Amazon Birding Tour

$ 4,500

The route of The Great Snake

Our Amazon Birding Tour has been carefully designed for you to explore two remote locations in Colombia’s foothills of the Amazon that are quickly developing a reputation as world-class birding destinations: Mitu and Inirida for hard-to-find, bizarre-looking specialty birds like the Capuchinbird, Yapacana Antbird, Spangled Cotinga, Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock, Paradise Tanager, Paradise Jacamar, Yellow-crowned Manakin, Fiery Topaz, Tawny-tufted Toucanet, Swallow-winged Puffbird, White-chinned Jacamar, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Amazonian Motmot, Chestnut-eared Aracari, and many more!

The vast array of ecosystems and habitats to explore include White-Sand Forest, Upland Terra Firme, Gallery Forests, and seasonally flooded Varzea Forests. This tour includes a transition birding stop in the Bavaria Forest, located in Colombia’s llanos foothills in tropical forest

Tour Duration: 12 days

Best Dates: *November – April* For pivate groups upon request!

Tour Price:$4,500 per birder

Single Occupancy Supplement:$500

Tour Size: Limited to 8 Participants

Tour Guide: Camilo Orjuela

Pay a deposit of $ 800 per item

Additional information

In a Nutshell

Andes portion Tour price: $3,500, with a Santa Marta Extension $5,500, Tour Dates: June 3-13, 2018 or June 03-19 with a Santa Marta Extension, Departure and arrival city: Bogota, Colombia, Max Number of participants: 8, Tour Guide: Johnnier Arango, Required deposit: $500

Day 1 - Arrival to Bogota International Airport

Upon arrival at Bogota International airport, a representant of Icaro Birding will pick you up and will take you to your hotel where you will meet with our Tour guide, Camilo Orjuela. During dinner, you will go over expectations, Q&A, birding etiquette, and a game plan for the first day out birding

Night at a hotel near the airport

Day 2 - La Florida Park birding, flight to Mitú and afternoon birding

Early in the morning, we will visit La Florida Park, a heavily impacted wetland located near the airport, which remains as one of the best spots to find the Endemic Bogota Rail. Other interesting species to see in this location include (E) Apolinar's Wren, a fairly common bird of tall cattails. The endemic subspecies of the Yellow-hooded Blackbirds are normally present and conspicuous, but Noble Snipe and Subtropical Doradito are rather rare and more difficult to see. Small numbers of Spot-flanked Gallinule (endemic subspecies) are usually present in open water. (E) Silvery-throated Spinetail and (NE) Rufous-browed Conebill can occasionally be found in the surrounding Eucalyptus trees and parkland. Other birds of interest include Band-tailed Seedeater, Lesser Scaup, Andean Siskin, Andean Teal, Black Flowerpiercer

After 10 am we will transfer to the airport for the 12:27 pm flight to Mitú. Mitú is the capital town of the department of Vaupés, located in the south-eastern part of Colombia and on the border with Brazil. The municipality is located predominantly on the right bank of the Vaupes River and its population is predominantly indigenous, with up to 27 different communities living in the area. Mitú is characterized as a transitional municipality between the dry plains of the Orinoquía and the Amazon rainforest. Its temperatures range between 77 and 86 °F

Upon arrival, we will check-in at our hotel, will go for lunch and then afternoon birding at Mituseño - Urania road

4 nights at Hotel Brasilia Vaupes

Day 3 - 6 Birding sites around Mitu

Starting early in the morning, we will go birding sites within driving distance that represent the habitats and ecosystems of these Amazonian location including Varzea forest, Terra-Firme jungle, and White-sand Forest. We will have the company of a birding guide from a local indigenous community who will help us to locate and identify the most interesting bird species and will be a bridge with the diferent indigenous territories that we will be crossing as part of the tour

Day 3 - Santa Cruz

Day 4 - Pueblo Nuevo community

Birds of Interest: Fiery Topaz, Lafresnaye’s Piculet, Magpie Tanager, Amazonian Trogon, Great Jacamar, Musician Wren, Chestnut-crested Antbird, Thrush-like Antpitta, Golden-headed Manakin. Rufous-tailed Xenops, Black Bushbird, Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet, Orange-cheeked Parrot

