Our Tours


There are many possibilities of organizing tours (and their variables) delete the words in brackets. In order to arrange your tailor-made tour we recommend that you visit the Birding areas section.

To make things easier, here are a few examples of tours that include some of the hottest destinations for the endemic and specialties.

 The most productive and interesting regions are ​​Santa Marta area, the 3 Andean ranges and the valley of the Magdalena River. To cover these areas it requires a tour of between 22-26 days. Also, it is possible to arrange tours of just 7-10 days where you can see many specialties, as you need different trips to cover Colombia. 

 Tour Santa Marta Mountains and Caribe area (7 day/6 nights)

 The Caribbean area of Colombia is one of the best birding destinations in South America. At least 630 species have been recorded in this area, including 20 endemic species, 18 globally threatened and at least 60 with restricted distribution. Additionally, this region is of high importance for migratory birds which are represented by more than 120 species. Linked with this wealth of birds, this region offers a wide variety of habitats and incredible landscapes that have easy access and short travel distances. Besides being a “must” for those interested in birds, this region has  a lot to offer non birders. Idyllic beaches, pre-hispanic ruins, the colonial Cartagena, sports and other activities are available at or near (places of) remove words in brackets  birdwatching sites.

 Multicolor Birding Colombia set a tour of 7 days / 6 nights for this spectacular region. Enjoy the de Santa Marta Mountains, rain forests and dry forests, coasts and dry scrub of La Guajira, finishing with mangroves located between the cities of Santa Marta and Barranquilla. This is a tour designed to see many birds in a short time and enjoy beautiful landscapes with comfort and low physical demands.
Day 1. Travel day  

The participants meet in Santa Marta City. If the arrival times permits, then we will have some birding close Santa Marta or it may be possible to move into Santa Marta Mountains foothills (650 m) and sleep at Minca town (600 m asl).
Day 2. El Dorado 
At 5:00 a.m. begin a journey to the beautiful and comfortable lodge El Dorado (1950 m) this trip  takes 2.5 hour, but we spend the morning just birding the superb forested road. This day will be possible to observe species like:

Black-fronted Wood-Quail (NE), Blossomcrown (E) , White-tipped Quetzal (NE), Yellow-billed Toucanet (NE)
Santa Marta Foliage gleaner, Ruddy (E) , Gray-throated Leaftosser, Rusty-headed Spinetail (E) , Santa Marta Brush-finch (E) , White-lored Warbler (E), Golden-breasted Fruiteater (NE), Brown rumped Tapaculo (E) , Santa Marta Tapaculo (E), Black-hooded Thrush, Black-headed Tanager, Golden-bellied Grosbeak and Rusty-breasted Antpitta.

 Day 3. San Lorenzo Ridge- El Dorado Reserve

 At 5:00 a.m. we will leave  the lodge,  driving  till the end of the road at 2600 m (1 hour ). We will focus on the endemics and other specialties that are found only at the top of the mountain. Some of the birds to observe on this day may be:Band-tailed Guan (NE), Andean Condor, Solitary Eagle, the newly discovered Santa Marta Screech Owl (E),  Santa Marta Parakeet (E), Black-backed Thornbill (E), White-tailed Starfrontlet (E), Streak-capped Spinetail (NE), Santa Marta Bush-Tyrant (E), Santa Marta Antpitta (E), (Santa Marta) Rufous Antpitta (E), Santa Marta Mountain-tanager (E), Yellow-crowned Whitestart (E), Santa Marta Warbler (E) and many others.

Day 4. El Dorado-Road to Minca

 During the morning we will focus to on finding the specialties that we have not already observed. Then we will spend the afternoon birding between the lodge (1950 m) and Minca (650 m). This day we will good chances to find:Military Macaw (VU), Santa Marta Woodstar (E), Coppery Emerald (NE), Santa Marta Sabrewing (E), Golden winged Sparrow (NE), Black-Headed Tanager (SE), Black and white Owl, Rufus Nightjar, Santa Marta Foliage-gleaner (E), Sooty-capped Hermit, Venezuelan Tyrannulet, Scaled Piculet and Long-billed Starthroat. Night at Minca.
Day 5. Minca and road to Ríohacha.

