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Atlantic Coast Santa Marta and Perijá Birding Tour, Colombia - 12 Days

Atlantic Coast Santa Marta and Perijá Birding Tour, Colombia

Perijá and Santa Marta Birding Tour

This trip involves a very special birding journey to watch endemic and near-endemic birds in the north of Colombia where you can enjoy two of the most important isolated mountain ranges in the country; Perijá and Santa Marta, with the addition of the dry forest of the state of Guajira where many special birds are ready to be spotted and photographed.

You can delight with a list of around 300 species in a few days and experience one of the most surprising places to see birds in Colombia while obviously your checklist skyrockets!

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Alternative Tour Name: Atlantic Coast Santa Marta and Perijá
Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival to Barranquilla

You will be transfer to a hotel in Barranquilla

Day 2
Day 2 - km 4 and Salamanca Natural Park

KM 4 outside Barranquilla is a good spot of secondary dry forest and flooded areas beside Magdalena river and Salamanca National Park is a mangrove ecosystems; Some birds of those spots included: Sapphire-bellied Hummingbird, Sapphire-throated Hummingbird, Bicoloured Conebill, Pied Puffbird, Golden-green Woodpecker, Yellow-chinned Spinetail, Stripe-backed Wren, Russet-throated Puffbird, Caribbean Hornero, Green, Bare-faced- Glossy and White Ibis, Limpkin, Blue-winged Parrotlet, Cattle Tyrant, Savanna Hawk, Snail Kite, Lage-billed Tern and many more.

Day 3
Day 3 - Flamencos Natural Park and Pericos area

All morning looking for birds at the shruby sub-xerophytic area of Los Flamencos National Park and around. many birds area restricted to this dry area and included some targets like: . Chestnut Piculet, White-whiskered Spinetail, Slender-billed Tyrannulet, Tocuyo sparrow, Vermilion Cardinal, Harris’s Hawk, Common Black-Hawk, Pearl Kite, Aplomado Falcon, American Kestrel, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Bare-eyed Pigeon, Common and Ruddy ground-dove, Brown-throated and Blue-crowned parakeet, Green-rumped Parrotlet, Burrowing Owl, Red-billed Emerald, Buffy Hummingbird, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Blue-crowned Motmot, Russet-throated Puffbird, Red-crowned Woodpecker, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Caribbean Hornero, Pale-breasted Spinetail, Black-crested and Black-backed antshrike, White-fringed Antwren, Northern Scrub-Flycatcher, Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Pale-eyed Pygmy-Tyrant, Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested and Venezuelan flycatcher, Streaked Flycatcher, Social Flycatcher, Bicolored Wren, Black-chested Jay, Tropical Gnatcatcher, Tropical Mockingbird, Scrub Greenlet, Blue-gray and Glaucous tanager, Black-faced Grassquit, Pileated Finch, Grayish, Buff-throated and Orinocan Saltator, Saffron Finch, Yellow Oriole and many more.

Day 4
Day 4 - Gaviotas Spot, transfer to Santa Marta

On the way to Santa Marta there are some good birding spots with dry forest and humid tropical forest, making stops there we will watch and add some goodies like: Lance-tailed Manakin, Cocoa Woodcreeper, White-necked Puffbird, White-bellied Antbird, Striped Cuckoo, Russet-throated Puffbird, Trinidad Euphonia, Brown-throated Parakeet and many more

Day 5
Day 5 - La Cabaña forest and Around Minca

Birding in Minca location and its beautiful humid tropical forest in the morning, here we start to explore the bottom area of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta hotspot, som possible birds here are: Santa Marta Foliage-gleaner, Santa Marta Sabrewing, Coppery Emerald, Crested Bobwhite, Military Macaw, Scarlet-fronted and Orange-chinned Parakeet, Red-billed Parrot, White-tipped Dove, White-collared and Chestnut-collared swift, Green Violetear, White-vented Plumeleteer, Steely-vented Hummingbird, Collared Aracari, Keel-billed Toucan, Golden-olive, Lineated and Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Black-backed Antshrike, Greenish and Forest Elaenia, Yellow-olive and Ochre-faced (Yellow-breasted) flycatcher, Ochre-bellied Flycatcher, Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher, Social and Piratic flycatcher, Cinereous, Cinnamon and White-winged becard, Masked Tityra, Rufous-breasted and Rufous-and-white wren.

