Atlantic Coast & Santa Marta

Code: COBIRD02
9 DAYS - 8 NIGHTS
Category:
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Description

La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is one of the most incredible and most popular places for  birding in our wonderful country. It counts with more than 20 endemics. This route covers the cloud forest, humid tropical forest and dry forest of Santa Marta, the mangroves in Salamanca National Park, and the dry forest in Guajira Peninsula. This is an easy trip with a lot of birds.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION El Dorado International airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
INCLUDED
24/7 assistance Professional guides, drivers and cooks
Private vans or 4×4 with A/A 4×4 transfers in Santa Marta Mountains
Entrance fees in Parks & Reserves Hotels and eco-lodges as per itinerary
All private transfers English speaking guide
2 snacks daily (water, fruit, etc.) All meals with open menu in restaurants with one drink
NOT INCLUDED
Especial Attractions fees
Tip for Guide and drivers

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit Salamanca National Park
  • Visit Santa Marta Mountains, one of the endemic hot-spots of the world + 20 species!
  • Discover other fantastic ecosystems as Guajira peninsula

TRIP DETAILS

  • Physical demand (1-10): 3
  • Travel Style: Short walks
  • Price For Minimun 4 PAX

Itinerary

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Day 1: ARRIVAL TO BOGOTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Night in Dann Norte Hotel

(2600 m / 8530 Ft – 5-14 °C / 41 – 57.2 °F)

HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

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Day 2: FIGHT TO BARRANQUILLA, BIRDING SALAMANCA & KM 4

Early in the morning we will take a fight to Barranquilla city and transfer to Birding in Salamanca National Park in where we will be focus in some very important birds of mangrove ecosystems; we will look more birds also in the location named Km 4, road with some wetlands around in where is possible to see aquatic birds and other of dry and secondary forest. In the afternoon we will transfer to Riohacha city in where we will rest. Some birds include this day are: 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. Night in Taroa Hotel.

(0 m / 0 Ft – 25 – 40 °C / 77 – 104 °F)

HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

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Day 3: FLAMENCOS / VALE (GUAJIRA PENINSULA)

All morning searching the really nice and different birds of the Los Flamencos National Park, in the afternoon we will transfer to Santa Marta city and visit the VALE location searching the endemic Chestnut winged Chacalaca that is possible in this place. After to VALE you will transfer to Santa Marta City in where you will rest in a nice hotel. The species possible this day are 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. Night in GHL Costa Azul Hotel.

(0 m / 0 Ft – 25 – 38 °C / 77 -100.4 °F)

HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

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Day 4: TAYRONA NATIONAL PARK / MINCA

Night in El Dorado Lodge

(0 m / 0 Ft – 25 – 38 °C / 77 -100.4 °F)

HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Not-Available

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Day 5: MINCA / TRANSFER TO EL DORADO

Birding in Minca location and your beautiful humid tropical forest in the morning, after to the lunch we will transfer to El Dorado Reserve in where we will rest and enjoy a wonderful sunset. Some birds in Minca for this day include: 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, Black Hawk-Eagle, Crested Bobwhite, Military Macaw, Scarlet-fronted and Orange-chinned Parakeet, Red-billed Parrot, White-tipped Dove, Lined Quail-Dove (voice), White-collared and Chestnut-collared swift, Blue-fronted Lancebill, Green Violetear, Brown 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, 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, Blue-gray, Palm, White-lined and Crimson-backed Tanager, Streaked and Grayish saltator, Golden-winged Sparrow, Yellow-bellied Seedeater, Yellow-backed Oriole, Crested Oropendola and Thick-billed Euphonia. During the northern winter months these foothills harbor a good number of North American breeding migrants including Swainson’s Thrush, Yellow-throated Vireo, Tennessee, Golden-winged, Cerulean, Blackburnian, and Black-throated Green warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Summer Tanager. Night in El Dorado Lodge.

(800 – 2300 m / 2620 – 7550 Ft – 15 – 25 °C / 59 – 77 °F)

HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Not-Available

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Day 6 & 7: SAN LORENZO RIDGE, DORADO RESERVE / SANTA MARTA MOUNTAINS

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 bird 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. Night in El Dorado Lodge

(2300 – 3000 m / 7550 – 9850 Ft – 10 – 17 °C / 50 – 62.6 °F)

HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Not-Available

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Day 8: EL DORADO RESERVE / TRANSFER TO BARRANQUILLA OR BOGOTA

We will search more birds in El Dorado Reserve, medium and low elevation of Santa Marta Mountains during all day; in the afternoon flight to Bogota city to finish this trip. Night in Hotel Dann Norte Bogota.

(800 – 2300 m / 2620 – 7550 Ft – 15 – 25 °C / 59 – 77 °F)

HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

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Day 9: GO HOME

Transfer to International Aiport. End of services

For a complete list of all birds possible to see in this tour please contact us now!

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1 review for Atlantic Coast & Santa Marta

  1. akira

    The Colombia tour was very productive, especially bird-wise. I did notice that for a country known as “the most bird rich country in the world” it was not easy birding; there were very few birding accommodations, so we had to stay most of the time in hotels in cities and towns. (Of course, the hotels themselves were very comfortable and the staffs friendly everywhere.) I am looking forward to birding in the southern area with our December tour. The guide, Manuel, was quite good and popular with the participants.
    With best regards. Akira from Japan

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