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Reserva Ecologica Rio Blanco

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Manizales, Colombia
+57 6 8879770
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Great birding near Manizales

We did not spend the night, but our lodge made the arrangements for us to have an all day tour of... read more

Reviewed 2 February 2018
haabmiller1
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Walnut Creek, California
One of the top bird-watching destinations

This is a must-visit for birdwatchers. Tremendous variety of birds - saw 5 antpitta species plus a... read more

Reviewed 4 December 2017
Jenny A
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Fernandina Beach, Florida
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Manizales, Colombia
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Reviewed 2 February 2018

We did not spend the night, but our lodge made the arrangements for us to have an all day tour of this great birding reserve. Lots of hummers, and several endemics that can only be seen here. We had an English speaking guide who was...More

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Reviewed 4 December 2017

This is a must-visit for birdwatchers. Tremendous variety of birds - saw 5 antpitta species plus a tapaculo. There were other birders from all over the world including one who had seen over 6000 species and was super-happy here.. Accommodations are comfortable and the food...More

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Reviewed 1 September 2017

After the somewhat lengthy process of making reservations, we stayed three days and thoroughly enjoyed each day's quest for birds. Arturo our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the birds, dedicated to helping you find them and most of all very kind and humble. We stayed...More

1  Thank Tom6670
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Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

WOW!! We participated in a hike up the mountain. 3 hrs up and two down. I didn't make it up. It was steep and I wasn't dressed appropriately in regards to shoes and coat. But, the distance I did make it was a spectacular view...More

4  Thank Bridget-Gary F
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Reviewed 17 September 2016

We spent one night here after booking by email with Aguas de Manizales. We went birding with an excellent guide (forgot her name but she speaks English) but what I didn't realize is that they charge more for an English speaking guide so be aware....More

2  Thank Tikibird
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Reviewed 5 May 2016

I have been to sub-tropical forests all over the world, and this one was particularly special. Amazingly easy to access, this magical spot has close to 400 species of birds. There are swarms of butterflies and hummingbirds and an almost constant sound of streams and...More

5  Thank Hilary Z
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Reviewed 24 February 2016

Once you have successfully managed the somewhat complicated overnight reservation or day visiting process through Aguas de Manizales everything is great. The effort is well worth it! This is a top notch birding location and the guide, Albeiro, will amaze you with his knowledge, patience...More

1  Thank pehoc
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Reviewed 17 February 2016

Despite making a booking though our hotel they weren't expecting us. After some negoitiating we got in and had an enjoyable walk through the forest with interesting explanations about the plants and wildlife from our young guide. Certainly an enjoyable and informative couple of hours.

1  Thank TheGaffer67
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Reviewed 26 December 2015

great variety of birds, specially hummingbirds. A little complicate to contact for booking. You need approval first.

1  Thank Jesus S
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Reviewed 15 December 2015

This beautiful place has more birds then some of the best places in Colombia, but you have to stay in the simple accommodation to enjoy it fully. All the fun is in the first and last hours of the day and the trip to get...More

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Sharon P
28 November 2017|
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Response from Tom6670 | Reviewed this property |
You will need to request permission, at least two days in advance, with the tourism office in Aguas de Manizales. Google the office for contact information as I cannot enter the email address here, good luck!
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