 We’ll spend the morning birding around Minca. After (a) remove the word in the bracket lunch at Santa Marta we will drive to Riohacha making some interesting stops. A sample of the birds today: Coppery Emerald (NE), Ruby Topaz (rare), Sapphire-bellied Hummingbird, Keel-billed Toucan, Black-backed Antshrike (NE), White bellied Antbird, Northern Royal Flycatcher, Southern Bentbill, Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher, Lance-tailed Manakin, Black-chested Jay (NE), Rufous-breasted Wren, Rufous-and-white Wren, Golden-fronted Greenlet, Rosy Thrush-tanager, Thick bill Seed Finch,  Santa Marta Foliage-gleaner, Sooty-capped Hermit, Venezuelan Tyrannulet, Scaled Piculet, Long-billed Starthroat and Orange-crowned Oriole.

 We spend the late afternoon on the arid scrub close to Ríohacha, this is a very productive area with easy birding…we can see specialties like Bare-eyed Pigeon, White-whiskered Spinetail, Slender-billed Inezia, Northern Scrub-Flycatcher, Pale-legged Hornero, Orinoco Saltador, Pileated Finch, Russet-throated Puffbird and the wonderful Vermilion Cardinal. Also, we close the day with some Rufous-vented Chachalacas! After that, we drove to Ríohacha city, to spend the night in our comfortable hotel Barbacoas.

 Day 6. Flamencos Sanctuary
This day will be devoted to the specialties of the desert scrub of Colombia and Venezuela. From Riohacha travel 25 minutes to the Sanctuary of the Flamingos. We will investigate the dry scrub and salt water lakes for: Flamingos, Scarlet Ibis, Bare-eyed Pigeon (NE), Buffy Hummingbird (NE), Chestnut Piculet (NE), Russet-throated Puffbird (NE) , Caribbean (Pale-legged) Homer, White-whiskered Spinetail (NE) , Slender-billed Inezia (NE), Northern Scrub Flycatcher (NE),Vermilion Cardinal (NE), Tocuyo Sparrow (NE-rare), Pileated Finch (NE) , Orinoco Saltator (NE), Glaucous Tanager (NE).  After the lunch we star on return to Santa Marta with some stops on the road, mostly around the Tayrona National Park. Night at Santa Marta.

Day 7. Mangroves and beaches of the NP  Salamanc

Today we will look for Chestnut-winged Chachalaca (E), Sapphire-bellied Hummingbird, Bronze-brown Cowbird (E), Golden-green Woodpecker, Bicolour Conebill, American Pygmy Kingfisher, Laughing Gulls,  Franklin’s Gull, Black-crested Antshrike, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, White-cheeked Pintail, Marbled Godwit and Short-billed Dowitcher and many other shore birds. After lunch we will take flights connections back home or to another region of Colombia.

 CENTRAL COLOMBIA ENDEMIC TOUR

 On  this tour we will visit the best places to find the endemics and specialties of the Western, Central and Eastern Andes… also some of the most interesting birding sites in the valleys of the rivers Cauca and Magdalena.

Day 0. Medellín

The  first day, the participants meet in Medellin and take dinner together at a quiet and comfortable hotel in one of the best city areas. If time permits we will do some birding near the city.

 Day 1. Río Claro Reserve (400-700 m)

An early trip to the east of Medellin to descend into the foothills of the Magdalena river, before arriving at Rio Claro with some stops to look for: White-mantled Barbet (E), Beautiful woodpecker (E), Bar-crested Antshike (NE) Pacific Antwren, Scrub Tanager and many others. During the afternoon we look for will Grey-cheeked Nunlet, Brownish Twistwing, Olivaceous Flatbill, Dull-mantled Antbird. We finish the evening watching the phenomenal Oilbirds. Night Rio Claro Lodge.

