Magdalena Valley & Santa Marta Endemics

 

20
days
Endemic Route 2
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It´s the second part of an incredible tour focused in endemic and near-endemic birds of Colombia, in where is possible to see 47 endemic and 28 near endemics in Magdalena Valley, Central Andes, Perija Mountains, Santa Marta Mountains, Guajira Peninsula and Caribbean Mangroves .

A tour in where the number of birds can pass 550 species and you will enjoy the magical valleys, mountains and beaches of this beautiful and mega-diverse country!

Day 1. Arrival to Bogota International Airport

(2600 m / 8530 Ft - 5-14 °C / 41 – 57.2 °F)

 

Night in Dann Norte Hotel

HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

 

Day 2. Chicaque Natural Park (Eastern Andes)

(1600 – 2600 m / 5250 - 8530 Ft -12-17 °C / 53.6 – 62.6 °F)

To start this tour we will visit the famous Chicaque Natural Reserve.  We can see some important birds at hummingbird feeders and in an incredible cloud forest in the western slope of the eastern Andes. We then travel to Ibague city to rest in a very nice hotel.

Some interesting birds this day include: Flavescens Flycatcher, Brown-billed Scytebill, Flame-faced Tanager, Smoky Bush-Tyrant, Grass-green Tanager, Blackish Tapaculo, Andean Pygmy-Owl, Glowing Puffleg, Palen-naped Brush-Finch, Streak-capped Treehunter, Strng-billed Woodcreeper and may more.

 

Night in Estelar Altamira Hotel

HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

 

Near-Endemic Birds: (1) Golden-bellied Starfrontlet; (2) Matorral Tapaculo; (3) Golden-fronted Whitestart; (4) Rufous-breasted Flycatcher; (5) Moustached Brush-Finch

 

Day 3. Nevado del Tolima National Park, San Jorge Botanical Garden (Central Andes)

(2800 – 3800 m / 9190 – 12470 Ft - 10-17 °C / 50 – 62.6 °F)

Birding in El Nevado del Tolima, El Silencio and Juntas locations the whole day, a wonderful cloud forest and landscapes in the Combeima Canon; we will visit also the hummingbird feeders in Ukuku Lodge in where we will see some very special species. In the afternoon we will look for birds in San Jorge Botanical Garden close to Ibague city.

 

Some of the next birds are possible there: Spillmann’s Tapaculo, Ocellated Tapaculo, Black-collared Jay, Buff-breasted Mountain-Tanager, Masked Saltator, Golden-plumed Parakeet, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Hooded Mountain Tanager, Red-hooded Tanager, Dusky Piha, Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonia, Andean Siskin, White-capped Tanager and many more.

 

Night in Estelar Altamira Hotel

HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

 

Endemic Birds: (1) Tolima Dove; (2) Tolima Blossomcrown; (3) Yellow-headed Brush-Finch; (4) Indigo capped Hummingbird

Near-Endemic Birds: (6) Agile Tit-Tyrant; (7) Scrub Tanager

 

Day 4. Doima Road & Laguna del Hato (Magdalena Valley)

(400 – 600 m / 1310 – 1970 Ft - 23-30 °C / 73.4 – 86 °F)

Early in the morning we will going to birding in Doima Road, a nice dry forest and cereal fields in the north of Ibague city, in where we can see some nice birds; in the afternoon we will transfer to Mariquita village (Laguna del Hato) in where we will search some birds of the dry forest; at the final of the day we will transfer to Rio Claro Reserve in where we will rest.

 

Some interesting birds this day include: Lance-tailed Manakin, Blue-ground Dove, Pileated Finch, Crested Bobwhite, Pearl Kite, Ruddy Ground-Dove, Common Ground-Dove, Yellow-crowned Parrot, Dwarf Cuckoo, White-collared Swift, Short-tailed Swift, Barred Puffbird, Western Slaty-Antshrike, White-fringed Antwren, Jet Antbird, Vermilion Flycatcher, Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Panama Flycatcher, Scrub Greenlet, Pale-breasted thrush, Buff-breasted Wren, Rufous-capped Warbler, Buff-rumped Warbler, White-eared Conebill, Plain-colored Tanager, Grassland Sparrow, Slate-coloured, Ruddy-breasted, Gray, and Yellow-bellied Seedeater, Blue-black Grassquit, and much more.

