2018, 18-Day Scheduled Birding Tours in Colombia Magdalena Valley/Caribbean Coast/Santa Marta Endemics (Price in USD)

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18-Day Birding Colombia Magdalena Valley & Caribbean Coast

Dates : 

  • July 1-18 / 2018
  • November  17- December 4 / 2018 

Duration: 18 days, 17 nights.                                                              8 people maximum

This Expedition Includes:

  • Internal private land transportation.
  • All meals from dinner day 1 to lunch day 18
  • Accommodation: Lodges, and Hotels with shared rooms (2 people per room).
  • Entrance fee to the Fincas and reserves.
  • Tour Leader/coordinator
  • Not included:

  • Flights 
  • Personal expenses
  • Minibar
  • Other expenses not specified in the "This Expedition Includes" section 


    (endemic SantaMarta Woodstar- female)

    Day 1: Arrival to Bogota (2600 m   10-23 °C)

    Transfer from Bogota international Airport to Hotel Factory Inn                              HW: Available / Wifi: Available /

    (1, 2,  Hotel Factory Inn)

    Day 2: Florida Park, Enchanted Garden & Tabacal Lagoon (Eastern Andes – Western slope)

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    (1300 – 2600 m / 12-25 °C )

    La Florida Park is located close to the hotel. La Florida Park is a very important wetland ecosystem, where we can see very important birds of the savanna of the highlands such as Bogota Rail, endemic Apolinar’s  Wren, White tailed Kite, Spot flanked Gallinule, White throated Tyrannulet , Noble Snipe, Subtropical Doradito, Silvery throated Spinetail, Brown bellied swallow,  Rufous browed conebill , yellow hooded Blackbird and more

    From there we will go to San Francisco, a small village where we will head to the Jardín Encantado (Enchanted Garden) country house. Here we may see up to 16 different species of hummingbirds, such as endemic Indigo capped Hummingbird, the gorgeous Ruby Topaz,  Gorgeted  and White bellied Woodstar, White vented Plumeteer, among others.

    After this, we’ll visit El Tabacal Lagoon, a nice place with a secondary forest where we might spot Least Greebe , uncommon Black Hawk Eagle,  White throated Crake,  Ruddy Quail Dove, Stripe throated Hermit, Olivaceous Piculet, White bellied Antbird, Rusty breasted Antpitta, Rosy thrust Tanager, Grey throated Warbler, Stripe breasted Spinetail and more.

    At the end of the day, we’ll head to Villeta, where we’ll be staying at the Gustafha Hotel.

     HW: Available / Wifi: Available

    (1 endemic Bogotá Rail, 2  endemic Apolinar’s Wren, 3 endemic Indigo capped Hummingbird, 4 Rusty breasted Antpitta, 5 Black Hawk Eagle, 6 Ruby Topaz, 7 , 8 Hotel Gustafha)


    Day 3-4: Rio Claro Natural Reserve (Magdalena Valley)

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    (700 – 1000 m 25-35 °C)

    In the Morning we’ll leave to the Rio Claro Natural Reserve, an incredible humid tropical forest that has an amazing biodiversity. We’ll stay there during the afternoon and the entire next day.

    Some birds of interest in Rio Claro are: endemic Beautiful Woodpecker,  Little Tinamou, Fascieted Tiger Heron, King Vulture, Double thooted Kite,  Channel-billed  Toucan, Collared Aracari, Yellow throated toucan,  endemic White mantled Barbet, Saffron headed Parrot, white flanked Antwren, Black-bellied Wren, Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher, Marbled Wood Quail, Crested Owl, Oilbird,  Chestnut-backed Antbird, Stripe-throated Hermit, Rufous breasted Hermit, White tailed Trogon, Purple-crowned Fairy, Pied Puffbird, Barred Puffbird, White-whiskered Puffbird, Cinnamon Woodpecker, Magdalena Antbird, Chestnut backed antbird, Bicolored Antbird, Olivaceous , wedge billed, straight billed and cocoa woodcreepers, Pacific Antwren, Plain Xenops, Ochre bellied, sepia capped and slaty capped Flycatchers, Brown-capped Tyrannulet, endemic Antioquia Bristle Tyrant, Long-tailed Tyrant, Rufous Piha, Blue Cotinga, blue crowned manakin, striped Manakin, Golden Headed Manakin, Black-chested Jay, Rufous Wren, Scarlet-browned Tanager, Plain-coloured Tanager, Golden-hooded Tanager, White-ear Conebill, Slate-coloured Seedeater, Thick-billed Seed Finch, Orange-crowned Oriole, Fulvous-vented Euphonia and so many more.                                    

