Date created: July, 2005
Area: 207.6 hectares
Average Temperature: Between 60 and 82 °F
Ecosystem: Tropical humid forest
Weather: Warm and humid tropical
Altitudinal range: Between 1,600 – 2,500 AMSL
Key species: Setophaga cerulea, Odontophorus strophium, Coeligena prunellei, Amazilia castaneiventris, Capito hypoleucus and Cercomacra parkeri
Among the birds registered in the area are the Gorgeted Wood-quail (Odontophorus strophium), the Black Inca (Coeligena prunellei), the Chesnut-bellied Hummingbird (Amazilia castaneiventris), the White-mantled Barbet (Capito hypoleucus), the Parker’s Anthill (Cercomacra parkeri), the Brown-rumped Tapaculo (Scytalopus latebricola), the Colombian Mountain Grackle (Macroagelaius subalaris) and the Recurve-billed Bushbird (Clytoctantes alixii).
In addition, its possible to see amphibians such as Poison Dart Frogs (Myniobates virolinensis) and mammals such as the Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus), the Puma (Puma concolor), the Jaguar (Panthera onca).
The Reinita Cielo Azul ProAves Reserve was created in July 2005 with the intention of preserving a sample of migratory bird habitat for the Reinita Cielo Azul (Setophaga cerulea), being the first national reserve and South American established in order to keep a migratory bird.
The Reserve is located on the western slope of the Colombian Eastern Andes Range in the municipality of San Vicente de Chucurí, Santander department, next to the Yariguíes mountains. The distance from the reserve to the nearest populated center is 7 kilometers. It is declared by the Alliance for Zero Extinction as an AZE site (See map).
Reinita Cielo Azul ProAves Reserve is located in the municipality of San Vicente de Chucurí, Santander department, 87 kilometers from Bucaramanga, approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes.
From San Vicente de Chucurí you must take local transport options to the Reserve; the transport options are: 4×4 truck or Moto Taxi that can be taken to the main park.
If you have a private car, from Bucaramanga you’ll take the road to Barrancabermeja through the section called Lebrija. After 20 minutes, you’ll find a detour to the left to take the road to San Vicente de Chucurí, from this point the route is 2 hours. When you are in the town (main park), you must take the road that leads to La Germania (we suggest that this part be done only by truck or camper, the use of cars is restricted due to the difficulty of the road). On the way you will find the signs to get to the Reserve.
From San Vicente de Chucurí to the Reserve is about a 30 minute trip.