Diverse Wild Colombia Nature Tour
This 20-day Wild Colombia Nature Tour is a challenging trip for the experienced wildlife watcher, available as a set departure (or on request) where you can expect to see around 450 species of bird, including 15 endemics and near endemics and other Colombian wildlife species. This nature tour in Colombia is designed for nature lovers interested in the general biodiversity of Colombia, a country with great variety of ecosystems such as páramos, glaciers, Andean forests, tropical savannas, tropical dry forests, humid tropical forests, wetlands, mangroves, coasts, islands, jungles and more.
Colombia is located in a privileged geographic position, north of the Equator Line, with a constant tropical climate throughout the year. Thanks to its geography and climate, the Colombian territory is favourable for diverse ecosystems and different living organisms.
This Wild Colombia Nature Tour is carefully designed to visit different regions of Colombia to experience the biological diversity and observe the fauna and flora of each location.
With excellent opportunities for nature photography, during the Wild Colombia Nature Tour, travellers will see a great diversity of ecosystems, and wildlife such as spectacled bears, pink dolphins, monkeys and rodents of various species, armadillos, anteaters, several species of amphibians, hummingbirds and birds of different ecosystems.
On this Wild Colombia Nature Tour, travellers will visit sections of the Andean forest of the three mountain ranges, lowland areas, the Amazon jungle, páramos, savannas and the Pacific Coast. Travellers will get to know different species of plants such as bromeliads, heliconias, orchids, anthuriums, fruits and woody plants.
Wild Colombia Nature Tour Highlights include:
- Visiting the main ecosystems and regions with greatest biodiversity in Colombia
- Identification of the main groups of Flora and Fauna of Colombia
- Unique possibilities of great nature and wildlife photography throughout the Colombian territory
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.
Keen to add to your wildlife experience? Why not take a look at the Tailor-made Colombia Wildlife and Culture Tour offered by Jaguarundi Travel.
Arrival in Bogotá at El Dorado International airport and transfer to hotel. The afternoon will be free to settle and relax and we will spend the night at a hotel in Bogotá.
Early in the morning, we will leave for Chingaza Natural National Park and its surroundings. We will visit the páramo, an ecosystem important for retaining and storing water, and we will get to know its vegetation and how it has adapted to the climate.
If we are lucky, we could see spectacled bears and the white-tailed deer. On the way back, we will see several varieties of hummingbirds and other species.
We will spend the night in Bogotá.
Leaving in the morning, we will visit 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 will return to Bogotá to spend the night at the hotel.
After breakfast we will drive to the airport to take a flight to Leticia, capital of the Amazonas department.
Upon arrival, we will go to port and take a boat to the natural reserve where we will stay. We will go for an evening walk to watch and listen to the many nocturnal insects.
In the morning we will walk through the jungle to take in its fauna and flora. Then we will visit the floodable rainforest looking for the animals of this ecosystem. In the evening we will look for alligators near the hotel.
Early in the morning, we will take a small boat to key points of the Amazon River to watch and photograph birds. After breakfast, we will depart for Tarapoto Lakes to see more bird species.
On the way back, we will look for grey and pink freshwater dolphins. We will then return to the hotel with an option to have another night walk.
Early in the morning, we will leave for Leticia to take the flight to Bogotá, then onto the eastern plains. Once in Villavicencio, we will take a 4×4 truck 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 and red squirrel among others.
After lunch, more stunning exploration will take place, wrapping up with sunset observation in the mountains.
Early in the morning we will look for birds near the house, and then we will visit other areas looking for more mammals and birds. We will also learn more about the region ecosystems.
At night we will walk through the woods to observe the area wild nightlife.
Leaving early, we will drive to Villavicencio and then we will fly to Pereira with a layover in Bogotá. We will take a 4×4 vehicle to the Otún Quimbaya Sanctuary of Flora and Fauna.
We will then arrive to the hotel early in the evening and relax.
We will hike various routes in this protected and well-conserved area, indicative of the Andean forests, for most of the day.
We will see many species of birds, howler monkeys, other mammals, and amphibians as well as interesting vegetation.
We will start the day with a morning walk before we drive to Manizales, to a site where we will be able to see almost 200 species of birds and a great variety of butterflies.
We will go to the best places to take photos and travel along the different paths, specially designed for these activities.
In the morning we will look for some species found along the trails and attraction sites.
Then we will move onto the Río Blanco reserve, where we will see more bird species and interesting vegetation.
Overnight at the reserve.
We will have time to visit a bit more of Río Blanco Reserve before we go to the town of Jardín in the department of Antioquia.
In Jardín, we will observe the unique Andean Cock-of-the-Rock and the Yellow-eared Parrot, two emblematic bird species known for their beautiful appearance.
We will explore more of the area looking for birds and animals, before leaving for the city of Medellín, to enjoy free time and overnight in the city.
From Medellín we will fly to Bahía Solano, then drive to the township of Valle, and then arrive to the hotel.
Along the way, we will stop to look for the Baudó Oropéndola, a threatened native bird, and other important bird species. After lunch at our hotel, we will visit the area to see its flora and fauna.
We will walk a trail where we will be able to appreciate the diversity of birds up to a colony of oropéndolas.
Along the trail, we will 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 will see that each ecosystem has its own interesting group of species. Then, enjoy an afternoon of resting or walking.
We will leave in the morning for Ensenada de Utría, where we will tour the mangrove ecosystem with its different species of plants and birds.
We will return to the airport with the possibility of some birdwatching stops along the way. We will take the flight to Medellín. End of our tour. Possibility to take direct international flight out of Medellin, or arrange connecting connecting flights via Bogotá.
Wildlife species expected to see:
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
- The 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
- Anything that is not mentioned in " what is included"
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.