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Reserva Natural Laguna de Sonso - Birdwatching Cali - Colombia

Roughly 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) southwest of the municipality of Buga, the Reserva Natural Laguna de Sonso is a wetland reserve that offers delights to the birdwatchers. The eastern margins of the River Cauca pour into this area, also known as the Laguna de Chircal, and create an area of 2045 hectares (5053 ac), 90 percent of which is wetlands.

Studies have revealed that up to 162 species of bird make the wetlands here a migratory resting point or home. Of these 162 species, 55 are aquatic birds and in mating season, up to 15,000 Grayish Piculets descend into the area. Other prevalent species include the Blue-winged Teal and the Apical Flycatcher.


Cali, Colombia


Getting There

To get there, catch a bus from the Terminal de Transportes to Buga (every 15 min, journey time roughly 45 min). At the terminal in Buga, take a local bus heading southwest. The journey from here should take approximately 30 minutes.

Travel Tips:

Bring clothes that will protect you from the elements, your binoculars, a camera and patience.

Relative price: Budget

Travel Skills: intermediate/somewhat difficult.

Buga is located nearby - site of one of Southwestern Colombia's most important pilgrimages.

By Richard McColl
With over five years travelling and working in Latin America, Richard feels most at home here in the big Continent. From the former Scottish...
08 Feb 2012

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