Tangaras Nature Reserve

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Las Tángaras Nature Reserve was created to protect the habitat of two endemic bird species: The Golden-ringed tanager (Bangsia aureocinta) and the Black-and-gold tanager (Bangsia melanochlamys).

The Reserve has accommodation for 20 people with comfortable cabins,  with private bathrooms, electricity, drinking and hot water. There is no internet connexion at the lodge.

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.

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  • Explore the garden around the lodge.
  • Sit at the baranda overlooking the Rio Atrato
  • Fruit feeders and Humming bird garden, has over a docen of hummingbird species visiting
  • Walk from the lodge up to the reserve along the quite road, more than 2 hours walk.
  • Visit the habitat restoration area.
  • Humming bird station at the top of the road with more than 20 species visiting it.
  • The two main forest trails, one of them,  more than 2km  along the side of the valley with the chance to see Gold-ringed  Tanager and Choco Vireo
  • Second trail follows the ridge and is about 3 kms long
  • For those with vehicle you could travel down to the lowest elevation of the reserve 650m over sea level,  with the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife.
  • River side beach by the lodge, with a phenomenal range of different rocks
  • Night wildlife watching, good for amphibians and birds
  • We recommend a minimum stay of 2- 3 nights to enjoy the activities and variety of wildlife
  • Its necessary to use a vehicle (4×4 NOT required) to access the trails, which are 8km away. If you don’t have your own transport, please let us know.

The scenic beauty of the area is unparalleled. Bird watching is a favorite activity but also hiking and nature observations are available.

General Recommendations:

  • Wear cold weather clothing, suitable footwear, insect repellent, sunscreen and sun protection accessories.
  • Please let us know about health problems and food allergies or requirements. We offer a stablished menu of lovingly prepared Colombian food, which we are able to adapt to various food requirements.
  • Respect the natural resources of the reserve. The collection of biological material is not allowed.
  • Follow instructions from the reserve staff and stay on established trails.


Las Tángaras Bird Reserve is located in the municipality of Carmen de Atrato, department of Chocó, 140 kilometers from Medellín, approximately 4 or 5 hours journey.

There are two options from Medellín:

Medellín – El Carmen de Atrato or Medellín – Quibdó

It can be reached using public transport or a rented vehicle.

The reserve is located close to Afro-Colombian and indigenous community reserves. The Embera, Embera Chami and Dovida peoples, which are important cultures of the area.


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Las Tángaras Bird Reserve was created in October 2009 to protect the habitat of two endemic bird species: The Golden-ringed tanager (Bangsia aureocinta) and the Black-and-gold tanager (Bangsia melanochlamys). The Municipality Carmen de Atrato signed the memorandum of understanding to be part of the Alliance for Zero Extinction Colombia in October 2010.

Las Tangaras Bird Reserve is one of the most diverse and important tropical forest sites on earth, and protects a great elevational gradient – from 1,250 to 3,400 meters above sea level. This area protects the watershed of the Rio Atrato – the Chocó’s most important river which serves as a vital economic resource for tens of thousands of inhabitants living in poor rural communities. This strategic land acquisition helps consolidate a buffer zone protecting over one hundred thousand acres, against unsustainable rapid colonization, and strengthens the protection of several isolated indigenous communities threatened by colonization. This location became the target area for creating a new reserve. A total of sixteen private properties in the area were immediately acquired to create the 7,076 acre Tanagers Reserve.

Many water sources are born in the area, highlighting the Quebrada La Sanchez, a tributary of the Rio Atrato.

There are numerous flora species, such as epiphytes and orchids (gen. Epidendrum sp.), large trees like encenillo (Weinmanniasp) and aguacatillos (Ocota sp.) stand out among many others.

It has a high diversity index with records of 250 species of birds belonging to 15 orders and 42 families, highlighting the Golden-ringed tanager (Bangsia aureocinta) the Black-and-gold tanager (Bangsia melanochlamys), the Chocó Vireo (Vireo Masteri), the Purple-mantled Tanager (Iridosornis porphyrocephala), the Indigo Flower-Piercer (Diglossa Indigotica) and Fulvous-dotted Treerunner (Margaronis stellatus) and several species of hummingbirds like the Brown Inca (Coeligena wilsonii), Velvet-purple Coronet  (Boissaneaua Jardini) and Empress Brilliant (Heliodoxa imperatrix)

In Amphibians, specimens of the families, Centrolenidae, Bufonidae and Stabomantidae, are often found, the presence of salamanders of the genus Bolitoglossa stand out.


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