The bird specialties of the three Colombian mountain ranges, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and la Guajira desert
This great country crossing reveals the secrets of the four Colombian peaks and the endemic birds of the territories.
You will discover
You will be recieved by Colombie Célestine at El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá.
We leave the hotel to go to the Chingaza National Natural Park at more than 3000 meters above sea level, where the Andes make a refuge of flora and fauna which reveals to visitors the secret of life. At the end of our stay in the park, before returning to Bogotá we will stop at the Hummingbird Observatory to discover many of these magical animals.
Species of interest : Andean Teal, Sparkling Violetear, Purple-backed Thornbill, Great Sapphirewing, White-bellied Woodstar, Black-tailed Trainbearer, Tyrian Metaltail, Blue-throated Starfrontlet, Coppery-bellied Puffleg, American Coot, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Brown-breasted Parakeet (E), Silvery-throated Spinetail (E), Red-crested Cotinga, Golden-fronted Redstart, Pale-bellied Tapaculo, Great Thrush, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Masked Flowerpiercer, Rufous-browed Conebill, among others.
We spend the morning in the Chicaque Natural Park, a cloud forest on the western slope of the eastern mountain range and where stone and forest mix to give a splendid scenario of life. In the afternoon we leave the park to go to the musical city of Colombia, Ibagué.
Species of interest : Andean Guan, Band-tailed Pigeon, Black Inca (E), Collared Inca, Golden-bellied Starfrontlet, Glowing Puffleg, Southern Emerald-Toucanet, Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, Streak-capped Treehunter, Montane Woodcreeper, Brown-billed Scythebill, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, Rufous Spinetail, Green-and-black Fruiteater, Smoky Bush-Tyrant, Flavescent Flycatcher, Andean Solitaire, Flame-faced Tanager, Beryl-spangled Tanager, Grass-green Tanager, Pale-naped Brushfinch, Moustached Brushfinch, among others.
The morning we visit the San Jorge Botanical Garden, a sub-Andean forest of 60 hectares rich in flora and fauna. Continuing on our way, at the end of the day we reach the Otún Quimbaya Wildlife Sanctuary. For those who have the courage, it is time to make a first night exploration.
Species of interest : Colombian Chachalaca (E), Tolima Dove (E), Squirrel Cuckoo, Indigo-capped Hummingbird (E), Black-throated Mango, Andean Emerald, Tolima Blossomcrown (E), Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Golden-plumed Parakeet, Spillmann's Tapaculo, Ocellated Tapaculo, Black-collared Jay, Agile Tit-Tyrant, Scrub Tanager, White-capped Tanager, Buff-breasted Mountain-Tanager, Yellow-headed Brushfinch (E), Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonia, Andean Siskin, among others.
In this magnificent sanctuary, located in the Central mountain range, around 90% of its extension corresponds to natural forests, in different states of plant succession.
Species of interest : Cauca Guan (E), Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Chestnut Wood-Quail (E), Andean Motmot, Black-billed Mountain-Toucan, Crimson-rumped Toucanet, Golden-plumed Parakeet, Western Emerald, Moustached Antpitta, Rufous-breasted Flycatcher, Stiles's Tapaculo (E), Spotted Barbtail, White-winged Becard, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Green Jay, among others.
We spend the morning watching the birds that have been stealthy on the first day at the sanctuary. You climb the flanks of Nevado del Ruiz to focus on specific species of the northern volcanic complex of Nevado del Ruiz.
Species of interest : Sword-billed Hummingbird, Shining Sunbeam, Golden-breasted Puffleg, Rainbow-bearded Thornbill, Viridian Metaltail, Buffy Helmetcrest (E), Noble Snipe, Toui à front roux (E), Tawny Antpitta, Plumbeous Sierra-Finch, Paramo Tapaculo, Stout-billed Cinclodes, Black-backed Bush Tanager, Paramo Seedeater, Glossy Flowerpiercer, among others.
In the morning, you enjoy a last time in the authentic vegetation of Paramo, before continuing the road to the Río Blanco Natural Reserve. About 350 bird species are present in the Rio Blanco protection forest reserve, which corresponds to 18.5% of birds in Colombia. Also, this place is an ideal setting for watching butterflies. You settle into the eco-hotel and enjoy the nature and the country charm of the place.