    Acommodation at Rio Claro Natural reserve.

    HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC:  Not Available (Fan)

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    (1 endemic White mantled Barbet, 2 Channel billed Toucan, 3 Golden Headed Manakin, 4 , 5 Ecohotel Rio Claro Reserve)


    Day 5-6: El Paujil Natural Reserve (Magdalena Valley)

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    (200 – 700 m – 20-35 °C )

    We’ll be birding part of the morning in Rio Claro and then we’ll go to El Paujil Natural Reserve. This beautiful reserve, which has feeders for the endemic Blue billed curassow, lies inside the humid tropical forest of Magdalena Valley and the Ermitaño River basin. We’ll be arriving and staying that evening and the entire next day.

    Some other birds we may encounter these two days are: Great and little Tinamou, endemic Colombian Chachalaca, Plumbeous Kite, Pale vented Pigeon,  Greater Ani,  Black-breasted Puffbird,  Crested Owl, Vermiculated Screech-Owl, Short tailed swift,  Blue chested Hummingbird, White-wiskered Puffbird, Purple-crowned Fairy, Rufous-breasted Hermit, Ruby-Topaz , Gartered Trogon, Chestnut-mandible Toucan,  endemic  White mantled Barbet,  Channel billed Toucan, Marble Wood-Quail, White-fronted Nunbird, Red rumped Woodpecker,  Crimson crested Woodpecker, laughing Falcon,  Red lored Parrot, Blue and yellow Macaw, Chestnut Fronted Macaw,  Chestnut backed Antbird, White-breasted Wood-Wren, White-thighed Swallow, Buff-throated Foliage-gleaner, Chestnut-winged Foliage-gleaner,  Scaly-throated Leaftoser, Bicolored Antbird, Blue-lored Antbird, Bare-crowned Antbird, Black Antshirke, plain brown woodcreeper,  Black banded Woodcreeper, Cinnamon Woodpecker, Collared Aracari, Slate headed tody flycatcher,  Olivaceous Flatbill, Black billed Flycatcher, Boat billed Flycatcher, Purple Throated Fruitcrow,White bearded Manakin,  Cinamon becard, Gray breasted Martin, Scaly breasted Wren, Black bellied Wren,  White shouldered Tanager, Golden Hooded Tanager, Blue Dacnis, Black faced Dacnis, Yellow backed Tanager, Buff throated Saltator, Orange billed sparrow, endemic Sooty ant tanager , Crested Oropendula and many more.       

    Accommodation at Paujil Natural Reserve.

    HW: Not-Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Not available (fan)

    (1 Blue Billed Curassow, 2  Chestnut backed Antbird, 4 Blue Dacnis, 5,  El Paujil Nature Reserve)


    Day 7-8:  San Vicente de Chucuri (Cerulean Warbler Natural Reserve)

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    (1200 – 1600 m  15-20 °C)

    This day, we’ll be birding early in the morning at El Paujil Natural Reserve.

    Then, we’ll go to San Vicente de Chucurí, a small town in the Eastern Andes that is near the Yariguies National Park and the Cerulean Warbler Reserve. We’ll make some stops on the way there, and in the afternoon we’ll go birding near the town.

