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.

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The photography gear used in this story. Click on the items for more details.


Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon 5D Mark III


Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS

Tamron 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di-II VC HLD

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM


Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT

Yongnuo YN 560 III

Gitzo GT0532 Mountaineer Tripod

MindShift BackLight 26L Backpack

Wimberley WH-200 Wimberley Gimbal Head II


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

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