Species of interes : Long-tailed Sylph, Geoffroy's Daggerbill, Mountain Velvetbreast, White-bellied Woodstar, Buff-tailed Coronet, Speckled Hummingbird, Bronzy Inca, White-throated Hawk, Rufous-banded Owl, Rusty-faced Parrot, Golden-plumed Parakeet, Yellow-vented Woodpecker, Bicolored Antpitta, Brown-banded Antpitta (E), Spillmann's Tapaculo, Black-collared Jay, Black-billed Peppershrike, Barred Fruiteater, Green-and-black Fruiteater, Black-capped Hemispingus, Masked Saltator, Red-hooded Tanager, Yellow-billed Cacique, Mountain Cacique, Gray-browed Brushfinch, among others.
In the morning we give the last glance to the reserve to go to the Montezuma Rainforest Eco-lodge, located in the Tatamá National Natural Park. Thanks to its geographical location, the presence of a virgin ecosystem of high mountains (Páramo) and the excellent state of conservation, the Tatamá Park is a protected area of high scientific interest, and an intact natural refuge for many plant and animal species. We are going to stay two full days at the Park, because it is one of the best places in the world to birdwatch (more than 600 species registered). The significant elevation of the places (which goes from 1100 to 2800 meters), allows the observation of multiple species.
Species of interest : Chestnut Wood-Quail (E), Greenish Puffleg, Empress Brilliant, Violet-tailed Sylph, Rufous-gaped Hillstar, Purple-throated Woodstar, Purple-bibbed Whitetip, Western Emerald, White-faced Nunbird, Lanceolated Monklet, Red-headed Barbet, Barred Hawk, Orange-breasted Fruiteater (E), Streak-capped Treehunter, Tatama Tapaculo (E), White-capped Dipper, Chestnut-bellied Flowerpiercer (E), Gold-ringed Tanager (E), Black-and-gold Tanager (E), Munchique Wood-Wren (E), Rufous-throated Tanager, Black-winged Saltator, Golden-chested Tanager, Glistening-green Tanager, Flame-faced Tanager, Golden-naped Tanager, Golden Tanager, Silver-throated Tanager, Chestnut-headed Oropendola, among others.
The afternoon is dedicated to travel to Matecaña International Airport in Pereira to fly to Barranquilla and transfer to your hotel.
We leave the hotel early in the morning to go to the Salamanca Island Natural Park, where we are going to birdwatch from mangrove forests, marshes and exceptional beaches. In the afternoon we reach the village of Minca, where we will settle down to start birdwatching in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta territory
Species of interest : Northern Screamer, Sapphire-throated Hummingbird, Limpkin, Bare-faced Ibis, White Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Green Ibis, Large-billed Tern, Savanna Hawk, Snail Kite, Russet-throated Puffbird, Pied Puffbird, Golden-green Woodpecker, Brown-throated Parakeet, Blue-winged Parrotlet, Pale-legged Hornero, Yellow-chinned Spinetail, Stripe-backed Wren, Cattle Tyrant and Bicolored Conebill.
Thanks to its variety of ecosystems, thermal floors next to the sea, its singular beauty and its historical and cultural richness, this place is a unique setting to visit for lovers of nature. In the morning, you dive into the dry thickets and coffee plantations of Minca, to discover its birds. In the afternoon we reach the fascinating El Dorado Bird Reserve.
Species of interest : Red-billed Emerald, Scaled Piculet, Keel-billed Toucan, Pale-eyed Pygmy-Tyrant, Rufous-and-white Wren, Black-headed Tanager, Golden-winged Sparrow, among others.
These days, our attention in the morning will be the last peak of the circuit, the Summit of San Lorenzo and the middle areas of the Reserve, where we will appreciate many endemic species of this special region. If morale is good, we can enjoy an exploration of herpetofauna at night at the Reserve.
Species of interest : Black-backed Thornbill (E), Santa Marta Woodstar (E), White-tailed Starfrontlet (E), White-tipped Quetzal, Santa Marta Parakeet (E), Santa Marta Antpitta (E), Brown-rumped Tapaculo (E), Santa Marta Tapaculo (E), Santa Marta Foliage-gleaner (E), Hermit Wood-Wren (E), Santa Marta Bush-Tyrant (E), Rusty-headed Spinetail (E), Black-cheeked Mountain-Tanager (E), Yellow-crowned Redstart (E), White-lored Warbler (E), Santa Marta Warbler (E), among other wonderful species.
