Colombia is home to well over 1925 species of bird, including over 80 country endemics, a true paradise for birdwatchers, naturalists and wildlife photographers, just waiting to be explored. Among this mouth-watering list there are at least 79 ‘country endemics’ found in Colombia’s various isolated geo-regions and ecosystems, results of the complex and extreme topography, its role as the bio-bridge between North, Central and South America and its Caribbean and Pacific coastlines.
The Colombian Project has a deep-lying passion for birding and has operated excellent birding tours around Colombia for the past 4 years. We have so much belief in and passion for birding – not only for the activity (which we love) but also for the potential benefits it can bring for a post-conflict Colombia, our focus has been on bringing the very best birding experiences to the international birder, in the world’s birdiest country!
Colombia is a country located in the northwest of South America, bordered to the northwest by Panama; to the east by Venezuela and Brazil and to the south by Ecuador and Peru.
The geographic wealth of Colombia is characterized by its six main natural regions, each with their own unique characteristics: Andean, Pacific, Caribbean, the Llanos (Orinoquian plains), the Amazon, and the insular area, comprising islands in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
The Colombian Andes are split into three branches known as cordilleras (mountain ranges): the Cordillera Occidental (Western Andes), running adjacent to the Pacific coast and include cities like Cali; the Cordillera Central (Central Andes), running between the Cauca and Magdalena River inter-Andean valleys and include cities like Medellín, Manizales, Pereira and Armenia (the heart of the Colombian Coffee Region and UNESCO Coffee Cultural Landscape); and the Cordillera Oriental (Eastern Andes), which extends north-east to the Guajira Peninsula and includes cities like Bogota. The highest peaks of the Andes exceed 5,770 masl (18,930ft) and are hotspot for biodiversity diversification – the driving force behind why Colombia has so many birds that can only be seen here, among the folds and valleys of its territory.
To the east of the Andes stretched the vast tropical savannas of the Llanos – part of the Orinoco River basin, and to the south east, the limitless expanse of the Amazon rainforest. To the north lies the Caribbean coast, which includes cities like Barranquilla, Cartagena and Santa Marta, and which is also home to the mystical Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range – the most important area for endemism in Colombia and recently voted by the IUCN as the ‘most irreplaceable concentration of biodiversity on Earth’. This Neotropical hotspot for endemism has the country’s tallest peaks Pico Cristóbal Colón and Pico Simón Bolívar which over look La Guajira Desert to the north, which protrudes into the Caribbean. Finally the Pacific coastal lowlands, backed by the Serrania de Baudo Mountains, are sparsely populated and covered in the dense vegetation of the Choco biogeographical region which stretches from the Darien of Panama to northern Ecuador.
With all of the above combined, Colombia is a natural treasure-chest of ecosystems and the species that live within, making it the heavyweight in world birding.
During the last decade, Colombia has become in a global “mecca” for birdwatchers and wildlife photographers, our main aim is to offer the best experience for discerning travellers who love and value nature and specifically birds.
We are a 100% Colombian company and excel in offering specialist tours. For that reason we can offer the itineraries, experiences and the logistics that combine to make a fantastic travel experience, all designed according to your interests, style and needs.
Our guides are BSc and MSc Biologists and some of the most experienced birders in the country, we here at The Colombian Project are lucky enough to be well placed in the birding fraternity. For this reason both we and our guides know the best places, sounds and trails intimately and have the necessary skills to deliver an incredible birding experience.
As part of our sustainable tourism work (and because we simply like to do things ‘right’ first and foremost) we employ local guides to aid in generating a feasible economic alternative to destructive and extractive practices in the Colombian countryside, which, by connection, helps preserve what we love to see – our beautiful birds, animals and habitat.
We’re a small company with the capability and flexibility to offers you a customized attention.
We work with a small group sizes only (max 8 people) to ensure an personalised experience and excellent birding where everybody gets the chance to see what they came for.