Sustainable Tourism Bogotá

Lodging

We will spend the night in a cloud forest nature reserve. Rooms are fitted with double and single beds and have private bathrooms and warm showers. Please note that last minute bookings are challenging, so we recommend making your reservations weeks ahead of time. 

Weather

The coffee lands exhibit a warmer climate with daytime temperatures ranging between 18ºC and 25ºC and night temperatures close to 14ºC with the possibility of sporadic rain showers.

Location

The area that we visit on the first day is around Mount Fusacatán, about 2 hours south-west of Bogotá. The second day is near the town of Silvania about 1.5 hours further. We will be birdwatching at altitudes ranging between 1600 m.a.s.l. and 2600 m.a.s.l. along the Eastern Andes.

Difficulty

This tour can be adapted to accommodate all ages and abilities. Short nature trails will allow you to get deeper into the forest and enjoy nature closer up, but sitings are also possible from the comfort of the vehicle. Should you have limited mobility or a specific medical condition, please let us know ahead of time. 

Target Species

Turquoise dacnis, Velvet-fronted euphonia, Colombian chachalaca, Indigo-capped HummingbirdScrub tanager, Bar-crested Antshrike, Crimson-backed tanager, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Red-headed Barbet, Orange-billed Sparrow, Blue-necked tanager, Saffron finch, Bay-headed tanager, Gray-headed Tanager, Orange-chinned parakeet, Spectacled parrotlet, Ruddy ground-dove, Blue ground-dove, Smooth-billed ani, White-vented plumeleteer, Yellow-headed caracara, Streaked saltator, Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, Ringed Kingfisher, Bare-faced Ibis.

Draft Itinerary

Day 1

• 7:00am Pick-up from Bogotá (most locations)

• 9:00am Breakfast (included) at nature reserve

• 9:30am Birdwatching by the hummingbird garden

• 12:30pm Lunch (included)

• 1:30pm Check-in and rest time

• 3:00pm Birdwatching through the cloud forest trail

• 7:00pm Dinner (not included)

Day 2

 

• 7:00am Depart hotel

• 8:30am Farm breakfast (included)

• 9:00am Roadside birdwatching

• 12:00pm Lunch at coffee farm & optional coffee tour

• 3:00pm Return to Bogotá

• 5:00pm Expected return to the city (traffic can easily add 1 hour of driving time)

Please note that this is a sample itinerary only and the final version can differ in times and locations depending on availability, sitings, weather and road conditions.

Pricing per Person per Night

  • 1 pax USD $400

  • 2 pax (couple or singles) USD $250

  • 4 pax (couple or singles) USD $200 

It includes: private transport, bilingual guide (pending availability), 1 night's accommodation, 2 breakfast, 2 lunches, entrances, personal accident insurance & digital pictures of the trip.

It does not include: dinners, hydration and snack (available for purchase) 

Testimonial

"My wife and I recently returned from a two-week photography/birding tour in Colombia with Andes EcoTours and it truly was a trip of a lifetime. We saw an incredible number of birds, animals, flowers and striking landscapes. Our driver, Hector, was a pro at both driving and spotting birds. We can't speak highly enough of Chantelle, our guide. She was very knowledgeable, well spoken, flexible and was always thinking of our needs. As an example, every night she would upload a summary of the sightings for the day, which we found very useful. She also has an amazing eye for spotting birds and animals. She was the reason I was able to get so many great photos. In terms of accommodations, they were generally very good, although you can expect some rustic accommodations in the more remote areas. Food was very good and there was plenty of it. All in all, a fantastic trip and we would return to Colombia in a minute." - John

Birds & Butterflies of the Coffee Lands - 2 days