Home to around 190 different species of bird, the National Aviary of Colombia harbors diverse flora and more than 2,000 birds. The 17-acre (7-hectare) park categorises birds according to three Colombian ecosystems—tropical rainforest, coastal zone, and desert—and promises an enriching experience for wildlife lovers. The Basics
With 21 trails and exhibits to explore, a self-guided walking tour of the aviary typically takes two hours. Birdwatchers can also visit the aviary as part of a tour from Cartagena, the closest city; tours typically include hassle-free round-trip transfers and allow you to benefit from a guide’s in-depth knowledge of Colombia's diverse birdlife and ecosystems. Plus, you’re sure to learn more about the organization’s conservation efforts.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Aviario Nacional de Colombia is a must-see for birdwatchers and nature lovers.
- You can visit the aviary on your own or as part of a tour.
- The aviary is wheelchair and stroller accessible.
- There is a gift shop and restaurant at the aviary.
How to Get There
The National Aviary of Colombia is located on Baru Island, an hour drive from the city of Cartagena (a bridge connects the island to the mainland). You can reach the aviary by personal car, public transportation, or on a tour that includes pickup and drop-off in Cartagena. The aviary also offers pickup from Cartagena in a private car. When to Get There
The aviary is open every day from 9am to 5pm; last entry is at 4pm. To catch the Birds on the Fly educational presentation, visit at 11:30am or 3:30pm. The aviary gift shop is open daily and the onsite restaurant is open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Education at the National Aviary of Colombia
The mission of the aviary is to preserve a habitat for Colombia’s diverse bird population, and to educate others about the importance of protecting the country’s birdlife and ecosystems. In addition to providing educational exhibits and displays—such as the Birds on the Fly presentation—the aviary also hosts academic conferences, educational excursions, and interactive activities.