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Colombia - Santa Marta Endemics

Tour Code: COL01

A 10-day birdwatching tour to Colombia's endemic-rich Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

10 days from £2895(inc flights) Land Only Price: £2295 SRS: £295


This new 10-day birding tour, which can be easily combined with our Multicoloured Tanager Tour, focuses on the special birds of the Guajira Peninsula, including Tocuyo Sparrow, Orinoco Saltator, Chestnut Piculet, Vermillion Cardinal, Buffy Hummingbird and the stunning White-whiskered Spinetail. We also include a 3-night stay on the lower slopes of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta at Minca, and 3 nights higher up at the excellent El Dorado Lodge, during which we’ll be making a concerted effort to see all Santa Marta’s endemics and regional specialities. Birding the San Lorenzo ridge, with the sun rising over Colombia’s highest peaks and with Santa Marta Brushfinch taking crumbs from our breakfast table, is sure to live long in the memory!
  • Guajira Peninsula birding with superb local guide (one day clean-up)
  • 6 nights in the mountains, including 3 at El Dorado
  • Target all endemics, including the screech-owl, mountain-tanager and others
  • Fantastic flocks, views and hospitality
  • Combine tour with Multicoloured Tanager Tour
  • Direct flight to Colombia. Hassle-free internal flights

Food

All meals are included.

Accommodation

A mixture of small hotels and El Dorado Lodge

Santa Marta Mountain Tanager (Ferney Salgado)

Santa Marta Mountain Tanager (Ferney Salgado)

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 Fly Bogota

Day 2 Bogota, La Florida; fly Riohacha

Day 3 La Guajira/Camarones

Day 4 Minca, Sierra Nevada

Day 5/7 El Dorado Lodge

Day 8 Minca

Day 9 Fly Bogota, depart

Day 10 Arrive UK

Colombia, with almost 1,900 recorded species at the last count, including around 80 endemics, is the undisputed number one country on the planet for bird diversity. Unfortunately, for most of the 90’s and ‘noughties’, civil unrest had made visiting remote areas within the country distinctly unadvisable. Whilst ecotourism flourished in neighbouring Panama, Ecuador, Venezuela, Brazil and Peru, Colombia remained in the doldrums, waiting patiently for the chance to reveal its wonderful landscapes, birds and people to the world once more. Happily, Colombia has changed dramatically in the past few years and birders worldwide are now flocking to this beautiful country in search of its many avian jewels. Colombia’s topography is both diverse and breath-taking, with snow-capped mountains, cloud-filled valleys, savannas and rainforests augmented with a magnificent birdlife. This tour concentrates on the Santa Marta and Guajira Peninsula endemics. Birding around the El Dorado Lodge is a mouth-watering prospect; Santa Marta Brush-finches are common in the garden, whilst hummingbirds include Blossomcrown and Santa Marta Woodstar. We will also look for the endangered Santa Marta Parakeet, the newly discovered Santa Marta Screech Owl, Rusty-headed Spinetail, Santa Marta Bush-tyrant, Santa Marta Mountain Tanager and Santa Marta Warbler. The occasional Andean Condor, Black-and-chestnut Eagle or Semi-collared Hawk should also keep raptor enthusiasts happy! Of great contrast is the arid Guajira Peninsula, where we’ll look for a selection of range-restricted species such as Chestnut Piculet, White-whiskered Spinetail, Vermilion Cardinal and Glaucous Tanager.
Male Blue DacnisSanta Marta MountainsWhite-lored WarblerColon and Bolivar peaksForest waterfallGolden-winged SparrowSanta Marta harbourParque Isla SalamancaEl DoradoRusty-headed SpinetailSanta MartaDiner and living areaGorgeted Wood-quail
J.F. Nov 17
Yorkshire
I was very pleased with our two Columbian leaders who almost universally kept tight control of the timing of our quite complicated itinerary. They looked after us well, provided excellent leadership on our birding stops and helped those (like me) who struggled to find birds in challenging conditions on jungle stops. They were also interesting to talk to about their country I was also very impressed by the quality of the local guides we used at some locations. The first morning and the trip to the Cali Country Club was a wonderful start to the trip after the overnight flight and brought home to me just what a very civilised South American country this was despite their awful troubles with the 50+ year Civil War. It was a very diverse itinerary and the birding environment was very impressive. I particularly liked the hummingbird gardens at Finca Alejandria, Cali, and Hotel Termales Del Ruiz, Manizales. The time in Manizlaes was the highlight of the tour and especially the day spent at the stunning Rio Blanco Reserve.
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Tue 30th January 2018 - Thu 8th February 2018

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Sat 10th February 2018 - Mon 19th February 2018

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Tue 27th November 2018 - Thu 6th December 2018

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I was very pleased with our two Columbian leaders who almost universally kept tight control of the timing of our quite complicated itinerary. They looked after us well, provided excellent leadership on our birding stops and helped those (like me) who struggled to find birds in challenging conditions on jungle stops. They were also interesting to talk to about their country I was also very impressed by the quality of the local guides we used at some locations. The first morning and the trip to the Cali Country Club was a wonderful start to the trip after the overnight flight and brought home to me just what a very civilised South American country this was despite their awful troubles with the 50+ year Civil War. It was a very diverse itinerary and the birding environment was very impressive. I particularly liked the hummingbird gardens at Finca Alejandria, Cali, and Hotel Termales Del Ruiz, Manizales. The time in Manizlaes was the highlight of the tour and especially the day spent at the stunning Rio Blanco Reserve.
J.F. Nov 17, Yorkshire