Description: A hidden gem where you can count more than 30 species of birds including 17 different types of hummingbirds. Get so close to these amazing animals that even cellphone pictures are crystal clear!
Difficulty: Short, natural walking paths of low difficulty are available on the property.
Accessibility: This tour is for all ages. Walk the short paths around the observatory or simply sit by the hammocks and wait for the birds to fly by. We are happy to arrange a customized tour for you should you have a visual/hearing impairment.
Duration: The total tour time is 6 hours from start to finish with 3 hours of birdwatching time.
Location: Located about 1 hour North East of Bogotá at 3000 m.a.s.l., surrounded by high andean cloud forest.
Elevation: The observatory sits at 3000 m.a.s.l.
Weather: The average temperature is 14ºC with lows of 10ºC when is cloudy. About 30% of the time we visit here we experience light rain and about 10% of the time we see heavy rain.
Covid-19: La Calera has had low exposure to Covid-19 so we ask all visitors to follow strict safety protocols. We are expected to wear masks at all times, both inside and outside the vehicle. We will also desinfect hands and shoes with alcohol at every stop.
Includes: Private 4x4 transport from Bogotá, entrances, 3 hours of birdwatching at the hummingbird observatory and access to identification materials.
- Door to door pick-up & drop-off (depending on location)
- Bilingual bird guide in English or Italian (pending availability)
- A picnic vegetarian sandwich
Things to Bring:
- Jacket or warm sheater
- Comfortable shoes
- Binoculars or long lense camera
- Sun protection, cap or hat
- Cash for the gift shop (optional)
Target species: Silvery-throated spinetail (E), Rufous-browed conebill (NE), Pale-bellied tapaculo (Ess), Blue-throated Starfrontlet (Ess), Coppery-bellied puffleg (NT), Golden-fronted Redstart, Andean siskin, Glowing puffleg, Scarlet-bellied mountain-tanager, Glossy flowerpiercer, Pale-naped brush-finch, Sword-billed hummingbird, White-bellied woodstar, Great sapphirewing, Green-tailed trainbearer, Black-tailed trainbearer, Eastern meadowlark, White-throated Tyrannulet, Brown-backed chat-tyrant, Red-crested Cotinga, Buff-breasted mountain tanager, Tyrian Metaltail, Mountain Elaenia, Black-crested Warbler, Venezuelan Troupial.
CLICK HERE to see some photos taken during this tour
- La Calera
- Departure from Bogotá
- Drive up through the eastern mountains (1 hour)
- 3 hours of birdwatching inside the reserve
- Drive back to Bogotá (1 hour)