Photographing the Best Places in Colombia

We design the tour according to what you want to see. It could be by species, by places with special requirements of tourist sites, gastronomy, special transport conditions, cultural activities, etc. Whatever your dream we’ll make it possible.

Paramo Puracé

The Puracé National Park is located in the Central Andean Region of Colombia (altitude of 3000 –  4500 masl.), Southeast of the city of Popayán. We’ll leave from the hotel in Cali at 4:30 am and  arrive at Puracé at 8:00am where we will have breakfast. Then we’ll visit the Condor Rock. This is the place where the magnificent Condor of the Andes comes to be fed regularly (there’s a 70% chance we’ll get to see it). This is the best place to photograph this majestic bird. You can get great pictures of the Cóndor standing in the Rock or soaring the sky above the spectacular cliffs of the Colombian Central Andes.  We will also enjoy the beautiful scenery of  the magical Puracé Paramo, with it’s mystical mist above the San Rafael lagoon and San Juan Hot-Springs. We’ll go birding around the trails, where we could luckily take photographs of Scarlet bellied Mountain Tanager, Collared Inca, Carunculated Caracara, Black capped Tyrannulet, Streak throated Bush Tyrant, Crowned Chat Tyrant, Rufous breasted Chat Tyrant, Brown backed Chat Tyrant, Golden fronted Redstart,  Scarlet-bellied Mountain Tanager, Black Flowerpiercer, Slaty Brush Finch, Blue backed Conebill, Pale naped Brush Finch, Golden crowned Tanager, Superciliared Hemispingus and many other species. In the afternoon we will go to the hotel Arcada Payanesa (o la Herrería Colonial) at Popayán .

Vultur gryphusBirding In The Condor Stone

La Minga

La Minga, is ecolodge located within the Rio Bitaco Forest Reserve. We will check in, go birding (‘till dusk if your arrival time allows it), and relax in the first night. La Minga is a cozy, quiet Lodge with comfortable and clean rooms, and hot water.We will spend the morning  birding at the trails and feeders of La Minga Ecolodge. There we will have the opportunity to watch birds like endemic Multicolored Tanager, endemic Colombian Chachalaca ,Saffron crowned Tanager, Golden naped Tanager, Acorn Woodpecker, Golden Olive Woodpecker, Long Tailed Sylph, Brown violetear,  Booted Raquettail, Western and Andean Emerald, Bronzy Inca, Green Honeycreeper, White naped Brush Finch, Bananaquit, Barred Becard, Uniform Antshrike, Crested and Golden headed Quetzal, Flame rumped Tanager, Slate throated Redstart, Azara’s spinetail, Golden Crowned Flycatcher, Green and black Fruiteater, Black billed thrush among many other.

Chlorochrysa nitidissima10Multicolored Tanager Birding In La Minga
eubucco bourcierii2Red-headed Barbet Birding In La Minga

La Florida farm

The finca Florida is a love filled small farm, located on the Western Andes at an altitude of 2.000 m.a.s.l. (cold / mild weather) and just 30/45 minutes from Cali, this place has a list of more than 20 hummingbird species and the amazing Tanager feeders. Here we will spend some time looking for Blue-headed Sapphire, Brown Violetear, Booted Racket-Tail, Andean Emerald, Purple-Throated Woodstart, Steely-vented Hummingbird, Long-tailed Sylph, long billed starthroat, western emerald, other birds like Red-headed Barbet, Saffron- crowned, Flame-rumped, Golden and Golden-naped Tanagers plus the endemic Colombian chachalaca, Chestnut Woo-quail and lots more.

Chestnut Wood-Quail Birding In La Minga

Parque de la Uva

We will have early breakfast and we will drive to Parque de la Uva, where we will visit an Aloe plantation. There we will have a chance to see and pohotograph the amazing Ruby-Topaz Hummingbird,  Rufous Tailed Hummingbird, Steely-vented Hummingbird,  Black throated Mango,  endemic Apical Flycatcher, Spectacled parrotlet, Bar-crested Antshrike, Vermillion Flycatcher, Saffron Finch, Blueblack Grassquit, Yellow bellied Seedeater. 

31564755158_47566d77aa_oRuby-topaz Hummingbird Birding In Parque de la Uva

Tinamou Hotel

This is a special place 30 minutes from Manizales (in Caldas state) to photograph and watch birds. At the Tinamou Hotel Reserve we can observe and photograph Gray headed Dove, Stripe throated hermit, Rufous breasted Hermit,  Long-billed Starthroad,  White vented Plumeleteer,  Western Emerald,  Black throated Mango, Moustached Puffbird,  Grayish Piculet,  Lineated Woodpecker, Smoky Brown Woodpecker,  Great Antshrike,  endemic Parkers Antbird,  Jet Antbird, Blue lored Antbird,  Green Kingfisher, Greenish Elaenia, endemic Colombian Chachalaca,   Clay colored Thrush, Golden crowned Warbler, Gray headed Tanager, Guira Tanager, among others.

