Colombia is an incredible country for birdwatchers. It boasts a list of 77 endemics (birds found in no other country) and is home to well over 1930 bird species — around 20 percent of the world's total bird count. This 16-day adventure is designed to showcase the best birding sites in the country. You'll experience Colombian culture, excellent food, and vibrant cities as you travel between incredible birding habitats.
Colombia Birding Tours & Itineraries
Colombia is paradise for birders. There are almost 1900 different species in this one country, including such rare specimens as the yellow-eared parrot. One birding option involves an excursion to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, on the Caribbean Coast, where you can spot exotic birds like the keel-billed toucan. Or you could plan an extended birding tour that will take you all over the country, from the highlands of Bogotá to Medellín and the Magdalena River Valley and down to Cali. Another possibility is to visit the Western Andes and then the Caribbean Coast, checking out the unique species such as the endangered Santa Marta parakeet.
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This 14-day itinerary is perfect for serious bird watchers who dream of visiting some of the best bird watching sites in Colombia. The journey includes excursions in the Choco-Western Andes transition, where nearly all the birds are endemic or near-endemic and the mystical and biologically unique Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta – an evolutionary island of biodiversity where you have the chance to view over 20 endemic birds. In addition to excellent birding sites, you'll experience life in rural Colombia and travel across stunning landscapes from the sea to the soaring Andes mountains.
This itinerary is primed for tropical bird viewing in Colombia: the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains. You'll start your birding adventure in the town of Minca, where its green dry forest harbors some diverse species, from toucans to trogons and hummingbirds to red-crested woodpeckers. Then, continue towards the higher reaches of the Sierra and the San Lorenzo Ridge— you'll lodge here amidst mountain scenery, with views all the way to the Caribbean Sea.