EXCITING BIRD WATCHING
We invite you to find out why Colombia is a bird-watcher´s paradise. Forests, jungles, desserts, flatlands and wetlands are the habitat of more that 1957 different species and about 70 endemic ones. Madreselva arranges the best birdwatching tours with expert guides all around the country.
6 DAYS OF BIRDWATCHING IN THE CARIBBEAN
Day 1: Arrival in Santa Marta and transfer to Minca, a beautiful town in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. After lunch, we walk and birdwatch along the road to El Dorado Lodge where we will spend the night.
Day 2: Early rising to reach higher elevations in search of some endemic species. Picnic in the area. During the afternoon, we head back to the lodge slowly walking down while birding. Accommodation at El Dorado Lodge.
Day 3: Today we enjoy the lodge and do some birdwatching here. We will spend the time seeing the hummingbirds that come to the feeders and trying to see a few of the endemic birds of the area.
Day 4: Today we will walk down to the beach while birdwatching along the route on the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Accommodation at Boutique Hotel near Tayrona Park.
Day 5: Morning visit to Tayrona Park to see some endemic species of the area. Afternoon transfer to Riohacha.
Day 6: Morning visit to Santuario de los Flamencos to observe the majestic American Flamingos and Ibis, among other species. Transfer to Riohacha airport and end of the tour.
9 DAYS OF BIRDWATCHING IN THE COFFEE ZONE
Day 1: Arrival in Pereira and transfer to Montezuma Reserve a wonderful place with excellent hospitality and magnificent feeders and birding right from the lodge. Accommodation in Montezuma Lodge.
Day 2: Early morning walk uphill towards a higher elevation to observe the endemics. Picnic lunch along the way. The long descent will provide opportunities for some nice species before getting back to the lodge for a nice home cooked meal and great night sleep. Accommodation in Montezuma Lodge.
Day 3: Today we will vivit the lower elevations of the Tatama National with fantastic views of
Cerro Tatama and hopes of running into a few endemic species. Upon arrival to the lodge, we will see the hummingbird feeders.
Accommodation in Montezuma Lodge.
Day 4: Morning of birdwatching around the lodge. Afternoon transfer to Otun-Quimbaya Reserve. Accommodation in Yarumo Blanco Cabins.
Day 5: Day of birdwatching at the Reserve Otun – Quimbaya, a flora and fauna sanctuary located on the west slope of the Central Cordillera, and is home to the Wax Palm and may endemic bird species. Afternoon drive along the Otun River looking for more birds until we get to Rio Blanco Reserve, one of the best birding sites in the world. Accommodation in Rio Blanco Lodge.
Day 6: Full day at Reserva Rio Blanco encountering the most exotic, uncommon and endangered species of birds. Accommodation in Rio Blanco Lodge.
Day 7: Morning visit the reserve’s several well-maintained hummingbird feeders that attract a great
variety of hummingbirds. In the afternoon, we will drive up the mountain to spend two nights at Hotel Termales del Ruiz, at 11,000 feet, where we can relax in its mineral-rich, medicinal hot springs and enjoy scenic views of the central Andes. Accommodation in Hotel Termales del Ruiz.
Day 8: Today the goal is to find bird species adapted to high elevations. We will explore Los Nevados National Park, located on the highest part of the Colombian central Andes. We will wind through patches of forest that open up to Paramo, an ecosystem of tropical grasslands above the treeline, toward the picturesque 5,300-meter (17,400-foot) volcano Nevado del Ruiz, a magical and surreal scenery. Accommodation in Rio Blanco Lodge.
Day 9: The morning is spent searching for any targets that may have been missed and enjoying the hummingbird feeders at the hotel. There is also a chance to look for a very rare and endangered endemic species. Afternoon transfer to airport and end of the tour.