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30 Days - Colombia Megatour Birding Tour

Colombia is the country with the highest number of bird species in the world with 1930 species, with more than 80 species of endemic birds, biogeographic regions with good forest conservation status, a cultural variety. Likewise this country has a complex topography, the separation of the Andes into 3 mountain ranges (Eastern, Central and Western), these are separated by the valleys of Magdalena and Cauca rivers, the isolated Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, coastal mountain more high in the world, the Choco region in the west (the rainiest area in the world) and the incredible region of the Amazon.

On this trip through beautiful Colombia, we suggest you to collect the most diverse regions to register 1000 species of birds in 30 days.

Arrival to Bogota

Chingaza National Park

We sould find most of the Eastern Andean highland (near) endemics here, and the scenary its incredible. Interesting birds are: Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Pale-bellied Tapaculo, Purple-backed Thornbill, Rufous wren, Rufous-browed Conebill.

Chicaque regional park

Chicaque provides an ideal introduction to subtropical birds and can be an easy, productive site for those. Interesting birds are: Glowing Puffleg, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Black-collared Jay, Moustached Brush-finch.


 The long covered bridge leading to the Urania community and the second growth patches around will be usually fairly productive.  The best birds here are Amazonian TyrannuletBlack-chinned AntbirdStriped WoodcreeperVersicolored EmeraldBlack Caracara, Red-necked WoodpeckerParadise JacamarDark-billed Cuckoo, Bronzy Jacamar, Green Oropendola, Slate-colored Hawk and Red-fan Parrot. 


 One main trail and numerous side trails lead through tall forest that is a mixture of second growth and what is purportedly primary forest. The target birds species are  Musician Wren, Ruddy SpinetailVariegated  and Cinereous, Tinamous, Mouse-colored Antshrike, Ringed Antpipit, Banded and Silvered Antbirds, Thrushlike AntpittaChestnut-belted Gnateater, Ocellated Woodcreeper, Wing-barred Piprites, Red-necked Woodpecker, Red-stained Woodpecker, Black-eared Fairy, Black-bellied Cuckoo, Buff-throated Foliage-Gleaner, Rufous-tailed Xenops and Lemon-chested Greenlet  



We starting to drive one hour from mitu, making the first stop on “Puente Lata” to look for the Fiery topaz hummingbird, around the bridge you can also see the Chestnut-capped Puffbird, exploring some trails later you can register species such as Black-bellied Thorntail , Gray-bellied Hawk, Pavonine Quetzal, Gray Antbird


 We will spent the day exploring an area with impressive rock outcrops. One of our main targets its the impressive Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock, here at its most westerly distribution. We will have some time to get some nice pictures before heading on along the trails.  We then climb onto the rocky outcrop for our picnic lunch and enjoy the marvelous views over the forest.  Another interesting birds are Purple- breasted Cotinga, Cliff Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Dacnis, Lemon-chested Greenlet. 



We make an early start to the Bocatoma trail where we manage to catch up with the cracking Grey-bellied Antbird; we all enjoy fantastic looks at this localized speciality. We will found Black-bellied Thorntail and a colony nest of Red-rumped Caciques


 This location its on the onother side to the Vaupes river, 25 minutes by boat to explorer the secondary forest, birds we found along this trail are: Grey-legged Tinamou, Orange-cheeked Parrot, Azure-naped Jay, Brown-banded Puffbird, Plumbeous Euphonia.


We start our journey from the Sibundoy valley, we take the road towards the Pasto city; One hour away from this route is the Bordoncillo páramo, a wonderful place and home to species such as: Barred Friteater, Chesnut-bellied Cotinga, Masked Mountain-Tanager, Raimbow- Bearded Thornbill, Black-backed Bush Tanager, Agile Tit-Tyrant, Spectaclet redstart, White-Chinned Thistletail, Mountain Avocetbill, Purple -backed Thornbill, Glowing Puffleg, White-browed Spinetail, Crowned Chat-tyrant, Golden-breasted Puffleg,  later we continue to the  La Cocha lagoon located 15 minutes from the páramo, we have lunch and in the afternoon we take a boat tour to the la Corota island fauna and flora sanctuary, where we can find species such as: Yellow-bellied Pintail, Andean Coot, American Coot, Andean Gull, Ruddy duck.


