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Colombia with Ontario Nature

Mar 04-14, 2023

11 days | Colombia | Quest Nature Tours

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Colombia is a fertile ground for bird diversity. Approximately one fifth of the world’s bird species have been observed here – more than in any other country – and many of these nearly 2,000 species are of a most alluring appearance and lifestyle. On this special tour for friends and supporters of Ontario Nature, we discover some of this abundance as we explore diverse and rich landscapes in the Magdalena Valley at the country’s heart within surprising proximity to the capital Bogotá.

The focus of our discoveries will be the central department of Cundinamarca and the Río Magdalena valley. In addition to being the seat of Bogotá, Cundinamarca has a varied topography housing a tremendous variety of bird life, including several of Colombia’s 83 endemic species! We begin our explorations in the city environs before going downslope into the valley, and later returning to the hills, visiting both warmer tropical rainforests and cooler montane forests, as well as tropical dry forest. We even head above the treeline into the fabled páramo, home to an otherworldly landscape of grassy tufts and fresh air. Hummingbirds and tanagers are the undoubted stars of Colombia’s bird life owing to the sheer diversity of form and colour, but we will have the opportunity to enjoy a fine selection of other birds and will watch for other wildlife as well. We stay at a small number of quaint lodges set in lovely locations, affording great landscape views and a chance to make casual discoveries in between excursions. All along, we’ll witness vignettes of Colombian daily life. Our pace is relaxed and easy so you can soak in the surroundings too.

We are offering a post-trip extension to Colombia’s Caribbean region in the north. Here we find a bizarre juxtaposition of warm coastal desert and turquoise waters with refreshing cloud forest in the nearby Santa Marta Mountains. These snow-capped outliers of the Andes are home to several birds and other fauna and flora found nowhere else.

Join us for this eye-opening view of Colombia's feathered marvels!
Quest Nature Tours Birding
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$4595
Group Size:
10 - 12 participants

What’s included: Accommodations in double occupancy; three domestic flights; gratuities for services provided by Quest; ground transportation; most meals; airport transfers; park entrance fees; services of Ontario Nature Executive Director, Caroline Schultz, and a Colombian naturalist

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Arrive in Bogotá
2Florida Park and Enchanted Garden, transfer to La Mesa
3Mutis Reserve and Camino de Tena all day
4Mana Dulce Reserve
5Laguna Pedro Palo Reserve, transfer Honda
6 El Triunfo Natural Reserve
7Bellavista Natural Reserve and Marquita-Victoria Road
8Visit Laguna El Tabacal Park, transfer to Guasca
9Chingaza National Park
10Bosque Guajira and La Calera Hummingbird Garden, return to Bogotá
11Flights home
Optional Extension: The Caribbean Coast and the Santa Marta Mountains
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Your Tour Leader

Caroline Schultz is the Executive Director at Ontario Nature. Caroline has directed Ontario Nature’s programs and operations since 2005. Caroline previously served as conservation director for the Canadian Nature Federation for 10 years, leading the organization’s national advocacy, science and stewardship programs.

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Quest Nature Tours Birding
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$4595
Group Size:
10 - 12 participants

What’s included: Accommodations in double occupancy; three domestic flights; gratuities for services provided by Quest; ground transportation; most meals; airport transfers; park entrance fees; services of Ontario Nature Executive Director, Caroline Schultz, and a Colombian naturalist

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