Birding Bogotá & Colombia

El Almejal Ecolodge

Key species

Endemic: Baudó Oropendola.


Masked Duck, King Vulture, Crested Eagle (rare), Brown Wood-Rail, Rose-faced and Saffron-headed parrots, Blue-tailed Trogon, Spot-crowned Barbet, Yellow-eared Toucanet, Black-tipped Cotinga, Golden-hooded, Plain-colored, Blue-whiskered, Scarlet-browed, Rufous-winged and Scarlet-and-white tanagers, Scarlet-thighed Dacnis, and many more.

Approximate number of bird species: About 250-300 in the area of El Almejal.


Height above sea level: 0- 120m (0-3940ft)

The El Almejal Ecolodge is a small hotel located just north of the village of El Valle, in the municipality of Bahía Solano, Department of Chocó, Colombia. This area lies in one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, and among the approximately 300 or so bird species to be found here, more than thirty are near endemics and the Baudó Oropendola is endemic, and you could enjoy them during the Birding Bogotá & Colombia´s tours.

The El Almejal Ecolodge is located opposite a two kilometer long black sand beach that is considered one of the finest in the Colombian Pacific. Steep hills rise immediately behind the lodge and are covered in tropical rainforest. Seasonally the endangered Olive-ridley Turtles, comes ashore on the beaches in this area to lay eggs and this turtle is the subject of a conservation project at the ecolodge. Brown Pelicans, cormorants and various coastal birds perch on the volcanic rocks that lined the beach.

El Almejal is fairly close to Ensenada de Utría National Park. This park, which can only be accessed by boat, contains four different ecosystems: ocean, coral reefs, mangroves, and rainforest. Humpback whales can be seen almost anywhere along the coast in this area, especially during July and August when they give birth and nurse their calves. Occasionally other whales can be seen here including Orcas and Sperm whales. Both Leatherback and Hawksbill sea turtles have also been reported here.

Model four-day birding itinerary at El Almejal

First day: Arrival by plane to Bahía Solano and transfer by jeep to the village of El Valle with birding en route. The El Almejal Ecolodge is located a short distance north of El Valle. Afternoon birding and relaxing in the vicinity of the ecolodge.

Second day: Walking a moderately long but flat trail where we hope to locate the Baudó Oropendola. Long half day or full day. Many other birds are likely along this trail which includes some clearings and second growth and eventually tall rainforest.

Third day: Hiking trails up behind the reserve and watching from several platforms at the treetop level in search of a variety of colorful tanagers and Baudó Oropendola (rare but possible), Spot-crowned Barbet, toucans, araçaries and others.

Fourth day: Birding the main road between El Valle and the airport at Bahía Solano. Habitat along this road ranges from large open pastures to second growth and several remaining sections of tall rainforest. Mid-morning or mid-day departure by air.

A day (with an optional overnight) of birding in the Utría Park can also be done in this trip, and river trips by dugout canoe departing from El Valle can also be arranged.

For visiting the El Almejal Ecolodge please contact us at

We will be pleased to arrange a trip for you!


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