XIII Exposición Nacional de Orquideas

Today I spent the morning at Hacienda San Rafael attending the XIII Exposición Nacional de Orquideas. The city has been hosting the event annually for over a decade - a beautiful display of award-winning shapes and colours. Visiting an orchid expo feels like it should be right of passage for anyone planning to visit Colombia for an extended period of time, after all, with over 3,500 species, Colombia does rank #1 in the world for orchid biodiversity. The endemic Cattleya trianae orchid also happens to be the country's national flower. More pictures from the event can be found on my Flickr page. #travel #bogotá #events #nature #colombia

Birdwatching in Bogotá: the Monserrate experience

Yesterday I spent a few hours up at the Monserrate Sanctuary overlooking Bogotá, and although I had visited many times before, this time was special. Armed with my 300mm telefoto and new 100mm macro lens, I was on the hunt for birds. Monserrate might just be one of the best places in the city for viewing and photographing some of these beautiful creatures. They are easy to spot, they stick around long enough for you to take pictures and there are so many different species to be discovered. I was up there for a few hours in the middle of the day and spotted at least 10 different species, 5 of which were hummingbirds. More pictures of my birding adventure can be found in my Flickr album. #trav

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