Essential Birdwatching Santa Marta Tour in Colombia
This 9-day Birdwatching Santa Marta Tour is a moderately-paced trip available as a set departure (or on request) where you can expect to see between 250 to 300 bird species including multiple endemics and other special Colombia wildlife.
You will also have the opportunity to visit the amazing Via Parque Salamanca where the Caribbean meets the Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta. With broad sandy seashores, waterfront tidal ponds and swamps, this rich biological system is home to dozens of types of seabirds, plovers and other ocean-related fowl species, including migratory and resident.
During this Birdwatching Santa Marta tour you will likewise have the extraordinary chance to visit the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta region, the tallest seaside mountain range on Earth and the centre of the universe, as the local indigenous communities, descendants of the Tayrona pre-Colombian culture, believe.
The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta evolved isolated from the Andes generating extraordinary scenarios of bird endemism and rarity. From snowed-capped mountains to the Caribbean Sea, this particular mountain embraces different habitats and ecosystems from humid and dry to mountain forests, páramos and high altitude grasslands. As a rarity to this altitude, desert habitats can be found. This mountain is also home to the Kogis, Wiwas, Arhuacos and Kankuamos communities that survived the Spanish conquer with strong ties to mother nature.
During this Santa Marta birding tour, we visit El Dorado Reserve, named after the legendary city of gold with an elevation between 3,000-8,500 ft. Over 350 species of birds can be found including endemic species such as Santa Marta Parakeet, Rusty-headed Spinetail, Santa Marta Antpitta, Santa Marta Bush-Tyrant, Santa Marta Mountain-Tanager, Yellow-crowned Whitestart, Santa Marta Warbler and Santa Marta Foliage-gleaner.
Below the lodge, we could also find additional endemic species such as Black-fronted Wood-Quail, Santa Marta Screech-owl, Black-backed Thornbill, Santa Marta Woodstar, Santa Marta Blossomcrown, Rusty-breasted Antipitta, White-lored Warbler, Santa Marta Tapaculo, Santa Marta Brush-finch, and White-tailed Starfrontlet.
With a vast altitudinal gradient, lots of birds have been recorded at The Dorado Lodge, and it is very well run since it is designed to target the international birders and caters to their needs.
Birdwatching Santa Marta Tour Highlights includes:
- An opportunity to see between 250 to 300 birds, including several endemics, is possible during this birding tour in the Santa Marta Mountains
- Visit Important Birding Areas (IBA's) including the Parque Isla de Salamanca, Flamencos Sanctuary and Tayrona Natural Park, home to dozen of species of seabirds, plovers and other coastal-line bird species and migratory birds
- The area includes the highest coastal peak in the world
- Stay in excellent ecolodges located in mind-blowing birding hotspots
Please note: this set-departure tour is also available on request. Please submit an enquiry for your preferred dates, route and tour refinements.
If you'd like to try an alternative tour, please have a look at the Colombian Wild Orchids Tour
Alternative Tour Name: South American & Santa Marta Tour