In the morning we take the San Francisco – Mocoa route, crossing impressive habitats of great biodiversity, the Amazonian foothill is located between 2400 msnm and 600 msnm, birdwatching is done from the car, stopping at strategic places to observation of species such as: White-rimmed Brush Finch (Atlapetes leucopis), Bronze-green Euphonia (Euphonia mesochrysa), Black-billed Mountain Toucan (Andigena nigrirostris), Blue-browed Tanager (Tanager cyanotis), Golden-eared Tanager ( Tanager chrysotis), Lined Antshrike (Thamnophilus tenuepunctatus), White-backed Fire-eye (Pyriglena leuconota), Andean Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus), Golden-eyed Flowerpiercer (Diglossa glauca), Gray-mantled Wren (Odontorchilus branickii), Violet-fronted Brilliant (Heliodoxa leadbeateri), Orange-eared Tanager (Chlorochrysa calliparaea) Black-and-chestnut Eagle (Spizaetus isidori), Black-collared Jay (Cyanolyca armillata), Dusky Piha (Lipaugus fu scocinereus) Red-ruffed Fruitcrow (Pyroderus scutatus) Chestnut-breasted Coronet (Boissonneau matthewsii) Rufous-rumped Antwren (Euchrepomis callinota) White-capped Tanager (Sericossypha albocristata), Rufous-crested Tanager (Creurgops verticalis) Maroon-tailed Parakeet (Pyrrhura melanura chapmani) Golden-collared Honeycreeper (Iridophanes pulcherrimus) have lunch on the way and continue our route to the sector known as “filo del hambre” and then end our day in the capital of Putumayo, Mocoa.


We take to the “Camino viejo”, one of the oldest roads of Putumayo, used by the indigenous people of the region many years ago, we will down in the Campucana village and walked for an hour until we found a good birding site, Species that we can find are: Coppery-chested Jacamar (Galbula graze), Black-streaked Puffbird (Malacoptila fulvogularis), Speckled Tanager (Tanager guttata), Gray-chinned Hermit (Phaethornis griseogularis), Spot-winged Antbird (Schistocichla leucostigma), Wire-crested Thorntail (Discosura popelairii), Blue-fronted Lancebill (Doryfera johannae), White-streaked Antvireo (Dysithamnus leucostictus), Black Tinamou (Tinamus osgoodi), Southern Nightingale-wren (Microcerculus marginatus), Musician Wren (Cyphorhinus arada), Orange-billed Sparrow (Arremon aurantiirostris) Rufous-naped Greenlet (Hylophilus semibrunneus), Ecuadorian Tyrannulet (Phylloscartes gualaquizae), Foothill Antwren (Epinecrophylla spodi) onota) Yellow-breasted Antwren (Herpsilochmus axillaris) White-crowned Manakin (Dixiphia pipra), Blue-rumped Manakin (Lepidothrix isidorei) Short-tailed Antthrush (Chamaeza campanisona) Black-billed Treehunter (Thripadectes melanorhynchus).



Located 20 minutes from the Mocoa city, it has intervened forest ecosystems but with a great variety of local birds of the region, among its main targets: Coppery-chested Jacamar (Galbula graze), Golden-winged Tody-flycatcher (Poecilotriccus calopterus) ), Fulvous-crested Tanager (Tachyphonus surinamus), Black-faced Antbird (Myrmoborus myotherinus), Paradise Tanager (Tanager chilensis) Lined Antshrike (Thamnophilus tenuepunctatus) Golden-collared Toucan (Selenidera reinwardtii) Yellow-browed Tody-flycatcher (Todirostrum chrysocrotaphum) Plain-winged Antshrike (Thamnophilus schistaceus) Scaled Piculet (Picumnus squamulatus) Blue-crowned Trogon (Trogon curucui) Flame-crested Tanager (Tachyphonus cristatus) Amazonian Umbrellabird (Cephalopterus ornatus) Ecuadorian Tyrannulet (Phylloscartes gualaquizae) Golden-tailed Sapphire (Chrysuronia oenone) , Dark-breasted Spinetail (Synallaxis albigularis), Caqueta Seedeater (Sporophila murallae) in the afternoon we return to our hotel in the Mocoa city.



The Rumiyaco village is located 15 minutes from the urban area of ​​Mocoa, it is a secondary forest but very good for observation and photography of birds, we feather in the high zone looking for species such as: Orange-fronted Plushcrown (Metopothrix aurantiaca) Black-fronted Nunbird (Monasa nigrifrons), White-fronted Nunbird (Monasa morphoeus), Plum-throated Cotinga (Cotinga maynana) Gilded Barbet (Capito auratus), White-eyed Parakeet (Psittacara leucophthalmus), Black-throated Hermit (Phaethornis atrimentalis), Yellow-bellied Tanager (Tanager xanthogastra), Olive-faced Flatbill (Tolmomyias viridiceps), Yellow-browed Sparrow (Ammodramus aurifrons), Chestnut-bellied Seedeater (Sporophila castaneiventris), Gray-crowned Flatbill (Tolmomyias poliocephalus), Chestnut-eared Araçari (Pteroglossus castanotis) , Chestnut Woodpecker (Celeus elegans) Lettered Araçari (Pteroglossus inscriptus) Orange-backed Troupial (Icterus croconotus), Cream-colored Woodpecker (Celeus flavus) Yellow-bellied Da cnis (Dacnis flaviventer) We return to the city of Mocoa for lunch and in the afternoon we return to the lower part of the Rumiyaco river, the home of the smallest monkey in the world Pygmy marmoset (Cebuella pigmaea) and the monkey “Bozo de leche” Lesson’s Saddle-back Tamarin (Leontocebus fuscus)



