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Colombia Bird Photo Tour

The Avian treasure chest

10 nights & 11 Day Tour

Tour Information

Colombia is known to be the country with the highest number of bird species in the world and for many reasons has grabbed the headlines in the bird world in recent years. Increasing and improving eco-tourism has ensured some amazing spots for bird photography and we take advantage of this growing industry. Colombia’s bird list is nearing a staggering 2000 species, and in recent years eco-tourism has really started to flourish – it is primed to become the newest bird photography craze. More and more sites are offering feeding stations conducive to photography, not just for the spectacular hummingbirds, but also for tanagers, antpittas, and more.
Colombia has been steadily mending from its past political troubles, and in recent years the country has returned to this diverse and abundant habitat, and our carefully crafted itineries with the expert of local guides seek many of its range-restricted and threatened species while enjoying all those wonderful tropical birds of more widespread distribution. At the same time, there has been a steady growth in Colombian ornithology and the establishment of many private nature reserves to complement the public ones, all making locating many of the special birds more practical.
Our all-inclusive itinerary ensures the photography is done at safer locations and provides a lifetime experience of birding in Colombia. We work closely with the local expert guides and our team with technical ability ensure you enhance your photography techniques as you capture these diverse species.

BASIC INFORMATION

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Medical

Please consult with your doctor regarding general travel vaccinations and check the CDC website for more information.

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Insurance

We strongly recommend you purchase trip insurance that includes trip cancellation and medical coverage while overseas.

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Internet Access

Most lodges have free WIFI in the reception/dining area.

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Electricity

Electrical outlets are US-style. Those coming from Europe or Asia may need travel adapters. We will send more info after signup.

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Airport

You should arrive to and depart from Colombia's Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport. Our representative will be waiting to provide your private transfer to a hotel near city centre in Cali.

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Certified

All of our services are conducted by fully licensed travel, lodge, and transport operators. This is part of our commitment to providing a professional travel experience.

Cost (In USD)


1. $4500 per person in sharing accommodations/ $5000 in single supplement (2020)
2. $4900 per person in sharing accommodation/$5400 in single supplement (2021)

Tour Dates


Main Tour – Maximum 6 - 8 people per group.
1. November 7 – 17, 2020 (5 spots available)
2. November 7 – 17, 2021 (6 spots available)

Tour Specifics


1. Easy/Moderate walking/Most activity is at the feeders
2. Intermediate Photographers
3. Land and Water Photography
4. Non-Photographers / Birdwatchers: Accepted, discounted costs. Save $1000

Tour Motive

Our well planned bird photography tour in Colombia will focus on endemics like the multi-colored tanager to special birds like the Cock of the rock, this tour will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for our participants.
Our tour starts in Cali and ends in Medellin.

Photo Opportunities
  • Opportunity to photograph the Multi-colored tanagers, Long-tailed sylph, Red headed tanager and more such stunning species.
  • Guided photography with expert local guidance to make the best images of the target species and more.
  • Our all-inclusive tours help you enjoy a stress-free, safe, photography focussed days coupled with local lodging and culinary experience.
Suggested Equipments
  • A digital SLR and your longest telephoto lens preferably 300mm or more
  • A macro lens
  • A sturdy tripod or monopod
  • You may also bring your flash with a flash bracket
  • Pack a ton of memory cards
  • Release cable

Tour Pace


Easy to Moderate
Much of the main tour will be spent near feeders which are accessed by only a short walk. There will also be optional short walks on to get to the hide and access the farms with leks for Cock of the Rock.

ITINERARY

Day 1

Upon arrival you will meet our representative at the Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport and transfer to your hotel near the city centre in Cali.

  • Overnight at hotel in Cali, meals are not included this day
  • Elevation: 1018m
Day 2

We meet at 5am and head to our first rainforest lodge, 1.5 hours north of Cali. This secluded lodge in the middle of a cloud forest which is nothing short of spectacular. This is one of the highlights of our trip where we photograph the much-anticipated tanagers and hummingbirds like the endemic multicolored tanager.
We spend 3 nights here photographing these beautiful birds.

  • Overnight at eco-lodge, B-L-D
  • Elevation: 2000m

 

Day 3

Today we meet at the deck at 5am to start our photography session around the lodge feeders all day. The lush gardens boats regular visitors such as saffron-crowned tanager, red-headed barbet, flame-rumped tanager, and many other species.

  • Overnight at an ecolodge, B-L-D
  • Elevation: 2000m
Day 4

We start our photography session in the lodge garden at 5am again today. Our target will be hummingbirds such as, long-tailed sylph, brown violetear and more. We spend the entire day photographing in and around the lodge feeders.
Today will be our last night at this lodge.

