Wildlife Photography Tour of Colombia

All Inclusive Photography Tours In The Most Biodiverse Parts Of Colombia

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Mountain Lake
Beach Huts
Ferris Wheel
Palm Trees
City Cycle
Misty Slopes

Colombia has become one of the hottest birding destinations in the world in recent years. We have made the best arrangements to capture some very special endemics and near-endemics in this Andean Paradise. Read below to know more... 


Day 1 – Arrival and pick up in Pereira airport

Upon arrival one of our representatives will receive you from the airport and drop you at our reserved hotel. Dinner is not included on this day.


Day 2, 3 – Manizales

From here we’ll travel about 2 hours up into the mountains high above the city to a remote and beautiful lodge with thermal baths – it’s nice to soak in the pools after a day of travel!We’ll spend 2 nights here.


Our main targets in the next 2 days will be: Golden-breasted and Black-thighed Pufflegs, Buff-winged Starfrontlet, Shining Sunbeam, Rainbow-bearded Thornbill, Great Sapphirewing, Tourmaline Sunangel, Mountain Velvetbreast, Viridian Metaltail, Tyrian Metaltail, and Sparkling Violetear. Other species include Lacrimose and Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanagers, Glossy Flowerpiercer and many more species.


On one of the mornings we will drive to Los Nevados National Park (4200 m.) to look for the Buffy Helmetcrest, a high-altitude humming bird found nowhere else in the world.

B-L-D (Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner included)


Day 4,5 – Rio Blanco

After breakfast on our 4th day morning we will drive 2.5 hrs to reach Rio Blanco which is famous among birders for its antpitta feeders. Possible species - Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, Brown-banded Antpitta. Slate-crowned Antpitta is a bit harder due to its small size and nervous habits. More luck is needed for Bicolored and Chestnut-naped Antpittas, which are more sporadic.

Hummer feeders by the lodge are good for both multi-flash as well as getting clean shots of perched birds, and possibilities include Long-tailed Sylph, Bronzy and Collared Incas, Tourmaline Sunangel, Lesser (Green) Violetear, Sparkling Violetear, Speckled Hummingbird, Fawn-breasted Brilliant, Buff-tailed Coronet, White-bellied Woodstar, and Booted Racket-tail. The fruit feeders attract a few species such as Blue-winged Mountain- Tanager and several other beautiful highland tanagers.

B-L-D (Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner included)


Day 6,7,8 – Rio Bitaco forest reserve

On the morning of our 6th day we will drive a few hours to reach our secluded lodge in the middle of a cloud forest which is nothing short of spectacular. This is one of the highlights of our trip where we will photograph the much-anticipated tanagers and hummingbirds like the endemic multi colored tanager, saffron crowned tanager, long tailed sylph, brown violetear, flame rumped tanager and many other species.

Based on weather we will make afternoon walks at a private farm to look for the cock of the rock lek. This is an optional opportunity for ones who are willing to make the walk. Others can choose to stay and photograph at the lodge.

On one of the mornings based on the weather we will visit a feeder 1 hour away to photograph some amazing species like the crimson rumped toucanet, toucan barbet, green thorntail and many other species of birds.


Day 9 – Pereira/Cali

After breakfast we shoot at the feeders of the lodge for one last time before heading back to Pereira for our international departures. Here our guests have the option of getting transferred to Cali (closer to the lodge) or Pereira (the origin airport of the trip. Cali is around 1 hour from the lodge and Pereira over 3-4 hrs.

  • Depart and return when it suits you

  • 10 days Tour to a South American paradise

  • Highlights include endemic and semi endemics

  • An insight into Colombia’s rising birding community

  • Privileged access into some of the most restricted birding locations in the country

  • Flexibility to change perches as per participant needs


Package includes

  • Lodging as specified

  • Meals as specified

  • Private transfers to and from hotels on first and last days

  • Professional driver/photo/nature guide and private transportation in spacious vehicle

  • Entrance fees for all described activities Taxes on all services listed above

Not Included:
  • Airfare

  • Dinner the first and last nights

  • Alcoholic drinks

  • Gratuities

  • Non-meal time snacks

  • Non-meal time soft drinks and bottled water

  • Relaxed to moderate.

  • Breakfast times are typically 6:00-6:30am

  • There are two long drives of 4-5 hours

  • The cock of rock location needs a 20-25 mins hike down a mountain forest. This is an optional trip. Potter options can be discussed on a case to case basis with small

  • additional payments made locally

  • Cell phone coverage will be available at most locations but really bad at some others