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COLOMBIA (compass n,e,s or w)

NARIÑO, (s), (Tumaco)

00o00´S/00o00´W 4,500ha, 555-1,950m, hilly

Best time for visit (time visited)

ProAves reserve. NOTE: Juan Carlos Luna is Director of ProAves Reserva Reinita Cerulea and coordinator of De La Estacion De Anillamiento-Yariguies. He is an avid ringer/bander and is keen to do a no-cost exchange program with a British based organisation. Juan is especially keen to study the moult, sexing and aging of migrant passerines, and to study trapping methods and census techniques as well as radio telemetry. An east coast site during migration is preferred. He has previously worked with Nick Bailey of the Wetland Trust and Mark Graham of the BTO. Juan speaks good English. If you think you may be able to offer an exchange for Juan through ProAves please contact him on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or

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Birding Site Guide

To reach this place, flights can be taken from Bogotá to Cali then a flight to Tumaco, there is no direct flight. From Tumaco progress to Llorente and La Guayacana. It is also possible to go via Pasto. 

Around 15 years ago this was a well-studied site, especially the area between Guayacana and El Diviso. The reserve is close to El Diviso, and birding is good between here and Junin (8km), especially near the River Ñambi valley. The ProAves office is in Junin, from where you should arrange your visit; the area can be quite dangerous so speaking to ProAves about activity in the area first is very important. The office is on the 2nd floor, with accommodation available, though you must bring your own sleeping bag. The reserve is 2.5km from the Junin office. Guides and porters can be arranged at the office for the 1hr 20min walk to the reserve. 

At the reserve there is accommodation for 35 people and restaurant food. A mosquito net is required. There are 4 main trails, the longest and best of which goes up to 1,700m and is 2.5km long. The other trails are shorterand go in loops from the cabin accommodation. There is also good birding from the reserve to Barbacoas along the River Telemb at around 50m altitude.

Author: BSG (information from Juan Carlos Luna of ProAves)