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Enjoy nature with us! Is not just Birding, are amazing nature holidays!


Enjoy nature with us!

Is not just Birding, are amazing nature holidays

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La cocha - Birdwatching Colombia - Nature Tours

Classic Amazon Foothills and Massif

Classic Amazon Foothills and Massif

per person

The Colombian ridge is the greatest hydrological zone in the country where the most important water reserves in the equatorial area of the planet can be found forming the mouth for the main rivers in the country. In this magical place, the Cauca and Magdalena Rivers runs from south to north between the Andean branches leading to the Caribbean Sea, and the Patía River (which runs towards the Pacific Ocean) and the Putumayo and Caquetá rivers flows towards the Amazon basin. This area of complex and unique topography, geography, and geology provide a wide range of ecosystems that allows bird speciation throughout the territory.


The landscapes of the Southern Colombian Andes are dominated by High-Mountain ecosystems including the amazing Chiles, Cumbal, and Azufral volcanoes, La Cocha lagoon, and the high Sibundoy valley. To the east of the Sibundoy valley, the Andes descend abruptly towards the Amazon following “El Trampolin” route, a path full of dizzying biodiversity that zigzags in the high Andean forest to find the ecosystems of the Amazonian foot lands where´s in effect the entrance to the Amazon Rainforest. Towards the west of the valley, the route descends meandering among High-Andean and Andean Forests, and the Humid Tropical Jungle of the Andes western chain, making its way to the Pacific coast.


The almost intact forests, the combination of landscapes, and the confluence of ecosystems here, lead to incredible biodiversity, especially of birds. During our visit, you will have the opportunity to bird watch in different ecosystems. We will cross virgin forests with rugged topography, explore the Amazonian foothills and the Andean-Amazonian transition while we contemplate the beautiful landscapes of the Andean valleys in the Colombian Massif (Above 3000 m.a.s.l). Besides, you will observe birds in the southwestern corner of the country overlooking the Pacific Ocean plus the unique bird-community of the Tropical rainforests in the Biogeographical Chocó area.

Key Species

 Amazonian Umbrellabird
 Andean cock of the Rock
 Andean Condor
 Andean Duck
 Andean Guan
 Andean Gull
 Andean Lapwing
 Andean Pygmy-Owl
 Andean Solitaire
 Bar-crested Antshrike
 Beautiful Jay
 Black-billed Mountain-Toucan
 Black-chested Buzzard Eagle
 Black-eared Fairy
 Black-face Dacnis
 Black-fronted Nunbird
 Black-mandible Toucan
 Black-streaked Puffbird
 Black-tailed Trainbearer
 Black-throated Tody-Tyrant
 Blue-crowned Trogon
 Blue-rumped Manakin
 Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager
 Booted Racket-tailed
 Brown Wood-Rail
 Carunculated caracara
 Chesnut-bellied Cotinga
 Chesnut-bellied Trush
 Chesnut-crowned Antpitta
 Chesnut-eared Aracari
 Choco Tapaculo
 Choco Toucan
 Choco Tyrannulet
 Choco vireo
 Cinereous Conebill
 Cloud-forest Pygmy-Owl
 Colombian Chachalaca
 Coopery-chested Jacamar
 Crested Oropendola
 Crimsom-mantled Woodpecker
 Croaking Ground-Dove
 Deep Blue Flowerpiercer
 Double-toothed Kite
 Dusky Antbird
 Dusky-headed Brush-finch
 Ecuadorian Ground-Dove
 Ecuadorian Tyrannulet
 Emerald-bellied Puffleg
 Epaulet Oriole
 Gilded Barbet
 Glistening-green Tanager
 Golden-breasted Puffleg
 Golden-collared Toucanet
 Golden-crowned Tanager
 Golden-eared Tanager
 Golden-fronted Whitestar
 Golden-plumed Parakeet
 Green-and-black Fruiteater
 Green-tailed Trainbearer
 Grey-breasted Mountain-Toucan
 Grey-chinned Hermit
 Indigo-capped Hummingbird
 Lachrymose Mountain-Tanager
 Lettered Aracari
 Lined Antshrike
 Magpie Tanager
 Masked-mountain Tanager
 Moss-backed Tanager
 Mountain Cacique
 Musician Wren
 Noble snipe
 Ocellated Tapaculo
 Ochraceous Attila
 Opal-rumped Tanager
 Orange-billed Nightingale Trush
 Orange-eared Tanager
 Orange-fronted Barbet
 Ornate Hawk-Eagle
 Pacific Flatbill
 Paradise Tanager
 Plain-backed Antpitta
 Plumbeous Kite
 Powerful Woodpecker
 Purple-backed Thornbill
 Rainbow-bearded Thornbill
 Red-bellied Grackle
 Rufous Antpitta
 Rufous-crested Tanager
 Rufous-headed Chachalaca
 Russet-backed Oropendola
 Saffron crowned Tanager
 Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager
 Scrub Tanager
 Short-billed Bush-finch
 Sickle-winged Guan
 Sierran Elaenia
 Slate-coloured Coot
 Speckled Chachalaca
 Spectacled Whitestar
 Spillman´s Tapaculo
 Spotted Barbtail
 Stipple-throated Antwren
 Stout-billed Cinclodes
 Subtropical Pygmy-Owl
 Suptropical Doradito
 Sword-billed Hummingbird
 Tawny Antpitta
 Tourmaline Sunangel
 Turquoise Tanager
 Tyrian Metaltail
 Vermilion Tanager
 Violaceus Jay
 Violet-crowned Brilliant
 Viridian Metaltail
 Whiskered Wren
 White-backed Fire-eye
 White-capped Dipper
 White-chinned Jacamar
 White-chinned Thistletail
 White-fronted Nunbird
 White-plumed Antbird
 White-rimmed Brush-finch
 Wing-barred Piprites
 Wire-crested Thorntail
 Yellow-billed Pintail
 Yellow-throated Bush-finch
 Yellow-throated Tanager