Day 6
Day 6 - Minca forest transfer to El Dorado

This day we will cover the area from Minca town to el Dorado lodge, focused on the mid elevation area and its targets. some important and beautiful birds area: Santa Marta Blossomcrown, Santa Marta Foliage-gleaner, Santa Marta Tapaculo, Santa Marta Antbird, Santa Marta Sabrewing, Santa Marta Wood-Wren, Santa Marta Brush-Finch, Coppery Emerald, Streak-capped Spinetail, Military Macaw, Scarlet-fronted and Orange-chinned Parakeet, Red-billed Parrot, Steely-vented Hummingbird, Collared Aracari, Keel-billed Toucan, Golden-olive, Lineated and Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Black-backed Antshrike, Greenish and Forest Elaenia, Yellow-olive and Ochre-faced (Yellow-breasted) flycatcher, Ochre-bellied Flycatcher, Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher, Social and Piratic flycatcher, Cinereous, Cinnamon and White-winged becard, Masked Tityra, Rufous-breasted and Rufous-and-white wren, Yellow-legged, Black-hooded, Pale-breasted, and Black-billed thrush, Black-chested Jay, Golden-fronted Greenlet, Brown-capped Vireo, Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush, Rusty Flowerpiercer, Bay-headed, Black-headed, Black-capped, White-lined and Crimson-backed Tanager, Streaked and Grayish saltator, Golden-winged Sparrow, Yellow-bellied Seedeater, Yellow-backed Oriole, Crested Oropendola, Rusty-breasted Antpitta and more.

Day 7
Day 7 - El Dorado Lodge, San Lorenzo ridge

We will search birds all day in San Lorenzo Ridge and the medium areas of El Dorado Natural Reserve, in where we can see many endemics of this special birds hotspot place. Some important birds this day in Santa Marta Mountains are: Santa Marta Parakeet, Santa Marta Screech-Owl, White-tailed Starfrontlet, Santa Marta Woodstar, Rusty-headed Spinetail, Santa Marta Antpitta, Brown-rumped Tapaculo, Santa Marta Bush-Tyrant, Yellow-crowned Whitestar, White-lored Warbler, Santa Marta Warbler, Santa Marta (Black-cheeked) Mountain-Tanager, Black-backed Thornbill, Colombian Nevada Brush-Finch, Bang´s Wood-Wren, Black-fronted Wood-Quail, White-tipped Quetzal, White-rumped Hawk, Band-tailed Guan, Sickle-winged Guan, Band-tailed Pigeon, Scarlet-fronted Parakeet, Red-billed Parrot, Masked Trogon, Golden-olive Woodpecker, Yellow-billed (Groove-billed) Toucanet, Emerald Toucanet, Montane Foliage-gleaner, Spotted Barbtail, Streaked Xenops, Gray-throated Leaftosser, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, Rusty-breasted Antpitta, Rufous Antpitta, Mountain Elaenia, Black-capped Tyrannulet, Venezuelan and White-throated Tyrannulet, Olive-striped Flycatcher, Black-throated Tody-Tyrant, Cinnamon Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Chat-Tyrant, Golden-breasted Fruiteater, Orange-billed and Slaty-backed Nightingale-thrush, Great Thrush, Black-hooded Thrush, Slate-throated Redstart, Three-striped Warbler, White-sided Flowerpiercer, Blue-naped Chlorophonia and others

Day 8
Day 8 - El Dorado lodge and around

Second day exploring the high and mid elevations lands of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

Day 9
Day 9 - El Dorado lodge, transfer to Valledupar

We will search more birds in the lowlands of Santa Marta Mountains cleaning up all of our targets, after lunch we will be transfer to Valledupar city

Day 10
Day 10 - Perijá Mountain, chamicero del Perijá reserve

We will leave early in the morning towards Serrania del Perija, one of the most mythic and unexplored mountain range in Colombia, this unpaved road is very productive and is laoded with a lot of endemic sub-species, we will search birds on the grassland of Perija at 3600 meters elevations, some important birds in Perija include: Hooded-Mountain Tanager, Rufous-breasted Flycatcher, Klage´s Antbird, Crested Quetzal, Maroon-chested Ground-Dove, Fulvous-headed Tanager, Crested Oropendola, Viole-chested Hummingbird, Perija Antpitta, Phelp´s Brush-Finch, Perija Tapaculo. Perija Metaltail, Perija Thistletail, Perija Brush-Finch

Day 11
Day 11 - Perija mountains, transfer to Barranquila

Second day exploring the Perijá mountains, searching for more birds. we will be transfer to Barranquilla city at the afternoon.

