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Extension: Colombia Santa Marta Birding

Blue-naped Cholorophonia
Bicolored Conebill
Santa Marta Blossomcrown

Trip Description

Brief Itinerary

There are several options for birding in Santa Marta.  


  • (1) Most birders go to endemic rich Santa Marta, as part of their endemic rich Cauca Valley trip.

  • (2) Some birders come back to Colombia for a longer trip to Santa Marta.  These trips range from 8 to 10 days.


Santa Marta Mountains are in a sense like the Sierra Nevadas in the United States.  Both of these mountainous regions are close to the ocean and have a vast arid area separating them from other geographic areas of their country.  Most birders with experience in the United States understand the birds species unique to California and the Sierra Nevadas.  The Santa Marta area has been isolated from the rest of Colombia and the rest of the Andes by a dry forest area.  This geographic separation and long period of isolation has resulted in bird speciation and numerous local endemics.

Day 1 of Extension (last day of main trip):  Early morning birding in La Florida marshes near Bogota and catch our mid-day flight to Santa Marta. Late afternoon birding along the Santa Marta foothills to Minca.
Day 2 of Extension:  Morning birding Minca area and 
then birding while we transfer to El Dorado Reserve (for birding up to lodge and around lodge that day).

Day 3 of Extension:  Full day birding El Dorado Reserve, including San Lorenzo Ridge road and more.
Day 4 of Extension:  Early morning birding near El 
Dorado and birding on our way back to Santa Marta.  
Day 5 of Extension:  Morning birding at Salamaca National park, afetrnoon birding towards Riohacha.
Day 6 of Extension:  Early morning birding the Perico road, afternoon birding towards Los Flamencos Park.
Day 7 of Extension:  Morning birding around Riohacha, afternoon flights to Bogata and home.

More details about this Trip:

Detailed Itinerary

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