Epic Birding Tours to Colombia

Icaro Birding organizes the best birding tours to Colombia. Period. We do so through a combination of local birding knowledge, logistics expertise, common sense, good taste and passion for what we do. 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 massive bird diversity and breathtaking natural beauty. No matter whether you are an experienced world traveler or you are thinking about your first birding adventure overseas, we work tirelessly on meeting and exceeding your expectations while taking away all the anxiety. 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 and travel often! Join us and let us owe you in the birdiest country on earth.

Here you will find a defined set of tour 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 build strong relationships with the communities we serve, including local logistics operators and birding guides to make sure your birding experience is epic and communities receive a direct economic benefit from our birding tours to Colombia.
  2. Icaro Birding has a strong international presence. We go birding often to people like you and are part of the local birding clubs in Louisiana, US. We walk the same paths, talk the same language, listen to your needs, ask for your feedback and craft our tours accordingly.
  3. We support the American Bird Conservancy initiatives by staying in local lodges that are part of their network
  4. We are price competitive compared to international tour operations. You can expect our birding tours to Colombia to be up to $1,000 less expensive with a lot more local ‘flavour.’
  5. You can pay for any of our birding tours with the convenience of a credit card or PayPal account from anywhere in the world and your additional processing fee is always $0. That we promise.

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: July 8-19, 2018
ADDED TOUR DATES: *October 23 - November 3, 2018, and *January 9-20, 2019*
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 3-9, 2018, and, 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: *December 3-19, 2018 and February 3-19, 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 11-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 magestic 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: 11 days
NEXT TOUR DATES: July 29 - August 8, 2018.
ADDED TOUR DATES: November 12-22, 2018.
ARRIVES IN: Bogotá, Colombia.
LEVEL: Adventure but Comfortable.
BIRDING GOAL: 400-500 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