The Wildlife of Colombia
Enjoying nature through interaction and observation is why we’re here.
Colombia is the second most diverse country on Earth. The stats speak for themselves: 1st in birds and orchids; 2nd in plants, amphibians, butterflies and freshwater fish; 3rd in reptiles and palms and 4th in mammals. Colombia is flora and fauna.
Our stunning national park and protected area system is among the most extensive and unique in the world.
It’s where we spend most of our time (thankfully).
Colombia’s great geographic diversity incorporates a startling range of unforgettable landscapes, such as glaciers, paramos, cloud forest, humid tropical forest, plains, deserts and coast, all of which contains exuberant and abundant plant and animal life, some of which can only be found here.
Working within biological and scientific circles, we have special access the best sites to see the best species, no matter what the speciality. From birds to reptiles, from frogs to mammals, from orchids to butterflies, we cover it all.
Our tours can range from daytime safaris in the Llanos (Eastern Orinoco Plains), looking for the legendary Giant Anteater or a night-time trek through the Amazonian jungle to look for nocturnal animals, or be as simple as a stay in a location where the wildlife abounds.
Wildlife Watching with The Colombian Project
Days 3 – 4: Fly to Leticia for boat to Colombia’s first certified sustainable tourism destination: Puerto Nariño; visit the local NGO Natutama, attend a handicrafts workshop and listen to local Ticuna myths and legends around the fire.
Days 5 – 6: Boat ride up the Loretoyacu River into Varzea flooded forest for birdwatching opportunities and walks along the jungle paths around Tarapoto Lake to observe Terra Firme wildlife. Boat ride on the lake to observe Pink River Dolphins and caiman. Next day boat ride up the River Amazon to visit an indigenous settlement and have lunch there before returning to Puerto Nariño.
Days 7 – 8: Embark on a 2 day trek, starting in Puerto Nariño and heading into pristine primary forest. Walk half-way to clay-lick and camp. Night trek to observe nocturnal fauna – amphibians, birds and insects, with possible mammal sightings. Next day early morning visit to clay lick to observe local wildlife and look for evidence of Jaguars. Return via boat down the Amacayacu River, observing local fauna and flora along the way.
Days 10 – 11: Full-day excursion at PNN Tayrona national park. Visit ruins of ancient Tayrona town. Next day city tour of Santa Marta. Relaxation time on the beach.
Days 12 – 13: Drive to Cartagena. Half-day afternoon tour of Cartagena’s walled city and major landmarks. Fly to Bogotá then onto London.
Day 14: Arrive home.
- Amazon – Puerto Nariño
- PNN Amacayacu
- PNN Tayrona
- Santa Marta
Other possible locations:
- Hato La Aurora – Casanare
- PNN Utria
- PNN Chingaza
- PNN Los Nevados
- PNN Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
- PNN Farallones de Cali
- PNN Tatama
- Sibundoy Valley
(Based on 12pax sharing on a twin occupancy basis)
**NOTE: Includes Bogota, Santa Marta & Cartagena
Private departures and group tours up to 12pax available
- Amazon – July to October to allow for easier access to Varzea forest, though all year round is possible but with higher rainfall.
- Llanos – November to March for easier viewing of wildlife which concentrate at drying lake and river beds, though all year round (except February) is possible but with higher rainfall.
- Dry tropical forest
- Humid and wet tropical forest
- Savannah grasslands
- Varzea forest
- Terra Firme Humid Tropical Forest
- Sandy-belt forest
- Sub-tropical forest
- Andean cloud forest
- High-Andean Forest
- Red Howler-Monkey
- Cottontop Tamarin
- Black Mantled Tamarin
- Brown Woolly Monkey
- Andean Spectacled Bear
- Jaguar (evidence)
- Hoffman’s Two-toed Sloth
- Giant Anteater
- White-tailed Deer
- Neotropical River Otter
- Boto (Pink River Dolphin)
- Crab-eating Fox
- Various Macaws
What our clients say
“Thanks again Juan for all your hard work and cooperation on this trip – have to say, in spite of a tight deadline you made the whole process very easy from our end. You were always quick to respond, did exactly what you said you would do in the time frame you advised and produced great copy to reflect an excellent itinerary. Great work, thank you.”