Epic Birding Tours to Colombia

Icaro Birding tours to Colombia are inspiring, well-thought and flawlessly implemented for you to have a "close and personal" encounter with the best of Colombia's bird diversity and breathtaking natural beauty. No matter whether you are an experienced world traveler or are thinking about your first birding adventure overseas, let us worry with all the backstage "heavy-lifting" logistics and you focus on having a birding experience of a lifetime. Our birding tours to Colombia are beautiful, inspiring, provocative, comfortable and safe. Don't wait until all things in life have worked out to start traveling. Travel now, travel often and travel with Icaro

The website presents you with a defined set of tours' itineraries and dates. However, we are well open to organizing birding tours to Colombia around your own preferences and expectations. Do you want a private photo tour for you and your birding friends and family? Sure thing. Are you after a specific set of ‘lifers’, your ‘nemesis’ bird, or a sheer number of species? we have you covered. Do you want a combination of birding with culture, history, and sightseeing? Talk to us!

Top 5 reasons
to come on a birding tour to Colombia


  1. A birding tour to Colombia will introduce you to the almost 2,000 bird species that call Colombia home, that's almost 20% of all bird species on earth
  2. Colombia’s immense birds' diversity includes 78 endemics, 158 hummingbirds, 207 flycatchers and 141 tanagers. Colombia has 12 times more endemics than Costa Rica
  3. After many years of internal violence and civil war, a peace agreement with the guerrilla of FARC is being implemented. For the most part, it is safe to travel to rural areas part of birding tours to Colombia
  4. People in Colombia are regarded as super friendly and willing to help. You will most likely find a warm smile anywhere you go!
  5. There is the basic infrastructure to make your birding tour to Colombia safe, comfortable and enjoyable. Our roads are on better shape than in Ecuador or Peru.

Top 5 reasons
to come birding with Icaro


  1. We make sure your birding experience is great and local communities receive a direct economic benefit from our birding tours to Colombia.
  2. Icaro Birding has a strong international presence. Our CEO lives in the US and goes birding often with people like you. We walk the same paths, listen to your needs, ask for your feedback and create our tours accordingly.
  3. We support the American Bird Conservancy initiatives by staying in local lodges that are part of their network.
  4. Combine any of our tours with a Santa Marta Endemics extension and save $1,100!
  5. We offer more convenient ways to pay than any other operator, from direct bank deposit to a Chase account, sending a check to paying with a credit card or PayPal. Your transaction fee is always $0 

Icaro Epic Birding Tours to Colombia

A Bigger than Life Experience

Epic Andes Birding Tour

Birding Tours to Colombia

Our signature 12-day Epic Andes birding tour to Colombia will take you on the birding trip of a lifetime. Birding the Cauca Valley (home to 900 bird species) and sections of the Western and Central Andes Cordillera including the almighty Montezuma Peak (most endemics in the Americas) will set you for a birding treat. Main highlight species for the Epic Andes Birding Tour include: (E) Multicolored Tanager, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, (NE) Golden-chested Tanager, (NE) Choco Toucan, (E) Gold-ringed Tanager, (E) Black-and-gold Tanager, (E) endangered Cauca Guan, (E) Buffy Helmetcrest, and (E) Rufous-fronted Parakeet.

TRIP LENGTH: 12 days
NEXT TOUR DATES: *January 9-19, 2019*
ADDED TOUR DATES: *July 8-18, 2019* and upon request 
ARRIVES IN: Cali, Colombia
LEVEL: Adventure but Comfortable
BIRDING GOAL: Over 450 bird species including up to 40 endemics
SPECIAL OFFER: Mix and Match with a Santa Marta Endemics tour extension and save $1,100!

Santa Marta Endemics

Birding tours to Colombia

SPECIAL OFFER: Mix and Match with our Epic Andes, Hummingbird Celebration or Magdalena Valley of Magic birding tours and save $1,100!

