Cerulean Nature Reserve

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The Cerulean Nature Reserve was created with the intention of preserving a sample of migratory bird habitat for the Reinita Cielo Azul (Setophaga cerulea), being the first reserve in South America established to protect a migratory bird.

The reserve has accommodation for 25 people.

You must make your reservation at least 48 hours before arrival. Walk-in reservations are not allowed at any of the Nature Reserves. To book now contact visit@conservation.co

Visitors will enjoy:

  • Continental breakfast,
  • Bird watching of endemic bird species,
  • Enjoy trails, observation towers, terraces, and seating areas,
  • If you would like a private guide please contact us to check availability,
  • Visit our Things to do page for more details.

This reservation does not include lunch and dinner. You can reserve these meals upon your arrival.

Cerulea #7-square

Book now at visit@conservation.co


Book now at visit@conservation.co


The main attraction consists of observing wildlife in the area, mainly birds and mammals, also walks along the historical path of Lengerke, built of stone in the year 1840 by the German Geo Von Lengerke, with a length of 40 km which goes from the town of San Vicente to Zapatoca.

Other activities:

  • Fruit feeders and Humming bird garden, with over a dozen of hummingbird species visiting
  • Walk from the lodge up to Camino de Lengerke, stone path with wonderful tree cover perfect for birdwatching.    You will find the path just outside the reserve.
  • Between sept to march the Cerulean Warbler is common around the reserve lodge.
  • Learn where chocolate comes from at the cacao farm.
  • Wood quail feeders.
  • Night wildlife watching. The best time to see mammals, spiders, and much more.


The reserve currently has 513 acres of tropical rainforest.

It’s located on the western slope of the Colombian Eastern Cordillera in the town of San Vicente de Chucuri, Santander department, near the mountains of Yariguíes. The distance of the reservation to the nearest population center is 7 miles. Its altitudinal range is between 1600 to 2500 m above sea level. It has been declared by the Alliance for Zero Extinction as an AZE site. (See map).

It has a temperature between 16 and 28 degrees C.


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The Cerulean Warbler Bird Reserve was created in July 2005 with the intention of preserving a sample of migratory bird habitat for the Reinita Cielo Azul (Setophaga cerulea), being the first national reserve and South American established in order to keep a migratory bird.

Among the birds recorded in the area include the Gorgeted Wood-quail (Odontophorus strophium), the Black Inca (Coeligena prunellei), the Chestnut bellied Hummingbird (Amazilia castaneiventris), the White-mantled Barbet (Capito hypoleucus), the Parker’s Antbird (Cercomacra parkeri), the Brown-rumped Tapaculo (Scytalopus latebricola) and Mountain Grackle (Macroagelaius subalaris). It is also possible to see amphibians like the Poison Frog (Myniobates virolinensis) and mammals such as the Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus).


Book now at visit@conservation.co