Colombia birding Caribbean Coast, Santa Marta Mountains & Perija

Colombia birding Caribbean Coast, Santa Marta Mountains & Perija

  • 13 Days & 12 Nights
  • DAY 1- Arrival to Cartagena 

Arrive in Cartagena-Colombia. And you will be transferred to the hotel selected. Night in Hotel/ Cartagena

  • DAY 2 - Las Camelias, Cartagena 

Located on the outskirts of Cartagena, las Camelias is a 40-hectare private reserve, home of more than 200 bird species. The area is a mixture of citric crops, artificial ponds, patches of tropical dry forest, and hummingbird feeders which makes the birding experience very easy. Night in Hotel/ Cartagena

Some species: Red-billed Emerald, Chestnut-winged Chachalaca, White-bellied Antbird, Jet Antbird, Turquoise-winged Parrotlet, Lance-tailed Manakin, Hooded Tanager, White-eared Tanager, Rufous Nightjar, Chestnut Piculet, Black-bellied Wren, Trinidad Euphonia, Russet throated Puffbird.

  • DAY 3 - Jardin Botanico de Cartagena - Barranquilla

The Botanical Garden of Cartagena Guillermo Pineres is a tropical humid forest that provides a refuge for many species of birds, and very pleasant and safe bird watching, with the possibility of learning about the different Colombian ecosystems that the place recreates and enjoying more than 300 species of birds registered there. Night in Hotel/Barranquilla

Some species: Marble Wood-Quail, Chestnut-winged Chachalaca, Red-legged Tinamou, Scaly-breasted Hummingbird, Sapphire-throated Hummingbird, Violet-bellied Hummingbird, Chestnut Piculet, Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Turquoise-winged Parrotlet, Jet Antbird, White-bellied Antbird, Lance-tailed Manakin, Band-backed Wren, Orange-crowned Oriole, Bicolored Conebill

  • DAY 4 - Km 4 and Salamanca National Park - Cienaga

Km 4: The km 4, located on the outskirts of Barranquilla, is a rural road, flat and unpaved, parallel to the margin of the Magdalena River, in what constituted an area of water regulation of this. The area is dominated by secondary growth, shrubs, plantations, and flood areas now used for some local crops and as a water reservoir, they are productive in terms of birds. Many aquatic species of birds and also associated with local dry forests inhabit here. some species to find along this hot spot are Russet-throated Puffbird, Pied Puffbird, Stripe-backed Wren, Bicolored Wren, Caribean Hornero, Yellow-chinned Spinetail, Northern Screamer, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Limpkin, Cattle Tyrant, Savanna Hawk, Snail Kite, Large-billed Tern.

Salamanca National Park is mainly composed of mangrove forests, marshes, and exceptional beaches that can be seen from the highway that connects Barranquilla with Santa Marta. The island of Salamanca is an aggregate of small islands formed by sediment accumulation of the Magdalena Delta that is communicated by small channels. It is a place of special importance because it is usually the place of arrival of hundreds of thousands of migratory birds Such as the 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, Blue-winged Parrotlet, Cattle Tyrant. Night in Hotel/Riohacha 

  • DAY 5 - Flamencos National Park y Pericos / Riohacha

This sanctuary of flora and fauna was created primarily to protect the population of flamingos that congregate on its beaches, surrounded by dry forest and coastal wetlands, this protected area recorded more than 400 species of birds, many of them migratory coastal species from the north of the continent. This sanctuary is a very easy place for bird watching where there are species that are only possible to observe there and nowhere else in Colombia such as Chestnut Piculet, White-whiskered Spinetail, Slender-billed Tyrannulet, Tocuyo sparrow, Vermilion Cardinal, Common Black-Hawk, Pearl Kite, Aplomado Falcon, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Bare-eyed Pigeon, Common and Ruddy ground-doves, Brown-throated and Blue-crowned parakeets, Green-rumped Parrotlet, 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, Brown-crested and Venezuelan flycatcher, Bicolored Wren, Black-chested Jay, Scrub Greenlet, Glaucous tanager, Black-faced Grassquit, Pileated Finch, and Orinoco Saltator, Yellow Oriole. Night in Hotel/Riohacha

  • DAY 6 - Dry Forest in Wayuu Communities - Santa Marta 

The Guajira peninsula, located in the northernmost of the country, is also the driest area with the least annual rainfall. The area is framed within sub-xerophytic conditions, with low-growth shrubs and thorny trees that dominate the landscape and it is these special conditions that maintain a unique diversity of species. The dry forests of La Guajira are distributed in territories of those Wayuu indigenous communities, which are affordable thanks to good relations with these communities. The trails are sandy roads amid shrubs and stunted forests, estuaries, and some dry streams for most of the year to find Vermilion Cardinal, Tocuyo Sparrow, Orinoco Saltator, Blue-crowned Parakeet, Buffy Hummingbird, Chesnut Piculet, Bare-eyed Pigeon, White-whiskered Spinetail, Glaucous Tanager, Pileated Finch, Tawny-crowned Pygmy-Tyrant. Night in Hotel/Santa Marta

