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Colombia Isolated Endemics: Western Andes & Santa Marta

Tour Length: 14 Days

Minimum group size: 4 people

Tour dates 2018: 1st – 14th September

Price: $3,233 USD/pp

Leader: Alejandro Pinto 

This tour will take you to the heart of Colombia’s two highest-rated birding zones – the Choco-Andes transition, where everything you see is endemic (see Bangsia’s) or near-endemic (many only shared with Ecuador), birding along one of the great roads in the neotropics – the fabled Anchicaya Road that was immortalized in Steven Hilty’s ‘A Guide To The Birds of Colombia’. Finish off in the mystical and biologically unique Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta – an evolutionary island of biodiversity where you have the chance to view over 20 endemics that occur in the San Lorenzo Ridge area.

Day 1: Arrive in Bogota

Day 2: Transfer to Pereira and on to Pueblo Rico and Montezuma Lodge, PNN Tatama

Day 3: Montezuma

Day 4: Montezuma

Day 5: Montezuma AM, PM transfer to Flora and Fauna Sanctuary Otun-Quimbaya (SFFOQ)

Day 6: SFFOQ

Day 7: SFFOQ AM, transfer to Cali for the night

Day 8: El Queremal & Alto Anchicaya basin

Day 9: Anchicaya lowlands

Day 10: Morning at KM 18. PM flight to Santa Marta

Day 11: Minca

Day 12: Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains & El Dorado Reserve

Day 13: San Lorenzo Ridge & El Dorado Reserve

Day 14: El Dorado AM, PM transfer to Barranquilla for flight back to country of origin.

Key sites:

  • Montezuma Lodge & Road (PNN Tatama)
  • El Queremal – KM 55, Old Road to Buenaventura
  • Anchicaya Valley Lowlands
  • KM 18 & San Antonio cloud forest
  • Minca
  • Minca
  • Minca – El Dorado Road
  • El Dorado Reserve
  • San Lorenzo RidgeSierra Nevada de Santa Marta
  • Gold-ringed Tanager
  • Black and Gold Tanager
  • Multicolored Tanager
  • Toucan Barbet
  • Black Solitaire
  • Golden-collared Honeycreeper
  • Santa Marta Tapaculo
  • Santa Marta Brush-finch
  • Santa Marta Mountain Tanager
  • Santa Marta Wood-wren

  • 1 Colombian Project Birding Tour Leader
  • Local guides
  • All transfers and road transport
  • All accommodation
  • All entrance fees to all parks and reserves
  • Tours as included in this itinerary
  • All meals (pending in/out flights)
  • All snacks and water on day tours

  • Any internal flights
  • Any international flights
  • Laundry
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Drinks or beverages
  • Coffee process tour in the UNESCO Colombian Coffee Cultural Landscape, for all of those coffee lovers!
  • Spa hotel with private beach stay near Santa Marta
  • Trek to Pueblito archaeological ruins in PNN Tayrona (birding along the way?)
  • Great restaurants and night of Salsa in Cali