  • Overnight at an ecolodge, B-L-D
  • Elevation: 2000m
Day 5

This morning we depart every early to reach our next lodge up north in the Rio Bitaco forest area. The lodge is situated in mountains high above the city and is known for its thermal baths – it’s nice to soak in the pools after a day of travel!

Our main targets in these days will be: Golden-breasted and Black-thighed Puff legs, Buff-winged Star frontlet, Shining Sunbeam, Rainbow-bearded Thorn bill, Great Sapphire wing, Tourmaline Sun angel, Mountain Velvet breast, Viridian Metal tail, Tyrian Metal tail, and Sparkling Violetear.

We’ll spend 2 nights here.

  • Overnight at an ecolodge, B-L-D
  • Elevation: 5311m

 

Day 6

Today post breakfast, we will drive to Los Nevados National Park (4200 m.) to look for the Buffy Helmet crest, a high-altitude hummingbird found nowhere else in the world.
Other species include Lacrimose and Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanagers, Glossy Flower piercer and many more species.
We will spend the day in and around the area.

  • Overnight at an ecolodge, B-L-D
  • Elevation: 5311m

 

Day 7

After breakfast on our 7th day morning we will drive 2.5 hrs to reach Rio Blanco which is famous among birders for its antpitta feeders. Possible species - Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, Brown-banded Antpitta. Slate-crowned Antpitta is a bit harder due to its small size and nervous habits. More luck is needed for Bicolored and Chestnut-naped Antpittas, which are more sporadic.
We will also spend time at the fruit feeders, that attract a few species such as Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager and several other beautiful highland tanagers.

We will spend two nights here.

  • Overnight at an ecolodge, B-L-D
  • Elevation: 2300m

 

Day 8

Today we spend the day photographing the locall visiting hummingbirds at the lodge feeders.
Hummer feeders by the lodge are good for both multi-flash as well as getting clean shots of perched birds, and possibilities include Long-tailed Sylph, Bronzy and Collared Incas, Tourmaline Sun angel, Lesser (Green) Violetear, Sparkling Violetear, speckled Hummingbird, Fawn-breasted Brilliant, Buff-tailed Coronet, White-bellied Wood star, and Booted Racket-tail.

  • Overnight at an ecolodge, B-L-D
  • Elevation: 2300m

 

Day 9

Post early breakfast we head to our last location, about 4 hours drive further north from Rio Blanco.
This beautiful town has a very special treat for photography – the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock can be seen easily. We visit the beautiful sorrounding gardens and target the local species found in the town.

  • Overnight at an ecolodge, B-L-D
  • Elevation: 1750m
Day 10

Today we spend an entire day at a very special reserve. Other species that we will find are highly interesting species such as Yellow-eared Parrot and Dusky starfrontlet.
In the evening we depart for Medellin for next day departures.

  • Overnight at a hotel in Medellin, B-L-Dinner not included.
  • Elevation: 1750m

 

Day 11

This morning our transport partners will drop you for your respective international departures from the Medellin airport.
End of tour.

Day 1:
Upon arrival you will meet our representative at the Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport and transfer to your hotel near the city centre in Cali.

  • Overnight at hotel in Cali, meals are not included this day
  • Elevation: 1018m

Day 2:
We meet at 5am and head to our first rainforest lodge, 1.5 hours north of Cali. This secluded lodge in the middle of a cloud forest which is nothing short of spectacular. This is one of the highlights of our trip where we photograph the much-anticipated tanagers and hummingbirds like the endemic multicolored tanager.
We spend 3 nights here photographing these beautiful birds.

  • Overnight at eco-lodge, B-L-D
  • Elevation: 2000m
Day 2_compressed

Day 3:
Today we meet at the deck at 5am to start our photography session around the lodge feeders all day. The lush gardens boats regular visitors such as saffron-crowned tanager, red-headed barbet, flame-rumped tanager, and many other species.

  • Overnight at an ecolodge, B-L-D
  • Elevation: 2000m

Day 4:
We start our photography session in the lodge garden at 5am again today. Our target will be hummingbirds such as, long-tailed sylph, brown violetear and more. We spend the entire day photographing in and around the lodge feeders.
Today will be our last night at this lodge.

  • Overnight at an ecolodge, B-L-D
  • Elevation: 2000m
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Day 5:
This morning we depart every early to reach our next lodge up north in the Rio Bitaco forest area. The lodge is situated in mountains high above the city and is known for its thermal baths – it’s nice to soak in the pools after a day of travel!

Our main targets in these days will be: Golden-breasted and Black-thighed Puff legs, Buff-winged Star frontlet, Shining Sunbeam, Rainbow-bearded Thorn bill, Great Sapphire wing, Tourmaline Sun angel, Mountain Velvet breast, Viridian Metal tail, Tyrian Metal tail, and Sparkling Violetear.

We’ll spend 2 nights here.

