Amazon Birding Colombia Tours Amacayacu Park Bogota

Amazon Birding Colombia Tours Amacayacu Park Bogota

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The Amazing, Amazing Amazon

Colombia is fascinating.  From the deep blue Pacific Ocean and the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea to the Andean mountain peaks rising to 18,700 feet and back down to the Amazon Basin; Colombia is stunning and a true adventure to explore. This trip focuses on birds and wildlife.  There are about 1,850 species of birds that travel through Colombia and 73 endemics.

This tour has two parts:  The first week we will travel to the Amazon and the second week will spend in the sub-paramo and paramo areas that surround Bogota.  We expect to see 300 - 350 different species of birds due to the wide range of habits that we will visit.  This is a great tour to get a true feel of the country of Colombia.  This tour will be a small group of 4 travelers, plus 2 guides. 

Covid testing:  As January 23, 2022, you are required to show proof of full vaccination to board the plane to Colombia.  There is no test required to enter Colombia.  When returning to the United States, you need to show full vaccination and also a negative Covid test to board the plane.  The clinic will come to the hotel, by appointment and a private test.  In December 2021, the antigen test we took cost $25 and the documentation of the results were received within a few hours. Covid testing is not included in the price of the tour. 

Printable Bird List
(This checklist does not include Chingaza NP)

  • Travel Dates: February 12 - 27, 2023 (annual February trip)
  • Group Size: 4 travelers plus guides
  • Trip Length: 16 days** (shorter trip available)
  • Rates: Rate per person = $5,420 ($1,800 charge for single occupancy)
  • Rates include: Domestic transfers, lodging, breakfast, lunch, dinner, scheduled group tours, park entrance fees and basic travel insurance.
  • Not included: International airfare, customs & immigration fees and visas, alcohol, trip cancellation insurance.
  • Adventure level:  Adventurous, please check the "Welcome" page for definition

**Special Tours:  If you cannot travel for 16 days, you can join the trip for a shorter period of time and a reduced price.  Or if you would like a private tour, please contact us for other dates. 

Special offer:  Included with your trip (one per room) is a copy of the field guide “An Illustrated Field Guide to the Birds of Colombia” by Fernando Ayerbe Quinones.  You will receive this when you reserve your trip so you will have time to study and know the beautiful birds of Colombia.

Map of the travel route here:  Colombia Amazon (opens new page, this map you can click on to enlarge)

More photos can be found here:  Photo Gallery (opens new page)

Basic Itinerary

Day 1:  Arrival in Bogotá 
Upon arrival at the El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá (BOG), you will be met at the airport and it is about a 15-minute drive to the hotel, where we will spend 2-nights. 

Day 2:  Bogotá 
Today will be a chance to get to know the city of Bogotá.  There will be a historical walking tour of La Candelaria and the local neighborhood.  Bogotá is at an elevation of 8,600 feet and atop the mountain overlooking the city is the Monserrate church and mountain park at a summit of over 10,300 feet.  There is both a funicular and tramway that goes to the top, as well as a hiking trail.  Not only are views of the city fantastic from this location, but is also a great birding area for hummingbirds, raptors, and mountains birds. The weather can vary magically from sunny to rainy many times a day and is not a surprise to see the fog coming down the mountain as well.

Day 3:  Leticia
This day will begin our Amazonian leg of the trip.  We will fly 2-hours to Leticia, Colombia, which is a small town on the Amazon River where the borders of Colombia, Brazil and Peru meet.  We will spend one night in the Leticia area for birding and the night’s lodging.  Birds: Zimmer's Woodcreeper, Castelnau's Antshrike, Horned Screamers, Spangled Cotingas, Bare-necked Fruitcrow, Amazonian Umbrella birds, Hauxwell's Thrushes, Solitary Black Caciques, Gray-winged Trumpeter,

Day 4: Puerto Nariño
From Leticia it is a short boat ride up the Amazon to the village of Puerto Nariño, which will be our base for exploring the Amazon for the next 3-nights. The village has about 6,000 residents and no motorized vehicles are allowed.  This is a remote and tranquil area, full of birds and natural wildlife.  Harpy Eagles nest in this area, while the pink dolphin surface in the river and yes, there are Piranhas here.  Birds we are likely to see are Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Short-tailed Nighthawk, Common Pauraque, Chestnut-capped Puffbird, Scarlet-crowned, Gilded, Lemon-throated Barbets, Orange-fronted Plushcrown, Rusty-belted Tapaculo, Lawrence's Thrush and Yellow-bellied Dacnis, just to name a few.  Puerto Nariño is located at the edge Amacayacu Natural National Park, which contains 1,620 square miles (which is over 1-million acres). The park is home to nearly half the bird species found in Colombia. Amacayacu has 150 species of mammals, including pink dolphins, tapirs, jaguars, manatees and otters. Numerous primate species reside in the park including the very special Golden Lion Tamarin, the smallest in the world. Reptiles include Jabuti Tortoise, which is the largest freshwater tortoise in the world and Black Alligators. There are boa constrictors and anacondas. Among the fish are the parcucú and the piranhas.

