Colombia Caribbean Coast Birding Tour | Uncover Colombia


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Birding Along the Caribbean Coast of Colombia

During this short birding tour to the Caribbean Coast, we will have the opportunity to see an amazing concentration of endemic bird species in the spectacular Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, as well as a great variety of shorebirds and aquatic birds that are found in the mangroves and lagoons of Isla Salamanca. You will have the chance to spot Sapphire-bellied Hummingbird (Lepidopyga lilliae), Chestnut Piculet (Picumnus cinnamomeus), Bicolored Conebill (Conirostrum bicolor), White-tailed Starfrontlet (Coeligena phalerata), Santa Marta Sabrewing (Campylopterus phainopeplus) and Santa Marta Woodstar (Chaetocercus astreans).This tour will be enhanced by the opportunity to visit the historic cities of Cartagena de Indias and Santa Marta.

EXPERIENCE TYPE Birding, Eco-Tourism & Local Traditions

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DAY 1 Travel to Cartagena

We will meet you at the airport to take you to your hotel in Cartagena. 

Overnight: Cartagena - Hotel Casa de la Fe
Meal Plan: Dinner

DAY 2 City Tour in Cartagena and Travel to Barranquilla

After breakfast, we will collect you and head off on our tour to the historic city centre. During the tour we will visit the amazing Castillo de San Felipe and then move onto the old city, which is surrounded by impressive walls built during the Spanish rule to protect the city against enemies and looters. The castle of San Felipe is the greatest and strongest fortress ever built by the Spaniards in any of their colonies. It was built on top of the San Lazaro hill and defended the city from many attacks, including a British siege in 1741. The old city is the historic heart and soul of Cartagena. We will walk around its cobbled streets and have a look at the main historical sites.

In the evening, we will travel to Barranquilla for the night.

Overnight: Barranquilla - NH Collection Smartsuites
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 Birding in Isla Salamanca and Travel to El Dorado Bird Reserve

We will start the day early and visit the Isla Salamanca, located 20 minutes north of Barranquilla. We will spend the morning there visiting the mangroves and looking out for some of the bird species found in this area, such as the Chestnut-winged Chachalaca (Ortalis garrula), Sapphire-bellied Hummingbird (Lepidopyga lilliae), Chestnut Piculet (Picumnus cinnamomeus) and Bicolored Conebill (Conirostrum bicolor).

After finishing our bird watching at Isla Salamanca, we will travel to El Dorado Bird Reserve. We will spend two days at El Dorado, which is an enormous reserve of cloud forest between 2,952 and 8,530 feet above sea level that was created to protect part of this important area of endemism, called Cuchilla de San Lorenzo.

You will have the opportunity to see some of the 400 bird species registered in this reserve.

Overnight: El Dorado Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 Birding in El Dorado Bird Reserve

We will start the day birding at La Cuchilla de San Lorenzo, a small mountain ridge separated from the main Santa Marta mountain by a deep valley. Its highest point is 2,700 metres, which is high enough to find most of the endemic bird species in the area.

Overnight: El Dorado Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 Birding in El Dorado Bird Reserve

Today, we will carry on birding at El Dorado.

Overnight: El Dorado Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 City Tour in Santa Marta and Transfer to the Airport

After breakfast, we will travel to Santa Marta, the oldest surviving city in South America, where we will have lunch and then take a short tour around the historic area. During this tour, we will also visit the Quinta the San Pedro Alejandrino, which is the house where Simon Bolivar died in December, 1830. Bolivar was the commander-in-chief of the patriot army that liberated what today are the countries of Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Panama from Spanish rule.

At the time requested, we will transfer you to the airport in Santa Marta.

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Essential Information

What's Included

  • Airports pick up and drop off
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Private ground transport
  • Domestic flight to Cartagena
  • Domestic flight from Santa Marta to Bogota or any destination in Colombia
  • Meals as defined in the itinerary
  • Birding and local tour guides fluent in English
  • Entry tickets to all natural parks and reserves mentioned in the itinerary

What's Not Included

  • International flights
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Tips and other discretionary expenses

How to Book

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We have carefully chosen the right accommodations with different styles and standards depending on the cities, small towns or natural reserves visited. We personally ensure that each property has the right combination of features such as cleanliness, location, friendly staff and good service.


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