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5 DAY / CALI, COLOMBIA
HUMMINGBIRD PHOTOGRAPHY TRIP

$2300USD

OVERVIEW

OVERVIEW

OVERVIEW

This five-day wildlife photography tour in Colombia offers an immersive journey through the country's lush landscapes, showcasing a diverse array of native bird species, particularly the captivating hummingbirds. The adventure begins in Cali with an overnight stay in Araucana, setting the tone for a trip that combines comfortable accommodations with exceptional birdwatching opportunities. On the second day, participants visit Parque de la Uva near Palmira city, where the vibrant Ruby-throated Hummingbird can be observed alongside other hummingbird species in agave fields that are a visual treat. The Ruby-throated Hummingbird, known for its brilliant red throat and agile flight, is a highlight for many enthusiasts.

The itinerary includes stays at beautiful boutique hotels and eco-lodges, specifically chosen for their commitment to conservation and their strategic locations near prime birdwatching spots. La Minga Farmhouse and Araucana Lodge offer not only rustic charm and stunning views but also direct access to cloud forests and well-maintained feeder sites that attract rare species like the Long-tailed Sylph and Booted Rackettail. At Doña Dora Feeders, located in a unique ecological niche where the Andean and Chocó bio-regions converge, guests enjoy the hospitality of a charming ecolodge, enhancing the birdwatching experience with comfort and style.

Highlights of the tour include:

  • Multi-flash hummingbird photography sessions at La Minga, capturing the dazzling movements of these tiny birds.

  • Observing a variety of hummingbird species, including the exquisite Ruby-throated Hummingbird, known for its energetic flight and striking appearance.

  • Luxurious stays at eco-friendly lodges like Araucana Lodge and the picturesque setting of Doña Dora’s, both offering excellent amenities and perfect locations for nature lovers.

The trip culminates with a convenient airport transfer on the final day, ensuring that participants leave Colombia enriched by the natural beauty and biodiversity they've experienced, with memories and photographs of some of the world's most spectacular birds.

WHATS INCLUDED

INCLUDES

  • High-end photography equipment and expert guidance

  • Accommodations in wildlife lodges with essential amenities

  • All meals, accommodating dietary and vegetarian preferences

  • Fluent English-speaking guide

  • Comprehensive transportation, including 4×4 vehicles and airport transfers

EXCLUDES

  • International flights to and from Colombia

  • Personal travel insurance

  • Alcoholic Beverages

  • Personal items

TRIP DETAILS

  • Dates: Trips available anytime

  • Start / End Location: Cali, Colombia

  • Duration: 5 Days

  • Minimum Group Size: 1 Guest

  • Maximum Group Size: 3 Guests

  • Physical Difficulty: Easy

  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

  • Recommended Gear: All cameras & lenses included

 

INCLUSIONS

  • High-end photography equipment and expert guidance

  • Single occupancy accommodation in wildlife lodges with essential amenities

  • All meals, accommodating dietary and vegetarian preferences

  • Fluent English-speaking photographer | guide

  • Comprehensive transportation, including 4×4 vehicles and airport transfers

EXCLUSIONS

  • International flights to and from Colombia

  • Personal travel insurance

  • Alcoholic Beverages

  • Personal items

The tour was well-organized, ensuring we experienced a variety of landscapes and wildlife. The high-end Canon lenses provided made a significant difference in my shots. It's an unforgettable experience that I would recommend to any photography enthusiast.

- Deborah Clark

Our photography tour kicks off with convenient airport pickups at Jose Maria Cordova Airport, Medellin, ensuring a smooth start to a journey meticulously crafted for photography enthusiasts. Led by renowned wildlife photographer Jeff Cremer, our tours are specifically designed to maximize photographic opportunities, taking you to Colombia's prime birdwatching destinations. These locations are selected for their rich biodiversity and unique chances to capture wildlife in their natural habitats.

Tour Highlights:

  • Tailored itineraries by photographers for photographers, ensuring optimal photographic moments.

  • Exploration of Colombia's prime birdwatching spots, known for their biodiversity.

  • Special days dedicated to photographing in diverse ecosystems like the paramo and cloudforest, targeting species such as the Sword-Billed Hummingbird and Black-Billed Mountain Toucan.

  • Opportunities to capture rare sights, including the elusive Antpitta species and the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock's lek.

  • Specialized photography workshops to enhance your skills, covering various techniques for wildlife photography.

This tour blends expert guidance with the beauty of Colombia's natural landscapes, offering an unparalleled experience for photography enthusiasts.

Close-up of green headed hummingbird in Colombia
Photograph of Colombian hummingbird feeding on nectar

GALLERY

GALLERY

THE DESTINATION

Highlights of the Colombian Coffee Region:

  • Stay at eBird Hotspots: eBird Hotspots are designated areas recognized for their high bird activity, where birdwatchers can share sightings and contribute to global avian research and conservation efforts.

  • Biodiversity & Photography: Manizales and Jardin are home to hundreds of bird species, including endemics like the Andean cock-of-the-rock and Yellow-eared Parrot, the region is ideal for birding and wildlife photography.

  • Varied Ecosystems: From coffee plantations to cloud forests and páramos, these ecosystems provide habitats for unique species.

The Colombian Coffee Region, encompassing Jardín and Manizales, is not only recognized for its natural beauty, with verdant landscapes and the misty Andes, but also for its rich biodiversity and coffee culture.

