BIRDING IN COLOMBIA

The word ‘Colombia’ sparks imagination and wonder when mentioned in birding circles. It is the mecca for neo-tropical birding, being home to 1,932 recorded species (over 1,950 unofficially recorded) with more being found each week as the country’s vast territory is explored during this time of transition and peace.

This startling amount represents close to 20% of the world’s total number of birds. Among this mouth-watering list there are at least 84 ‘country endemics’ found in Colombia’s various isolated geo-regions and ecosystems, the evolutionary results of the complex and extreme Andean topography, its role as the bio-bridge between North, Central and South America and its 1,000-mile Caribbean and Pacific coastlines.

With an aim to capture and proudly showcase this astounding avian treasure trove, we are delighted to introduce to you our latest array of The Colombian Project Birding experiences – the culmination of years of hard work in the birding sector, fed by our deep-lying passion for bird observation, conservation and exploration.

COLOMBIA BIRDING

OVERVIEW

Birding in Colombia involves visits to a wide range of private reserves, national and regional parks, farms and private properties. Road connections are very good to excellent between major cities thanks to the construction of new 4G highways, with most secondary and tertiary (unpaved) roads in good condition. Major cities are never too far away from the main birding sites meaning that connections by both road and air are easy to coordinate. Infrastructure is generally excellent in the cities with it understandably lowering in * level the more remote you go. That said, the lodgings we offer are clean and comfortable complete with private bathrooms – thankfully these are abundant and getting better all the time as Colombia’s tourism sector strengthens.

Savannas of the ‘Llanos’ (plains) are the result of acidic soil and a climate that leaves it with a harsh, long dry season between November to April. During the wet season large areas of the Llanos are flooded providing the backdrop to the original Colombian cowboys – ‘Los Llaneros’. This immense, flat grassland drains to the Orinoco River and stretches deep into Venezuela.

To the north, along the Caribbean, 1,000 miles or 1,600km of coastline stretch from the Darien to the northernmost tip of South America – La Guajira peninsula and desert on the border of Venezuela.

Most special of all, is the topographical accident that is the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia’s highest mountains that tower at over 5,700masl or 18,700ft. These snow covered peaks lie just 50km from the stunning beaches and jungles of Tayrona national park, as the crow flies. This island of evolution leads us on to our conclusion.
Colombia´s collection of snow-covered mountains and their various climatic floors, lush valleys, endless plains, impenetrable forests, arid deserts and endless coastlines, created of evolution and formed over millions of years, has allowed Colombia to harbour an equally massive range of avian fauna, much of which has evolved to be perfectly adapted to its surroundings. Colombia is the land of birds – but not by chance and this section, which is dedicated to its ecoregions – Andean, Pacific, Amazon, Llanos and Caribbean, will explain why.

ITINERARIES - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

A SMALL SELECTION

​These itineraries are a small selection of the various birding tours that we offer and it’s worth mentioning that we operate Colombia as a whole –there is no known region or site that we do not visit and we are always searching for more sites so that we are at the forefront of the very best birding experiences in Colombia.

TAILOR MADE

All tours are suitable for groups or FIT travelers and can be changed, adapted or modified in line with a client’s specific requirements, such as budget, time, travel style, specific target list etc. There’s nothing we like better than create and mould a tour to the client’s exact needs and wants.

SMALL GROUPS

We don’t do large groups for our birding tours. In fact, we don’t do large groups for any of our tours as it’s not what we’re about. We keep group sizes small to ensure a more personalized experience, with more contact time with the tour leader and of course, much better opportunities for field sightings of the various species.

A QUICK GUIDE TO OUR ITINERARIES

– A brief description of the tour as a whole with some juicy tit-bits of information that you should know.

OUR BIRDING EXPERIENCES

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