  • DAY 7 - Birding to Minca - Mountain House

At the foot of the mountain of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the northwest corner, is the town of Minca. Being in the foothills at a low elevation, the ecosystem that predominates is the dry forest in the foothills, while above the town it is transformed into premontane forest mixed with shade coffee cultivation, creating a green matrix that is the home to both local species and many migratory species. It is a very active place for foreign visitors and birdwatchers; there you can also find some very interesting species such as the Golden-winged Sparrow and the Black-backed Antshrike that are often difficult to see in other locations in the country. Night in Mountain House

  • DAY 8 - San Lorenzo Ridge, Santa Marta Mountains

The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is a hotspot of bird endemism in the neotropics, the geographical isolation and evolutionary history of this mountainous system make this place a natural treasure. It occupies all types of habitats, its snowy peaks above 5,800 meters above sea level are only 40 km from the Caribbean coastline, becoming the highest coastal mountains on the planet. The San Lorenzo Blade located in the north of the mountains is the ideal place to observe many of the endemic species of the area and is considered the holy grail of bird watching in Colombia. Many of the species are often called the name of the “Santa Marta” 

Some Species: 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 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 Toucanet, Emerald Toucanet, Montane Foliage-gleaner, Spotted Barbtail, Streaked Xenops, Gray-throated Leaftosser, Strongbilled 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 Nightingalethrush, Great Thrush, Black-hooded Thrush, Slate-throated Redstart, Three-striped Warbler, White-sided Flowerpiercer, Blue-naped Chlorophonia

  • DAY 9, 10 - El Dorado Reserve, Santa Marta Mountains

The El Dorado Natural Reserve is located in the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta within a matrix of foggy forest, it is the perfect place to walk and look for endemic species of this isolated range of mountains or just sit and enjoy the birds that visit the drinkers and feeders with a great view of the Caribbean Sea at the foot of the mountain. Being located at an average height within the mountain range, it is the ecotone between the montane forests of the lower part and the misty forest of the upper part that creates a confluence of species from both areas. The Natural Reserve has one of the most recognized eco-lodges in the country and its incredible hummingbird feeders

Some Species: 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, Streakcapped Spinetail, Black Hawk-Eagle, Crested Bobwhite, Military Macaw, Scarlet-fronted and Orange-chinned Parakeet, Red-billed Parrot, White-tipped Dove, 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 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, Orangebilled Nightingale-Thrush, Rusty Flowerpiercer, Bay-headed, Black-headed, Black-capped, Blue-gray, Palm, Whitelined 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.

  • DAY 11. El Dorado Reserve - Valledupar

Throughout the morning you can see more birds in the middle and lower part of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, from the reserve El Dorado to the town of Minca, after lunch at a local restaurant, we will take a course towards the city of Valledupar which is the gateway to the incredible and little explored mountain range of Perijá. Night in Valledupar

  • DAY 12 - Perijá Mountains - Perija Reserve

The Serranía del Perijá is the northernmost extension of Colombia in the eastern mountain range and is an important area of wildlife transit between Colombia and Venezuela, due to the isolation of this mountainous system, there have been important speciation of birds and plants important here and There are both species and subspecies restricted to the premontane, Andean, high Andean and Paramo forests of this area. The peculiarity of its ecosystems, especially in the moors (heights above 3,000 meters) make there unique and endemic species in the place, many of them called "Perija", recently described some new species for science as the Perija Tapaculo and studies are being done to determine taxonomically the degree of speciation of birds such as Perijá Antpitta, Perijá Brush-Finch among others. Night in Chamicero del Perija

Some Species: Perija Metaltail, Perija Thistletail, Perija Brush-finch, Perija Tapaculo, Phelp´s Bush-Finch, Golden-bellied Starfrontlet, Andean Condor, Black-chested Buzzard-eagle, Klages Antbird, Crested Quetzal, Venezuelan Tyrannulet, Rufous-headed Tanager, Maroon-chested Ground Dove, Rufescent Screech-Owl

  • DAY 13 - Chamicero del Perija Reserve - Barranquilla

The Chamicero del Perijá Nature Reserve is located in the Perijá mountain range at the northern end of the eastern mountain range and is accessed from the city of Valledupar, by an unpaved rural road on which you have to drive approximately 3 hours. Some species of birds restricted to this mountainous system can be observed on the route, so stops are usually made. Some good species arrive at the feeders of the reserve among which include the Perija Brush Finch; The forests of the nature reserve cover an incredible number of species, some of them still little known to science. Night in Hotel/Barranquilla

Some Species: Perija Metaltail, Perija Thistletail, Perija Brush-finch, Perija Tapaculo, Phelps Bush Finch, Golden-bellied Starfrontlet, Andean Condor, Black-chested Buzzard-eagle, Klage´s Antbird, Crested Quetzal, Venezuelan Tyrannulet, Rufous-headed Tanager, Maroon-chested Ground Dove, Rufescent Screech-Owl

GROUP SIZE From 2 People + Guide
TOUR DATES Tour Calendar and Custom Dates at ANY TIME
TOUR PRICE USD 3,600 per Person
SINGLE ROOM USD 500 per person
ACCOMMODATION Comfortable places with private services, and WI-FI most of the places
EASY OF BIRDING Easy to moderate with some challenging species
INCLUDE Hotel, lodges, full meals, entrance fee, private transportation, birding guide
NOT INCLUDE International and domestic flights, any alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls, extra activities, tips