Wildlife Hotspots Map
Birding hotspots of Colombia.
Close-up photograph of a small hummingbird in Colombia
Colorful hummingbird feeding on a fuchia flower against green background

THE PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography tours in Colombia leverage the country's status as the most bird-rich nation on earth, with eco-tourism flourishing and creating numerous opportunities for capturing images of the nearly 2000 bird species that call Colombia home.

Photography opportunities include: 

  • Visits to bird feeder sites for photographing hummingbirds, tanagers, and antpittas.

  • Close-up photography opportunities at Antpitta Feeding Stations.

  • Specialized multi-flash setups for capturing hummingbirds in flight.

  • Photographing the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock at mating display areas.

  • Trips to high elevation sites for unique bird species and landscapes in the Andean ecosystems.

Species:

  • Antpittas: Crescent-Faced, Equatorial, Bicolored, and other unspecified species.

  • Toucans: Gray-Breasted Mountain Toucan, Black-Billed Mountain Toucan.

  • Tanagers: Hooded Mountain Tanager, Lachrymose Mountain Tanager, and various others.

  • Hummingbirds: Collared Inca, Tourmaline Sunangel, Buff-Winged Starfrontlet, Mountain Velvetbreast, Sparkling Violetear, Sword-Billed Hummingbird, Shining Sunbeam, Long-Tailed Sylph, Buff-Tailed Coronet, and other unspecified hummingbirds.

  • Others: Andean Guan, Slaty Brushfinch, Gray-Browed Brushfinch, Green and Black Fruiteater, Masked Flowerpiercer, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Andean Motmot.

Jeff Cremer is an award-winning wildlife photographer published in National Geographic, Discovery Channel and the BBC. He is known for his remarkable work in the Peruvian Amazon, where he has been based for several years as a professional wildlife photographer. His journey through photography has taken him across various parts of Latin America, including Costa Rica, Peru and Colombia.

 

Cremer's work has not only captured the essence of wildlife and nature but has also led him to undertake notable projects such as capturing the highest-resolution photo of Machu Picchu. Originally from Colorado, USA, his wanderlust and search for compelling images have brought him to amazing places all over the world

PHOTO TRIP LEADER
JEFF CREMER

Photographer Jeff Cremer posing in front of a Toyota Prado with his lens.

Complete Itinerary

ITINERARY

  • Complimentary pickup service - The first day of your trip to Cali,  Colombia is designed for your comfort and convenience. Upon your arrival at the airport, you'll be greeted with a complimentary pickup service. This service ensures a smooth and hassle-free transfer from the airport to your hotel in Cali.

     

    Overnight stay in Cali - After the journey, you can check into your hotel where you will spend the night. This arrangement allows you to rest and recuperate from your travels, preparing you for the exciting days ahead on your trip. Enjoy the evening at your leisure, perhaps exploring the local area or dining at one of Cali's excellent restaurants.

    Hummingbird in flight, Colombia
  • Day 2: Exploration at Parque de la Uva

    • Location: Near Palmira city, surrounded by fields of agave plants.

    • Highlights: A hotspot for observing various hummingbird species amidst beautiful agave and grapevine settings.

    • Key Species:

      • Ruby-topaz Hummingbird

      • Rufous-tailed Hummingbird

      • Steely-vented Hummingbird

      • White-necked Jacobin

      • Brown Violetear

      • Black-throated Mango

      • Western Emerald

      • Crowned Woodnymph

      • Andean Emerald

    • Location: Municipality of Dapa within the IBA zone of Km 18, at an elevation of 7220 ft / 2200 m in a cloud forest.

    • Activities: Afternoon multi-flash hummingbird photography and photographing at fruit feeders.

    • Birding Conditions: Access via rural unpaved road, surrounded by primary and secondary forests and tea crop fields.

    • Temperature Range: 61–75°F / 16–24°C.

    • Special Attractions: Feeders attracting 17 species of hummingbirds and 30 species of tanagers, including spectacular views of the Long-tailed Sylph and Booted Rackettail.

    • Overnight Stay: Araucana Lodge.

    • Notable Hummingbird Species:

      • Blue-headed Sapphire, Green Thorntail, Green Hermit, and many more.

    • Other Key Species: Multicolored Tanager, Golden-headed Quetzal, Crested Quetzal.

    • ocation: Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes from Cali, in the Anchicaya River Canyon at an elevation of 5250 ft / 1600 m.

    • Setting: A convergence zone of Andean and wetland forest species within the Chocó biogeographic region.

    • Birding Conditions: Paved road access with a stunning biological corridor.

    • Temperature Range: 68–79°F / 20–26°C.

    • Feeder Highlights: A variety of hummingbirds and tanagers frequenting the feeders, set against the backdrop of a giant fruiting ficus tree.

    • Significant Hummingbird Species:

      • White-whiskered Hermit, Tooth-billed Hummingbird, Green Thorntail, among others.

    • Other Key Species: Toucan Barbet, Golden-collared Honeycreeper, Yellow-collared Chlorophonia.

  • This itinerary promises an immersive experience in the rich avian landscapes of Colombia, offering photographers and bird enthusiasts unparalleled opportunities to capture the beauty of native and migratory species in their natural habitats.

Jeff Cremer Photographer Colombia

TRIP LEADER

Jeff Cremer

Jeff Cremer.jpg

Jeff Cremer, an acclaimed wildlife photographer featured in National Geographic and BBC, has made significant contributions to wildlife photography, especially in the Peruvian Amazon. His career has spanned Latin America, capturing stunning imagery, including a high-resolution photo of Machu Picchu. Cremer's journey, originating from Colorado, USA, reflects his passion for exploring and photographing the world's natural wonders.

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