Day 12
Day 12 - International flight home

You will be transfer to Barranquilla airport for international departures.

Santa Marta Parakeet, Santa Marta Screech Owl, Santa Marta Blossomcrown, Black-backed Thronbill, White-tailed Starfrontlet, Santa Marta Woodstar, Santa Marta Sabrewing, Sapphire-bellied hummingbird, Streak-capped Spinetail, Rusty-headed Spinetail, Santa Marta Foliage-gleaner, Santa Marta Antpitta, Santa Marta Rufous Antpitta, Santa Marta Tapaculo, Brown-rumped Tapaculo, Santa Marta Bush-Tyrant, Santa Marta Wood-Wren, Bang´s Wood-Wren, Santa Marta Mountain-Tanager, Colombian Brush-Finch, Yellow-crowned Whitestart, Santa Marta Warbler, Northern Screamer, Black-fronted Wood-Quail, Perija Metaltail, Golden-bellied Starfrontlet, Red-billed Emerald, Coopery Emerald, White-tipped Quetzal, Chestnut Piculet, Perija Thistletail, White-whiskered Spinetail, Perija Tapaculo, Perija Rufous Antpitta, Slender-billed Tyrannulet, Streak-backed Canastero, Tocuyo Sparrow, Perija Brush-Finch, Black and chestnut Eagle, Orinocan Saltator, Vermillion Cardinal

What is included?

  • Transport: Private vans (comfortable transport) with Air conditioning 4x4 transport inside Santa Marta Mountains
  • Meals: All food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in all locations with open menu in restaurants, 2 snacks daily that include bottle water, fruit, etc, (Water available all the time on the bus – big bottle to recharge the potable bottles), Just one national beer, soda, bottle water or juice included with meals, (The second drinks beers, juice, bottle water or juices need to be paid per client)
  • Accommodation: All Hotels described in the itinerary, Eco-lodges inside the Natural Reserves, Towel and linen provided in all places, Entrance fees at National Parks and Reserves
  • Guides, drivers and cooks: The group will be accompanied by a professional guide all time of MANAKIN NATURE TOURS, Experienced car and boat drivers, Experienced cooks in all reserves, lodges and hotels
  • Insurance: Event Insurance (Transportation and accidents)

What is not included?

  • International Flights and taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Toiletries
  • Laundry Service
  • Room service
  • Tips or gratuity
  • Medical Expenses
  • Beer except one beer at lunch or dinner
  • International or local Phone Calls
  • Activities not included in the itinerary
  • Extensions of a trip due to circumstances beyond our control

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Why book with Manakin Nature Tours?

Manakin Nature Tours is the company of Luis Eduardo Urueña and Johana Andrea Borras, a couple committed to the conservation of nature and to birding tours of the highest quality throughout Colombia. Both biologists, Luis and Andrea are 100% Colombian, they have the top talent and boost the work of the people of their country. Manakin Nature Tours uses only Colombian resources because they want to enhance the growth of the country by hiring Colombian professionals, its hotelier, transport, and catering services and by supporting community projects. Simply, because we are a completely Colombian company that knows the whole country very well. Also, we are 100% committed to our customers’ safety. Our main goal is to offer the best quality service in Colombia and to make the experience of watching birds and nature in the most bio-diverse country in the world thoroughly enjoyable, memorable, and successful for you. We have a wide variety of set itineraries, but we always try to carry out our trips in a completely customized way depending on the needs and scope of each client. We offer the highest quality transportation, lodging and food that you can find in Colombia. We have professional Colombian guides. All of them are young, kind, funny and very passionate about birds and nature. Also, they know all the places we visit and have excellent relationships with local people. We don’t think of you just as our customers but hopefully as our future great friends.

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12 Days

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USD4,280 / per person
This tour is operated by: Manakin Nature Tours
4.96 based on 8 reviews

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Tour Facts

  • Colombia
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • 1 to 8
  • 11 Days
  • Throughout the year
  • + 15 years
  • Moderate
  • English, Español
  • Barranquilla
  • Barranquilla
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