Colombia has a vast expanse of Amazonian rainforest habitat, and it is best accessed via the town of Mitu. The town itself is a fabulous base to work from, with comfortable hotel accommodations in town (even air-conditioning!) and some of the most enjoyable local guides anywhere. The birding sites are easy to access and the birds are plentiful, with many near endemics, white sand specialists, terra firme specialists and many scarce species readily seen. With a total of 5 days to immerse ourselves in this prime birding area, we have more than enough time to visit all of the important birding areas.
Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Fiery Topaz, Pavonine Quetzal, Brown-banded, Bronzy & Paradise Jacamars, Black-bellied Thorntail, Rufous-throated & White-chinned Sapphires, Green-tailed Goldenthroat, Crested Eagle, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, White-chinned Woodcreeper, Rufous-tailed Xenops, Spot-backed Antwren, Imerri Warbling Antbird, Cinnamon Neopipo, Pale-bellied Mourner, Collared Gnatwren and Red-billed Ground Cuckoo (rare - more sightings are known from Mitu than anywhere else in the world), Tawny-tufted Toucanet, Orinoco Piculet, Bar-bellied Woodcreeper, Blackish-grey & Pearly Antshrike, 10 species of Antwren including Cherrie’s & Yellow-throated, Black Bushbird, 17 species of Antbirds including Black-chinned, Black-headed, Grey-bellied, White-plumed & Chestnut-crested, Plum-throated, Spangled & Pompadour Cotingas, Guianan Cock-of-the-rock, Saffron-crested Tyrant-Manakin, Black, Yellow-crested & Western Striped Manakins, Brown-headed Greenlet, Azure-naped Jay, White-bellied Dacnis, White-naped Seedeater, Plumbeous Euphonia.
white sand forest and terra firme forest
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.
Ease of Birding
medium with some tricky species
Number of Species Expected
average to good