Southwest Andes Colombia Birding Tour | Uncover Colombia


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Birding Colombia Tour

Adventure to Colombia’s Southwest

Visit the habitats of fascinating endemic and migratory species during this unforgettable birding tour in southwest Colombia. We will cover a variety of different landscapes: from the wetlands, lakes and mountains of the Andes towering 2,800 meters above sea level, to the tropical rainforest of the Pacific Coast. You will have the chance to see a large number of aquatic birds, including endemic and migratory species, at the spectacular Laguna de La Cocha and Isla de La Corota. You will visit the Pacific rainforest in La Planada Nature Reserve (IBA) to see endemic and endangered species such as the Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan (Andigena laminirostris). Finally, we will observe a great community of hummingbirds (31 species) in Río Ñambí Nature Reserve (IBA) before visiting a beautiful famous sanctuary.

EXPERIENCE TYPE Birding, Eco-Tourism & Culture

Birding Colombia Tour
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DAY 1 Travel to Pasto & City Tour and Transfer to La Cocha

Early in the morning, we will pick you up at your hotel in Bogota for your flight to Pasto. After arriving in Pasto, we will have a city tour to see some of the most iconic places of this charming city.

In the afternoon, we will transfer you to your hotel in La Cocha, Colombia’s biggest natural lake.

Overnight: La Cocha - Hotel Chalet Guamez
Meal Plan: Lunch, Dinner

DAY 2 Birding in La Cocha

There are more than 50 natural reserves around La Cocha. One of the best reserves is El Encanto, which covers nearly 2.5 ha of paramo. The Grey-breated Mountain Tucan is surprisingly common here. The Mountain Cacique (cacicus chrysonotus), Speckle-faced (pionus tumultuosus) and Bronze-winnged parrots (Pionus chalcopterus) amongst other species can also be spotted.

We will also spend some time at La Corota Island to see even more bird species.


Overnight: La Cocha - Hotel Chalet Guamez
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 Birding in La Cocha and Visit of the Sanctuary of Las Lajas,

We will spend the morning exploring another natural reserve around La Cocha before travelling to the magnificent Sanctuary of Las Lajas, one of the most unique churches in the world. It was built atop a bridge spanning a gorge below the village of Las Lajas.

We will spend the night in Ipiales.


Overnight: Ipiales
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 Birding in Rio Ñambí

Today we will go to Río Ñambí Natural Reserve, located in one of the most biodiverse regions of the world. This reserve protects nearly 1,000 ha of pristine rain forest with a high degree of endemism. It is a paradise for observing specialties of the Western Andes and Pacific Rainforest that are difficult to see elsewhere. We will have the opportunity to see more than 30 hummingbird species.

The evening is to explore the reserve and see the unique fluorescent fungus and other plants and nocturnal animals.


Overnight: Rio Ñambí Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 Birding in Rio Ñambí and La Planada

We will continue exploring Rio Ñambí in the morning and have the chance to see the near endemic Violet-tailed Sylph (Aglaiocercus coelestis) and Rufous-breasted Antthrush (Formicarious rufipectus) amongst other birds.

Then, we will go to La Planada, a natural reserve located in the Pacific slope of the Eastern Andes. This reserve covers 3,200 ha of primary and secondary wet forest with more than 283 species registered here, including the Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan (Andigena laminirostris) and Club-winged Manakin (Machaeropterus deliciosus).

Overnight: La Planada Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 Birding in La Planada and Flight to Bogota

We will continue exploring other sectors in La Planada Nature Reserve to see more birds, possibly including near-threatened species such as the Orange-fronted Barbet (Capito squamatus) and the Toucan Barbet (Semnornis ramphastinus).

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

Essential Information

What's Included

  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Domestic flights
  • Private ground transport
  • Meals as defined in the itinerary
  • Experienced local birding guides fluent in English
  • Entry tickets to all natural parks and reserves mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entry tickets to all touristic places mentioned in the itinerary

What's Not Included

  • International flights
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Tips & other discretionary expenses

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