Look for over 300 species of birds found in Manizales, Colombia’s mountainous coffee-growing region.
Explore Lake Tarapoto and its surrounding forest to search for primates, birds, and pink and gray river dolphins.
Search for a variety of large mammals in the Llanos region—giant anteaters, capybaras, howler monkeys, white-tailed deer, and elusive jaguars and pumas.
Explore charming Cartagena to discover elegant colonial architecture, white-sand beaches, world-class cuisine, and a vibrant night-life; and view the artifacts of ancient pre-Hispanic cultures at Bogotá’s exquisite Gold Museum.
Our Colombia expedition is underway! The journey has begun in Bogota; at an elevation of 8,500 feet, the cool, thin air is in sharp contrast to what I have been experiencing on our recent Galápagos sojourn. Our first day in Colombia’s capital city included the largest gold museum in the world with 35,000 pieces on display. We also paid a visit to the Botero Art Gallery and Museum.
Next time you stop at your local coffee shop, take a close look at the brew you’re buying. More than likely it originated in Colombia, producer of 12 percent of the world’s coffee, making it the third largest coffee provider in the world (behind Brazil and Vietnam) and the number one producer of Arabica coffee—which is widely considered the highest quality bean for your cup ‘o joe.
As you’re taking in the awesome splendor of Colombia’s Cocora Valley, walking in the shadow of the tallest palm trees in the world—the mighty wax palm—take a moment to appreciate the quiet grandeur of these amazing giants.
As a child I dreamed of watching wild creatures, especially mammals, but with no one to learn from, I was left to my own devices to find ways to do so. Youthful interests tend toward the energetic, so it was by bicycle that I explored my home county of Worcestershire in central England.
Mark's interest in wildlife took root at an early age when, as a young boy, he was fascinated by the natural world and inspired by his early reading and early natural history documentaries on BBC TV. Mark's first focus was on mammals, and he originally hoped to become a mammalogist, but that was a hobby he soon abandoned for good reason.