For our last morning at the Reserve, we will be looking for species that we have not been able to watch during the last observations. In the afternoon, we will be in the Tayrona National Natural Park region in a charming hotel, to enjoy a good Caribbean sea bath.
Species of interest : Greater Ani, Blue-billed Curassow (E), Crane Hawk, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, White-necked Puffbird, Blue-headed Parrot, Barred Antshrike, White-bearded Manakin, Lance-tailed Manakin, Buff-breasted Wren, Bicolored Wren, Scrub Greenlet, Red-legged Honeycreeper and Crimson-backed Tanager.
We focus this morning on this part of the Caribbean coast for species that we have not been able to watch during the tour. Between the birds and the sea we leave these beautiful beaches to go to Riohacha.
One of the shows we are going to enjoy is the tranquility of the clear blue skies of the Guajira peninsula, interrupted by clouds of intense pink color that dissolve in spirals on the lagoons of the sanctuary. It is the flights of flamingos, slender birds, of pink plumage that give the name to this protected area, rich in a variety of dry forest birds and native and migratory water birds. In the afternoon we have the transfer to the airport of Santa Marta, to take the flight to Bogotá.
Species of interest : Bare-eyed Pigeon, Buffy Hummingbird, White Ibis , Scarlet Ibis, American Flamingo, Russet-throated Puffbird, Chestnut Piculet, White-whiskered Spinetail, Northern Scrub-Flycatcher, Slender-billed Tyrannulet, Pale-tipped Tyrannulet, Orinocan Saltator, Glaucous Tanager, Pileated Finch, Tocuyo Sparrow and Vermilion Cardinal.
You will enjoy a last morning in Bogotá before being driven to El Dorado International Airport for your international flight.
- Bogotá – Chingaza PNN – Hummingbird Observatory.
- Chicaque NR.
- San Jorge Botanical garden – Ibagué.
- Otún Quimbaya Sanctuary – Los Nevados NNP – Río Blanco NR.
- Tatamá NNP – Montezuma.
- Barranquilla –Île de Salamanca NNP.
- Minca – El Dorado NR – Tayrona NNP.
- Los Flamencos Sanctuary.
You will appreciate
- More than 500 expected species.
- High level of endemism – around 25 endemic and 30 near-endemic expected species.
- Large variety of habitats.
- 2 nights dedicated to the herpetofauna.
- 3 days on the Caribbean coast.
- Comfortable accommodation.
- 5 native trees planted as contribution per person.
Our accommodations are carefully selected for their comfort but also their commitment to respect their environment. The stars we assign are the synthesis of these two criteria.
They are adapted to their geographic and climatic conditions.
- In towns and villages, we offer 3 to 4 star hotels. Most of the rooms have air conditioning.
- In nature reserves, we offer a selection of ecolodges and natural accommodation. We work with our partners to offer you the greatest possible comfort in remote areas bathed in lush nature.
- 4 647 € / person
- Double room - Private single room accommodation add 650 €.
Group size :
- From 4 people up to 8.
Environmental and social responsibility : Strong. By visiting several successive nature reserves, you help reduce deforestation and protect the species living there. You will also allow community tourism associations (such as Yarumo Blanco in Otún Quimbaya or the Montezuma Ecolodge of the Tapasco family in Tatamá) to promote respect and identity towards the territory's natural, cultural and social heritage.
- Chingaza NNP : Thanks to its lagoon system (made up of 20 lagoons), the park was declared Ramsar zone in 2008 and IBA. This natural sanctuary also counts with the three lagoons of Siecha which are of glacial origin, from where one of the Muisca rafts representing the ceremony of El Dorado, the legend of the Muiscas was extracted.
- El Dorado Bird Reserve: The El Dorado Bird Reserve was created on March 31, 2006, due to the urgency of conserving one of the most fragile and important sites in Colombia, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, home to many Unique animal and plant species. The reserve is home to a high number of endemic flora and fauna species threatened with extinction. This place is also an AZE (Alliance for Zero Extinctions) and IBA.
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