    The birds we may see these two days include: 

    Highland Tinamou,  Gorgeted Woodquail,  Savanna Hawk, Lined Quail Dove,  Pavonine Cuckoo,  white tipped wift,  endemic Black Inca,  booted Raquet-tail, Andean emerald, Moustached Puffbird, Red-headed Barbet, Crimson-rumped Toucanet, Orange winged Parrot, Uniform Antshrike,  endemic Parker´s Antbird, Spotted Barbtail, White-bellied Antpitta, Ochre-breasted Antpitta, Magdalena Tapaculo, Strong billed woodcreeper,  Buff fronted Foliage Gleaner, Montane Foliage gleaner, Pale breasted Spinetail, Ornate Flycatcher,  scale crested pygmy Tyrant,  social Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Spadebill, White-throated Spadebill, Green and black Fruiteater, Masked Tityra, Rufous naped Greenlet,  Green Jay,  Golden-winged Manakin, endemic Niceforo´s wren,  Grey breasted Wood wren,  Band backed wren,  Rufous-naped Brush Finch, Yellow legged thrush,  Three striped warbler, Slate throted  Redstart, White lined Tanager,  Scrub Tanager,  Bay headed Tanager, endemic Tuquoise Dacnis,  streaked saltator,  Chestnut capped Brushfinch, Eastern Meadowlark, Russet backed Oropendula,  Lesser Goldfinch and more.

    Accomodation at the Quinta Tibigaro Hotel.

    HW: Available / Wifi: Available

    ( 1 endemic Black Inca , 2 endemic Turqoise Dacnis, 3 Green Jay, 4 three striped Warbler, 5, 6, 7 Hotel Quinta  Tibigaro)

    Day 9: Birding At San Vicente de Chucurí and Transfer to Ocaña

    (1200 – 1600 m / 15-25 °C )

    In the morning we’ll go birding near San Vicente de Chucurí, where we may see different birds like the White tipped Dove, Russet-crowned Crake, Olivaceous Piculet, Lineated Woodpecker, Striped Cuckoo,  Slaty Spinetail, Cinereous Becard, Bicoloured Wren, Band-backed Wren, Sooty-headed Tyrannulet, Rufous-naped Greenlet, Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush, Tropical Mockingbird, Lemon-rumped Tanager, Large-billed Seed-Finch, Rufous-naped Greenlet and during the migrations we may see  the spectacular Cerulean Warbler and many more such as Yellow,  Blue-winged, Black and White, Morning, Blackburninan and Bay-breasted Warbler, among others.

    After lunch we’ll drive to Ocaña, where we’ll stay at the Santa Clara Hotel. This hotel has Hot Water, Wifi, and rooms with fans.

    (1 Russet crowned Crake, 2 Band backed Wren, 3, 4 Hotel Santa Clara)

    Day 10: Recurved-billed Bushbird Reserve 

    (1300 – 1700 m / 12-25 °C )      

    We will be birding all day at the forests of the Recurved Billed Bushbird Reserve.

    In this Reserve we may see endemic Gray Throated Warbler and endemic Recurved billed Bushbird, Band tailed Guan, the uncommon Black Hawk Eagle, Lined Quail-Dove, Moustached Puffbird, Klage´s Antbird, Cocoa Woodcreeper, Stripe breasted Spinetail, if we are lucky the rare Pale eyed Pygmy Tyrant, Dusky capped Flycatcher, , Cliff Flycatcher Chestnut-bellied Thrush, Orange-billed Nightingale-thrush, Yellow-legged Thrush, Black-headed Tanager, Chestnut-capped Brush Finch,Burnished-buff Tanager, the gorgeous Speckled Tanager, Yellow-bellied Siskin and many more.

    We'll spend the night at the Santa Clara Hotel.


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    (1 endemic Recurved billed Bushbird, 2 endemic Gray Throated Warbler)

    Day 11:  Agua de la Virgen / El Cauca Road and transfer to Valledupar

    We will go birding early in the morning to Agua de la Virgen / El Cauca Road, where we may see birds like Painted  Parakeet, Golden-winged Sparrow, Lance-tailed Manakin, Ruby Topaz , Red-legged Honeycreeper, Black-faced Dacnis, Rosy-thrush Tanager, Black-faced Tanager, Rufous and white Wren, Rufous-naped Greenlet, Red-billed Scythebill,Slate headed Tody Flycatcher, Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant, White-whiskered Spinetail and more.

    After lunch we'll transfer to Valledupar where we will stay at the Mayales

    Hotel, a very nice hotel with hot water, Wifi and rooms with AC.

