Birds of Salento

If you are interested in birdwatching or just starting out, our Salento birdlife tour is perfect for you. It provides an introduction to the diverse bird species present in the town and takes you to some of the best birdwatching areas where you can observe them. Additionally, our expert guides will accompany you throughout the tour and answer any questions you may have about the fascinating world of birds.

The striking bird species like tanagers, toucanets, parrots and hummingbirds are even more vibrant and colourful than Salento’s iconic streets and traditional plantations filled with coffee trees and tropical fruits. While other species like the famous Andean Motmot (Momotus aequatorialis) and Sparkling Violetear (Colibri coruscans) can be a little more difficult to spot in the surrounding lush cloud forests, towering wax palms and majestic snow-capped mountains.

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  • Vortex Binoculars (8×42 or 10×42)
  • Breakfast, fruit, snacks, and drinks
  • Tour guide
  • Insurance
  • Bird Species Checklist
  • Sun protection
  • Waterproof coat
  • Suitable shoes for rain/mud
  • Insect repellent
  • Dark coloured clothes if possible

This tour starts and finishes in Salento, Quindío.

There is a direct bus from Medellin to Salento twice per day. Other buses arrive to either Pereira or Armenia and both cities have regular buses to and from Salento which take about one hour.

Flights arrive to Pereira from major cities around Colombia.

If you prefer to reserve private transport from either city, let us know when you make your reservation and we can organise it for you. 

If you have any doubts or questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!

*If arriving by public transport we recommend arriving in Salento by at least the evening before the tour to ensure arrival before the early start time.

Pajarita19 (Tripadvisor Review)

Ivan created a fantastic birding experience for us. His knowledge of native species of both birds and plants alike made our morning outing with him unmatched by other tours. The fact that he also speaks English helped us gain a greater understanding of our surrounding environment. He worked hard to provide a unique experience for us and helped us located the very shy Andean Solitaire. This tour is made even better knowing that he also does research on endangered species of birds and map ranges. It’s so nice to know that our tourist dollars help support research and preservation. Thanks for am amazing trip!!

Dana (Tripadvisor Review)

Ivan took us birding in Salento about a week ago. He was a great guide! So helpful that he spoke English and his knowledge of birds was impressive. We got to see over 30 species on our 3-hour tour. He would even quiz us on species that we had seen previously to help us remember… I am just getting back into birding and this really helped make things stick. Would highly recommend Avistando Aves Andinas.

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How fit or skilled do I need to be?

This tour is suitable for a range of abilities and skill-levels. If you are a beginner to birdwatching our guides will be on hand to help you make the most of it.

What’s the weather like? 

The weather in Salento is known for being mild with an average temperature of around 20ºC, it can be changeable however, and we recommend preparing for both sun and rain.

How are the tours priced? 

The prices of all of our experiences are calculated to ensure good value to our customers as well as a fair wage to staff. We value the knowledge and experience of our guides and local partners and ensure that we support our community.

The cost of a tour varies depending on group size especially when costs such as transport are included.

Due to the costs of receiving international payments our prices may be slightly higher in other currencies, they may also vary over time due to fluctuations in the exchange rate. If you prefer to pay in a different currency please let us know.

Is the tour suitable for children? 

This tour is suitable for children from age ten and up as it involves a walk.

What language will the tour be in? 

This experience is currently available in both English and Spanish.