Conservation Co

Chamicero de Perijá

Proaves Reserve

Fall in love with the Tropical Forests of the Serranía del Perijá

Established in 2014 to preserve one of the most fragile and important sites of Colombia, Serranía del Perijá habitat is home to a large number of animal species and unique plants. Visit us!


The reserve is located in the village of El Cinco, in the municipality of Manaure Balcón del Cesar, department of Cesar, approximately 58 kilometers from the city of Valledupar.

How to get to Chamicero de Perijá

From the city of Valledupar, go to the municipality of La Paz, approximately 20 minutes, then continue to Manaure Balcón del Cesar, approximately 20 minutes.

You can take a cab from downtown Valledupar to Manaure Balcón del Cesar, or from the terminal of Valledupar to La Paz. On the main road of La Paz take an express or shared vehicle to Manaure Balcón del Cesar. From here you will look for a motorcycle with capacity for two people that will take you to the Nature Reserve, time approximately 2 hours.

The Reserve has accommodation for 10 people with comfortable cabins, with private bathrooms, electricity, drinking and hot water:
Atlapetes nigrifrons
Amenities and services
Visitors will enjoy:

The reservation does not include food or transportation. Any extra service must be requested at the reception and has an additional cost.

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Observation of scenic beauty
Asthenes Perijana
Bird and wildlife watching
Videos del Paisaje en Perijá
Take an excursion through the internal trails
Colibri coruscans (Colibrí chillón) - RNA Chamicero del Perijá (1)
Photograph wild plants and animals
View impressive sunrises and sunsets
Observe the hummingbirds in the feeders

Make your reservation 24 hours in advance. Walk-in reservations are not guaranteed and are dependent on current availability.

The ProAves Reserve opens at 6:00 a.m. and closes at 8:00 p.m. Time of entry to your room: From 3:00 p.m. and time of departure from your room: Maximum at 10:00 a.m.

You can change the dates of the reservation, as long as there is availability. Changes must be requested in writing and 15 days in advance. No refund is made for cancellation.

Inform us of any health problems, allergies, or food requirements. We will offer you a special menu according to your diet.

Please, respect the natural resources of the Nature Reserve. The collection of any biological material is not allowed.

It’s necessary to travel in a 4×4 vehicle adapted to handle the conditions of some sections of the road.

Remember that the climate in Colombia can be very unpredictable! We recommend you bring suitable walking shoes, a rain jacket, long-sleeved clothing, a sun hat, and sunscreen.

In the Natural Reserve there may be power outages, so bring a flashlight and enjoy connecting with nature without the distraction of modern technology.

You do not need a yellow fever vaccine. However, we recommend using repellent since being in contact with nature there may be mosquitoes.

The entry of alcoholic beverages into the Nature Reserve is forbidden.

Follow the instructions of the Nature Reserve staff and stay on the established trails.

Chamicero de Perijá

The Nature Reserve was created on January 28, 2014, in order to preserve one of the most fragile and important sites of Colombia, the Serranía del Perijá, habitat for a large number of animal species and unique plants.

The area has a high number of endemic species of fauna and flora which are threatened with extinction; also conserved forests benefit from the species of birds endemic to the upper and middle sections of the Perijá: Perijá metaltail (Metallura iracunda), The Perija Thistletail (Asthenes perijana), Perijá brush finch (Arremon perijanus) Black-fronted Nunbird Monasa (Atlapetes nigrifrons) and Tapaculo Perijá (Scytalopus sp) a new species recently discovered.

The western sector of the reserve is located on the Manaure river basin which is vital to the town of Manaure, Cesar; many water bodies are third and fourth grade Manaure River tributaries and a few others are vital for aqueducts in the sector of Cinco and El Venado.

The Reserve has important flora and fauna biodiversity. According to studies by the National University, 177 vascular plant species have been recorded, representing 46% of all species in the mountains of Perijá. In terms of wildlife: 4 species of amphibians, 130 species of birds, 23 species of mammals (flying and non-flying) and 54 species of butterflies have been recorded.