  • Visit San Agustín, an important archaeological site in Colombia.

  • Observe birds on both flanks of the Andes, the Amazon jungle and the Pacific.

  • Walk in the incredible “El Trampolín” road that winds through the Andean-Amazon foothills.

  • Visit La Laguna de la Cocha, of glacial origin on the Andes and the second largest in the country.

  • Walk inside the incredible primary forest of the Ñambi River.

  • Destination
  • Departure
    Bogota DC IATA: BOG / Bogota DC IATA: BOG
  • Dress Code
    This is a fairly standard birding tour with early morning starts and evening finishes to each day. One some days we may take picnic lunches in order to no waste time during the middle of the day or having to leave site. The weather can be unpredictable with rain and sunshine both likely. At higher altitudes it can be chilly. We have an amazing photo opportunity for many species of hummingbirds and other species coming to feeders, we will also be looking for a good number of species that are very rare and seldom seen, but we will be going to areas that hold these sought-after species.
  • 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
    Single room - adicional pay
    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
    Tips or gratuity

Day 1. Arrival to Bogota / Bogota
Day 2-3. Flight to Pitalito, birding in El Encanto Farm, La Coneca & Pompeya / Pitalito
Day 4. San Agustin Archaeological Park, Los Ariscos Reserve, transfer Mocoa / Mocoa
Day 5. Km 51 & Rumiyaco Forest / Mocoa
Day 6. Finca El Escondite all day / Mocoa
Day 7. Biodiversity “Trampoline” (low and medium lying lands) transfer / Mocoa
Day 8. Biodiversity “Trampoline” to San Francisco (Highlands) / La Cocha
Day 9. Bordoncillo Moorlands & Laguna de la Cocha / Pasto
Day 10. Lomas de Tescual, transfer Junin / Junin
Day 11. La Planada Natural Reserve / Junin
Day 12. Rio Ñambi Natural Reserve, birding in Bangsias Reserve / Tumaco
Day 13. La Guayacana Hotspot & La Nutria Reserve, transfer Tumaco / Tumaco
Day 14. Agrosavia Candelillas & Maragricola / Tumaco
Day 15. El Morro mangroves, flight to Bogota / Bogota
Day 16. Flight home from Bogotá

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