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    (1 Painted Parakeet , 2 Black Faced Dacnis, Hotel Mayales

    Day 12: Perija 

    (2600  - 3600 m  / 10 - 20 °C )      

    We’ll drive early to Chamicero del Perija Natural Reserve, where we can see amazing birds like: Black fronted Wood-Quail, Andean Pygmy Owl, Amethist throated Sunangel, near endemic Perija Metaltail, Rufous Antpitta,endemic Phelp´s Brushfinch, endemic Perija Tapaculo,Scaly naped Parrot, Perija Thistletail, Paltry Tyrannulet,  near endemic Perija Brush Finch, Rufous-breasted Flycatcher, Klage´s Antbird, Crested Quetzal,Black crested Warbler, the rare Fulvous-headed Tanager, Hooded  Mountain Tanager, Ruset backed Oropendola, Chestnut breasted Chlorophonia, and many more.

    At the end of the day we'll head back to the Mayales Hotel in Valledupar. 

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                                            (1 Perijá Brushfinch, 2 Perija Thistletail)                          

    Day 13: Los Tananeos NR and transfer to Riohacha 

    (1300 m / 15 - 20 °C )      

    In the morning, we’ll visit the lower elevations of the Perijá mountains.

    We’ll go to los Tananeos Natural Reserve, where we may find: Rufescent Tiger Heron,Orange chinned Parakeet, Pale legged Hornero, Pale eyed pygmy Tyrant, Lance Tailed Manakin, crested Oropendula, Orange Crowned Oriole, among others.

    In the afternoon we'll travel to Riohacha (Guajira Province) where we'll stay at the Castillo del Mar Hotel, a comfortable hotel in front of the ocean with AC, Wifi and hot water.

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    (1 lance Tailed manakin, 2 Pale Legged Hornero, 3, 4 , 5 Hotel Castillo del Mar)

    Day 14: SFF Flamencos

    (0 m  / 25 - 38 °C)      

    We will leave very early and drive to SFF Los Flamencos ,where we’ll spend the morning birding.

    After lunch we’ll go to Santa Marta.

    Some of the species we might this day include: near endemic Chestnut Piculet,  near endemic White-whiskered Spinetail, near endemic Slender-billed Tyrannulet, near endemic Tocuyo Sparrow , Vermilion Cardinal, Harris’s Hawk, Common Black-Hawk, Pearl Kite, Aplomado Falcon, American Kestrel, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Bare-eyed Pigeon, Common and Ruddy ground-dove, Brown-throated parakeet, Blue-crowned parakeet, Green-rumped Parrotlet, Burrowing Owl, Red-billed Emerald, Buffy Hummingbird, Russet-throated Puffbird, Red-crowned Woodpecker, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Caribbean Hornero, Pale-breasted Spinetail, Black-crested antshrike, Black-backed antshrike, White-fringed Antwren, Northern Scrub-Flycatcher, Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Pale-eyed Pygmy-Tyrant, Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested and Venezuelan flycatcher, Streaked Flycatcher, Social Flycatcher, Bicolored Wren, Tropical Gnatcatcher, Tropical Mockingbird, Scrub Greenlet, Glaucous tanager, Black-faced Grassquit, Pileated Finch, Grayish, Buff-throated and Orinocan Saltator, Saffron Finch, Yellow Oriole, and many more.

    In the afternoon we'll look for the endemic Chestnut winged Chachalaca in the surroundings of Santa Marta.

    We'll rest at the Donama Hotel in Santa Marta.

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     (1 Russet throated Puffbird, 2 Black crested Antshrike, 3 Glaucous Tanager, Hotel Donama Santa Marta)

    Day 15: Birding in Minca area and transfer to El Dorado 

    (600 – 2300 m / 15 - 25 °C)      

    We’ll be birding in the road to Minca and it´s surrounding area.

    In the afternoon we’ll transfer to El Dorado Lodge, the most important Lodge in Colombia with a fantastic view of the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta Mountains. This Lodge has wifi and hot water.

