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

Where wildlife abounds

We include the best sites, reserves and parks that have unique characteristics in terms of species and ease of observation

Diverse experiences

Including boat and jeep safaris, nocturnal walks, day-time jungle treks and more

Photography tours

We understand those who want an amazing and professional photographic experience – we have the tour leaders to suit.

Scientific travel

We are proud to be working with scientific conferences in Colombia, delivering flora and fauna tours for scientists

New wildlife opportunities

With our network of scientists and enthusiasts we continue to develop new wildlife watching opportunities around Colombia

Completely bespoke

Our tours are tailored to suit the client, to the smallest detail

Quality of service

Excellent hotels, transport, guides and general service are always included

Days 1 – 2: Fly to Bogota, evening meal. Next day full-day city tour.


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.


Key locations

  • Bogota
  • Amazon – Puerto Nariño
  • PNN Amacayacu
  • PNN Tayrona
  • Santa Marta
  • Cartagena

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

14-Day fully guided itinerary from $2,500 USD / £1,700 GBP

(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
  • Wetlands
  • Varzea forest
  • Terra Firme Humid Tropical Forest
  • Sandy-belt forest
  • Rivers
  • Sub-tropical forest
  • Andean cloud forest
  • High-Andean Forest
  • Paramo

 Possible Especies

  • Red Howler-Monkey
  • Cottontop Tamarin
  • Black Mantled Tamarin
  • Brown Woolly Monkey
  • Andean Spectacled Bear
  • Jaguar (evidence)
  • Hoffman’s Two-toed Sloth
  • Capybara
  • Giant Anteater
  • White-tailed Deer
  • Neotropical River Otter
  • Boto (Pink River Dolphin)
  • Ocelot
  • Crab-eating Fox
  • Kinkajou
  • Various Macaws

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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.”

Jarrod Kyte

Product Director (comment regarding our historical and archaeological tour of Colombia), Steppes Travel (UK)