 Day 2 Río Claro

On this day we  spend the whole day on the reserve trails, a sample of birds to look are: Antioquia Bristle-tyrant (E),  White-mantled Barbet (E), Sooty Ant-Tanager (E), Yellow-browed Shrike-Vireo, Scarlet-browed Tanager, Saffron-headed Parrot (NE), Southern Bentbill, Fasciated Tiger-Heron, Long-tailed Woodcreeper, Striped Manakin, Rufous Mourner,  Black-faced Antthrush. Night at Río Claro reserve  Lodge.

Day 3 Río Claro and La Romera
Early morning birding  at Río Claro, and  then we will drive towards Medellín, making some stops along the road. In the afternoon we will bird close to Medellín Remove this half bracket). Our main targets: Red-bellied Grackle (E), Yellow-headed Manakin (NE), Greenish Puffleg, Rufous-naped Greenlet (NE), Pale-naped Brush-Finch.Night Medellín.

 Day 4-5. Chestnut-capped Piha Reserve.

This relatively new reserve of the Proaves Foundation is really very interesting for any birder. Also, the lodge is quite nice and comfortable. On the road to the reserve, we will make some stops to look for Bare-faced Ibis, King Vulture, White-throated Crake,  Blackish Rail, Bronze-winged Parrot, Black capped Donacobius, Yellow-backed and Guira Tanagers, Grey Seedeater and the nice Yellow-tufted Dacnis.

Some after sought birds on the reserve are Multicolored Tanager (E), Black-and-gold Tanager (E), Purplish-mantled Tanager (NE), Chestnut Wood-Quail (E), White tip Sicklebill, Lanceolate Monklet, Red-bellied Grackle (E). And the (the) delete the word in the brackets (just) recently discovered, Chestnut-capped Piha (E),  Parker’s Antbird (E). Further birds to look out for, Colombian Chachalaca (E), Greenish Puffleg, Western Emerald, Green-crowned Woodnymph, Barred Hawk, Lyre-tail Nighjar, Moustached Puffbird, Red-headed Barbet, Brown-billed Scythebill, Rufous-rumped Antwren, White-bellied Antpitta, Ochre-Brest Antpitta, Sooty-headed Wren, Golden-winged Manakin, Wing-barred Piprites, Black-billed Peppershrike,  Scarlet and White Tanager and the splendid Indigo Flowerpiercer (NE).  Two Nights on  Piha reserve lodge.

 Day 6. Piha Reserve-Jardin

 We try to find some of the species that we may have missed so far and then start the long drive  to Jardín town on the Western Andes (6 h drive). Of course, we will make 3-4 birding stops on our way, where we can try for, Grayish Piculet (E), Apical Flycatcher (E). We will finish our day with a cool Cock of the Rock Lek. Night  in Jardin Town.

 Day 7 Jardin

 Jardín is one of the most beautiful towns of Colombia. We will spend a full day and 2 nights here. We will have superb birding between 1900-3000 m asl, The key bird here is the critically endangered Yellow-eared Parrot. Other nice birds are Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Munchique Wood Wren  (E), Tanager Finch, Saffron-crowned Tanagers, Golden-fronted Whitestart, Barred Fruiteater, Citrine Warbler, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Mountain Cacique, Grey-hooded Bush-tanager and the beauty Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonia.

 Day 8-9 Río Blanco

Early birding in Jardin and then we will drive to Río Blanco (4,5 h). This reserve is on the central Andes western slope including cloud forest between 2100-4000 m. There are some great birds in Rio Blanco: Masked Saltator, Brown-banded (E), Bicolour and Slate-crowned Antpittas, Rusty-faced Parrot, Red-hooded Tanager, Black-billed Mountain-Toucan and Black-collared Jay. Other good birds were Dusky Piha, Ash-colored and Ocellated Tapaculos, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Rufous-banded Owl, White-throated Screech Owl, Tyrannine Woodcreeper, Sharpe’s Wren, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Smoky Bush-Tyrant, Black-eared Hemispingus, Plushcap, Golden-rumped Euphonia and Scaly-naped Parrots. Two Nights in Río Blanco.

