Wildlife Holidays in Colombia
Colombia is situated in the north-west of South America and is bordered by Panama, Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. Colonised by the Spanish in 1499, it achieved independence in 1819 but then suffered many decades of strife, both politically and socially. It has now emerged as a stable democracy and has been given the seal of approval by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a safe tourist destination.
Colombia boasts the longest bird list of any country, containing over 1,900 species! This extraordinary number is due to many factors, including its wide variety of habitats, latitude and geography, which allows for many migrant species. Dominated by the Andes, much of Colombia is mountainous; it also has Caribbean and Pacific coastlines, Amazon rainforest and Llanos (plains). Though it lies in the tropics, Colombia’s wide altitudinal range creates complex climatic variation.
Our Colombia Specialist recommends..
"In short, Colombia is a birder's dream destination! With 18% of the world's bird species, in a relatively small area, our two tours to Colombia are designed to run seamlessly back-to-back and will take you to very different habitats within the country. Our Multicoloured Tanager tour focuses on the south-west and Cauca Valley. The Santa Marta Endemics tour focuses on the endemic-rich Santa Marta Mountains and is partly based at the wonderful El Dorado Lodge. Colombia is beautiful and safe, with outstanding birding and hospitality. Do join us for the birding experience of a lifetime!"
What's special about the wildlife?
Colombia is quite simply a birding mecca, with more species recorded here (over 1,900) than any other country on earth, including just under 90 endemics. Colombia sits as a 'bio-bridge' between Central and South America, featuring long Pacific and Caribbean coastlines and complex and varied Andean topography, from the high, ice-bound summits to extensive Andean moorland (paramo) and unspoilt cloudforests and lowland tropical forests.
Naturetrek tours to Colombia
We offer a range of birding holidays and natural history tours in Colombia.
Our selection of tours includes:
- Multicoloured Tanager tour exploring the Cauca Valley and Western Andes
- ...and going on up to the high Andes (Nevado del Ruiz)
- Our Santa Marta Endemics tour, featuring three nights at the incomparable El Dorado Lodge
- The same tour features the special birds of the arid Guajira Peninsula
- A combined wildlife and natural history tour
- Wonderful birding and photographic opportunities
- Warm hospitality, security and excellent food and especially coffee!
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Colombia HOLIDAYS
The group which I was a part of was very good/ All made sure we saw all the birds together. The leader was superb. His knowledge was excellent in finding birds.
Naturetrek's British guide Andy Smith was excellent, great birder, constantly trying to keep everyone interested even during some dull periods. Gabbo our Colombian guide was also excellent at finding the birds when they showed themselves. Scenery was fantastic up in the mountains, views I will take to my grave. The food and accommodation at elDorado lodge could not be faulted and the scenery breathtaking.
A very interesting itinerary: we saw quite a lot of the country and visited some excellent birding spots. I particularly liked the stay around Manizales and the places we visited from there. I was very pleased with our two Colombian leaders who almost universally kept tight control of the timing of our quite complicated itinerary. They looked after us well, provided excellent leadership on our birding stops and helped those (like me) who struggled to find birds in challenging conditions on jungle stops. The time in Manizales was the highlight of the tour and especially the day spent at the stunning Rio Blanco Reserve.