The Guadualito Area is located south of Cali in the foothills of the Western Cordillera at an elevation of 1,100 meters (3,600 feet) above sea level. Open fields, oxbows and riparian corridors are home to several species of waterfowl, woodpeckers, flycatchers and raptors. Well over 150 species occur in the area.
Cordillera Occidental is located west of Cali with elevation as high as 4,100 meters (~13,500 feet) above sea level. The area contains over 600 bird species and is known for its toucanets, hummingbirds, tanagers and quetzals living in the lush cloud forest of the Western Cordillera.
Wetlands habitats in the valley attract orioles, ibis, hawks, cormorants and waterfowl. Between resident and migratory birds, over 162 species can be observed.
Cordillera Central, the highest of the three Cordilleras with heights reaching over 17,000 ft, an ecologically rich mountain range that provides an amazing mixture of montane habitats for antpittas, hummingbirds, guans and honeycreepers. The birding area extends between 1500 – 4100 meters (5000 – 13,500 feet) above sea level. Successful reforestation efforts and continue protection of habitats enable the observation of some 400 species.
A friendly “tardes” is a common exchange between birders and Colombians in the countryside. Some believe that to experience the true Colombia, one must pass time with los campesinos, as they would with the birds. Colombia provides a warm and safe environment, full of laughter and intimate social gatherings.
Cali is a diverse city of color and life. The city is tucked between Los Farallones Natural Park, in the Coordillera Occidental, and the Cauca River, the gatekeeper to one of Colombia’s abundant countryside. Inside Cali, many districts offer gourmet restaurants, boutiques, and historical monuments.