Colombia: situated in the Tatamá National Park in Risalralda Province. Montezuma Lodge is without doubt a must-stop if you are travelling to Colombia. The number of bird species you can observe along the “dirty road” is incomparable. Among them are 11 endemics like Gold-ringed Tanager, Parker’s Antbird, Crested Ant-tanager or Chestnut-bellied Flowerpiercer. There are also a wealth of semi-endemics from the nearby Chocó region, like Black Solitaire, Toucan Barbet, Beautiful jay, Fulvous-dotted Treerunner and Orange-breasted Fruiteater.
The owner, Michel Tatiana is without doubt the queen of Cerro Montezuma: she knows the best places to track down target bird species. If you take a walk up to the highest part of the road with her, you can see additional gems like Ocellated Tapaculo or Tanager Finch. Her affability is shared by the whole team working at the lodge, making you feel really at home.
Rooms are basic, don’t expect a luxury lodge, but all the extras make a stay here really worthwhile. Work is in progress to upgrade the rooms.
There are sugar feeders for hummingbirds and bananas are left out for tanagers (including the semi-endemic Scrub tanager), and a t night the feeding stations are frequented by Common Opossums. The grandfather of the family leaves out bananas, maize and leftovers for Black Agouti, Sickle-winged Guan and Tairas.
At least a three-night stay here is recommended in order to get the best out of the area, a morning for the high zone, another for the mid-level zone and the last for the low forest.