Birdwatching Tour – Medellín, Antioquia

This tour is based on the city of Medellín, which is the capital of the department of Antioquia. We will visit the city and its surroundings, Jardín, a
town in the coffee región where we will visit the PROAVES bird reserve in the Alto de Ventanas. The Wax Palm (national tree of Colombia) can be
easily seen and there is a possibility of observing the Spectacled Bear and finally, we will visit the orchid reserve of the Colombian Orchid Society,
the national flower of the country. After Jardín we will go to the Colonial city of Santa Fe de Antioquia, established in 1541. Located near the
Cauca River, the second longest river in the country, in its surroundings one can visit the remnants of tropical dry forest left in Colombia. At the
end of our tour we will visit the natural refuge Cañón del Río Claro, one of the most beautiful rivers in the country, located in a karstic tropical rain
forest and one of the pleistocene forest relicts.

Sunday – Day 1

Arrival to Airport José María Córdoba (MDE) and transfer to Hotel Acqua Express in Medellin city. Informative meeting to share general information and recommendations for the tour. Dinner (at your expense).

Eubucco bourcierii (Red-headed Barbet)
PH: Guillermo Gomez F

Hypopyrrhus pyrohypogaster (Red-bellied Grackle)
PH: Wilmer Quiceno

Monday – Day 2

Trip from the Hotel to the stream La Presidenta. (15-minute walk approximately). La Presidenta is an urban linear park (greenway) and a very important environmental axis of the city where more than 80 different species have been documented, among them: Scrub tanager (Tangara vitriolina), Bar-crested antshrike (Thamnophilus multistriatus) and Colombian chachalaca (Ortalis columbiana). Trip to the botanical garden Jardín Botánico de Medellín. Tour within the Garden, one of the city’s green areas, where more than 130 different species have been documented among them: Scarlet macaw (Ara macao), Thick-billed euphonia (Euphonia laniirostris). At the botanical garden we will have a tour to identify and enjoy different species of trees, palms, orchids and tropical bush. Lunch in the botanical garden at its restaurant IN SITU. Trip to the municipality of Jardín. (130 km) Check in and dinner at hotel Balandú in Jardín.

Tuesday – Day 3

Jardín is a town of coffee-growing culture roots, we will find there highly interesting species such as Yellow-eared Parrot (Ognorhynchus icterotis),
Dusky starfrontlet (Coeligena Orina), Andean cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruviana). Trip to Alto de Ventanas (hill pass area), tour through the reserve Reserva Loro Orejiamarillo maintained by Foundation ProAves. Breakfast at Alto de Ventanas. (Colombian Fiambre- typical food of the region wrapped in plantain or plantain-like leaves which add flavor and preserve food). Visit to the reserve or the Orchidology Society – Reserva de la Sociedad de Orquideología. Tour through the native-orchid path (we will spend a couple of hours there).

Visit to the observatory to enjoy the Cock of the Rock leks (Rupicola Peruviana). Trip, back to the hotel. Lunch at Hotel Balandú and check out. Trip to the farm Finca Bambusa. This is a traditional coffee-growing farm where we will watch birds like: Squirrel cucko (Piaya cayana), Swallow tanager (Tersina viridis), Columbian chachalaca (Ortalis Columbiana), Guira Tanager (Hemithraupis guira). In Finca Bambusa we can feel and live the coffee-growing every-day life and buy some locally produced organic coffees. Trip to the municipality of Santa Fe de Antioquia. (140 km)

Dinner and check in at hotel Mariscal Robledo.

Diglossa gloriossissima (Chestnut-bellied Flower-piercer)
PH: Leandro Vargas

Myiarchus apicalis (Apical Flycatcher)
PH: Wilmer Quiceno

Iridosornis porphyrocephalus (Purplish-mantled Tanager)
PH: Edwar Guarin

Wednesday – Day 4

Santa Fe de Antioquia, a town characterized by its ecosystem of dry tropical forests, one of most threatened ecosystems in the country. There we will observe species such as: Antioquia Wren (Thryophylus sernai), Apical flycatcher (Myiarchus apicalis), Olivaceus piculet (Picumnus olivaceus), Black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), Boat-billed heron (Choclearius chloclearius). Breakfast at the Hotel. Trip to the farm Finca Corrales and the wetland Humedal de La Bramadora to find the Antioquia Wren (Thryophilus sernai), a new endemic species, threatened, living in the dry tropical forest of the Rio Cauca Canyon. Trip, back to the Hotel. We suggest you to enjoy a walk or short tour within Santa Fe de Antioquia and visit its museums and its goldsmithing workshops where you can buy some gold and/or silver local hand-crafted filigree jewels. Lunch at Hotel Mariscal Robledo. Trip to Medellín.
(57 Km)

Visit to Hotel El Tesoro to birdwatch at its garden and possibly take photos of the Sernai (Thryophilussernai). Check in at Hotel Acqua Express in Medellín. Dinner (at your expense).