Day 5 - Cruce Bocatoma

Day 6 - Mitú Cachivera

Birds of Interest: Point-tailed Palmcreeper, Pompadour Cotinga, Many-banded Aracari, Spangled Cotinga, Chestnut-eared Aracari, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Pearly Antshrike, Paradise Tanager, Paradise Jacamar, Black-capped Donacobius, Dwarf-tyrant Manakin, Screaming Piha, Citron-bellied Attilla, Opal-rumped Tanager, Green-and-gold Tanager, Yellow-bellied Tanager, Yellow-browed Antbird, Scaled Pigeon, Swallow-winged Puffbird, Yellow-green Grosbeak

Other Interesting birds include Spangled Cotinga, Paradise Jacamar, Yellow-crowned Manakin, Fiery Topaz, Tawny-tufted Toucanet, Chestnut-crested Antbird, Crested Eagle, Brown-banded Puffbird, Bare-billed Woodcreeper, Paradise Tanager, Collared Puffbird, White-plumed Antbird, Great Jacamar, Reddish Hermit, Spotted Puffbird, Yellow-billed Jacamar, Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock, Black-throated Antbird, Rufous-tailed Flatbill, White-fronted Nunbird, Pavonine Quetzal, Red-fan Parrot, White-crested Spadebill, and many more

On Day 6 afternoon we will take a flight to the city of Villavicencio for a day of birding on Savanna Forest in transition to the Inirida municipality. This afternoon after checking-in at the hotel, we will go out for an afternoon birding session

Night at hotel in Villavicencio


Spangled Cotinga

By: Mathias Appel


Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock

By: Almir

Day 7 - Birding Bavaria forest and flight to Inirida in the afternoon

We will go early in the morning on day 7 to the Bavaria Forest, a really nice natural reserve of the humid tropical forest in savanna "llanos" foothills where we hope to find a range of Amazonian foothill (east slope) species including White-chinned Jacamar, White-vented Plumeleteer, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Amazonian Motmot, Gray-fronted Dove, Great Potoo, Yellow-billed Nunbird, Pectoral Sparrow, Violaceous Jay, Speckled Chachalaca, Long-billed Starthroat, Yellow-browed Tody-Flycatcher, Grey-chinned Hermit, Green-backed Trogon, Gilded Barbet, Chestnut-eared Aracari, Scaled Piculet, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, Red-stained Woodpecker, Wedge-billed Woodcreeper, White-bearded Manakin, Striolated Manakin, Red-eyed Vireo, Black-faced Antbird, Long-billed Gnatwren, White-necked Thrush, Bare-eyed Thrush, Swallow Tanager, Black-faced Dacnis and Paradise Tanager

Interesting mammals to find in the Bavaria Forest include Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth, Brown Capuchin Monkey, Squirrel Monkey, Tayra, South American Coati, and Red-tailed Squirrel

At 2:40 pm we will be boarding the 1 hour and 20 mins flight to Inirida, the capital city of the Vaupes department. We'll have a late afternoon birding session at Cano Culebra

Night at hotel Fuente del Guaínia


By: Bernard-Dupont


White-chinned Jacamar

By: Pete Morris

Day 8 - 12 Birds of the 'Great Snake' in Inirida

Inirida is the capital city of the Vaupes Department in limits with southwestern Venezuela. The “Birds of the Great Snake” itinerary take its name from the snake shape route that is followed along the convergence of three great rivers: Orinoco, Inírida, and the Guaviare. Amazonas foothills and Guayana shield ecosystems coexist here and include habitats as diversed as floating forest, Varzea forest, Terra Firme forest, Savanna of white sand. Birding Inirida promises to be a close and personal encounter with one of the best kept secrets in the birding world

Night at hotel Fuente del Guaínia

Birds of Interest: The very weird and not well known Capuchinbird; another important and rare antbird: Yapacana Antbird, Swallow-winged Puffbird, Paradise Jacamar, Amazonian Motmot, Gilded Barbet, Golden-spangled Piculet, Scaly-Breasted Woodpecker, Black Caracara, Black-headed Parrot, Chestnut-fronted Macaw, Amazonian Antshrike, Pearly Antshrike, Spot-backed Antwren, Cherrie´s Antwren, Imeri-warbling Antbird, Rose-Breasted Chat, Little Cuckoo, Blue-crowned Trogon, Collared Puffbird, Black-fronted Nunbird, Green-tailed Jacamar, Orinoco Softtail, Fasciated Antshrike, Black-spotted Bare-eye, Dot-winged Antshrike, Varzea Schiffornis and more

Day 8 - Birding in Caño Carbón & Sabanitas

Day 9 - Birding in Matraca trail & Cunubén

Day 10 - Birding in El Paujíl & La Rompida

Day 11 - Birding in Mavecure

Amidst this fascinating mix of topography, birders will visit Cerros de Mavecure, a collection of three impressive monoliths along the Guainia River, a beautiful sight to behold

Day 12 - Birding in Rincón Vitina / flight to Bogotá

On day 12 we will fly back to Bogota at 11 am, arriving at noon. Depending on what are your flight arrangements, an extra night hotel in Bogota is included

End of tour! Happy journey and GO Birding!



