Sumapaz National Park

Sumapaz Paramo (Spanish) Páramo de Sumapaz – meaning “Utterly peacefulmoor land” ) is a large páramo ecosystem located in the Altiplano Cundiboyacensemountain range, considered the largest páramo ecosystem in the world.It was declared aNational Park of Colombia in 1977 because of its importance as a biodiversity hotspot and main source of water for the most densely populated area of the country, the Bogotá Savannah.

The Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii)

The Baird’s Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii)

Sumapaz is home to several species of mammals: Little Red Brocket Deer, tapir, coati, golden eagle, torrent duckl also and endemic and target birds as: Apolinar’s Wren, Bogota Rail, Bearded Helmecrest, Bronze Tailed Thornbill, Chestnut Winged Cinclodes, Many Striped Canastero, Andean Tit Spinetail, Paramo Seed-eater, Plain Coloured Seedater.

Inhabit the area, and a trip to Sumapaz usually include encounters with all these species. The rock faces are superb for raptors and owls (Black Chested Buzzard Eagle). Many smaller bird species are breeding around the Frailejones Plants during the summer (July to August).


Birding trip Sumapaz National Park

  • Starting city: Bogotá D.C. Ending city: Bogotá D.C.
  • Transportation: The roads are mostly good along this trip. We will use (4 by 4) Note: Good opportunities for bird photography’s
  • Cold weather in Sumapaz National Park Clothing: Jacket, cap, trekking shoes


Morning (5:30am):

We will depart to Sumapaz National Park located at a height between 2800-3200msnm. This incredible place is located only one hour and half from Bogota. In the National Natural Park Sumapaz are represented two of the main ecosystems of the tropical mountains: the páramo and the Andean forests; In these last are the bands of vegetation of high Andean forest, Andean and subandino. El Páramo de Sumapaz is the largest in the world. It houses a large number of lagoons, all of them of glacial origin. It is one of the most important water sources in the country. Within its ecosystem live spectacled bears, deer, and several species of endemic birds.

You will can see some very interesting birds as Tawny Antpitta, Pale Bellied Tapaculo, Silvery-throated Spinetail; Red-rumped Bush-Tyrant, Red-crested Cotinga, Black-chested Buzzard Eagle, Many-striped Canastero, Andean titi spinetail, Chestnut-winged Cinclodes, Plain-capped Ground-Tyrant, Andean Ruddy Duck, and many more!!!

Apolinar ́s Wren

Apolinar ́s Wren

Endemic Birds: Green-bearded Helmetcrest, Bogota Rail, Apolinar ́s Wren and Silvery-throated Spinetail

Near-Endemic Birds: Bronze-tailed Thronbill, Tawny-rumped Tyrannulet and Rufous browed conebill

Silvery-throated Spinetai

Silvery-throated Spinetai

Other target birds: Andean Teal, Ruddy Duck, American Coot, Greater Yellowlegs, noble Snipe, Bronze-tailed Thronbill, Great Sapphirewing, Tawny Antpitta, Andean Tit-Spinetail, Brown-backed Chat- Tyrant, Brown-bellied Swallow, House Wren, Great Thrush, Rufous-browed Conebill, Glossy Flowerpiercer, Plumbeous Sierra-Finch, Andean Siskin and other more.

Afternoon: We will stop for a moment to have lunch on the way. Lunch will be packed. Then we will continue with the Birding in Sumapaz National Natural Par

Return to Bogota D.C. in the afternoon.