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Araucana Lodge

Araucana Lodge

Nestled in a bamboo and palm grove on a ‘finca’ in the Western Andes of Colombia at 1600 meters above sea level, Araucana Lodge is located about a 40 minute drive from Cali.

On 20 acres of Andean forest, a vegetable farm and gardens with a cool climate, our ten room eco-lodge is the perfect place to birdwatch, take leisurely walks and eat delicious meals from our organic farm to your table.

We cannot wait to host you.



Bird Checklist

With over 1,900 bird species, Colombia is the most species-rich country on earth. The Colombian department (state) where the lodge is located, called ‘Valle del Cauca’, is a mega-diverse region hosting over half the bird species (1000+) in the country in an area that occupies only 2% of the country’s landmass.

This astounding diversity is due to the range of different habitats found in the department, including the humid tropical forests of the Pacific lowlands, the cloud forests and paramo ecosystems of the western and central Andes, and the wetlands and dry forests in the Cauca river valley.

The lodge is strategically located to have easy access to some of the best birding sites in Colombia, allowing you to return to a comfortable bed and a home-cooked meal after a long day of birding.

  • Grayish Piculet (E)
  • Colombian Chachalaca (E)
  • Parker’s Antbird (E)
  • Apical Flycatcher (E)
  • Blue-headed Sapphire (NE)
  • Scale-crested Pygmy-tyrant
  • Smoky-brown Woodpecker
  • Long-billed Starthroat
  • Purple-throated Woodstar (NE)
  • Flame-rumped Tanager (NE)
  • Blue-necked Tanager
  • Bay-headed Tanager
  • Scrub Tanager (NE)
  • White-lined Tanager
  • Yellow-backed Oriole
  • Spectacled Parrotlet (NE)
  • Scaled Antpitta
  • Black-winged Saltator
  • Lita Woodpecker (NE)
  • Golden-chested Tanager (NE)
  • Club-winged Manakin
  • Tooth-billed Hummingbird
  • Scarlet-and-white Tanager
  • Multicolored Tanager (E)
  • Chestnut Wood-quail (E)
  • Saffron-crowned Tanager (NE)
  • Goldennaped Tanager (NE)
  • Crested Quetzal
  • Scaled Fruiteater
  • Nariño Tapaculo (NE)
  • Five-colored Barbet (NE)
  • Rose-faced Parrot (NE)
  • Black-tipped Cotinga (NE)
  • Sapayoa
  • Choco Toucan
  • White-bearded Manakin
  • Andean Cock-of-the-rock
  • Toucan Barbet (NE)
  • Glistening-green Tanager (NE)
  • Crested Ant-tanager (E)
  • Rufous-throated Tanager (NE)
  • Silver-throated Tanager
  • Black Solitaire
  • Orange-breasted Fruiteater (NE)
  • Tatama Tapaculo (E)
  • Slaty-capped Shrike-vireo
Araucana Lodge

what our clients says

Thank you for creating such a magical place.You should feel very proud of Araucana.The lodge design is magnificent. The spirit, the people- all beautiful. Thank you to your wonderful team for a great stay.


Our most favorite lodge in the Americas! Don Alvaro- thank you so so much for everything, but especially for your soul. I have learned many things with you. I will remember the wonderful experiences here at Araucana Lodge. And keep the happy memories in my head and my heart. Your finca and lodge are the best. We have been fortunate enough to vacation in many countries and this place is the best ever in my life. With affection,


Thank you for creating a wonderful place for family, exploring your beautiful country and spiritual renewal. We are sad to leave here and are happier and healthier than when we came. Love,


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