Day 5: Puerto Nariño
Today we will take a journey to nearby Lake Tarapoto, which is known for pink dolphins. Here there will be opportunities to see dolphins, monkeys and a lot of birds. Possible birds for the day: Canary-winged Parakeets, Orange-cheeked Parakeets, Maroon-tailed Parakeets, Short-tailed Parrots, Orange-headed Tanager, Band-tailed, Casqued Oropendolas, White-plumed Antbird, Fiery Topaz, Pearly Antshrike, Yellow-browed Antbird, White-eyed Tody-Tyrant, Plum-throated Cotinga, Rufous-bellied Euphonia, Tropical Screech-Owl, Crested, Black-banded Owls.  Besides the wonderful birds and wildlife that reside in the Puerto Nariño area, the plant life is unique and beautiful.  

Day 6: Puerto Nariño
A second day to explore Amacayacu Natural National Park and the surrounding areas. The area is famous for Lotus Flowers and Victoria Amazonica which is a lily species and the largest species in the Nymphaeaceae family of water lilies. The lily pads can be up to 10 feet in diameter. The flora and fauna of the Amazon are stunning and a must see for everyone.

Day 7:  Leticia
After morning birding along the riverfront and reserve, we will begin our travels back down the Amazon River to the port town of Leticia, where we will spend one night.

Day 8:  Bogotá 
The Leticia area has several small parks and the nature reserves for gore great birding.  We will be taking an afternoon, 2-hour flight back to Bogotá, where we will overnight at a hotel near the airport.  

Day 9:  Bogotá 
Located near the airport is Florida Park. This small natural area is a perfect spot to find the endemic Bogota​ ​Rail​. Other interesting species to be found include endemic Apolinar's​ ​Wren​, a fairly common bird of tall cattails. The endemic subspecies of the Yellow-hooded Blackbirds are normally present and conspicuous, but Noble Snipe and Subtropical Doradito are rather rare and more difficult to see. Small numbers of Spot-flanked Gallinule are usually present in open water and also to be seen is the Silvery-throated Spinetail and Rufous-browed Conebill, Band-tailed Seedeater, Lesser Scaup, Andean Siskin, Andean Teal, Black Flowerpiercer, as well as many other birds. This a is a small, but beautiful park that contains a wide variety of birds.  

Day 10:  Chicaque Nature Reserve
Close to Bogota is a Chicaque Nature Reserve.  Chicaque has been protected since 1891. Inaugurated on April 20, 1990, it was the first private reserve in Colombia. It protects one of the last remaining oak forests near the capital.  Totals 750 acres with hundreds of species of birds and mammals such as sloths, northern tiger cat, Mountain Paca, nocturnal monkeys and porcupines. Chicaque is the source of pure water for San Antonio del Tequendama.  We will spend 2-nights at Chicaque

Day 11:  Chicaque Nature Reserve
A full day of birding the trails of Chicaque. We are here for to observe the enigmatic Golden bellied Starfrontlet, Tourmaline Sunangel, Racket-tail Puffleg, White-bellied Woodstar, Sparkling Hummingbird, Lesser Violetear, White-collared Inca, and the Mountain Velvet Breast in an incredible cloud forest in the western slope of the eastern Andes. We expect to see 70 - 90 different species of birds at Chicaque. 

Day 12:  Bogotá 
After a full morning of birding at Chicaque, in the afternoon it is 2-hour drive back to Bogotá where we spend 1-night.

Day 13:  Chingaza
From Bogota, it is a 3-hour drive to Chingaza National Park, where we will spend 2-nights.  Chingaza is a very special area and is part of the Sub-paramo and paramo habitats of the Eastern Andes. Elevation in the park ranges from 2,600 to 13,190 feet. Chingaza has about 40 lakes. Birds and animals found in Chingaza include the spectacled bear, deer, tapirs, puma, jaguar, woolly monkey, nocturnal monkey, and ocelot. The large number of endemic species makes the Eastern Ranges one of the most important geographic regions for wildlife in Colombia. A few bird species:  Andean condor, Cock-of-the-rock

Day 14:  Chingaza
A full day birding Chingaza National Park and exploring the Paramo and moorland ecosystems. Targets: Coppery-bellied Puffleg, Bronze-tailed Thornbill, Glowing Puffleg, Longuemare´s Sunangel, Blue throated Starfrontlet, Tyrian Metaltail, Sword-billed hummingbird, Mountain Velvetbreast, Great Sapphirewing, Bronze-tailed Thornbill, coppery-bellied Puffleg, blue-throated Starfrontlet, agile tit-tyrant, and rufous-browed Conebill, as well as emotive and exciting species like the black-billed Mountain-toucan, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle and Scarlet-bellied Mountain-tanager.  Endemic Birds: Silvery-throated Spinetail, Green-bearded Helmetcrest. Near-Endemic Birds: Blue-throated Starfrontlet, Golden-faced Whitestart, Coopery-bellied Puffleg and Black-billed Mountain-Toucan.

Day 15:  Bogotá 
The total flora of Chingaza park exceeds 2,000 species. There are eight species of peat moss, which can absorb up to 40 times their weight in water. There are also endemic species, such as “Frailejones”, (Espeletia genus) that grow on the paramo. After a morning of birding and exploring, it is a 3-hour drive back to Bogotá, where will overnight at a hotel near the airport. 

Day 16:  Fly home
Today is "fly-day" and you will be shuttled back to the Bogota airport for your flight home.