FROM THE MOUNTAIN TO THE CARIBBEAN SEA
The specialties of the mountain ranges and the Caribbean coast
Embracing the paths of rivers, then to the edges of the sea, this tour will help you to discover a great variety of species.
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 leave Bogotá to go to the Tabacal Lagoon and spend the morning birdwatching in this natural sanctuary. This lagoon is a lentic ecosystem which shelters an infinity of species of great ecological importance and constitutes a refuge for the fauna and the flora while being a reserve of water. At the afternoon we leave the lagoon to go to the south-eastern slope of the central mountain range of the department of Antioquia, where the Río Claro Nature Reserve is located.
Species of interest : Indigo-capped Hummingbird (E), Gorgeted Woodstar, White-bellied Woodstar, Stripe-breasted Spinetail, Rusty-breasted Antpitta, Rosy Thrush-Tanager, Gray-throated Warbler, among others.
This reserve is a refuge of humid forests that grow on the chalice stone, with a great biodiversity of flora and fauna and an extraordinary beauty thanks to its rapid waters which run on a bed of carved marble during millions of years of geological formation. You sit at the eco-hotel and enjoy the nature and the beauty of this river. One night to discover the herpetofauna of the reserve.
Species of interest : Colombian Chachalaca (E), Purple-crowned Fairy, Ruby-topaz Hummingbird, Stripe-throated Hermit, Beautiful Woodpecker (E), White-mantled Barbet (E), White-tailed Trogon, Saffron-headed Parrot, Barred Puffbird, Chestnut-backed Antbird, Magdalena Antbird, Black-bellied Wren, Rufous Wren, Sooty Ant-Tanager (E), Black-chested Jay, Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher, Antioquia Bristle-Tyrant (E), Brown-capped Tyrannulet, Southern Bentbill, Blue Cotinga, Scarlet-browed Tanager, Golden-hooded Tanager, Plain-colored Tanager, White-eared Conebill, Moustached Brushfinch, Fulvous-vented Euphonia, among others.
At the end of our stay in the reserve, we go to Medellín to go the next day to the western Andes.
We spend the morning at La Romera Ecological Park, a well-preserved secondary forest, located near the village of Sabaneta, south-east of Medellín. At the beginning of the afternoon we stop at Bolombolo, next to the Cauca river, a dry forest sheltering particularly interesting and important species. Continuing on our road, we reach our next destination, at 1750 meters above sea level, the heritage village of Jardín. You settle into the hotel and enjoy the charm of the village.
Species of interest : Colombian Chachalaca (E), Greenish Puffleg, Andean Motmot, Northern Emerald-Toucanet, Stiles's Tapaculo (E), Black-billed Peppershrike, Yellow-headed Manakin, Pale-eyed Thrush, Black-capped Tanager, Golden-naped Tanager, Common Chlorospingus, Red-bellied Grackle (E), Russet-backed Oropendola, Chestnut-capped Brushfinch, Slate-throated Redstart, among others.
This day is dedicated to birdwatching in the Yellow-Eared Parrot Bird Reserve, one of the best places in Colombia to contemplate this important parrot. We reach the "Alto de Ventanas" summit formerly dedicated to the monitoring and conservation program for migratory species. We meet birds along our way, even owls. We have breakfast and lunch in the countryside and return to Jardín in the late afternoon to rest.
Species of interes : Sword-billed Hummingbird, Yellow-vented Woodpecker, Black-billed Mountain-Toucan, Yellow-eared Parrot (E), White-browed Spinetail, Spillmann's Tapaculo, Blackish Tapaculo, Ocellated Tapaculo, Chestnut-naped Antpitta, Rufous Antpitta, Sharpe's Wren, Black-collared Jay, Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Barred Fruiteater, Green-and-black Fruiteater, Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant, Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant, Rufous-crowned Tody-Flycatcher, Golden-collared Honeycreeper, Lacrimose Mountain-Tanager, among others.
At the end of our stay in the village, we return to Medellín to go the next day to the Caribbean coast.
The morning is dedicated to travel to José María Córdova International Airport in Medellín to fly to Santa Marta and transfer to Minca. 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.
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.
In the morning you dive into the dry forest and coffee plantations of Minca, to discover its birds. In the afternoon we reach the fascinating El Dorado Natural Bird Reserve. 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.
One last bath in the Caribbean Sea before continuing to La Guajira.
You will enjoy a last morning in the Caribbean Coast before being driven to Santa Marta Airport for your for your international connection.
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 your flight for your international connection.
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.
- Bogotá – Chingaza PNN – Hummingbird Observatory.
- Tabacal lagoon.
- Río Claro NR.
- Jardín – Yellow-Eared Parrot NR.
- Minca – El Dorado NR – Tayrona NNP.
- Guajira – Los Flamencos sanctuary
You will appreciate
- More than 300 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.
- 4 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.
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.
- 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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