COLOMBIA SANTA MARTA BIRDING TOUR
|Duration:||9 Days, 8 Nights|
|* This tour is available for any dates of your choosing provided guide services and accommodations are available.|
The northern Colombia birding route features numerous endemics of the Santa Marta and Perija Mountain ranges and along the Caribbean Coast. This tour covers the Santa Marta Mountains and the coast. We offer a longer tour that includes the Perija Mountains as well. The Perija Mountains near the border with Venezuela were unsafe for travel until fairly recently when guerrilla activity ended in Colombia. It's home to several endemics found only there. These are in addition to the numerous endemics found in the Santa Marta Mountains and along the coast. Birding there is a bit more difficult as it is often foggy and accommodations are very basic.
Our Santa Marta tour begins in Barranquilla with a birding stop at KM 4 east of the city. The tour continues to Isla Salamanca National Park, an area of coastal mangroves easily accessed by a well maintained boardwalk. That afternoon the tour proceeds to the area around Riohacha in the lowlands, notably Los Flamencos National Park and the Camarones area where Vermilion Cardinal and possibly the rare Tocuyo Sparrow can be found. After a morning of birding the next morning, the tour transfers back toward Tayrona National Park with morning birding in dry forest along Gaviotas Road en route. After spending the following morning birding in Tayrona National Park, the tour proceeds into the foothills of the Santa Marta Mountains with an overnight stop at middle elevation in Minca. The following day features an altitudinal transect leading up to El Dorado Lodge in the highlands. The next two days are spent birding the lodge grounds, the higher ridge of Cuchillo de San Lorenzo where several Santa Marta endemics are located, and the Santa Marta National Park where Santa Marta Antpitta has been conditioned to come into the open. A night time excursion should produce the endemic Santa Marta Screech-Owl near the lodge. The tour ends with birding downslope toward Minca followed by transfer back to Barranquilla. Accommodations are generally comfortable throughout the tour.