  • Overnight at an ecolodge, B-L-D
  • Elevation: 5311m

Day 6:
Today post breakfast, we will drive to Los Nevados National Park (4200 m.) to look for the Buffy Helmet crest, a high-altitude hummingbird found nowhere else in the world.
Other species include Lacrimose and Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanagers, Glossy Flower piercer and many more species.
We will spend the day in and around the area.

  • Overnight at an ecolodge, B-L-D
  • Elevation: 5311m
Day 6_compressed

Day 7:
After breakfast on our 7th day morning we will drive 2.5 hrs to reach Rio Blanco which is famous among birders for its antpitta feeders. Possible species - Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, Brown-banded Antpitta. Slate-crowned Antpitta is a bit harder due to its small size and nervous habits. More luck is needed for Bicolored and Chestnut-naped Antpittas, which are more sporadic.
We will also spend time at the fruit feeders, that attract a few species such as Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager and several other beautiful highland tanagers.

We will spend two nights here.

  • Overnight at an ecolodge, B-L-D
  • Elevation: 2300m

Day 8:
Today we spend the day photographing the locall visiting hummingbirds at the lodge feeders.
Hummer feeders by the lodge are good for both multi-flash as well as getting clean shots of perched birds, and possibilities include Long-tailed Sylph, Bronzy and Collared Incas, Tourmaline Sun angel, Lesser (Green) Violetear, Sparkling Violetear, speckled Hummingbird, Fawn-breasted Brilliant, Buff-tailed Coronet, White-bellied Wood star, and Booted Racket-tail.

  • Overnight at an ecolodge, B-L-D
  • Elevation: 2300m
Day 8_compressed

Day 9:
Post early breakfast we head to our last location, about 4 hours drive further north from Rio Blanco.
This beautiful town has a very special treat for photography – the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock can be seen easily. We visit the beautiful sorrounding gardens and target the local species found in the town.

  • Overnight at an ecolodge, B-L-D
  • Elevation: 1750m

Day 10:
Today we spend an entire day at a very special reserve. Other species that we will find are highly interesting species such as Yellow-eared Parrot and Dusky starfrontlet.
In the evening we depart for Medellin for next day departures.

  • Overnight at a hotel in Medellin, B-L-Dinner not included.
  • Elevation: 1750m
Day 4_compressed

Day 11:
This morning our transport partners will drop you for your respective international departures from the Medellin airport.
End of tour.

Tour Motive


Our well planned bird photography tour in Colombia will focus on endemics like the Multi-colored Tanager to special birds like the Cock of the rock, this tour will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for our participants.
Our tour starts in Cali and ends in Medellin.

Photo Opportunities

  • Opportunity to photograph the Multi-colored tanagers, Long-tailed sylph, Red headed tanager and more such stunning species.
  • Guided photography with expert local guidance to make the best images of the target species and more.
  • Our all-inclusive tours help you enjoy a stress-free, safe, photography focussed days coupled with local lodging and culinary experience.

Cost (In USD)


1. $4500 per person in sharing accommodations/ $5000 in single supplement (2020)
2. $4900 per person in sharing accommodation/$5400 in single supplement (2021)

TOUR DATES


Main Tour – Maximum 6 - 8 people per group.
1. Nov. 7 – 17, 2020 (5 spots available)
2. Nov. 7 – 17, 2021 (6 spots available)

Tour Specifics:

1. Easy/Moderate walking/Most activity is at the feeders
2. Intermediate Photographers
3. Land and Water Photography
4. Non-Photographers/Birdwatchers: Accepted, discounted costs. Save $1000

Tour Pace


Easy to Moderate
Much of the main tour will be spent near feeders which are accessed by only a short walk. There will also be optional short walks on to get to the hide and access the farms with leks for Cock of the Rock.

Photo Gallery

Suggested Equipments

It is recommended that each participant bring the following equipment:

  • A digital SLR and your longest telephoto lens preferably 300mm or more
  • A macro lens
  • A sturdy tripod or monopod
  • You may also bring your flash with a flash bracket
  • Pack a ton of memory cards
  • Release cable

Click on the link below for some questions you may have:

TOUR RELATED GENERAL FAQS

Testimonials

My Fiancé and I have gone on multiple trips with Tropical Photo Tours(Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru)! Each workshop has been amazing and different from the last. We would highly recommend to any serious photographers or birdwatchers. The tour leaders help get you in front of your target birds and are willing to help with photography techniques if needed.

Matthew Kusiak

A very professional outfit catering to the needs of wildlife photographer community. Supreet is an amazing tour leader. He keeps needs of the clients in mind. I remember many a times that he offered his spot to me so that I could get a better shot of the bird. Highly recommended!