Dantayaco farm / Flight to Cali

It is located 15 minutes from the city of Mocoa, on the road to Villagarzon, the walk starts from the bridge of the Mocoa river, are 2 hours of travel to found the waterfalls of the “end of the world”, then we take the route to Dantayaco farm . The specialties of the site are: Western-Striolated Puffbird (Nystalus obamai), Opal-crowned Tanager (Tanager callophrys), Opal-rumped Tanager (Tanager velia), Golden-collared Toucanet (Selenidera reinwardtii), Dusky-chested Flycatcher (Myiozetetes luteiventris) , Ivory-billed Aracari (Pteroglossus azara), Epaulet Oriole (Icterus cayanensis) Buff-throated Foliage-gleaner (Automolus ochrolaemus), Rufous-bellied Euphonia (Euphonia rufiventris) Blue-crowned Trogon (Trogon curucui), Black Stipple-throated Antwren ( Epinecrophylla pyrrhonota) Dwarf Tyrant-manakin (Tyranneutes stolzmanni)

In the afternoon we have the flight Mocoa to Cali.



KM 18 / transfer to Montezuma

Montezuma high


Montezuma Medium

Montezuma / transfer to Otum Quimbaya


Otum Quimbaya

Otum Quimbaya / Transfer to Rio Blanco
Rio Blanco NR
Nevados National Park
Flight Pereira – Santa Marta / transfer to Minca
Minca to Dorado

 we gonna take breakfast early morning, after breakfast we continue birding along the way to El Dorado Reserve, get to el Dorado where we gonna take lunch, stay the night and enjoy all the endemic birds. Birds of interest  Santa Marta Brushfinch, Sierra nevada brushfinch, white-tailed starfronlet, santa marta woostar, santa marta brossoncrown, black-fronted wood quail, white-lored warbler, santa marta tapaculo, and many  more. 

12:30 Lunch

2:30 – 6:00 Birding around the lodge.

7:00 Dinner and after that we could go finding owls.

San Lorenzo ridge

Wake up at 4:30am and start driving up to the top of the mountain where can be seen endemic species only found there such as Santa Marta Warbler, Santa Marta parakeet, Rufous Antpitta, Brown-rumped tapaculo, rusty-breasted spinetail, streak-capped spinetail, Santa Marta Antpitta, and many more.

4:30 wape up to San Lorenzo ridge

6:00 Enjoy the sunrise and start birding

8:00 Breakfast in the field

10:30 Start going down to the lodge

12:30 Lunch 

2:30 – 6:00 Birding around the lodge

7:00 Dinner 

Night at the Reserve

Dorado to Casa Barlovento

Breakfast at the Dorado Lodge, after that we start down to Minca for lunch with some stop on the road for birding. In the afternoon we spend some time around to the Casa Barlovento on the beach for birding and relax.


RN Miramar to Riohacha

In the morning we get Breakfast at the hotel, after we drive 30 min to the Miramar natural reserve, with 500 hectareas of dry forest to explore some trail in there, birds of interest are: White-bearded Manakin, Golden-headed Manakin, Lance-tailed Manakin, White-bellied Antbird, Gartered Trogon, Pale-bellied Hummingbird. We have lunch at the Reserve.  In the afternoon we go to Riohacha city with some stop on the road for birding.

night at: Taroa Hotel

Camarones and flight Riohacha to Bogota

Coastal habitats and the desert of the Guajira Peninsula have a wide variety of bird species with restricted distribution in Northeastern Colombia and northern Venezuela, including species such as Rufous-vented ChachalacaBare-eyed Pigeon, Buffy Hummingbird, Russet-throated Puffbird, Chestnut Piculet, White-whiskered Spinetail, Slender-billed Inezia, Orinocan Saltatorand the splendid Vermillion Cardinal. In coastal lagoons can be seen American FlamingoScarlet Ibis, migratory waders and a lot of other waterfowl. In the afternon we have the fligh from Riohacha to Bogota.

Night at the Hotel: Santa fe Real

  • 1000 bird species
  • Bird guide: Professional guide in Birdwatching with high knowledge of the Ecology and Biology of Bird species
  • Ground Transportation
  • Airline transportation: local flight in Private airplane, Bogota – Mitu – Mocoa – Cali – Pereira – Santa Marta – Bogota
  • Life-changing experience: in one month you can shared with local comunities who work for conservation of birds
  • Lodging accommodations: doble accommodation in Ecolodge (where if posible), with air conditioning, private bathrooms, clean and comfortable.
  • Daily meals: Three delicious gourmet meals daily – drinking water, coffee, tea, fresh juices.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tickets: Entrance to the national park and private reserve.
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • Laundry services



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