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Colombia - Birds & History

Tour Code: COL03

A 14-day holiday combining birdwatching with Colombia's fascinating history and culture.

14 days from £4295(inc flights) Land Only Price: £3695 SRS: £495

Our holiday begins in the capital, Bogota, where we’ll enjoy sightseeing in the vibrant heart of the city, as well as searching for five Colombia endemics including Bogota Rail and Silvery-throated Spinetail. Next we bird the montane forests of Valle de Cocora in the central Andes, enjoying the antpittas and exciting mixed-species flocks in the pristine cloudforest reserve of Rio Blanco. The forests and high Andean páramo at Nevado del Ruiz offer such gems as Buffy Helmetcrest, Rufous-fronted Parakeet and Golden-capped Tanager, while from our base at Jardin we visit a superb Andean Cock-of-the-rock lek, search for endangered Yellow-eared Parrots, spend time in the town’s beautiful colonial square and sample some of the world’s finest coffee. Two nights in a luxurious boutique hotel located in the coastal city of Cartagena completes the tour.

  • Visit La Candelaria, Plaza de Bolivar & the Gold Museum, Bogota
  • Look for Turquoise Dacnis, Black Inca & Indigo-capped Hummingbird around Bogota
  • Encounter up to 5 species of antpittas, Rio Blanco
  • White-capped Tanager, Stygian Owl & Masked Saltator, Rio Blanco
  • Stay in beautiful haciendas & hotels with hot spring baths
  • Enjoy Rainbow-bearded Thornbill & Sword-billed Hummingbird in the mountains
  • Black-billed Mountain Toucan & Black-chested Buzzard-eagle, high Andean páramo
  • Visit one of South America’s most active Andean Cock-of-the-rock leks
  • Led by expert naturalist guides


All included in the price.


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Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 Fly Bogota

Day 2/3 Birding & cultural excursions from Bogota

Day 4 Pereira

Day 5 Valle de Cocora & Salento

Day 6 Otun Quimbaya/Manizales

Day 7 Rio Blanco Reserve

Day 8 Nevado del Ruiz

Day 9/10 Jardin

Day 11/12 Cartagena

Day 13 Fly Bogota and depart

Day 14 Arrive UK

Our action-packed ‘Multicoloured Tanager Tour’ and ‘Santa Marta Endemics’ holiday have been two of our most popular long-haul birding tours over the past couple of years. As well as offering some of the planet’s best birding, Colombia can also lay claim to a fascinating history and a veritable treasure trove of museums, galleries and cultural attractions. We hope that this new 2-week tour will appeal to those who like to combine natural history exploration and birding on holiday with interesting culture and history.

We begin in the capital city of Bogota, exploring sites such as La Candelaria, the city’s historic and vibrant heart, the Plaza de Bolivar and the famous Gold Museum. Birding excursions will focus on nearby marshes and cloudforest for five Colombian endemics (Turquoise Dacnis, Black Inca, Indigo-capped Hummingbird, Bogota Rail and Silvery-throated Spinetail) and a suite of other species. Next we spend two nights in a historic hacienda in Colombia’s Central Andean range, birding the scenic Valle de Cocora and nearby montane forests. In the pristine cloudforest reserve of Rio Blanco we can encounter up to five species of furtive antpittas in a single morning (thanks to earthworm feeding stations), while also seeking out exciting mixedspecies flocks and much sought-after birds such as White-capped Tanager, Stygian Owl and Masked Saltator. Moss-laden elfin forests and stunning high Andean páramo habitat at Nevado del Ruiz offer more gems, including Buffy Helmetcrest, Rufous-fronted Parakeet, Golden-crowned Tanager, Black-billed Mountain Toucan and Black-chested Buzzard-eagle. Here we spend a night in a hotel with soothing natural hot spring baths and an enchanting hummingbird garden that attracts species such as Rainbow-bearded Thornbill, Sword-billed Hummingbird and Shining Sunbeam. From the colourful and largely undiscovered small colonial town of Jardin we visit one of South America’s most active Andean Cock-of-the-rock leks, search for endangered Yellow-eared Parrots in a scenic Andean cloudforest reserve, spend time in the town’s beautiful colonial square and sample some of the world’s finest coffee. Two nights in a luxurious boutique hotel located in the fascinating coastal city of Cartagena completes the tour. We shall visit La Popa hill for 360-degree views of the city, stop at the San Felipe Castle and enjoy an insightful walking tour around the colourful old town where architecture, art, music, food and culture combine to wonderful effect.

Andean Condor.Andean Condor.Antioquia, Colombia.Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonia pyrrhophrys.Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.Toucan Barbet.Variegated Spider Monkey.Velvet-purple Coronet.Harpy EagleSanta Marta Jungle, ColombiaGolden-ringed Tanager (Benjamin Freeman)Bogota Rail (Benjamin Freeman)Chestnut-capped Piha (Ben Freeman)Andean Emerald (Daniel Uribe)Bar-crested Antshrike (Daniel Uribe)Gold-ringed Tanager (Daniel Uribe)Indigo-capped Hummingbird (Daniel Uribe)Long-tailed Sylph (Daniel Uribe)Purple-backed Thornbill (Daniel Uribe)Purplish-mantled Tanager (Daniel Uribe)Rainbow-bearded Thornbill (Daniel Uribe)Red-ruffed Fruitcrow (Daniel Uribe)Rufous-tailed Hummingbird (Daniel Uribe)Sparkling Violetear (Daniel Uribe)Sword-billed Hummingbird (Daniel Uribe)White-capped Tanager (Daniel Uribe)White-necked Jacobin (Daniel Uribe)

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Sat 24th November 2018 - Fri 7th December 2018



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