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10 Days - Northern Colombia Birding Trip

About this trip

Colombia is a very attractive country for birdwatchers, one of the reasons is that it has the largest number of bird species in the world over 1900, this because of the complexity of geography with branch of the Andes in three mountain ranges with their valleys. It is more important to the Caribbean region where we have a set of representative sites that make the region one of the most attractive in the country, from mountains such as the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (highest coastal mountain in the world and largest center of continental endemism), Guajira peninsula (driest area of Colombia, with most threatened country dry forests) and Tayrona National Park a lush rain forest with beautiful white sand beaches. Are all welcome to live emotions with unique and colorful birds, excellent guides to be told all the magic of this beautiful activity, as well as the culture and customs of the different communities of the Colombian Caribbean! 

Day 1: Arrival to Valledupar

Please book flights to arrive into Valledupar early in the day. There are a couple of morning flights from Bogota daily. After lunch we will visit the lower parts of Los Besotes Private Reserve and will take a picnic dinner so that we may be able to stay for some owling on the site. Overnight in Valledupar.

Day 2: LOS TANANEOS AND PERIJÁ MOUNTAINS.

We will begin the day with another morning exploring the awesome dry forests of Los Tananeos, on the foothill to the Perijá Mountains.  from there the road becomes rougher and slower. If time permits we shall be stopping for birding once we are above 1500 m elevation as we work our way up the mountain. We expect an evening arrival at the reserve. Overnight at the Chamizero del Perijá Reserve. 

Day 3: PERIJÁ MOUNTAINS

On one of these days we will head up to the top of Sabana Rubia, the Páramo. Here we have a chance to find the Perijá Thistletail, and Perijá Metaltail. On the other day we shall work the elevations slightly above and below the cabins. Overnight at the Chamicero del Perijá Reserve. 

Day 4: PERIJÁ MOUNTAINS

Today we shall work the elevations slightly above and below the cabins. Overnight at the Chamicero del Perijá Reserve. 

Day 5: PERIJÁ TO RIOHACHA.

We bird downslope, after an early start and head to Riohacha. Overnight in Riohacha. 

Day 6: LOS FLAMENCOS SANCTUARY

The reserve is only 15 minutes from Riohacha, so we plan on returning to town for lunch and siesta. However, we will head out early to take in the best birding before the desert heat really begins. For the energetic in the crowd, we shall visit Los Flamencos again this evening. You may choose to rest at the hotel, or visit the beach across the road. Overnight in Riohacha.

Day 7: MIRAMAR RESERVE TO MINCA

We will leave Riohacha in the morning for the hour or so drive to MIramar Natural Reserve where we will spend the morning. Here we can find some moister forest birds. If we are in great luck, the Lance-tailed Manakin, White-bellied Antbird . We will drive up the Santa Marta Mountains in the afternoon, stopping to bird as we go. Overnight at the Minca Hotel.

Day 8: SANTA MARTA MOUNTAINS.

We have two days at the El Dorado reserve in Santa Marta Mountains. On at least one day we will head up to the highlands of Cuchilla San Lorenzo in order to see species not present at the lodge. We will have ample time to enjoy the feeders at the lodge as well as the forest above and below the Lodge. Overnight at the El Dorado Reserve.

Day 9: SANTA MARTA MOUNTAINS.

We have two days at the El Dorado reserve in Santa Marta Mountains. On at least one day we will head up to the highlands of Cuchilla San Lorenzo in order to see species not present at the lodge. We will have ample time to enjoy the feeders at the lodge as well as the forest above and below the Lodge. Overnight at the El Dorado Reserve.

Day 10: FLIGHTS BACK TO BOGOTA

Birding around the lodge, concentrating on what we have not found yet. We have the full morning here, before heading down to Santa Marta and the airport for afternoon flights to Bogota and home.

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  • Bird guideProfessional guide in Birdwatching with high knowledge of the Ecology and Biology of Bird species
  • Travel insurance: 24 hours of medical assitance
  • Tickets: entrance to the national park and private reserve
  • Ground Transportation: From your hotel to the hotspot and once finished the tour back to the hotel
  • life-changing experience: You can shared with local comunities who work for conservation of birds
  • Lodging accommodations: doble accommodation, private bathrooms, hot water, clean and comfortable with a delicious meals.
  • Daily meals: Dinner, breakfast and  lunch, water, coffee, tea, fresh juices.
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