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Birdwatching in Colombia

15 days from €7,390pp

What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

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Itinerary highlights

  • Take in the best that the coffee region has to offer with birdwatching, hiking, and staying in a traditional hacienda-style accommodation.

  • Enjoy the services of an expert naturalist guide as part of your stay at Minca’s, Reserva El Dorado.

  • Go beyond Bogota’s city limits to explore the diverse landscapes of wetlands and mountains that surround the capital which are home to well over 100 species of birds.

Price includes

Scheduled international and domestic flights
In-destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
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  • Bogota
  • Armenia
  • Hacienda Bambusa
  • Armenia
  • Hacienda Bambusa
  • Armenia
  • Manizales
  • Bogota
  • Santa Marta
  • Minca
  • Santa Marta

Itinerary idea in detail

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Including international flights from Ireland.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Bogota.

Day 2 Bogota


On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 3 Bogota


A walking tour of the historical and central part of the city with your private guide visits the world famous Gold Museum and also takes you to see the views over the city from Monserrate.

Day 4 Bogota


Depart Bogota for the Andes and Chingaza National Park for your first day of birding.

Day 5 Hacienda Bambusa

Bogota , Armenia , Hacienda Bambusa

In the morning you will visit another protected birding area outside of Bogota before being driven back to the airport for your flight to the coffee region. Upon arrival at the airport you will be driven through the beautiful countryside to your hacienda.

Day 6 Hacienda Bambusa

Armenia , Hacienda Bambusa

Explore the grounds of Hacienda Bambusa for the endemic bird species that call the coffee region home. Later in the day you will continue to trek past the massive palm trees of the Cocora Valley to the Acaime Hummingbird Reserve.

Day 7 Manizales

Armenia , Manizales

Enjoy another morning with your binoculars before journeying through more verdant countryside to your next hacienda.

Day 8 Manizales


This morning you will depart your hacienda for a morning at the Tinamú Nature Reserve. This private reserve was established over 40 years ago with conservation in mind and is home to over 240 species of birds.

Day 9 Santa Marta

Manizales , Bogota , Santa Marta

Before your flight to the Caribbean coast you will spend the morning at the Rio Blanco birding reserve. Here there is a network of trails crisscrossing over 3,600 hectares to explore. Later in the day you will be driven to the airport in Manizales for your flight to Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast. Take advantage of the cool breeze that blows through the city at night by getting an outdoor table at one of the many restaurants that line Carrera 3.

Day 10 Santa Marta

Santa Marta

Visit Salamanca National Park and explore the birdlife that calls the mangroves and beaches home.

Day 11 Minca

Santa Marta , Minca

Travel up into the Sierra Nevada mountains to the El Dorado Reserve and spend your nights in the spectacular kogi huts overlooking the breathtaking views back to Santa Marta.

Day 12 Minca


Every day will reveal new adventures at El Dorado. Today might take you along La Cumbre Trail to the San Lorenzo Ridge or spotting quetzal.

Day 13 Minca


Take one last full day to search for endemic species then search for mammals like the crab-eating fox, or even ocelots, on a night walk.

Day 14 International return flight

Minca , Santa Marta , International return flight

You will be driven back to the airport for your flight to Bogota. From here you will connect to your international return flight.

Day 15 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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