Important Information

Tour Dates
24 Feb 2018 - 25 Mar 2018 (30 days)
Tour Price (Per Person)
USD9,750 * GBP7,271 * EUR8,278
Tour Type
Classic Tour
Single Supplement
USD750 * GBP560 * EUR637
Flights (Approx cost)
USD900  
Spaces Available
Spaces available

Colombia birding is undoubtedly the most diverse, exciting birding destination on Earth. With two coastlines, four mountain ranges and a vast expanse of Amazonian rainforest habitats, one could spend years searching out all the natural wonders it holds. So, how many birds could one see in a month – 600 species? 800? On this intrepid tour, we expect 1 000 species of birds in less than a month – and we have already achieved this on THREE occasions!! In our quest to accomplish this incredible feat, we will traverse all three Andean Cordilleras and explore the depths of the Magdalena and Cauca Valleys. From the white sand and terra firme forests of Mitu, to the humid Choco, we will sample the richest rainforests in the country. Finally, from the dry Caribbean coast, up lush slopes to San Lorenzo Ridge, we will enjoy the best of the legendary, endemic-rich Santa Marta Mountains. This Colombia birding tour is the most comprehensive offer to experience the most biodiverse nation in the world!

Tour Fact Sheet

Top Birds

Bogota Rail, Cauca Guan, Chestnut-winged & Colombian Chachalaca, Chestnut Wood Quail, Noble Snipe, Red-fan, Yellow-eared & Rusty-faced Parrot, Golden-plumed, Rufous-fronted, Barred, Santa Marta & Flame-winged Parakeet, Santa Marta Screech Owl, White-tipped Quetzal, Pompadour & Purple-breasted Cotinga, Guianan Cock-of-the-rock, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Red-bellied Grackle, Black-collared Jay, Beautiful Woodpecker, Orinoco Piculet, White-mantled Barbet, Brown-banded, Bicolored, Slaty-crowned, Grey-cheeked Nunlet, Brown-banded Puffbird, Antioquia Bristle Tyrant, Pale-bellied, Narino, Stiles’s & Alto Pisones Tapaculo, Orange-breasted Fruiteater, Silvery-throated Spinetail, Bar-crested Antshrike, Turquoise Dacnis, Bronze-tailed Thornbill, Sapphire-bellied, Indigo-capped & Shining-green Hummingbird, Santa Marta Blossomcrown, Black Inca, Empress Brilliant, Blue-throated Starfrontlet, Buffy Helmetcrest, Black-thighed & Coppery-bellied Puffleg, Pacific Tuftedcheek, White-tailed Hillstar, Fiery Topaz, White-bibbed Manakin, Chestnut-crested & Magdalena Antbird, Choco Vireo, Bicolored Antvireo, Ruddy Foliage-gleaner, Chestnut-capped Piha, Apolinar’s Wren, Munchique Wood Wren, Rufous-rumped Antwren, White-headed, Chestnut-breasted & Sooty-headed Wren, Indigo Flowerpiercer, Masked Saltator, Uniform Treehunter & Star-chested Treerunner, Fulvous-breasted Flatbill, Olivaceous Piha, Black Solitaire, Yellow-collared & Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonia, Crested & Sooty Ant Tanager, Purplish-mantled, Glistening-green, Black-and-gold, Gold-ringed, Scarlet-and-white, Multicoloured & White-capped Tanagers, Black-chinned Mountain Tanager, Choco & Yellow-headed Brush Finch.

Habitats Covered

Rainforest, Amazonian terra fire and white sand forest, Choco Cloud Forest, montane lakes and xerophytic scrub, coastal lagoons, mangroves, grasslands & wetlands

Expected Climate

Temperate to cold in highlands (Chingaza, Los Nevados, Santa Marta), hot and humid in the lowlands (Rio Claro, Mitu). Rain is likely on some days.

Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
Tour Pace & Walking

Fast paced, with the intention to see as many birds in as short a time as possible

Accommodation
Basic to comfortable.
Ease of Birding
Moderate with some challenging species
Number of Species Expected
1000+
Other Attractions

Spectacular scenery in Los Nevados and Santa Marta Mountains

Photographic Opportunities
Good, but limited due to time constraints.

Tour Route

Tour Leader

Forrest Rowland
Forrest Rowland took his first trip to the Neotropics at the tender age of 9 and this has blossomed into a lifelong love affair with the region’s birds and wildlife. Forrest...

What our clients say about tours to Colombia

  • Forrest was absolutely fantastic. The best birder/guide that we have ever had the pleasure of travelling with. His enthusiasm and passion for his work were exceptional and made for an awesome birding trip.

    DH & RD, Colombia Highlights
  • We had a great time with Forrest Rowland in Colombia. A wonderful country. Forrest is a fantastic birder and a great guide.

    MK, Colombia 2017
  • Rob Williams and the Rockjumper folks were absolutely fantastic in helping me after I lost my passport. They made sure I got back to Bogota for the embassy appointments, changing plans on the fly. Very impressive dedication to help customers.

    BA, Colombia 2017
  • From the several members of the office staff to the actual tour itself, I have nothing but high praise for my Rockjumper experience. This was my first tour with Rockjumper, but I hope it won’t be my last. Alison and Sarah were tremendously helpful. Rob Williams is as good a leader as I have ever experienced. He not only knows the birds, but he made sure that we all got to see them, showing patience way beyond what I thought necessary. When one of our participants lost his passport, Rob bent over backwards to help this hapless person, never complaining while doing so. Rob always told us what the plan was for the next day. When Plan A didn’t pan out, he had Plan B ready. If something went askew, he handled it with aplomb, always keeping his sense of humour. Did I mention he showed us wonderful birds? Oh, we saw some beautiful ones!

    CA, Colombia 2017

Latest Trip Reports

  1. Colombia - Highlights II 2017 - November 2017 [ Download ]
  2. Colombia - Santa Marta Extension II 2017 - November 2017 [ Download ]
  3. Colombia - Highlights - November 2016 [ Download ]
  4. Colombia - Santa Marta Extension I 2016 - November 2016 [ Download ]