    This day we might see endemic species, such as: Santa Marta Blossomcrown, Santa Marta Foliage-gleaner, Santa Marta Tapaculo, Santa Marta Antbird, Santa Marta Sabrewing, Santa Marta Wood-Wren and Santa Marta Brushfinch. Other interesting birds are Coppery EmerBlack and chestnut Hawk Eagle, Black Hawk-Eagle, Crested Bobwhite,White-tipped Dove, Lined Quail-Dove (hear call), Scarlet-fronted parakeet, Orange-chinned Parakeet,  White-collared and Chestnut-collared swift, Blue-fronted Lancebill, Green Violetear, Brown Violetear, White-vented Plumeleteer, Steely-vented Hummingbird, Collared Aracari, Keel-billed Toucan, Golden-olive, Lineated and Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Black-backed Antshrike, Greenish Elaenia, Forest Elaenia,  Ochre-faced flycatcher, Ochre-bellied Flycatcher, Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher, Social Flycatcher, Piratic flycatcher, Cinereous, Cinnamon and White-winged becard, Masked Tityra, Rufous-breasted and Rufous-and-white wren, Yellow-legged, Black-hooded, Pale-breasted, and Black-billed thrush, Black-chested Jay, Golden-fronted Greenlet, Brown-capped Vireo, Rusty Flowerpiercer, Bay-headed, Black-headed, Black-capped, Blue-gray, Palm, White-lined and Crimson-backed Tanager, Streaked and Grayish saltator, Golden-winged Sparrow, Yellow-bellied Seedeater, Yellow-backed Oriole, Crested Oropendola and Thick-billed Euphonia. 

    During migration season we might see other birds, such as Swainson’s Thrush, Yellow-throated Vireo, Tennessee, Golden-winged, Cerulean, Blackburnian warblers, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, among many others.

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    (1 Santa Marta Brush Finch, 2 Santa Marta Antbird, 3 Keel billed Toucan, 4, 5 , 6 El Dorado Lodge)


    Day 16: San Lorenzo Ridge-Dorado Reserve

    (2000 – 3000 m / 10-25 °C )      

    We’ll be birding all day at the San Lorenzo Ridge and around the El Dorado Natural Reserve.

    Here, we might find many endemic species, such as:  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, White-lored Warbler,  Santa Marta Warbler, Santa Marta (Black-cheeked) Mountain-Tanager, Black-backed Thornbill, and Sierra Nevada Brush-Finch.

    Other birds we might see are: near endemic Black-fronted Wood-Quail, near endemic White-tipped Quetzal, White-rumped Hawk, Band-tailed Guan, Sickle-winged Guan,  Scarlet-fronted Parakeet, Red-billed Parrot, Masked Trogon, Golden-olive Woodpecker, 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.

    We will spend the night at El Dorado Lodge.

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    (1 Santa Marta Woodstart, 2 Groove Billed Toucanet, 3 White tailed Starfrontlet, 4 Blu napped Chlorophonia)


    Day 17: El Dorado - transfer to Barranquilla

    (800 – 2300 m / 7 15 - 30 °C)      

    We will search for more birds around El Dorado Lodge and on the way back to Minca.

    In the afternoon we’ll travel to Barranquilla, where we’ll stay at the very nice and comfortable Washington Plaza Hotel.

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    (1 White Lored Warbler, 2 Black Cheeked Mountain Tanager, 3, 4 Hotel Whashington Plaza)

    Day 18: Palermo - Km 4 Road and Salamanca National Park 

    (0 m / 25 - 38 °C)      

    We’ll leave early to Km4 Road and Isla Salamanca National Park, where we might see: endemic Sapphire-bellied Hummingbird, Sapphire-throated Hummingbird, Bicoloured Conebill, Pied Puffbird, Golden-green Woodpecker, Yellow-chinned Spinetail, Stripe-backed Wren, Russet-throated Puffbird, Caribbean Hornero, Green, Bare-faced- Glossy and White Ibis, Limpkin, Blue-winged Parrotlet, Cattle Tyrant, Savanna Hawk, Snail Kite, Lage-billed Tern and Many More.

    After Lunch we’ll drive you to Barranquilla’s International Airport, where you’ll catch your flight back home and we’ll bid you farewell.

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    (1 Pied Puffbird, 2 Sapphire bellied Hummingbird, 3 Juvenile Snail Kite)