By: Jen Ong



Entering Colombia is a breeze for citizens of many countries. However, we thought it will be helpful to go over some items for you to consider before making a reservation for our Hummingbird Celebration Birding Tour to Colombia. You can expect to receive more detailed information in your welcome package.

ENTERING COLOMBIA: US citizens must have a passport, valid for at least six months after your date of departure from Colombia. A the present time, no visa is required for US citizens visiting Colombia for 60 days or less. Visitors from other countries may need a visa; please contact your nearest Colombian embassy or consulate for further information.

COUNTRY INFORMATION: You can review the U.S. Department of State Country Specific Travel Information at http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/colombia.html and the CIA World Factbook background notes on Colombia at https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/co.html.

PACE OF TOUR: Our days will begin normally early at around 6:00 am. On some days we may take a picnic lunch in the field and on others we will stop at roadside restaurants. This Hummingbird Celebration tour is low pace and leisure in nature. We will go birding to natural areas or private houses with feeders that attract the hummies. Howeverf, for some specialties, participants should be able to walk at a slow to moderate pace for around 2-3 hours at a time; we may walk in the sun on some roads, though most of our trails will be in the shade. Rubber boots may be necessary depending how much it’s been raining, but we will let you know in advance. On rainy days, we may have to stay behind and bird the lodge grounds, and on hot days we may have some downtime after lunch to take a 'siesta' and return to birding in the afternoon. We will typically return to our lodgings at around 5:00 pm, with dinner generally starting around 6:30 pm. We will collectively call a list of the birds recorded during the day after dinner.

HEALTH: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all travelers be up to date on routine vaccinations. The most current information about travelers’ health recommendations can be found on the CDC’s Travel Health website at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/colombia

  • Dengue Fever and Chikungunya: Dengue Fever and Chikungunya occur in parts of Colombia and seem to be becoming commoner in many parts of South America. There is as yet no inoculation available for either disease, so no protection can be made in advance of travel. They are transmitted by diurnal mosquitoes mostly in heavily populated areas. It is important therefore cover up and use repellent wherever mosquitoes might be encountered.
  • Yellow Fever: We’ll be in areas considered to be free of the disease. However, it is recommended that you are vaccinated before coming into the country. Please consult your physician.
  • Zika Virus: This virus is expanding into South America including Colombia, and health authorities are still trying to gauge its full impact. Couples who expect/hope to become pregnant should consult their physician.
  • Insects: There are few problems with insects on this tour. There are a few mosquitoes in some areas. Bring a good insect repellent for mosquitoes and other insects that we will occasionally encounter.
  • Altitude: We’ll visit sites up to around 12,000 feet above sea level!.
  • Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in the vehicles or when the group is gathered for meals, checklists, etc. If you are sharing a room with a non-smoker, please do not smoke in the room. If you smoke in the field, do so well away and downwind from the group. If any location where the group is gathered has a smoking prohibition, that one will prevail.

PERSONAL SAFETY:Colombia is once again a safe destination for sensible international travelers. There is no significant threat in the areas we will visit. However petty crimes such as pickpocketing are common in major cities including airports, so be careful. But really, the biggest risk you take in Colombia is wanting to stay for good.

CLIMATE: August in this region of Colombia is supposed to be just great for birding. We will have some rain but in general you can expect to have dry, beautiful days. Temperatures range between low 40s in the paramo to high 80s. More accurate info as we get closer to the starting date.

FOOD: We cannot guarantee that all food allergies can be accommodated at destinations in rural areas (lodges). If you have a significant food allergies or special dietary requirements, please let us know in advance and prepare to bring foods for those times when your needs cannot be met. Participants who need to eat according to a fixed schedule should bring supplemental food. Please contact us if you have any questions.

TRANSPORTATION: Travel will mostly be by private vans and 4x4 vehicles wherever the road gets rough. Participants must be willing and able to take the ride in any seat.

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