Overview

All the way out east, in the seldom visited department of Guanía, lies the bustling little town of Inírida. One would hardly expect such a lively little town here at the edge of Amazonia, but thankfully for birders and other nature enthusiasts, Inírida provides a wonderful base for exploring the surrounding forest, which bursts with birds. Long neglected, and away from the urban centers and tourism hubs of Colombia, Inírida offers the nearest edge of the greater Amazon basin. Biodiverse and with a host of rare and seldom-seen specialties, based at this comfortable outpost this birding adventure is just a couple of short flights away

Formerly known as Puerto Inírida, it was renamed simply Inírida in 1974, and today serves as the departmental capital. Also a key spot for fisherman in pursuit of peacock bass, and for ranchland workers of the Llanos, it is also increasingly popular among tourists seeking wildlife or hoping to behold the odd and beautiful Cerros de Mavecure. Just south of town these three black domed monolithic mountains rise from the edge of the Guianan Shield, casting a heavenly shadow over the steamy tropical forest that surrounds them. The highest peak at 2336 feet above sea level, is named Pajarito, the “little bird”.

Inírida’s existence is one of convergence. Long known more for illegal mining, today it is a globally significant wetland of Colombia’s remote east, home to indigenous people, government officials and a burgeoning tourism industry. Perched at the edge of the Guianan Shield, Inírida is a refuge for bird species characteristic of Amazonia, but also to those more associated with the savanna grasslands of the seasonal floodplain that is the vast Llanos – the endless plains. Among birders the area is best known for access to the unique white sand forests, holding a number of range-restricted specialties, such as Bronzy Jacamar, Orinoco Softtail, and Pale-bellied Mourner. When chance favors, visitors sometimes see what is surely the strangest of the Cotinga family, the odd Capuchinbird, while rosy Amazon River Dolphins delight many visitors here. Many highlights and scintillating birds await in Colombia’s Wild East.

2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Orinoco Softtail, Pale-bellied Mourner, Capuchinbird, Black-fronted Nunbird, Gilded Barbet, Black-chinned Antbird, Paradise & Bronzy Jacamars, Orinoco Piculet, Blackish-gray Antshrike, Black & Yellow-crowned Manakins, Rose-breasted Chat, White-naped Seedeater.
Top Mammals
Amazon River Dolphin, Giant River Otter, Collared Titi Monkey.
Habitats Covered
white sand forest and terra firme forest
Expected Climate
warm and humid
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
Tour Pace & Walking
Our Mega tours are very fast-paced birding adventures designed for the dedicated lister and serious birder. The focus of the tour is to see as many of the endemics and area specials as possible in our given time. In order to cover the necessary route to maximise the species list we tend to spend a single night at most sites and travel large distances. There is very little down time aside from that spent driving from one site to the next. These tours are not suitable for dedicated or avid photographers; inexperienced or new birders; as well as anyone with serious mobility or health challenges.
Accommodation
comfortable lodge
Number of Species Expected
200+
Other Attractions
fantastic scenery and rarely visited sites
Photographic Opportunities
average to good
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

Tuomas was excellent. He was an excellent birder and group leader, ensuring the everyone saw each bird. He was persistent in pursuing our target birds but knew when enough was enough for the day. Tuomas has an easy going manner, but he (and the local leader) were efficient and effective in dealing with problems in the field or with the accomodation.

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!

We had a great time with Forrest Rowland in Colombia. A wonderful country. Forrest is a fantastic birder and a great guide.

I have travelled with Forrest before, and still he manages to beat my expectations with his wonderful visual and auditory skills, hard work and preparation, and he is just fun to travel with. Special kudos on this trip for how he continued on despite being very unwell with fever and chills.

First of all, Forrest Rowland's profound knowledge of the full range of bird identification traits, songs and calls, habitat preferences and behavioural detail was indispensable to our ability to view, hear, and understand what we were looking for/at. Even more so, his knowledge and ability to effectively convey such information in a timely and readily comprehensible manner was an essential component of our ability to get on birds effectively. Plus his expertise and experience did not stop with the bird life. Secondly, he was an amazing leader in keeping a diverse group of participants focused on tasks at hand and committed to an inclusive "team" dynamic, not an easy feat! His very personable and easy going style kept everyone engaged and appreciating contributions from the whole group... and no one ever appeared isolated. Lastly, and also crucial to an effective journey of this type, Forrest was always on top of tour logistics and management, which are extremely complex and sometimes change with little notice (e.g. flights being cancelled). ln part this was due to his own experience travelling within Colombia, building upon the wonderful network of supporting "staff/contributors", and he was always able to easily provide next step details, rationales, and alternatives to the group.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
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