The Colombia Experience is still under development. We are currently working with our partners to plan a wonderful and inspirational trip. We hope that the descriptions below capture our mission and give you a sense of what is most likely to be included. But remember, nothing is set-in-stone yet.
Length: 10 days
Group size: 6-8
Intensity: easy to moderate
Why you’ll love The Colombia Experience
There are two aspects about the Colombia Experience that you will love. On one hand, Colombia is the country with more bird species on earth, close to 2,000! We will be exploring cloud forest, wetlands, Andes piedmont and humid tropical forest habitats in the Cauca Valley (home to 900 bird species) and the Choco Bioregion (one of the most biodiverse regions on earth).
On the other hand, the Cauca Valley Experience will allow you to interact directly with community based programs that are trying to make a good living, leaving behind years of violence through ecotourism and conservation initiatives that can highly benefit from your input, work, resources and inspiration. Join us as we experience the birdiest country on earth.
What makes this Experience unique
The work with the community is real. We have already identified 4 community based projects that would highly benefit from your intervention. These initiatives are open to the broad spectrum of skills that you can bring to the table: from science based work, to applying your artistic talent, guiding and birding skills, resources and labor. Also, The work with the community happens in rural areas that are surrounded by nature and some of the most mesmerizing birding hotspots in Colombia – in a matter of 8-10 days you can expect to see anything from 250-350 bird species including many Choco Bioregion specialties. Are you ready?
And yes, there will be birds!
The Osa Peninsula has a number species of regionally endemic birds that we will target, including the subtly beautiful Black-cheeked Ant-tanager, and the spectacular Fiery-billed Aracari. Of course, there are hundreds of other species around and some of the most wonderful species are also quite common. Magnificent Frigatebirds, Long-billed Hermits, King Vultures, Slaty-tailed Trogons, Yellow-throated Toucans, Pale-billed Woodpeckers, Scarlet Macaws, Red-capped Manakin, Riverside Wren, and Scarlet-rumped Tanagers are just some of the many species we will likely see.
Our day in the mountains will allow us to look for new species such as Flame-colored Tanager, Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher, Resplendent Quetzal, Yellow-thighed Brushfinch, and a number of hummingbirds like the Talamanca, Fiery-throated, and Volcano Hummingbirds, White-throated Mountain-gem, and Lesser Violetear.
Want to join us?
Registration will open in 2021. Sign up to receive updates on this Experience.