Thursday – Day 5

Breakfast at Hotel Acqua Express. Check out. Trip to Rio Claro area. Southeast of Antioquia, region of the Magdalena Medio river (152 Km). On the way to Rio Claro we will visit the natural reserve Reserva Natural San Sebastián de la Castellana, a high Andean forest located in the municipality of El Retiro, we will have the opportunity to watch species like: Red-bellied grackle (Hypophyrrhus pyrohypogaster), Black-bellied mountain toucan (Andigena nigrirostris), Streak-headed antbird (Drymophila striaticeps), Chesnut wood quail (Odontophorus hyperythrus), among other species.

Lunch at the restaurant Palacio de los Frijoles in the Municipality of Cocorná. Tour around the area of the restaurant where we can observe species such as: White-mantled Barbet (Capito hypoleucus), White-bearded manakin (Manacus manacus), Golden-winged Manakin (Massius chrysopterus), among others.

2-hour walk tour up to the hydroelectric station Central Hidroeléctrica El Ocho. Trip to Rio Claro. Lodge at Hotel El Refugio. Snacks and refreshments.

Pyrilia pyrilia (Saffron-headed Parrot)
PH: Mary Torres

Friday – Day 6

Breakfast at the Hotel. In the morning we will visit a karst forest in the natural reserve Reserva Natural Cañon del Rio Claro we will go on a tour through the Sendero de la Mulata (pathway) to watch species such as: (Pionopsitta pyrilia Saffron-Headed Parrot) and the Antioquia bristle tyrant (Phyloscartres lanyoni). During the tour we will also watch monkey species such as the White fronted tamarin (Saguinus leucopus). Lunch at Hotel El Refugio and check out.

Trip to the farm Finca Torre la Vega, a rehabilitation center where we will observe and know the stories of different species victims of illegal wildlife traffic that are under treatment and in their process to be returned to their native habitats.

Trip to Medellín. Check in at Hotel Acqua Express. dinner (at your expense).

Spizaetus isidori juvenile (Black-and-chestnut Eagle)
PH: Luis Felipe Quintero

Spizaetus isidori adult (Black-and-chestnut Eagle)
PH: Luis Felipe Quintero

Saturday – Day 7

Optional city tour or transfer to the airport.

End of the tour services.

Items included in The Tour fee

  • Round trip in specialized tourism vehicles to spots and areas of interest.
  • Round trip Airport-hotel-airport.
  • Lodging 6 nights, 7 days.
  • Breakfasts
  • Entrance tickets to places described in the tour.
  • Tours through ecological pathways, birdwatching areas and the possibility to watch small mammals such as howler monkeys.
  • Bilingual guide
  • 5 Lunches during the tour
  • 3 dinners
  • Hydration, snacks and refreshments.
  • Assistance card up to USD 40,000
  • Book “A Field Guide to the Birds of Colombia”

Items not included

  • Non specified expenses or fees in the plan.
  • Fee applies for minimum 7 people groups.


To enjoy this experience 100%:

  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Do not trash within natural reserves.
  • Bring the medicines you need or have prescription for.
  • Keep silence in birdwatching areas, this is vital to get the opportunity of watching different species.
  • Bring comfortable clothing and appropriateshoes

Nine good actions for a better birdwatching

1.- The welfare of the birds should come first.
2.- The habitat must be protected.
3.- Avoid altering the behavior of the birds.
4.- It is important to keep in mind these precautions.
5.- You should not harass accidental species or oddities.
6.- Know the regulations on the protection of birds and the response at all times.
7.- Respect the rights of the owners of the properties and local communities
8.- Share the observation area and the rights of the people.
9. Feeders, drinking fountains and safe houses for birds

Rupicola peruviana (Andean cock-of-the-rock)
PH: Arley Gómez


Payment Method

Payment with credit card through Place to Pay, PSE payments and through the links on our website. You can also pay by transfer to a Suntrust account to pay in USD.

Cancellation and right to withdrawal

Reservations confirmed must be cancelled or modified at least one week before, during business working hours. Reservations cancelled three days before have a penalty of 20% out of the total tour price.

Payment Policy

A partial upfront payment equal to 20% of the total tour fee is need to book a seat.

Cancellation and right to withdrawal

Once the tour begins there are no refunds.

USD $2100 per person
7 passengers minimum