“Overall, I give this trip a 9.5 out of 10 rating! The local guides were great, and Chris, as a tour leader and planner, couldn’t have been more helpful and accommodating. The best thing about the trip was how personal it was. Colombians treated us like royalty, but also like good friends. Safety was absolutely not an issue in the parts of Colombia we visited.”
Mike and Joan Terry
March 2012 - Memphis, Tennessee
Chris and the local guides on the trip did an amazing job of transporting us safely, guiding us through incredible terrain, educating us about the flora, fauna and ecosystems of the regions we explored, exposing us to the colorful flavors, and introducing us to the beautiful and welcoming people of Colombia. With Chris’ detailed and coordinated efforts, expertise, care and patience, we had a chance to enjoy a unique and rich experience. Chris was very patient with all of us, and we thank him for that.
Jan and Kevin Nick
January 2013 - Loma Linda, California
We had a specific time to bird, and Colombia Birdwatch arranged a flawless tour for a private group of birders. Every day brought joy to our hearts as we saw amazing birds. The guides were extremely competent, pleasant, and spoke English without problems. Traveling around Colombia, we always felt safe. After returning home from 13 days of birding, I wanted to immediately go back (and use Colombia Birdwatch again!)
March 2013 - Bend, Oregon
Each day of our Colombia Birdwatch tour was packed with amazing experiences that not only included spectacular birding but also opportunities to meet and converse with the warm and welcoming people of Colombia, sample tasty local cuisine, drink with impressive Andean views, walk gorgeously flowering jungle paths, and to learn about and be fascinated by this vibrant and colorful country.
July 2013 - Bend, Oregon
Other tour operators have said it is impossible to accommodate photographers, birders and culture seekers in the same trip. Chris balanced it all! Every participants needs were met on our fantastic tour!
July 2013 - Bakersfield, California
Colombia Birdwatch - what a dedicated team! The respect for birds, birders, and the environment was evident throughout the trip. One trip with Colombia Birdwatch is not enough. We are ready for another.
January 2014 - Santa Rosa, California
This was our first experience birding in Colombia. We were well-taken care of by our leader, guide, and driver while we explored many beautiful ecozones in the southern Andes. Chris did a great job of ensuring that everyone in our group got to see as many of the incredible birds and mammals as possible, while sharing his passion for the people and land of Colombia.
Jim and Linda Thomason
February 2014 - Santa Cruz, California
Chris and the Colombia Birdwatch team made sure that we got to the best bird watching locations and that we found the birds. We had an excellent experience and would not hesitate to recommend Colombia Birdwatch to anyone interested in birding in Colombia.
Carol and Bob Hasenick
January 2015 - Santa Rosa, California
Colombia Birdwatch offers very high quality tours that focus on seeing wide range of bird species. They choose very good accommodations, buses, drivers and sites to visit. The use of local guides provide a richer experience about culture and immediate area, and are well versed in regional birds.
December 2015 - Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Colombia Birdwatch provided our party of three, which included our 10-year old granddaughter, with an outstanding five-day, four-nights birding experience in the western Choco bioregion! Chris Calonje was extremely accommodating to our needs and wishes, young tour leader Jose Luna Solarte is a superb and remarkably knowledgeable birder, and driver Uber Jaramillo is now a life-long friend! Thanks to all for this truly memorable week.
January 2016 - Auckland, New Zealand
Outstanding trip with a very knowledgeable guide, great birds and a fantastic introduction to Colombia. It was a ten out of ten for me.
December 2016 - Teddington, UK
Saw nearly 190 species in a bespoke trip to Cali and environs - guide and driver were excellent and became real friends swapping jokes and stories. Enjoyed it very much.
January 2017 - San Francisco, California
The overall trip was excellent. I especially appreciated the interaction with local people and the encouragement which you give to local communities to participate in and benefit from eco-tourism. Thanks for a wonderful trip!
February 2017 - Davis, California
Colombia Birdwatch goes all out to ensure participants get a rich cultural and ornithological experience! Thank you for a wonderful tour, tailored to our desires and comfort level!
Mark and Juliet Sudabby
July 2017 - Bath, England
We had a fantastic small group trip with Colombia Birdwatch on a tour of the Western and Central Andes. Chris organised every aspect of the trip perfectly and our guide Jose was incredibly knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic. The birding was absolutely superb – we saw over 360 species including over 30 endemics, but we also equally enjoyed the opportunity to see some of the incredible landscapes, flora, architecture, culture, cuisine and friendly people of this amazing country. We would highly recommend Colombia Birdwatch. Chris and Jose’s attention to detail, flexibility and fantastic personal service resulted in an unforgettable and magical trip.