Overview

Our Llanos extension gives us the opportunity to explore the little visited eastern plains of Colombia where we will search for several range restricted species including Pale-headed Jacamar, White-bearded Flycatcher and Orinoco Goose. We also hope to take in a whole plethora of waterbirds including stately Jabiru, charismatic Sunbittern and ungainly Horned Screamers. We will bird in the open seasonally flooded grasslands and gallery forest of the Llanos and will undertake jeep and boat safaris and night drives. This is a highly enjoyable addition to our Remote Colombia Tour.

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

Tour Facts Top Birds
Pale-headed Jacamar, White-bearded Flycatcher, Orinoco Goose, Razor-billed Curassow, Jabiru, Yellow-browed Tyrant, Rusty-backed Spinetail, Burrowing Owl, Nacunda Nighthawk, Hoatzin, Whistling Heron, Sunbittern, Sharp-tailed, Scarlet and Buff-necked Ibis’s, Horned Screamer, Grey-necked Wood Rail, Pied Lapwing, Double-striped Thick-Knee, Rufous-vented Chachalaca, Oriole Blackbird, Masked Cardinal, Black-and-White Owl, White-tailed Goldenthroat, Scaled Piculet
Top Mammals
Venezuelan Red Howler, Capybara, White-tailed Deer – Chance of Puma, Jaguar and Giant Anteater. Chance of Green Anaconda.
Habitats Covered
Open Savanah, Grassland, flooded llanos, Gallery forest, Scrub forest, marshes, Farmland.
Expected Climate
Pleasantly cool at night and in the early mornings and evenings but hot during the middle of the day when we will take some time out.
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 situated on a working cattle Ranch. Meals will be outside, soaking in the sound and ambience of the Llanos.
Ease of Birding
Generally easy open country birding but we may do a little bushwacking while looking for forest birds.
Number of Species Expected
150 - 200
Other Attractions
Fantastic scenery and a chance to witness traditional life of the cowboys of the wide plains of the llanos.
Photographic Opportunities
Good to excellent
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

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.

Our guide Tuomas was excellent, the trip was excellent!

Tuomas is a great guide and excellent with bird IDs and helping people see all of the birds as much as possible. He also managed to maintain group morale despite a very ambitious and exhausting itinerary.

"This was the fourth of four tours we did for Colombia 2021. This was a great experience. Such diversity of habitats and birds in this small area! Both our guides were excellent. Rob particularly went above and beyond all expectations helping participants with the logistics of getting Covid testing done under the severe time restrictions imposed by recent changes in US rules. We always feel secure traveling with Rockjumper because of the quality of the tour leaders!!"

Dusan is an excellent guide (best ears in the business!) as well as a wonderful person to share this long of an adventure. He’s very concerned for everyone’s health, safety and enjoyment of the birding.

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