About This Reserve

Located just four hours southwest of Colombia’s second largest city, Medellin, the 8,576-acre Tanagers Reserve was created to protect the habitat of two endemic bird species: The Golden-ringed Tanager and the Black-and-gold Tanager. The Reserve represents one of the last strongholds for the Golden-ringed, which has an estimated global population of fewer than 500 adults. The bird is known to inhabit only five locations worldwide, all of which are found along the 150-mile ridge on the Pacific slope of the Western Andes of Colombia.

The Reserve protects a significant amount of the Chocó rainforest and contains one of the highest concentrations of range-restricted biodiversity in the world, with many birds, plants, and amphibians at risk of extinction. The facilities at Tanagers provide the perfect setting for visitors to experience the incredible diversity of rare and little-known biodiversity in one of the least-studied rainforests on Earth. Whether you are a casual birder, ornithologist, or simply a nature enthusiast, the Tanagers Reserve offers remarkable opportunities for birding with 400+ documented species, in a country with the most avian species in the world!

The bird list includes specialty species such as Black-and-Gold Tanager, Gold-ringed Tanager, Crested Ant Tanager, Violet-tailed Sylph, Red-faced Spinetail, Yellow-breasted Antpitta, Orange-breasted Fruiteater, Dusky-bellied Bush Tanager, Glistening Green Tanager, Black-chinned Mountain Tanager, and Indigo Flowerpiercer.

Accommodations

  • Tanagers Reserve cabins

    The Reserve has several rooms that can accommodate up to 20 people with 24-hr electricity, hot water, and clean drinking water available. The Reserve is equipped with Internet, but connection can be very unreliable.

    Photo by: Benjamin Skolnik

  • A room at Tanagers

    The Reserve has several rooms that can accommodate up to 20 people with 24-hr electricity, hot water, and clean drinking water available. The Reserve is equipped with Internet, but connection can be very unreliable.

    Photo by: Holly Robertson

  • Restaurant Tanagers Reserve

    The Reserve offers a lovely outdoor dining space, situated on the banks of the Quebrada La Sánchez, a tributary of the Atrato River, the most important river in the Chocó region. For breakfasts, guests often prefer to sit at a second covered dining area, next to fruit and hummingbird feeders.

    Photo by: ProAves

  • Birding from the dining area

    The Reserve offers a lovely outdoor dining space, situated on the banks of the Quebrada La Sánchez, a tributary of the Atrato River, the most important river in the Chocó region. For breakfasts, guests often prefer to sit at a second covered dining area, next to fruit and hummingbird feeders.

    Photo by: Holly Robertson

  • A motmot on a feeder at Tanagers Reserve

    The Reserve offers a lovely outdoor dining space, situated on the banks of the Quebrada La Sánchez, a tributary of the Atrato River, the most important river in the Chocó region. For breakfasts, guests often prefer to sit at a second covered dining area, next to fruit and hummingbird feeders.

    Photo by: Holly Robertson

  • Covered bench

    On the property are covered benches and platforms—all designed to maximize your enjoyment of this charming reserve, nestled in a river valley.

    Photo by: Holly Robertson

  • Balcony over the river

    On the property are covered benches and platforms—all designed to maximize your enjoyment of this charming reserve, nestled in a river valley.

    Photo by: Holly Robertson

  • The River Valley

    On the property are covered benches and platforms—all designed to maximize your enjoyment of this charming reserve, nestled in a river valley.

    Photo by: Holly Robertson

  • Tanager Reserve trail

    There are plenty of trails to take you into the heart of the reserve and be sure to stop at a high elevation set of feeders, to see some different species of hummingbirds!

  • Feeders at high elevation Tanagers

    There are plenty of trails to take you into the heart of the reserve and be sure to stop at a high elevation set of feeders, to see some different species of hummingbirds!

Bird Feeder
Day-Use Only
Dining Available
Hummingbird Garden
Overnight Accomodation
Photography Opportunity
Restrooms Available
Trails Available

Reserve Information

What You'll See

  • Black and Gold Tanager

    Photo by: ProAves

  • Blue-winged Mountain Tanager

    Photo by: Jean Paul Perret

  • Crested Ant-Tanager

    Photo by: ProAves

  • Glistening-green Tanager

    Photo by: ProAves

  • Gold-ringed Tanager

    Photo by: Benjamin Skolnik March 2011

  • Violet-tailed Sylph

    Photo by: Benjamin Skolnik March 2011

  • Velvet-purple Coronet

    Photo by: Larry Thompson

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