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Escape to Tolima

Escape to Tolima

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The Department of Tolima, located in the heart of the country, is a megadiverse territory, with sharp changes in the altitude gradient that allow us to observe birds in the Cloud Forest or Paramo during the morning, and then see them in a Dry forest during the afternoon. In ecological terms, this means a large abundance of species available for you. A short trip through Tolima could mean more than 400 species of birds in six ecosystems, a very good number of endemic species, incredible places, and wonderful people to enjoy. We will visit some beautiful iconic places for bird watching where you will also experience a close encounter with nature just a few hours from Bogotá

Key Species

 Agile Tit-Tyrant
 Andean Pygmy Owl
 Antioquia Bristle-Tyrant
 Apical Flycatcher
 Barred Fruiteater
 Barred Puffbird
 Beautiful Woodpecker
 Black-billed Mountain Toucan
 Black-thighed Pufffleg
 Blue and Black Tanager
 Blue-ground Dove
 Blue-lored Antbird
 Booted Raquet-tail
 Chestnut Wood-Quail
 Chestnut-bellied Seed-Finch
 Collared Inca
 Colombian Chachalaca
 Crested Bobwhite. Colombian Chachalaca
 Dwarf Cuckoo
 Flammulated Treehunter
 Golden-headed Manakin
 Golden-plumbed Parakeet
 Greenish Elaenia
 Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan
 Grey-headed Warbler
 Indigo-capped Hummingbird
 Indigo-winged (Fuerte´s) Parrot
 Jet Antbird
 Lance-tailed Manakin
 Magdalena Antbird
 Mountain Avocetbill
 Ocellated Tapaculo
 Olivaceous Piculet
 Orange-crowned Oriole
 Pheasant Cuckoo
 Pileated Finch
 Powerful Woodpecker
 Purple-back Thronbill
 Rosy-thrush Tanager
 Russet-throated Puffbird
 Rusty-breasted Antpitta
 Saffron-crowned Tanager
 Scrub Greenlet
 Shinning green Hummingbird
 Sooty Ant-Tanager
 Sooty-headed Wren
 Speckle-faced Parrot
 Spectacled Parrotlet
 Striped Manakin
 Sword-billed Hummingbird
 Tawny-crested Tanager
 Tolima Blossomcrown
 Tolima Dove
 Torrent Duck
 Tourmaline Sunangel
 Velvet-fronted Euphonia
 White-bellied Antbird
 White-bibbed Manakin
 White-capped Dipper
 White-eared Conebill
 White-mantlet Barbet
 Whooping Motmot
 Yellow-headed Brush-Finch


  • Visit Ukuku Lodge, a place with one of the best bird feeders in the center of the country.

  • Visit more than six different ecosystems in one place and enjoy a real bird-diversity.


  • Visit Honda, a town full of architecture and history and one of the oldest in Colombia

  • The Magdalena River (the largest in the country) will be your best company and allied for several days

  • With luck, you will be able to see the snow peak of one of the most beautiful and powerful volcanoes in the country.

  • Destination
  • Departure / Return Location
    Bogota DC IATA: BOG / Bogota DC IATA: BOG
  • Tour 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 in Bogota / Hilton Garden Hotel
Day 2. Laguna el Tabacal and Villeta Forest, transfer to Honda / Waka Hotel
Day 3. Honda Dry Forest and Laguna de Guarinocito / Waka Hotel
Day 4. Bellavista Natural Reserve and Laguna del Hato, transfer to Ibague / Iguaima Hotel
Day 5. Ukuku Reserve and Nevado del Tolima National Park / Iguima Hotel
Day 6. Nevado del Tolima and Doima Lakes / Estelar Hotel
Day 7. Anaime Forest and Paramo de la yerbabuena / Estelar Hotel
Day 8. Mana Dulce Reserve, transfer to Bogota / Hilton Garden Hotel Flight home

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