Overview

Colombia has more species of birds than any other country - a staggering 1930+ species are to be found within the confines of this incredible nation; of which, at least 89 are endemic. This huge diversity of species results from the equally diverse range of habitats: three Andean Cordilleras (Western, Central and Eastern Andes), two inter-Andean valleys (the Cauca and Magdalena Valleys), the lowland forests of the Amazon and Orinoco regions, the isolated snow-capped Santa Marta Mountains, the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, deserts and lakes, and the rich wet forests of the Chocó all help to make it one of the most exciting countries to bird on earth!

Our series of northern Andes tours focus on the bulk of endemics that Colombia has to offer; working our way through the Central and Eastern Andean ranges and both the Magadalena and Cauca Valleys, as well as the dry Guajira desert and the impressive Santa Marta Mountains.

Our tour of Bogota and the Upper Magdalena Valley takes us to the Eastern Andes sites of Chingaza, Guasca, Sumapaz and Chicaque for Flame-winged Parakeet, Green-bearded Helmetcrest, Apolinar's Wren, Bogota Rail and Moustached Brushfinch. We next move west, visiting the hummingbird paradise of Jardin Encatado en route to Mariquita. The dry forest sites are home to Velvet-fronted Euphonia, Apical Flycatcher and Tolima Dove, while the higher cloud forests of Clarito Botero hose Yellow-headed Brsuhfinch and Crested Ant Tanager. A quick side stop to Canon Combeima should deliver Tolima Blossomcrown, before we continue to Loros Andinos for the rarely seen Fuertes's Parrot. Finally, we have a day around Otun-Quimbaya to find the formerly presumed extinct Cauca Guan and possibly Multicolored Tanager.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Silvery-throated Spinetail, Flame-winged Parakeet, Green-bearded Helmetcrest, Apolinar’s Wren, Bogota Rail, Yellow-headed & Moustached Brushfinches, Indigo-capped Hummingbird, Velvet-fronted Euphonia, Colombian Chachalaca, Apical Flycatcher, Tolima Dove, Crested Ant Tanager, Tolima Blossomcrown, Fuertes’s Parrot, Cauca Guan, Multicolored Tanager, Chestnut Wood Quail
Habitats Covered
montane forest, montane grassland, montane lakes, crater lakes, dry forest, cloud forest, temperate forest
Expected Climate
temperate to cold in highlands, hot and possibly humid in lowland
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader and 1 local leader
Tour Pace & Walking
brisk pace, some demanding walks
Accommodation
basic to some comfortable hotels
Ease of Birding
moderate with some challenging species
Number of Species Expected
700+ (Andean Endemics series combined with Santa Marta Extension)
Other Attractions
spectacular scenery
Photographic Opportunities
average to good
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

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.

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!

Forrest Rowland is an incredible guide.

No one beats Rockjumper and Forrest Rowland for running wonderful trips. The logistics are incredible and involving so many Colombians to get us places and up steep trails were amazing. Thanks to all involved at Rockjumper for making this trip possible.

Tuomas was an excellent guide and organizer.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
2023 DEPARTURES
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