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North Coast Colombian Endemic Birding Tour - 7 Days

North Coast Colombian Endemic Birding Tour
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This 7-day endemic birdwatching tour to Santa Marta Endemic Mountains and La Guajira Area focuses on the rich and unique avifauna of Santa Marta mountains where more than 22 endemic species rule this area plus the regional endemics of La Guajira region found precisely on its semi-desert forest. Without a doubt, many new birds for your list in just one week!

Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival

Meeting in Barranquilla city; Night in Barranquilla: Hotel Hampton by Hilton

Day 2
Day 2 - Vía Parque Isla Salamanca N P (Coastal ecosystems) 0 m / 0 Ft – 28 °C / 82.4 °F

The first part of the birding begins in some swamps and mangroves before and along the park, let’s work on: Sapphire-bellied (EN) (CR) and Sapphire-throated Hummingbird, Rufescent-Tiger Heron, Snail Kite, Brown-throated Parakeet, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Coloured Conebill, Bronze Cowbird, Carib Grackle, Mangrove Warbler and many aquatic species. Salamanca N P to Santa Marta city: 1:50 hrs driving. Night in Santa Marta: La Casa de Viento Hotel Boutique.

Day 3
Day 3 - Tayrona National Park (Dry forest) 0 m / 0 Ft – 27 °C / 80.6 °F

This morning we will transfer to work on this loved natural area: Laughing Falcon, Crane Hawk, Lineated Woodpecker, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Orange-chinned Parakeet, Blue-headed Parrot, White-bellied and Jet Antbird, Northern Royal Flycatcher, Lance-tailed and White-bearded Manakin, Scrub Greenlet, Buff-breasted and Bicolored Wrens and many more. After lunch we can continue to Riohacha city doing a birding stop before the city for: Double-striped Thick-knee, Limpkin and more.Tayrona NP to Riohacha: 2 hr driving.Night: Hotel Barbacoa.

Day 4
Day 4 - Flora and Fauna Sanctuary Los Flamencos NP (Guajira region: Dry, thorny forest) 0 m / 0 Ft – 30 °C / 86 °F.

Our warm-up for the endemic experience in the mountains begins around this Sanctuary, we will work on regional endemics found only in the Guajira area of Colombia and Venezuela: Tocuyo Sparrow, Orinocan Saltator, Vermilion Cardinal, Chestnut Piculet, White-whiskered Spinetail, Buffy Hummingbird, Bare-eyed Pigeon, Slender-billed Tyrannulet, Northern Scrub-Flycatcher, Glaucous Tanager, Pileated Finch and more specialties. On the salty lagoon troops of elegant American Flamingos strut very proud, and many other aquatic species can be enjoyed. After lunch we move to Minca village. Night in Minca: Hotel Sierra Sound.

Day 5
Day 5 - Birding from Minca to El Dorado (Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains foothills and medium elevations) 600 – 2000 m / 1968 - 6561 Ft – 24 - 18 °C / 75.2 - 64.4 °

Minca is the golden gate to the winged treasures on the mountains, the humid forest introduces us to the more enriching experience while we are getting to a higher altitude: let’s celebrate encounters of Golden-winged Sparrow, Black-and-white Owl, Red-bellied Emerald, Keel-billed Toucan, Whooping Motmot, Collared Aracari, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Orange-chinned Parakeet, Gray-headed Tanager, Swallow Tanager, Blue-black Grosbeak, Red-billed Parrot… After lunch we will continue birding and ascending through the Santa Marta mountains along the road to the El Dorado Reserve working on some endemics as: Santa Marta Antbird, Santa Marta Tapaculo, Blossomcrown, Santa Marta Brusfinch, Santa Marta Foliage-gleaner plus other specialties.

Day 6
Day 6 - Dorado Reserve to San Lorenzo Ridge (Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains, high part of the reserve) 2000 – 2600 m / 6561 - 8530 Ft – 18 - 8 °C / 64.4 – 46.4 °F

Very early we’ll move to the top of the mountain – Cuchilla de San Lorenzo - for an endemic sunrise; let's work on Santa Marta: Parakeet, Mountain Tanager, Bush-Tyrant, Brushfinch, Warbler, Antpitta plus Yellow-crowned Whitestart, Rusty-headed Spinetail, Brown-rumped Tapaculo and the near endemic Streak-capped Spinetail plus more jewels of this endemic mountains. After lunch we’ll work at the low part of the reserve to look for: Coppery Emerald, Venezuelan Tyrannulet, Black-chested Jay, Souther Emerald and Groove-billed Toucanet.