Days 10 Paramo NP Los Nevados (3200-4000 asl)

 This is a special site for nice hummers like: Bearded Helmetcrest, Black-thighed &  Golden-breasted Pufflegs, Mountain Avocetbill, Rainbow-bearded Thornbill, Shining Sunbeam, Buff-winged Starfrontlet. Other cool birds are: Rufous-fronted Parakeet (E) Paramo Tapaculo, White-browed Spinetail, Black-backed Bush-Tanager, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Grey-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Stout-billed Cinclodes, Tawny Antpitta, Crowned Chat-tyrant,  Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Paramo Seedeater, Andean Tit-Spinetail, White-chinned Thistletail and Plumbeous Sierra-Finch. Night Pereira.

 Days 11, 12  Montezuma.  NP Tatama (1300-1900 asl)

This site has really impressive birding, I believe that this is one of the best sites in  Colombia. It is a tanager paradise!  Gold-ringed  (E) and Black-&-gold Tanagers (E), Crested Ant-tanager (E), Purplish-mantled, Glistening-green, Lemon-spectacled, Rufous-throated, Metallic-green, Silver-throated, Flame-faced, Flame-rumped and Yellow-throated Bush-Tanagers.

Other superb (stuning) delete the word in the bracket  birds are Black Solitaire, Buffy Tuftedcheek, Fulvous-dotted Treerunner, Toucan Barbet, Bicoloured Antvireo, Yellow-breasted Antpitta, Black Hawk-Eagle, Rufous-breasted Antthrush, Bronze-olive Pygmy-Tyrant, Yellow-breasted Antwren, White-headed Wren, Yellow-vented Woodpecker, Rufous-browed Tyrannulet, Olivaceous Piha, Olive Finch, Uniform Treehunter, Scaly-throated Foliage-gleaner, Yellow-collared and Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonias.

 Some good hummingbirds to look for are Empress Brilliant, White-tailed Hillstar, Brow Inca, Velvet-purple Coronet, Violet-tailed Sylph, Purple-bibbed Whitetip, Purple-throathed Woodstar. This site also offers Nariño, Choco and the new species  Pisones Tapaculo!! Two Nights at Montezuma Farmer House (a simple but clean and charming  accommodation, where the very friendy local people are involved directly with the bird-conservation –(sorpresing) remove the word in the brackets the food is excellent here!).

 Day 13 Montezuma –travel to Otun

 We spend the morning looking for any missed species. At mid-day we will set off for Otun-Quimbaya santuary (4  h drive). We will have late birding and owling in Otun. Night Otun Lodge.

 Day 14. Otun-Quimbaya (1800-2200 m)

 Otun has  a nice and charming lodge surrounded by subtropical forest.  A lot the special birds are a just walking distance from our rooms. We search here for  Cauca Guan (E), Chestnut Wood Quail(E),, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Golden-plumed Parakeet,  Moustached Antpitta,  Chestnut-breasted Wren, Wattle Guan, Black-winged Saltator, Torrent Duck, Crimson-rumped Toucanet, Metallic-green Tanager, Ashy-throated Bush-Tanager and Rufous-breasted Flycatcher, Variegated Bristle-Tyrant, Plumbeous-crowned Tyrannulet,  Uniform Antshrike, Green-fronted Lancebill, Rusty-winged Barbtail, Streak-capped Treehunter, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper and Cerulean Warbler. Night Otun Lodge

 Day 15. Otun-Connections to Ibague or Bogota

Birding in the early morning. Then we travel down to Pereira City. From here it is possible to cross the central andes towards the Ibague area and then bird watch in the Easthern Andes. Or it is possible to take  a flight to Bogota or other destinations.

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