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Colombia is a country of colors, aromas, flavors, friendly people, and above all, lots of wildlife.

Colombia is truly unique in one respect: it is very, very rich in life forms. In fact, it is considered among the world’s four richest countries in biological diversity.
This means that there are probably more animal and plant species here than in any other country on the planet regardless of size.

Colombia’s avifauna is particularly rich: 1876 species of birds and counting (since year 2000, five new species have been discovered by science and more are expected), more than any other country.

The staggering biodiversity of Colombia is not difficult to understand if you consider its geography: tropical rainforests; Andean mountains; tropical glaciers; vast plains, coasts on two oceans with mangroves, coral reef islands and atolls; deserts and a myriad of rivers and streams. All happening under the tropical sun.

I have really found that there are truly endless possibilities for adventures and photography exploration in Colombia.

With Fundación Rapaces de Costa Rica we decided to explore a small part of the territory, and we travel the country between the cities of Pereria, Manizales, Cali, and Medellin. These brought us through Paramo, Cloud forests, Rainforests and everything in between, with endless photography opportunities along the way

We had a couple of target species in mind, mostly hummingbirds and endemic birds, but we got so much more from the trip. Every place we visited, we found something unique, and we always left with the feeling that we needed to spend more time to experience it all.

If you are not sure where to go for your next photography trip. You should really, really consider Colombia.

I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Chris Jimenez – TakeMeToTheWild

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

Marcel Proust


Colombia Wild, Rainforests, Birding, Sunsets.

The sun coming down in Manizales, Colombia
Aplomado Falcon, at Pereira Colombia
Chestnut Crowned (Grallaria ruficapilla) in a clearance of the rainforest at Manizales, Colombia.
The cloud forests of Los Nevados national Park, Colombia. Like rainforests, cloud forests experience rainfall, but they also capture water straight from the air, water condenses on the leaves of the plants and drips through the canopy to the floor. In 1970, the original extent of cloud forests on the Earth was around 50 million hectares. Population growth, poverty and uncontrolled land use have contributed to the loss of cloud forests. The 1990 Global Forest Survey found that 1.1% of tropical mountain and highland forests were lost each year, which was higher than in any other tropical forests. In Colombia, one of the countries with the largest area of cloud forests, only 10–20% of the initial cloud forest cover remains.
Bicolored Antpitta (Grallaria rufocinerea) perched on the ground at Manizales, Colombia
Toucan Barbet (semnornis ramphastinus) perched on a branch at the rainforest of Cali, Colombia
Multicolored Tanager (Chlorochrysa nitidissima) perched on a branch at Cali, Colombia
Long exposure photography of Otún River at Otún Quimbaya Flora and Fauna Sanctuary, Colombia. I especially like the brush like effect
Cloudforest river
Andean Cock of the Rock (Rupicola peruvianus) perched on a branch in the rainforest of Cali, Colombia
Chestnut Breasted Tanager (Tangara arthus) perched on a branch at Cali, Colombia
Tawny antpitta (Grallaria quitensis) calling from the ground at the highlands of Colombia, Manizales
Torrent duck (Merganetta armata) male resting on a rock at Pereira, Colombia
Toucan Barbet (semnornis ramphastinus) perched on a branch at the rainforest of Cali, Colombia
Rufous Throated Tanager (Tangara rufigula) perched on a branch at the rainforest of Cali, Colombia
Andean Cock of the Rock (Rupicola peruvianus) perched on a branch in the rainforest of Cali, Colombia

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Pereira, Manizales, Cali and Medellin are great locations with lots of national parks and reserves and lots of wildlife oportunities



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