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Rio Blanco

Río Blanco Nature Reserve is located in the Central Colombian Andes 15 minutes from the city of Manizales  The feeders close to the guest house, as well as flowering plants around the building, attract an interesting variety of hummingbirds  and Tanagers, such as Buff breasted Mountain Tanager, Blue winged Mountain Tanager, White sided Flowerpiercer, Rusty Flowerpiercer, Masked Flowerpiercer, Tourmaline Sunangel, Buff tailed Coronet, Speckled Hummingbird, Bronzy and Collared incas, lesser and Sparkling Violetears, White-throated Wedgebill,  Long-Tailed Sylph,  White bellied Woodstar, Gray Browed Brushfinch, Slaty  Brushfinch, among others. Nevertheless,  the main attractions for birders visiting the reserve are the “Antpitta” feeding stations that are visited regularly by 4 species: Chestnut crowned, near endemic Bicolored, endemic Brown banded and Slate crowned Antpittas. Additionally we may find other interesting birds to photograph such as Masked Trogon, Andean Motmot,  Black-billed Mountain Toucan, Crimson Mantled Woodpecker,  Mountain Elaenia, Cinnamon Flycatcher, Pale edged Flycatcher, Green and Black Fruiteater,  and many more.

grallariaruficapillaChestnut-crowned Antpitta Birding In Rio Blanco

Hacienda el Bosque

We will get up early and go to Hacienda El Bosque, on our way to National Park Los Nevados on the highest part of the Colombian Central Andes. This is a very special place for photographers where we will have a chance to See and Photograph birds like Gray breasted Mountain Toucan, Crimson mantled Woodpecker,  Rufous Antpitta, Crescent faced Antpitta,  Barred Fruiteater,  among many other interesting birds. From there we will continue our journey to Los Nevados National Park.  We will reach elevations of up to 4000 masl. and temperatures between 8 and 25 °C. Los Nevados National Park encompasses 38,000 ha (93,900 ac) and is home to four snow peaks. Birding is done along a lightly traveled road that winds up the mountain through patches of elfin forest that give way to the paramo. The scenery is remarkable, with the emblematic frailejon/ Espeletia plants endemic to Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador. A paradise for high elevation species, where we might find adapted birds, such as endemic Buffy Helmetcrest and Rainbow bearded Thornbill, Viridian Metaltail, Stout billed Cinclodes, Brown backed Chat Tyrant , Golden crowned Tanager, Plumbeous Sierra Finch,  Andean Tit Spinetail, Paramo and Plain colored seedeaters, Tawny Antpitta, among many other birds.

andigena hypoglaucaGray-breasted Mountain-Toucan Birding In Hacienda El Bosque

Termales del Ruiz 

We will have our breakfast at the hotel and spend the morning at the feeders at Termales del Ruiz hotel in Manizales, where we can photograph  amazing birds, such as the Scarlet bellied Mountain tanager, Lacrimose Mountain Tanager, Glossy Flowerpiercer, Blue-backed Conebill, Rainbow- bearded thornbill, Golden-breasted Puffleg, Tyrian and Ciridian Metaltails, Buffwinged Starfrontlet, Mountain Velvetbreast,  Black-thighed Puffleg, the spectacular Sword billed Hummingbird, Great Sapphirewing , Sparkling Violetear, Shining Sunbeam, Pale naped Brush Finch, Golden fronted redstart, White banded Tyrannulet, and many more.

oxypogon stubeliiBuffi Helmetcrest Birding In PNN Los Nevados
Chalcostigma herrani 3aRainbow-bearded Thornbill Birding In Termales del Ruiz
43813652340_bfbeafc86a_oBlack-billed Mountain-Toucan Birding in PNN Nevados

El Nido del Condor

A strategic place for the sighting of different species, especially the pair of Condors that nest on the plateau, where one of the three nests of the Condor of the Andes is located that are known in the country.

You will be able to see at the height of the canopy of the surrounding vegetation and/or on the 2 canyons that surround us many bird species, with a variety of 150 species, among which are 14 raptors, endemic NT birds (Odontophorus hyperythrus, chestnut wood- quail), almost endemic (ogmoehymchus icterotis, yellow – eared parrot), EN (Spizatus isidori, black – and – chestnut eagle) Twelve (12) migratory and NT (Andean condor), You can also enjoy observing some mammals such as foxes (Cerdocyon thousand), the Armadillo (Dasypus sabanicola), the Guagua (Cuniculus taczanowskii), among others.

Andean condor
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