnight in Bogotá.
Leaving in the morning, we visit the Chicaque Natural Park, a private Reserve on the western side of the eastern mountain range (cordillera). It is a place of great beauty and biological diversity of plants and birds.
In the afternoon we return to Bogotá to spend the night at the hotel.
After breakfast we drive to the airport for the flight to Leticia, capital of the Amazonas department. Upon arrival, we go to port and take a boat to the natural reserve where we will stay. We go for an evening walk to watch and listen to the many nocturnal insects.
In the morning we walk through the jungle and take in its fauna and flora; then visit the floodable rainforest looking for the animals of this ecosystem. In the evening we look for alligators near the hotel.
Early in the morning, we take a small boat to key points on the Amazon River to watch and photograph birds. After breakfast we depart for Tarapoto Lakes to see more bird species. On the way back, we look for grey and pink freshwater dolphins. We then return to the hotel with an option to have another night walk.
Early in the morning, we leave for Leticia to take the flight to Bogotá, then onto the eastern plains. Once in Villavicencio, we take a 4×4 to a 2,000 hectare private reserve where a great diversity of birds, mammals and plants are protected.
Morning walk through the woods and surrounding areas looking for birds and animals such as the giant armadillo, giant otter, ocelot, puma, jaguarundi, tapir, anteater or palmero (giant anteater), tatabro or zaino, white-tailed deer, red brocket, hedgehog, boruga, guagua or lapa, red squirrel, among others.
After lunch, we do some more exploring and then observe sunset in the mountains.
Early in the morning we look for birds near the house, and then visit other sectors looking for more mammals and birds. We also learn more about the region ecosystems. At night we walk through the woods to observe the area wild nightlife.
Leaving early, we drive to Villavicencio and then fly to Pereira, by way of Bogotá. We take a 4×4 vehicle to the Otún Quimbaya Sanctuary of Flora and Fauna. Arrive at the hotel early in the evening.
We hike various routes in this protected and well-conserved area indicative of the Andean forests for most of the day. We see many species of birds, howler monkeys, other mammals, and amphibians, as well as interesting vegetation.
There is time for a morning walk before we drive to Manizales to an ecolodge where you can see almost 200 species of birds and a great variety of butterflies. We go to the best places to take photos and travel along the different paths specially designed for these activities.
In the morning we look for some species found along the trails and attraction sites. Then we move on to the Río Blanco reserve where we see more bird species and interesting vegetation. Overnight at the reserve.
There is time to visit more of Río Blanco Reserve before we go to the town of Jardín in the department of Antioquia. Here we can observe the Andean Cock of the Rock and the Yellow-eared Parrot, two emblematic bird species known for their beautiful appearance.
We can explore more of the area looking for birds and animals before leaving for the city of Medellín. Free time and overnight in the city.
From Medellín we fly to Bahía Solano, then drive to the township of Valle and arrive to the hotel. Along the way, we stop to look for the Baudó Oropéndola, a threatened native bird, and other important bird species. After lunch at our hotel, we visit the area to see its flora and fauna.
Walk a trail where you can appreciate the diversity of birds up to a colony of oropéndolas. Along the trail, we see the lush greenery and the diversity of amphibians and reptiles as well as insects and mammals.
Early in the morning, we look for more birds, reptiles, butterflies and vegetation that live along the Valle river. We can see that each ecosystem has its own interesting group of species. Free afternoon for resting or walking.
We leave in the morning for Ensenada de Utría, where we tour the mangrove ecosystem with its different species of plants and birds.
Return to the airport with the possibly of some birdwatching stops along the way. Take the flight to Medellín and this is the end of our itinerary. Return to your country of origin, or connect to flights in Bogotá.
Spectacled bear, pink dolphin, monkeys and rodents of various species, armadillos, anteaters, hummingbirds and birds of different ecosystems, different species of plants such as bromeliads, heliconias, orchids, anthuriums, fruits and woody plants.
What is included?
- Private transportation services from day 1 to day 20 in vans or 4×4 trucks
- All domestic flights: Bogotá – Leticia; Leticia – Bogotá; Bogotá – Villavicencio; Villavicencio – Bogotá; Bogotá Pereira; Medellín Bahía Solano and Bahía Solano – Medellín.
- All meals from dinner on day 1 to Lunch on day 20
- 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
- Scope, pointing light and magnifying glass
- Bird Checklist of the potential species of the trip
- National travel insurance
What is not included?
- International flights and taxes
- Personal equipment
- Laundry service
- Medical expenses
- Alcoholic drinks
- Phone calls
- Other activities and services
- International travel insurance
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 traditions. 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, healthy and safe, and prepared according to our clients’ dietary requirements.
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.
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.
Jaguarundi Travel nature tours are suitable for children, and travellers are requested to contact the company to discuss further details.
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.
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.
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 accommodation, 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 areas 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 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.
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.