Jaideep Padhye

Tour Leader

supreet-sahoo-tpt

Supreet Sahoo An avid birdwatcher and photographer from Austin, U.S.

Supreet's work has been featured in reputed publications like the BBC Earth, National Geographic Spain and Sanctuary Asia.

Click on the link below for some questions you may have:

TOUR RELATED GENERAL FAQS

  • A 'non-refundable' deposit of USD 1000 of the Tour fee as booking amount
  • The remaining balance is due in full 90 days before the start of the tour
  • All figures per person
  • Failure to make payments within this timeline could result in tour cancellation
  • Lodging as specified.
  • Meals as specified
  • Stainless steel flask for water.
  • Private transfers to and from hotels on first and last days.
  • Land/Domestic air transportation during the tour
  • Professional driver/photo/nature guide and private transportation in spacious tour bus.
  • Guide and Photography Skipper services
  • Entrance fees for all described activities.
  • Taxes on all services listed above.
  • Non-mealtime snacks or meals not included.
  • Non-mealtime soft drinks and bottled water.
  • Visa fees
  • International/personal airfare
  • Insurance
  • Phone calls
  • Laundry
  • Tips
  • Cost of hospitalization and evacuation, if necessary

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Registration

  • To register for the tour, fill out and submit the form below. A 'NON-REFUNDABLE' deposit of USD 1000 per person of the tour cost is required to confirm your spot.
  • The remaining balance is due in full 90 days before the start of the tour
  • All figures per person. Failure to make payments within this timeline could result in TOUR CANCELLATION

Payment can be completed by credit card/PayPal or bank transfer. If you would like to mail a check, that option is available as well
Please read all the Terms & Conditions for cancellation/refund policies and other important information.

Tour Registration Form - Colombia
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Please mail your check or send money order payable to
''Tropical Photo Tours LLC'' within 10 days to :

2414 Elkhorn Ranch Rd,
Leander, Texas – USA 78641
If you wish us to invoice you, please contact us at:
Email: info@tropicalphototours.com

NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, deposits are non-refundable. Please read the payment and cancellation policy terms for details.

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Book Your Tour With Us In 6 Easy Steps

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1. Confirm your spot for the tour by paying the advance using the registration form.

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2. Receive an acknowledgement email from us confirming your booking along with a welcome package and forms.

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3. Book your international travel

information

4. Send us your travel details along with the signed package.

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5. We will send you a final invoice along with some more important pre-travel details.

rucksack

6. Make your full payment and pack your bags for the best Tropical experience.

form

1. Confirm your spot for the tour by paying the advance using the registration form.

mail

2. Receive an acknowledgement email from us confirming your booking along with a welcome package and forms.

travel

3. Book your international travel.

information

4. Send us your travel details along with the signed package.

money

5. We will send you a final invoice along with some more important pre-travel details.

rucksack

6. Make your full payment and pack your bags for the best Tropical experience.

FAQs

Important Note

  • Travel insurance is mandatory for all travelers
  • Tropical Photo Tours holds the rights to modify a reservation at any time during a workshop. As a company, we always try to comply with what we have promised but due to several unforeseeable circumstances such as weather, natural calamity, political, environmental, cultural we may have to make changes to our reservations.
  • All amounts are in USD unless specifically mentioned otherwise

Email us at info@tropicalphototours.com or call us at +1-512-803-8049/512-806-6469 if you’d like to talk first.

Tour Leader

supreet-sahoo-tpt

Supreet Sahoo An avid birdwatcher and photographer from Austin, U.S.

Supreet's work has been featured in reputed publications like the BBC Earth, National Geographic Spain and Sanctuary Asia.

Testimonials

My Fiancé and I have gone on multiple trips with Tropical Photo Tours(Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru)! Each workshop has been amazing and different from the last. We would highly recommend to any serious photographers or birdwatchers. The tour leaders help get you in front of your target birds and are willing to help with photography techniques if needed.

Matthew Kusiak

A very professional outfit catering to the needs of wildlife photographer community. Supreet is an amazing tour leader. He keeps needs of the clients in mind. I remember many a times that he offered his spot to me so that I could get a better shot of the bird. Highly recommended!

Jaideep Padhye

Our aim is to make bird and wildlife photography accessible to everyone! Come join us on our next adventure in the rainforests.

Contact Us > or call us at
+1-512-803-8049 / 512-806-6469 if you’d like to talk first.

Monday–Saturday
9:00 AM–6:00 PM

Bird Photography And Beyond

About Us

​Since our inception, we have curated unique Bird Photography tours, customized Photography Travel Tours and fun-filled photography sessions in over 5 countries!
Tropical Photo Tours LLC is a US Based photography tour company helping birders from all over the world visit and experience the rainforest birding and photography.

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2414 Elkhorn Ranch Rd, Leander, Texas – USA 78641

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