Northern Colombia 2020: The Santa Marta Mountains, Caribbean Coast, & Perija Reserve

June 25 - July 05, 2020
Tour Length: 10 days Est. Spaces Left: 4

TOUR OVERVIEW

Extensions:
No Tour Extensions Listed.
Future Departures:
June 26, 2021
Tour Leaders:
Max # Birders:
8
Focus:
Birds; Photography; Native culture;
Pace:
Easy to Moderate ; Some walks of 1 - 2 miles; one long drive (six hours with stops)
Double Accommodation:
$ 4800
[per person]
Single Supplement:
+ $ 600
Deposit:
$500 [per person]

Colombia is the birdiest country on earth, with more than 1,950 species (almost 20% of the world’s total). There are more species of birds in this country than on any other. It is easy to see why. Colombia is tropical, yet it also has ample elevation changes due to the Andes, furthermore it has both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. The Andes become complex in Colombia, splitting into three ranges, which increases habitat diversity, as well as rain shadow valleys between the mountains. Colombia also comprises a vast portion of the amazon and the Orinoquia region. Lots of different habitats ensure an abundance of bird species.

The tour begins in the city of Barranquilla, on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is the highest coastal mountain in the world and one of the most important endemism centers in the world, with 22 species of birds restricted to it. Join us on a search for many of these endemics including Santa Marta Screech-owl, Antpitta, Mountain-tanager, Tapaculo, Foliage-gleaner, Brush-finch, Parakeet, Sabrewing, Bush-tyrant, Seedeater, Warbler, and a plethora more!

This trip will also take us to Isla Salamanca and Flamencos National Parks, where birding through mangroves and coastal wetlands, along the ocean and in dry scrub forest should yield species such as the near endemic Buffy Hummingbird, the endemic Chestnut-winged Chachalaca, Russet-throated Puffbird, the near endemic Chestnut Piculet, Bicolored Conebill and Panama Flycatcher.

The last stop on the tour is the Sierra de Perijá, the Holy Grail for birders interested in Colombia’s birds. This isolated offshoot of the Eastern Andes forms the border with Venezuela and and is one of the least explored areas in Colombia.

Please watch our video from last year.

Photo Santa Marta Woodstar (female endemic) by F. Davis

MORE TRIP INFORMATION

  • Meeting Location

    Barranquilla International Airport

    Accomodations

    Excellent to basic, but comfortable at Perija.

    Included

    Bottled Water Throughout the Trip
    Snacks Throughout the Trip
    Meals From Breakfast on Day 2 to Lunch on Day 10
    All Lodging (Double Occupancy)
    Entrances to Parks and Reserves
    Local Guides
    Internal Terrestrial Transport From Airport Pickup to
    Airport Drop-off

    Excluded

    Tips
    Alcoholic Beverages
    Insurance
    Airfare to Colombia
    Laundry

  • Top Birds

    Top Mammals
    Habitats Covered
    Expected Climate
  • Other Attractions
    Suggested Clothing & Gear
    • Valid, current passport (w/ 4 blank pages)
    • Visa (if required)
    • Credit cards / cash
    • Binoculars
    • Scope and tripod (optional)
    • Sunglasses and sunscreen
    • Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
    • Water bottle
    • Small umbrella
    • Small day pack / fanny pack
    • Small flashlight
    • Mosquito/insect repellant (DEET 25% or greater)
    • Itch relief cream
    • Lip screen/balm
    • Prescription drugs - carry in original packaging to avoid customs problems
    • OTC medicines (antibiotics, cold/sinus, cough drops, eye drops, analgesic (Motrin, aspirin), anti-diarrheal)
    • Toiletries
    • Small alarm clock
    • Field guides
    • Hiking Boots/Shoes
    • Lightweight shoes/sneakers/sandals
    • Light-weight long pants
    • Light-weight long-sleeved shirts
    • Hat with brim/visor
    • Safari (e.g., Tilly) hat
    • Rain jacket/wind breaker
    • Shorts
    • T-shirts
    • Swimsuit
    • Medium-weight jacket
    • PJs or shorts for lounging/sleeping
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