 

Night in Rio Claro Natural Reserve

HW: Not-Avaiilable / Wifi: Not-Available / AC: Not-Available (fan)

 

Endemic Birds: (5) Velvet-fronted Euphonia; (6) Apical Flycatcher

 

Day 5. Rio Claro Natural Reserve (Magdalena Valley)

(700 - 1000 m / 2300 - 3280 Ft - 25-35 °C / 77 – 95 °F)

We will search birds all day Rio Claro Natural Reserve. You can enjoy the incredible humid tropical forest and amazing biodiversity in this reserve.

 

Some birds of interest here include: Citron-throated Toucan, Black-bellied Wren, Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher, Marble Wood Quail, Chestnut-backed Antbird, Stripe-throated Hermit, Ruby Topaz, Purple-crowned Fairy, Western White-tailed Trogon, Pied Puffbird, Barred Puffbird, White-whiskered Puffbird, Cinnamon Woodpecker, Jet Antbird, Pacific Antwren, Brown-capped Tyrannulet, Southern Bentbill, Long-tailed Tyrant, Rufous Piha, Blue Cotinga, Black-chested Jay, Rufous Wren, Scarlet-browned Tanager, Plain-coloured Tanager, Golden-hooded Tanager, White-ear Conebill, Slate-coloured Seedeater, Thick-billed Seed Finch, Large-bellied Seed Finch, Masked Yellowthroated, Orange-crowned Oriole, Fulvous-vented Euphonia and so much more.

 

Night in Rio Claro Natural Reserve

HW: Not-Avaiilable / Wifi: Not-Available / AC: Not-Available (fan)

 

Endemic Birds: (7) White-mantled Barbet; (8) Sooty-ant Tanager; (9) Colombia Chachalaca; (10) Beautifull Woodpeacker; (11) Magdalena Antbird; (12) Antioquia Bristle-Tyrant

Near-Endemic Birds: (8) Saffron-headed Parrot; (9) Moustached Brush-Finch

 

Day 6. Rio Claro Reserve, transfer to Paujil Reserve (Magdalena Valley)

(200 - 700 m / 660 – 2300 Ft - 25-35 °C / 77 – 95 °F)

We will search more birds in Rio Claro Reserve all the morning, after lunch we will transfer to El Paujil Natural Reserve in Serrania de las Quinchas; on the road we will do some stops to search some important birds of Magdalena Savannahs. 

Some important birding during this day include: Black-capped Donacobius, Blue and Yellow Macaw, Chestnut-fronted Macaw, Large-billed Seed-Finch, Red-breasted Blackbird, Rufescens Tiger-Heron, White-throated Crake, Long-winged Harrier, Laughing Falcon and many more.  

 

Night in Paujil Natural Reserve.

HW: Not-Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available & fan

 

Near-Endemic Birds: (10) Northern Screamer

 

Day 7. El Paujil Natural Reserve (Magdalena Valley)

(200 - 700 m / 660 – 2300 Ft - 25-35 °C / 77 – 95 °F)

All day searching birds in Paujil Natural Reserve and visiting the curassow feeders; we will walk inside the humid tropical forest of Magdalena Valley and the amazing border of Ermitaño Rover in where anything could be possible; we will go to owling at night on the main road to Paujil and to rest in the nice cabins.

 

Some birds this day include: Black-breasted Puffbird, Choco Screech-Owl, Chestnut-mandible Toucan, Marble Wood-Quail, White-fronted Nunbird, White-breasted Wood-Wren, White-thighed Swallow, Buff-throated Foliage-gleaner, Chestnut-winged Foliage-gleaner, White-tailed Trogon, Black-tailed Trogon, Scaly-throated Leaftoser, Bicoloured Antbird, Blue-lored Antbird, Bare-crowned Antbird, Black Antshirke, Cinnamon Woodpecker, Collared Aracari, White-wiskered Puffbird, Purple-crowned Fairy, Rufous-breasted Hermit, Ruby-Topaz Hummingbird and many more      

 

Night in Paujil Natural Reserve

HW: Not-Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available & fan

 

Endemic Birds: (13) Blue-billed Curassow

Near-Endemic Birds: (11) Black-billed Flycatcher; (12) Scarlet-browed Tanager

 

Day 8. Birding in Paujil in the morning, transfer to San Vicente (Eastern Andes)

(200 - 700 m / 660 – 2300 Ft - 25-35 °C / 77 – 95 °F)      

Birding all the morning in Paujil Natural Reserve, transfer to San Vicente de Chucuri, a village in Eastern Andes close to Yariguies national Park and Cerulean warbler reserve, we will sleep in a very nice colonial hotel in this village. We will do some stops on the road to see birds in the lowland wetlands of Magdalena Valley.