The Santa Marta moutains are an isolated mountains range, separated from the Andes Cordillera by a wide valley, resulting in a hotbed for endemic species. The main route to access these endemic species is a road that leads from the small town of Minca (located at ~2,000 ft. elevation) up to Cerro Kennedy (~7,700 ft.) at the top of the San Lorenzo Ridge. Within this relatively short distance, it is possible to observe up to 19 endemic bird species including (E) Santa Marta Antpitta, (E) Santa Marta Warbler, (E) Santa Marta Parakeet, (E) White-tailed Starfrontlet , (E) Rusty-headed Spinetail, (E) Brown-rumped Tapaculo, (E) Bangs Wood-wren, (E) Santa Marta Bush-tyrant, (E) Santa Marta Wood-Wren, (E) Yellow-crowned Whitestart, (E) Santa Marta Mountain-tanager, and (E) Black-backed Thornbill

TRIP LENGTH: 7 days as a stand-alone tour
TOUR DATES: *November 5-11, 2018*, *January 19-25, 2019*, *Private tours upon request*
ARRIVES IN:  Barranquilla, Colombia
LEVEL: Adventure but Comfortable
BIRDING GOAL: Many endemics and range-restricted bird species

Hummingbird Celebration

Birding Tours to Colombia

Colombia has over 150 Hummingbird species recorded or almost 50% of all the world species!. Birding along renowned hummingbird bander Nancy Newfield, ‘The Hummingbird Lady from Louisiana’ we will explore some incredible habitats along Colombia's 3 branches of the Andes Cordillera hoping to see about 50-60 of these extraordinary birds. Some highlights on this expedition include (E) Indigo-capped Hummingbird, (E) Buffy Helmetcrest, (E) Green-bearded Helmetcrest, (E) Black Inca, (E) White-tailed Starfrontlet, (E) Black-backed Thornbill among others. Combine this tour with a Santa Marta Endemics extension to get up to 70-80 hummingbird species.

TRIP LENGTH: 17 days with a Santa Marta Endemics extension
NEXT DATES: *March 4-20, 2019* & *July 30-August 15, 2019*
ARRIVES IN: Bogotá, Colombia
LEVEL: Comfortable and relax for the most part
BIRDING GOAL: Up to 60 hummingbird species, and around 10 more with the Santa Marta Endemics extension. Overall 350 bird species including some +30 endemics

Magdalena Valley of Magic Tour

Birding tours to Colombia

Bundle-up this beautiful 15-day birding tour to the heart of Colombia with a 7-day Santa Marta Endemics Tour and save $1,100

We will go birding the majestic Magdalena Valley that divides the Central and Eastern Andes Cordillera in search for some of the most iconic bird species in Colombia including the endemics White-mantled Barbet, Beautiful Woodpecker, Antioquia Bristle-Tyrant, Chestnut-capped Piha and Blue-billed Curassow

This birding tour includes going to 2 of the protected Nature Reserves supported by the American Bird Conservancy

TRIP LENGTH: 15 days
TOUR DATES: *June 3-17, 2019*
ADDED TOUR DATES: *November 12-26, 2019*
ARRIVES IN: Bogotá, Colombia.
LEVEL: Adventure but Comfortable.
BIRDING GOAL: Over 500 species. Around 40 endemics.

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Johnnier Arango - Tour Leader

Johnnier Arango-Bermúdez has been guiding for over 8 years since his beginning as a local guide in the Serranía de los Paraguas and has becoming a national guide in The Andean Birder Initiative with a focus in the Central and Western Andes.

Giovani Ortiz - CEO, Sales and Marketing

Giovani has been wearing many hats lately, taking a lead role in the sales and marketing activities for the Epic Birding Tour to Colombia. He has over 6 years of experience supporting entrepreneurial activity in Michigan and Louisiana. He is actively learning his way into birdwatching in the swamps of Louisiana.

Tour Reviews

  • “Johnnier was a delight and extremely knowledgeable. He was willing to admit when he didn't know an ID and worked on it later” “I expected him to be excellent and his knowledge and skill are top rate”
    Joelle & Ken, New Orleans, LA
  • "Johnnier is a first-class birding guide, enthusiastic, understanding, and patient. Incredibly sharp in the field, he is able to pick-up birds that would remain unseen to many. A key factor to being a top guide is knowing calls and songs, Johnnier has an incredible depth of knowledge of Colombian bird "vocalizations". If you are thinking of a birding trip to Colombia, I cannot recommend Johnnier highly enough. 10/10."
    Ian Dearing, Norfolk, UK.
  • “Icaro's premier tour offered the best of birding outside of Bogota, the Santa Marta mountains, Magdalena Valley, and the Caribbean. Highlights included the ProAves reserves (El Dorado and Chestnut Capped Piha), and the ABC reserve (Paujil) with Blue-billed Curassow. Our host, Giovani Ortiz, was extremely organized, helpful, and fun to be with. Our guide, Johnnier Arango, was very skilled at finding and attracting the birds. My personal highlights included the Quetzal and the Pink Ibis”
    Lisa Wahl, Barkley, CA
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