Day 7
Day 7 - Look for Black-fronted Wood-Quail, Golden-breasted Fruiteater and many more nice birds

This morning we will work near the lodge for: White-lored Warbler, White-tailed Starfrontlet, White-tipped Quetzal, Sierra Nevada Brushfinch, Band-tailed Guan, Black-fronted Wood-Quail, Golden-breasted Fruiteater and many more nice birds. After lunch we will begin descending toward Minca doing some birding stops on the road to look for species missed days before. Night in Minca: Hotel Sierra Sound.

Day 8
Day 8 - End of the tour

In our last morning here, we will have a short birding when leaving Minca, then we transfer to Santa Marta city for a flight to Bogotá city connection to your country.

Sapphire-bellied, Sapphire-throated Hummingbird, Rufescent-Tiger Heron, Snail Kite, Brown-throated Parakeet, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Coloured Conebill, Bronze Cowbird, Carib Grackle, Mangrove Warbler, Laughing Falcon, Crane Hawk, Lineated Woodpecker, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Orange-chinned Parakeet, Blue-headed Parrot, White-bellied and Jet Antbird, Northern Royal Flycatcher, Lance-tailed and White-bearded Manakin, Scrub Greenlet, Buff-breasted, Bicolored Wrens, Tocuyo Sparrow, Orinocan Saltator, Vermilion Cardinal, Chestnut Piculet, White-whiskered Spinetail, Buffy Hummingbird, Bare-eyed Pigeon, Slender-billed Tyrannulet, Northern Scrub-Flycatcher, Glaucous Tanager, Pileated Finch, Golden-winged Sparrow, Black-and-white Owl, Red-bellied Emerald, Keel-billed Toucan, Whooping Motmot, Collared Aracari, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Orange-chinned Parakeet, Gray-headed Tanager, Swallow Tanager, Blue-black Grosbeak, Red-billed Parrot, Parakeet, Mountain Tanager, Bush-Tyrant, Brushfinch, Warbler, Antpitta plus Yellow-crowned Whitestart, Rusty-headed Spinetail, Brown-rumped Tapaculo, Streak-capped Spinetail, Coppery Emerald, Venezuelan Tyrannulet, Black-chested Jay, Souther Emerald, Groove-billed Toucanet, White-lored Warbler, White-tailed Starfrontlet, White-tipped Quetzal, Sierra Nevada Brushfinch, Band-tailed Guan, Black-fronted Wood-Quail, Golden-breasted Fruiteater

What is included?

  • Complete logistics
  • Full-time professional birding guidance, one day a local guide
  • Lodging in all hotels and reserves (double occupancy in all of them), food (3 meals, drinks/day and water, fruit, snacks)
  • All ground transportation during the tour
  • Pick at the airport and drop off at the airport and best vibes

What is not included?

  • Domestic flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical cost or hospitalization
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry, calls, tips
  • Anything of personal nature

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Native birding colombia proudly presents its schedule tours, each one is carefully thought and planned in detail, in order to leave an unforgettable birding experience in your life; thinking about you comfort, your expectations and desires, every tour is designed to visiting the best birdwatching/birding places in colombia, giving you big chances to meet and delight with our native birds: the endemic, near endemic, very restricted, beauty and rare in the land of the birds.

Pace of Tour

This is a very comfortable and accessible tour, most of the trails and roads we walk are flat, only on the mountains there are a few slopes but very smooth; no special physical requirements are needed to be part of it. In this region the sun is shining all day light. Birding days begin around 5:00 am; but a couple of mornings we’ll have to be up earlier. Coffee or a hot beverage will be taken before leaving lodgings, some breakfasts and lunch are taken in field and others at hotels, road restaurants or lodges; bottled water is provided. The group will typically return to the hotel or lodges between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. with dinner generally starting between 7:00 and 7:30 pm. We will check the bird list before or after dinner. *There are few mosquitoes in that period in places we visit Bring a good insect repellent for mosquitoes, ¡ just in case flies ! or other ones

Food

Most of the Colombian food is based on grains (beans, lentils, rice, etc) potatoes, yucca along with flesh (Beef, pork, chicken and fish), steak and salads. By other hand, in the caribbean region: Fish along with rice, salad, yucca and fish soup is the typical one, plus the ones mentioned above; in El Dorado lodge, the cuisine is very gourmet, mixing typical recipes along with modern dishes. For those vegetarians, we make arrangements to provide them with tasty dishes of that kind.

Drinks

Natural juice or soft drink is provided at dinner, and coffee or tea as well. Bottled water is provided in the field.

Transportation

Depending of the number of the group we will be moving on one comfortable Van or 4x4 vehicle on lowlands; in Santa Marta mountains 4x4 is required.

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7 Days

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USD1,700 / per person
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This tour is operated by: Native Birding Colombia

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Tour Facts

  • Santa Marta Endemic Mountains & La Guajira Area
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • 2 to 8 pax
  • 7 Days
  • + 15 years
  • Leisurely
  • English & Spanish
  • El Dorado International Airport
  • El Dorado International Airport