Northern Colomba 2023: Santa Marta, Caribbean Coast, & Perija Mountains

Jaguars, Jabirus, Hyacinth Macaws, & Harpy Eagles

June 26 – July 5, 2023

Tour Length: 10 days
Est. Spaces Left: Available

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 increas- es habitat diversity, as well as rain shadow valleys between the mountains. Colombia also comprises a vast portion of the amazon and the Orinoquia re- gion. Lots of different habitats ensure an abundance of bird species.


Tour Leaders

Stephan Lorenz


Birds, Mammals, Photography


Double Accommodation: $4900/person
Single Supplement: + $650
Deposit: $750

Max. Group Size

8 with High Lonesome leader


Easy to Moderate ; Mostly driving and riding in boats with some easy walks

Future Departures

June 2024

Tour Descriptions

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 cen- ters 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, Moun- tain-tanager, Tapaculo, Foliage-gleaner, Brush-finch, Parakeet, Sabrewing, Bush-tyrant, Seedeater, War- bler, and a plethora more!

This trip will also take us to Isla Salamanca and Fla- mencos National Parks, where birding through man- groves 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 is one of the least ex- plored areas in Colombia.



More Details

Trip Highlights

Top Birds

Up to 28 endemics and hundreds of other Colombian species.

Top Mammals

Jaguar, Ocelot, Tapir, Giant Otter, Giant Anteater, Marsh Deer.

Reptiles: Anaconda; Fer-de-Lance; Caiman

Other Attractions

Spectacular scenery, photography, mammal watching.


No Tour Extensions Listed

Planning for the Trip

Meeting Location

Cuiaba, Brazil Airport @ 12:30 PM (arrival of 10:30 AM flight from Sao Paolo)


Comfortable with en-suite bathrooms.


10 nights accommodation and all meals from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 11. Transport to and from the airport. Transport to birding locations. Services of local guide.


Does not include alcoholic drinks, tips to guides & boatmen (optional) laundry or other items of a personal nature.

Habitats Covered

Extensive freshwater marshlands, Chiquitano tropical dry forests, arid tropical Chaco dry forests, Cerrado savannas.

Expected Climate

Temperatures in Pantanal range from 80 to 90 degrees F. Very dry. Temperatures in the Cerrado are a bit lower.

Suggested Clothing and Gear

Valid, current passport (w/ 4 blank pages)
Visa (if required)
Credit cards / cash
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)
Small alarm clock
Cleaning fluids/cloths/drying cloths
Field guides
Hiking Boots/Shoes
Lightweight shoes/sneakers/sandals
Light-weight long pants
Light-weight long-sleeved shirts
Hat with brim/visor
Rain jacket/wind breaker