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Antioquia (Los Colores & Balandu)

Antioquia (Los Colores & Balandu)

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The Department of Antioquia is considered one of the richest and most bird-diverse in Colombia, therefore in the world. The great variety of ecosystems and different elevations in a relatively small area plus its geographical delimitation by the valleys of the Cauca and Magdalena rivers creates the perfect habitat for at least 1000 birds registered in this beautiful department. This Relax and Easy (R&E) tour combines mountain ecosystems and Tropical Humid Forests making of this department a perfect destination to enjoy nature in a landscape of rivers, forests and culture, where the birds are at your fingertips and a good coffee can be enjoyed at any time of the day.


Because this is an R&E Tour, there is no physically demanding activity and the hikes will be on flat and open roads. If an interesting bird is found, then we might explore the interior of the forest or attempt to enter a trail for a very short distance. The day starts with breakfast usually at 6:30 am leaving to field around 7:00 am. On days when we are not driving, we will offer a midday break and a birding resume for a few hours in the afternoon. Every hotel gives you the choice to join the birding group or to stay in the facilities enjoying the birds around as well as other attractions like pools, gardens, and trails among others.


The tour is designed for beginners to intermediate bird watchers and those desiring a more relaxed pace. Here, birding is at the leisure of the clients’ wishes.

Key Species

 Andean Cock of the Rock
 Andean Motmot
 Antioquia Bristle-Tyrant
 Antioquia Wren
 Apical Flycatcher
 Bay Wren
 Beryl-spangled Tanager
 Black-billed Mountain-Toucan
 Black-capped Pygmy-Tyrant
 Broad-billed Motmot
 Chestnut-backed Antbird
 Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch
 Cinnamon Woodpecker
 Colombian Chachalaca
 Crested Ant-tanager
 Crimson-mantled Woodpecker
 Golden-fronted Redstar
 Golden-headed Quetzal
 Golden-hooded Tanager
 Greyish Piculet
 Magdalena Antbird
 Ocellated Tapaculo
 Red-bellied Grackle
 Striolated Manakin
 Yellow-eared Parrot
 Yellow-headed Manakin


  • Excellent Accommodations at Local High-Quality Lodging

  • Comfortable, Air Conditioned Transportation

  • Small group sizes of 1-8 clients

  • High Levels of Customer Service at Lodging locations

  • Destination
  • Departure / Return Location
    Medellin / Medellin
  • Tour Code
    All our "Easy & Comfortable" easy and comfortable bird watching and culture tours. There is no physically demanding activity and all the walks will be on flat and open roads, we will take a smooth pace in our days while we enjoy the birds and we learn through local experience. Sometimes we might explore the interior of the forest or try to enter a trail for a very short distance if an interesting bird is found. Breakfast is generally offered at 6:30 a.m. and we went out to the field around 7:00 a.m. Usually we will always have a break at noon and we will resume bird watching for a few hours in the afternoon. All hotels are selected so that people have the option of going with the group to scheduled bird watching or staying at the hotel and enjoying the birds around them or other attractions such as swimming pools, gardens, trails, etc. Regarding some schedules and plans, this tour is designed for beginner and intermediate bird watchers and those who want a more relaxed pace. Bird watching is free from the wishes and rhythm of the clients
  • Included
    Accomodation in Double Room
    All 4x4 vehicules or boats
    All domestic flights
    All ground private transportation
    All meals B-L-D
    Entrances to all natural reserves
    Hot drinks
    Private transfer Airport - hotel - aiport
    Professional Private Birding Guide
    Professional Private Driver
    Snaks and water
    Soda or juice with each meal
    Vegan and Vegetarian menus
  • Not Included
    Activities not included in the itinerary
    Alcoholic drinks
    Colombian Event Insurance
    Extensions of a trip due to circumstances beyond our control
    International flights and taxes
    International phone calls
    Laundry service
    Medical expenses (not covered for evet insurance)
    Room service
    Single room - adicional pay
    Tips or gratuity

Day 1. Arrival to Medellin / Night at Porton Medellin
Day 2. Birding in La Romera Reserve, transfer to Rio Claro / Night at Los Colores
Day 3-4. Rio Claro Reserve & Forest around, all day / Night at Los Colores
Day 5. Puerto Triunfo & Wetlands of Magdalena Valley / Night at Los Colores
Day 6. Aquitania Road, transfer to Medellin / Night at Porton Medellin Hotel
Day 7. Transfer to Jardin, stops for birding on the road / Night at Hacienda Balandu
Day 8. Yellow-eared Parrot Reserve & Ventanas Feeders / Night at Hacienda Balandu
Day 9. Cock of the Rock Lek & Bambusa Farm Feeders / Night at Hacienda Balandu
Day 10. Dry Forest of Bolombolo and transfer to Medellin / Night at Porton Medellin
Day 11. International Flight home from Medellin

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