March 19, 2019, 12:18 pm
Sometimes holidays and vacations are about becoming more connected to nature during the trip, and there’s no better place to do that than in Colombia. The South American country is a prime spot to see wildlife. It’s the second-most bio-diverse country after Brazil and is home to more native and migratory bird species than any other country in the world.
You might not have months to explore every inch of this gorgeous country, but you can see a lot of wildlife in Colombia during your holiday. Keep reading to discover five places to see wildlife in Colombia:
Tayrona National Natural Park
An idyllic national park along the Caribbean coast, Tayrona National Natural Park (or Parque Tayrona to locals) is Colombia’s gem. It covers 12,000 hectares of land and about 3,000 hectares of crystal-blue sea, so a variety of wildlife can be spotted in the diverse ecosystems. A crowd favorite calling Tayrona Park home is the Cotton-top Tamarin. The little endemic monkeys can often be spotted in the jungle canopy curiously peaking down a visitors. Jaguars and caimans also live in the park, but they are a rare site.
If you have your heart set on seeing a caiman, head down to the Amazon. Of course, this famous rain forest is home to thousands of plant and animal species, but you’ll have a good chance of seeing this reptile swimming through the Amazon River or basking on the shore. Another animal you probably can’t see at home is the Capybara. The world’s largest rodent spends time along the bank of the river and its tributaries. Visitors also spot piranhas and pink dolphins while taking boat rides down the Amazon. Learn more about river boat rides during our Amazon tour here.
Los Llanos – Eastern Plains
Los Llanos, or the Eastern Plains, is another great spot to see wildlife in Colombia. Known for its cowboy culture, the region is teeming with animal species such as anteaters, monkeys, caimans and capybaras. A popular way to see this wildlife is on horseback led by an experienced local. Tourism isn’t extremely popular in Los Llanos yet, but it’s growing as more people opt to go on wildlife safaris in this Colombian region that boasts sprawling ranches, vivid sunsets and an interesting culture.
Chingaza Natural Park
Colombia is the #1 country to spot bird species in the whole world. It’s home to more than 1,900 native and migratory species. Chingaza Natural Park is a great place to see some of those species. It’s located about 2 hours from Bogota, Colombia, so you can take a day trip to the park then return to Colombia’s capital in the evening. Visitors can catch glimpses of the Andean Condor (Colombia’s national bird), the Cauca Guan, Brown-breasted Parakeet, Green-bearded Helmetcrest and more bird species in Chingaza. If mammals are more your thing, the park is also home to the spectacled bear, monkeys, pumas and deer.
Located along Colombia’s Pacific coast, Bahia Solano is where you should go to see humpback whales. Take a whale watching tour and get the opportunity to see these majestic creatures blow water 7 meters in the air from their blow holes. You can also catch a glimpse of their tails or calves playing with their mothers. July through November is the best time to go whale watching in Colombia as this is when the mammals migrate from Antarctica to mate and give birth in warmer waters.
With all this amazing wildlife in Colombia to see, it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly where to go and when. Let Uncover Colombia help! We offer a variety of wildlife tours in Colombia or we can design a custom nature tour to fit your schedule and interests. See our nature tours here.
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