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“I am a little biased...”
Review of Enchanted Garden

Enchanted Garden
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: ENCHANTED GARDEN draws more than 23 species of hummingbirds of the 165 which have been classified in Colombia . This place is a reference point for ornithologists , Photographers , environmentalists and nature lovers . This garden esta strategically located an the banks of the river reeds In the municipality of San Francisco de Sales , an altitude of 1,500 meters claw ; The average temperature is 22 C and the distance of Bogota is 52 kilometers .
Seattle, WA, USA
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“I am a little biased...”
Reviewed March 24, 2014

Disclaimer: my wife and I are huge hummingbird fans and have traveled to 10 countries so far on trips to see hummers primarily. Still, Leonor has created a magical place which teems with life, with 36 hummingbird feeders and many other fruit and seed feeders bringing in all sorts of life. It's clear when you visit that she takes great joy in her garden and in sharing it with visitors. It's a beautiful place and well worth an excursion from Bogota. You will be amazed.

Visited March 2014
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1 Thank JimCF
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Colibries C, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Enchanted Garden, responded to this review, March 15, 2016
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Muchas gracias por tu visita a nuestro Jardín Encantado y valorar el amor y cuidado por la naturaleza, te invitamos a seguirnos en Facebook como: jardinencantadocolibries
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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“A spectacular place worth going out of your way to visit.”
Reviewed March 18, 2014

I had been staying in the nearby town of Villeta when I was reminded by friends of this place that I had first heard of through a program called Wild Colombia with Nigel Marven (Episode one of four). It was an easy location an easy an easy enough location to find. For those travelling from Bogotá‎ it is a very easy journey. There is a fairly regular private bus service from Bogotá‎ bus terminals. In recent times the main road has been resurfaced and widened. Travel time from Bogotá‎'s exterior to this location should be easily reachable inside one hour. However before hand the Enchanted Garden's website didn't offer usable location information. Emailing the listed email address resulted in no reply. However calling resulting in great and friendly information in Spanish. Arriving at the location there's parking on a public dirt road. The road is not busy and at the time of my visit (midday), parking was fine. Ringing the bell got a prompt welcome and brief guide along with a pamphlet giving some nice but general information on the garden and birds. We received an introduction from the owner whom's present a the property most days. The introduction was fine however it did just come across as impersonal, scripted and motionless. The owner obviously must be repeating this introduction many times everyday so it is understandable. She did take a brief opportunity to point out a few different species. The fee is overpriced compared to other attractions. But does offer richer Westerners a truly unforgettable experience. Viewing the Hummingbirds couldn't be any better. There's a stretch along the side of the house that is covered and separated from the birding garden. There's a bench to sit too. The bird feeders (filled with syrup) are so close they are almost an arms stretch away. The number and verity of birds is breathtaking. Photo opportunities are endless. Countless number of birds are coming and going. There are some rare species (smallest Hummingbird) are a little less common, so be ready with your camera to snap them. A small but advisable tip is the utilize your cameras burst mode. The birds move so fast it's impossible to take any meaningful picture without using your camera's burst mode. Another small tip is to stand at the end of the viewing stretch with your arms raised out slightly. I found that a few birds flew past between my body and arms, beautiful. Try not to use the whole time taking pictures, just watching a feeder for a few minutes will amaze you. During the visit I easily managed to be entertained and amazed for almost an hour. Children might find this a little difficult whilst remaining quite. It is a wonderful environment and clearly a functioning home for the owner. During my hour here, roughly a dozen or so people came and went. A wonderful opportunity to observe such wonderful birds in concentration. It's great even if you are not a bird enthusiast.

Visited December 2013
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Thank StuartOswald
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Colibries C, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Enchanted Garden, responded to this review, March 15, 2016
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Muchas gracias por tu visita a nuestro Jardín Encantado y valorar el amor y cuidado por la naturaleza, te invitamos a seguirnos en Facebook como: jardinencantadocolibries
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Hummingbirds in the Enchanted Garden”
Reviewed March 1, 2014

What a magnificent display of humming birds. A bird lovers paradise! I have admired hummingbirds for many years, more because we do not have them here in Australia.
We were thrilled to see that this tour existed through Tourism Bogota. Even though it is only 47km north of Bogota, it took the best part of 2 hours to travel the windy road but we weren't complaining as that meant we got to see some 'real' Colombian countryside.
The family have been feeding humming birds for over 20 years. The lady told me it took almost 6 months to entice the first bird to feed from her feeders. Things have certainly grown. She claims to have more than 65 of the countries 123 species of humming birds, which I have no doubt about! She can identify them all. Her husband happily potters maintaining their garden, while talking to his parrots at the entrance!
Having the sound of the river flowing past at the bottom of their garden adds to the ambience. The constant chatter of the birds makes it quite noisy. Who knew humming birds were noisy? There were several other very colourful species of fruit & nectar eating birds at the fruit feeding tray to add to the experience. A truly magical place which the passionate owners thoroughly enjoy sharing with visitors.
I would certainly go back.
Yes, to the previous reviewer, we saw the huge flock of cattle egrets nesting a short distance away. There were also black vultures there, which I had never seen before. :-)

Visited January 2014
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1 Thank AuntySqueeze
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Colibries C, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Enchanted Garden, responded to this review, March 15, 2016
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Muchas gracias por tu visita a nuestro Jardín Encantado y valorar el amor y cuidado por la naturaleza, te invitamos a seguirnos en Facebook como: jardinencantadocolibries
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Princeton, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Hummingbird Sanctuary”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

Just down the road from the main square of San Francisco de Sales, a village about an hour by car from Bogota, is the 'Jardin Encantado' or Enchanted Garden which attracts many species of hummingbird that exist in Colombia. It is a very special place, well worth the visit where you can walk along a terrace just a few feet from where many hummingbirds feed. Apparently, rainy days are a good time to visit, as it is more difficult to get nectar from flowers then. There is a small brochure in English/Spanish with some information. While walking down the road from the village, look out for the trees filled with hundreds of egrets nesting to the far right, just beyond where some houses are being constructed.

Visited December 2013
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3 Thank Glaciergirls
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Colibries C, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Enchanted Garden, responded to this review, March 15, 2016
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Muchas gracias por tu visita a nuestro Jardín Encantado y valorar el amor y cuidado por la naturaleza, te invitamos a seguirnos en Facebook como: jardinencantadocolibries
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Bogota, Colombia
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36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“If you like Humingbirds, this is the place.”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

In the Litle town of San Francisco, 47 Km from Bogota,in a spectacular Road,you come to a Facinating place to watch Humingbirds,in a wonderful setting.It is a place that can not be missed if you like nature and Birds .

Visited February 2013
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2 Thank Ricardo M
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Colibries C, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Enchanted Garden, responded to this review, March 15, 2016
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Muchas gracias por tu visita a nuestro Jardín Encantado y valorar el amor y cuidado por la naturaleza, te invitamos a seguirnos en Facebook como: jardinencantadocolibries
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