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Northern Colombian Birding Trail

Tour Length: 11 Days

Minimum group size: 4 people

Tour dates 2018: 1st​ – 11th ​August

Price: $2,737 USD/pp

Leader: Alejandro Pinto 

Bird the Northern Colombia Birding Trail and have the chance to view some of the newest species known to science. Firstly, you’ll be birding in great mangrove and dry forest in Via Parque Salamanca, looking for excellent riparian birdlife and then move into the world’s most irreplaceable concentration of biodiversity in the legendary Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the world’s great endemism centre and highest coastal mountain. Following Santa Marta you’ll head north to the incredible dry forests of the Guajira peninsula and then finish off this trip by delving into the most isolated range of the Eastern Andes – Perija, out of bounds for many years until now. This tour offers an unrivalled amount of Colombian endemics and near endemics.

Day 1: Arrival to Barranquilla. Night at Barranquilla

Day 2: Birding Km 4, VP Salamanca and Vale. Night in Santa Marta

Day 3: Birding around Minca and transfer to El Dorado lodge

Day 4: All day birding at San Lorenzo Ridge

Day 5: Birding lower altitudes of Santa Marta Mountains. Night in Santa Marta

Day 6:   Bird Tinajas and Gaviotas Trails. Night in Riohacha

Day 7: Bird Camarones and Flamencos. Night at Valledupar

Day 8: Lower part of Perijá Mountains. Night at Chamicero del Perijá Reserve

Day 9: Birding all day at Perijá

Day 10: All day birding the Perijá range, Transfer to Valledupar

Day 11: Los Besotes Reserve, Transfer to Barranquilla.

Key sites:

  • Los Besotes Reserve
  • Perija Range (Chamicero del Perija ProAves Reserve)
  • Flora and Fauna Sanctuary Los Flamencos
  • PNN Tayrona
  • Minca
  • Minca – El Dorado Road
  • El Dorado Reserve
  • San Lorenzo Ridge – Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
  • Perija Thistletail
  • Perija Brush-finch
  • Buffy Hummingbird
  • Vermilion Cardinal
  • White-whiskered Spinetail
  • Santa Marta Antbird
  • Santa Marta Warbler
  • Santa Marta Tapaculo
  • Santa Marta Mountain-tanager
  • Santa Marta Brush-finch
  • White-tailed Starfronlet
  • Santa Marta Foliage-gleaner

  • 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
  • Enjoy the legendary beaches of PNN Tayrona in the eco-luxurious ecohabs with unspoilt views of the Caribbean sea
  • Day trek to visit the ancient ruins of Pueblito in PNN Tayrona – or for the more adventurous, hike all the way to The Lost City, high up in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cartagena de Indias end experience its historical 16th century Caribbean splendour