The Natural History Highlights of Wild Colombia

# Tailor-Made Tour

The Natural History Highlights of Wild Colombia

14 Days from $7,480 per adult.
14 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Birding

Incorporating many of the prime wildlife habitats of Colombia, this comprehensive yet well-paced itinerary provides plenty of time to enjoy each location whilst accompanied by exceptional naturalist guides.

Lush, verdant Amazonia is complemented perfectly by the vast, flat expense of Los Llanos Orientales, while the bird-rich Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta rises above the pristine Caribbean beaches of Tayrona National Natural Park. Observe pink and river grey dolphins hunting in the mighty Amazon river; search for the cute pygmy marmoset in the pristine rainforest, focus on flocks of iridescent scarlet ibis; marvel at jabiru storks and immense giant anacondas in Los Llanos; and experience one of the world’s highest densities of endemic birds at El Dorado Reserve in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Finally, descend to the Caribbean coast where warm turquoise waters lap palm-fringed beaches and forest denizens include the funky cotton top tamarin and inquisitive northern tamandua.

Itinerary

Price from $7,480 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Arrive in Bogota

Met on arrival in Bogota and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon begin exploring La Candelaria district accompanied by a private guide. Visit Bolivar Square and several important colonial and republican style buildings including the Palace of Justice, Congress, and cathedral, the Botero Museum with a permanent exhibition of the work of Fernando Botero, Colombia’s most famous artist, and the gold museum. The tour finishes at Monserrate with panoramic views over Bogota before returning to the hotel.

Staying at Hotel Artisan DC. Includes No Meals.

Day 2 - Amazon

Transfer to Bogota airport and fly to Leticia. Met on arrival and transfer to the lodge. in time for lunch. In the afternoon search for pink river dolphin with your private guide, and after dinner experience the nocturnal life of the rainforest on a night walk.

Staying at Calanoa . Includes All Meals.

Day 3 - Amazon

In the morning hike to the Fundacion Maikuchiga which works with captured primates from the illegal animal trade and those that have been brought up in captivity. En route search for pygmy marmoset.

After visiting the centre walk through secondary forest looking for the common squirrel monkey, yellow-handed titi, and Spix's night monkey, then return to the lodge in time for lunch, visiting Mocagua village on the way.

In the afternoon explore the surrounding forest and streams looking for birds, primates and other fauna.

Staying at Calanoa. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Amazon

Travel by boat to Tarapoto oxbow lake to search for pink and grey river dolphins, freshwater turtles, various species of primates, and a variety of birds.

Afternoon activities might include a rainforest hike or a boat trip.

Staying at Calanoa . Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Bogota

This morning visit Isla Mocagua, a large river island in the middle of the Amazon with a variety of wildlife. Then return to Leticia by boat and fly back to Bogota.

Staying at Movich Buro . Includes Breakfast.

Day 6 - Llanos

Transfer to Bogota Airport, fly to El Yopal and transfer overland to Hato La Aurora, a16,000-hectare reserve and cattle ranch in the wildlife-rich Llanos of Casanare department. In the afternoon begin exploring the area on foot accompanied by a private guide.

Staying at Juan Solito Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Llanos

Enjoy a full day of privately guided activities on foot, by boat, vehicle or on horseback. Llanos wildlife includes giant anteater, anaconda, giant anteater, jaguar, critically endangered Orinoco crocodile (one of the 25 rarest reptiles on Earth), spectacled caiman, scarlet ibis, Orinoco goose, roseate spoonbill and the two Llanos restricted endemics – pale-headed jacamar and white-bearded flycatcher.

Staying at Juan Solito Lodge . Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Llanos

Enjoy a full day of privately guided activities.

Staying at Juan Solito Lodge. Includes Breakfast.

Day 9 - Bogota

After breakfast enjoy a privately guided activity then transfer to El Yopal airport and fly back to Bogota.

Staying at Movich Buro . Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 10 - El Dorado

Transfer to Bogota Airport and fly to Santa Marta. Met on arrival and transfer to the ProAves El Dorado Reserve in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. There are 21 endemic bird species restricted to this mountain range, plus a further seventy subspecies as well as many endemic amphibians, plants, butterflies and other wildlife.

Afternoon for relaxation and birding around the lodge.

Staying at El Dorado Lodge . Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - El Dorado

Rise early and drive up to the Cuchilla de San Lorenzo ridge in time to see the sunrise over the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra de Nevada Mountains. Spend the whole morning birdwatching here in search of Santa Marta endemics such as the very rare Santa Marta parakeet, skulking Santa Marta anpitta and elusive brown-rumped tapaculo amongst others. Return to the lodge in time for lunch.

In the afternoon explore the trails and road above and below the lodge.

Staying at El Dorado Lodge . Includes All Meals.

Day 12 - Tayrona

After a final morning birding transfer to Tayrona National Natural Park on the Caribbean coast.

Staying at Ecohabs Santa Marta . Includes All Meals.

Day 13 - Tayrona

Accompanied by a private guide spend the day exploring Tayrona National Natural Park in search of the cotton-top tamarin, and other wildlife. Tayrona is a mixture of dry and humid forest with an impressive biodiversity including over 700 species of plant and 300 species of bird. The park also has some of the most beautiful beaches in the region with healthy coral reefs offshore and remnants of ancient tribal settlements.

As well as the cotton-top tamarin other wildlife to look out for includes the Santa Marta white-fronted capuchin, red howler monkey, northern tamandua, the endemic blue-billed currasow, and lance-tailed manakin.

Staying at Ecohabs Santa Marta. . Includes All Meals.

Day 14 - Depart Bogota

After a morning at leisure transfer to Santa Marta Airport for the flight to Bogota and onward international connections.

Includes Breakfast.

Travel Info

Are International Flights Included?
No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Flight Info:
Includes domestic flights only.

Best Visited:
November to March

Area Specialist

John Melton

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

Route Map

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Juan Solito Lodge: 6.018699, -71.373444
Calanoa: -3.827074, -70.248060
El Dorado: 11.100764, -74.072017
Artisan D.C.: 4.653979, -74.054446
Ecohabs Tayrona: 11.310763, -73.935094
Movich Buro 26: 4.689827, -74.130144