Giancarlo Ventolini

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Giancarlo, a new addition to the Birding Ecotours team, comes from an Italian family that immigrated to Colombia, where he grew up and lives. Giancarlo has been in love with birds and nature all his life.

His birding skills, such as excellent eyes, hearing abilities, and knowledge of bird calls seem to indicate that he was predestined to become the excellent birding tour leader that he is proving to be. In addition to his birding proficiency Giancarlo has great people and communication skills and is a wonderful travel companion and good friend. There is nothing that he enjoys more than showing new birds to his clients and driving wherever birds are calling as far as the car can go.

He has extensive knowledge about his native Colombia, especially in his local areas such as the western and central Andes, including the classic hotspots like the Rio Blanco Reserve, Anchicaya Road and San Cipriano, Los Nevados National Park, Otún-Quimbaya, and the entire Cali area. During 2018 he co-guided tours with Eduardo Ormaeche in Colombia and Peru. He will guide our two-week Northern Peru tour and customized and day tours in Colombia for now, but his popularity among clients guarantees that he will expand his frontiers to more Neotropic destinations in the near future.

Birding Ecotours

Join Giancarlo on the following upcoming tours:

Birding Northeast Argentina: Iberá Marshlands and Iguazú National Park October 2021/2022/2023

Birding Northeast Argentina: Iberá Marshlands and Iguazú National Park October 2021/2022/2023

The Iberá Marshlands, which is the largest wetland area in South America after the Pantanal in Brazil. Come and explore this captivating paradise, combined with the fascinating Iguazú Falls, close to the border of Brazil.

Argentina: Southern Patagonia: Los Glaciares National Park, Austral Rail & Hooded Grebe October 2021/2022/2023

Argentina: Southern Patagonia: Los Glaciares National Park, Austral Rail & Hooded Grebe October 2021/2022/2023

This tour combines some of the most diverse birding areas of the Southern Cone in Argentina: Los Glaciares National Park and the vast steppes of southern Patagonia. The region hosts a wide diversity of habitats, all home to a wide diversity of birds.

Chile Mammal and Birding: Pumas in Torres del Paine, Southern Patagonia October 2021/2022/2023

Chile Mammal and Birding: Pumas in Torres del Paine, Southern Patagonia October 2021/2022/2023

At the southern tip of Patagonia there is a vast territory crowned by the majestic Paine Massif with Its stunning granite “towers” and “horns”. This paradise is protected by the Torres del Paine National Park, “the jewel in the crown” of the Chilean national park system.

Colombia: Medellín and Bogotá Endemics March 2022/2023

Colombia: Medellín and Bogotá Endemics March 2022/2023

On the first part of this tour to Colombia we will arrive at the city of Medellín and immediately explore its surroundings to look for ...

Read Giancarlo’s feedback from clients:

Giancarlo was an excellent guide. He is very knowledgeable about the birds of Colombia and a very pleasant person to be with. He was good at seeing and hearing birds and then using the tapes to draw the birds in. It was also very good that he wasn't using a camera. We've had guides who were more focused on getting photographs for themselves rather than helping us get the photographs.

John and Maggie Turner – UK