Santa Marta Mountains & Atlantic Coast, 8 days


PBT offers a new destination for our past and future birders clients birding in colombia as the number one in bird species; we are starting with santa marta endemics and atlantic area: birdin along the caribbean is easier for the pave road but is a bit longer drive to reach the birding spots but to reach Santa marta mountains for more endemics it has to be in 4x4 drive for the road condition.

The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta: Have the highest concentration of continental range-restricted birds. There are two places very well located to do our birding time succesfully:

The new Sierra Alta Lodge located at two hours and a little more from Barranquilla town provides an exelent accomodation, private toilets with hot water, deliciuos meals and good feeders. It has also espectacular view of the caribbean and the towns below. 

Dorado lodge from proaves, it has rooms with private toilets and hot water and feeders, the location in the reserve is much easier and close to get san lorenzo rigde mountain for more endemics species. El Dorado is located at 6300 feet (1900m), the lodge is near the center of the reserve, which extends from 3000 to 8700 feet (900 to 2600m).

Parque Nacional Isla Salamanca:

Coastal Habitats: Isla Salamanca is a barrier island separating the Caribbean from a huge lagoon. It stretches from near Santa Marta to the mouth of the Rio Magdalena near Barranquilla. We will try to get off the busy two-lane highway wherever possible to sample a variety of habitats including saltwater ponds, freshwater marshes, mangroves, scrubby woodland, and open fields.

Guajira Peninsula:

Coastal Desert: Along the shores of the Caribbean away from the moist lower slopes of the Sierra. The main peninsula still has some wild west elements. There we will bird along the road to Parque Nacional Los Flamencos, where in the coastal lagoon we may well see the flamencos, although they are most often a distant shimmer of pink. At closer range will be an assortment of waterbirds, potentially including Reddish Egret (white and dark morphs), Magnificent Frigatebird, a few migrant shorebirds, and a half dozen species of gull and tern.

  • Day 1: Arrive to Bogota 

 We will welcome and transfer to our hotel selected. Overnight

  • Day 2: Hummingbird feeders - flight to Barranquilla

After breakfast we will visit the feeders in San francisco and after to la Calera humingirds feeders and flight to Baranquilla. Overnight in Hotel

  •  Day 3: Salamanca Park - Santa Marta Mountains

Morning flight and drive to Salamanaca National Park for some target species and them we will explore abit more the popular Km 4. And after we will drive to Minca for lunch. There we can enjoin the hummingbirds feedeers and tanagers also. Them we will drive up the mountains to El Dorado Lodge. Overnight 

 Some birds: Bicoloured Conebill, Pied Puffbird, Stripe-backed Wren, Russet-throated Puffbird, Caribbean Hornero, Bare-faced Ibis, Blue-winged Parrotlet, Cattle Tyrant, Russet-throated Puffbird, Red-crowned Woodpecker, Straight-billed Woodcreeper. At minca feeders: Golden-winged sparrow, Pale-breasted Thrush, Steel-vented hummingbird, rufous-tailed hummingbird and many more.

  • Day 4,5,6: Full Days Birding

We will have morning birding at 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. Night in Dorado Lodge

Some birds: 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, Bangs 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 7: Drive to Riohacha, flamencos, Guajira Peninsula

We will early drive to Los Flamencos National Park After Lunch we will explore a bit more the area and have long drive to Santa Marta City for dinner and overnights in hotel.

Some birds: Chestnut Piculet, White-whiskered Spinetail, Slender-billed Tyrannulet, Tocuyo Sparrow Vermilion Cardinal, Common Black-Hawk, Aplomado Falcon, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Bare-eyed Pigeon, Common and Ruddy ground-dove, Brown-throated and Blue-crowned parakeet, Green-rumped Parrotlet, Red-billed Emerald, Buffy Hummingbird, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Blue-crowned Motmot, , 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, Streaked Flycatcher, Bicolored Wren, Black-chested Jay, Scrub Greenlet, Blue-gray and Glaucous tanager, Black-faced Grassquit, Pileated Finch, Grayish, Buff-throated and Orinoco Saltator, Yellow Oriole and many more.

  • Day 8: Birding drive to Barranquilla airpot

Early start birding on the way  to Barranquilla trying to see some missing species and after lunch afternonn flight to bogota or comecctions.

Have a nice Trip!

 

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TOUR TIME 8 DAYS & 7 NIGHTS
GROUP SIZE From 2 to 8 People
TOUR DATES From January to March with fixed and custom dates - TOUR CALENDAR
PRICE PER PERSON Before: US$ 3,500.00  - NOW:  US$ 2,800.00 
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT US$ 700.00 (we do not charge this; hotels and lodges do)
DOMESTIC FLIGHT US$ 500.00 - You can book yourself 
   
ACCOMODATION Comfortable places with private toilet, hot water, WI-FI 
EASY OF BIRDING Easy to moderate with some challenging species
PHOTOGRAFIC CHANCE Excellent
INCLUDE Hotel, lodges, full meals, soft drinks, train, entrance fee, private land and boat transport, driver and birding guide
NOT INCLUDE International / Domestic flights, any alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls, extra activities
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  • Lena and I want to thank you again for a wonderful trip. It is hard to believe it is over. We appreciated your great bird-finding skills, the design of the trip and your taking care of us so well. Although Lena took a couple afternoons off, she finished the trip very enthusiastic about the whole experience. Take care and hope to see you again some day.

    William Proebsting
  • Omar really took care of us from picking us up at the airport to getting us back there, 21 tour days, one in country fight day to Cusco, 1 National Strike day off , 1Partial Rain Day...whew, yet 656 BIRDS in that time frame (21 Days). I am still exhausted...

    Bruce Garlinger
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