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 3 days to immerse ourselves in this prime birding area, we have more than enough time to visit all of the important birding areas.
Plum-throated, Spangled & Pompadour Cotingas, Guianan Cock-of-the-rock, 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, 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
8 with 1 Rockjumper Leader
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.
medium with some tricky species
average to good
Stephan Lorenz is an outstanding guide – extremely knowledgeable, extremely diligent in getting target birds, and is full of enthusiasm every day. A real pleasure.
Rob did an outstanding job on this tour. He is an excellent birding guide, great personality and provided insights on a variety of diverse subject matters. I was also impressed with the local operator and their quick actions in dealing with unexpected situations like the general strike and road closure to Medellin.
Forrest Rowland: We think you did a great job organising and leading this trip. It all seemed to go very smoothly so, if you had any problems, they weren't obvious to us. We thought your fieldcraft was also first class. Clearly, all your previous experience has meant that you know the birds, their calls and the sites exceptionally well. We think we did very well with the avifauna, in no small part thanks to you.
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.
Two great tours led by Tuomas, who is an outstanding birder and great tour leader. Local guides were also very good, so we all saw virtually all of our hit list birds. Thanks to all.
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