 

Some interesting birds include: Bare-faced Ibis, White-collared Hawk, Yellow-crowned, Orange-winged and Blue-headed Parrot, Little Blue, Capped, Cocoi and Striated Heron, Neotropical Cormorant, Black-bellied and White faced Whistling Duck and many more.        

 

Night in Quinta Tibigaro Hotel

HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

 

Day 9. Cerulean Warbler Reserve & Yariguies National Park (Eastern Andes)

(1200 – 1600 m / 3940 - 5250 Ft - 15-18 °C / 59 - 64.4 °F)      

We will up walking (1 hour) early in the morning in 4x4 cars to Yariguies National Natural Park and the forest of Cerulean Warbler Reserve, we will stay all day in the forests searching many interesting birds. We will walk on a slippery path “Lengerke Path” built as 130 years ago. In the afternoon we will come back to San Vicente de Chucuri to rest.

 

Some nice birds this day include: Long-tailed Tapaculo, Andean Emerald, Highland Tinamou, Mustached Puffbird, Red-headed Barbet, Crimson-rumped Toucanet, Spotted Barbtail, White-bellied Antpitta, Ochre-breasted Antpitta, Yellow-throated Spadebill, White-throated Spadebill, Green and black Fruiteater, Pavonine Cuckoo, Golden-wing Manakin, Rufous-naped Brush Finch, Uniform Antshirke, Chestnut-crowned Gnateater and more.

 

Night in Quinta Tibigaro Hotel

HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

 

Endemic Birds: (14) Gorgeted Wood Quail; (15) Black Inca; (16) Parker’s Antbird (17) Magdalena Tapaculo; (18) Colombia Mountain Grackle

Near-Endemic Birds: (13) Double-banded Greytail

 

Day 10. Coffee Fields San Vicente de Chucuri, transfer Ocaña (Eastern Andes)

(1200 – 1600 m / 3940 - 5250 Ft - 15-18 °C / 59 - 64.4 °F)

We will go to go to search more birds in the coffee fields of san Vicente de Chucuri and the road to “La Germania” spot; we will look birds also on the canopy trees and grasslands. In the afternoon we will transfer to Ocaña city in where we will rest in a nice hotel close to the main park of the city.

 

Some important birds this day are: Russet-crowned Cake, Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush, Slaty Spinetail, Cinereous Becard, Bicoloured Wren, Band-back Wren, Sooty-headed Tyrannulet, Striped Cuckoo, Lemon-rumped Tanager, Large-billed Seed-Finch, Lineated Woodpecker, Rufous-naped Greenlet and many north migrant as Morning, Yellow, Cerulean, Blue-winged, Black and White, Blackburninan and Bay-breasted Warbler and many more.            

Night in Tarigua Hotel

HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

 

Endemic Birds: (19) Chestnut-bellied Hummingbird; (20) Niceforo´s Wren; (21) Turquoise Dacnis

Near-Endemic Birds: (14) Red-billed Emerald; (15) Bar-crested Antshirke; (16) Yellow-browed Shirke-Vireo

 

Day 11. Bushbird Reserve (Eastern Andes)

(1200 – 1600 m / 3940 - 5250 Ft - 12-17 °C / 53.6 - 62.6 °F)      

We will search birds all day in the bamboo forest and secondary forest of Bushbird Reserve; we will walk during all the morning per different paths and road around the reserve, in the afternoon after of  break we will come back to the reserve to search more birds in some path of dry forest. In the night we will come back to Ocaña to rest.

 

Some very nice birds include: Streak Spinetail, Lined Quail-Dove, Klage´s Antbird, Chestnut-bellied Thrust, Orange-billed Nightingale-thrust, White-bibbed Manakin, Band tailed Guan, Chestnut-capped Brush Finch, Black-headed Tanager, Burnished-buff Tanager, Speckled Tanager, Yellow-legged Thrush, Moustached Puffbird, Yellow-bellied Siskin, Cliff Flycatcher and others.

 

Night in Tarigua Hotel

HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

 

Near-Endemic Birds: (17) Recurved-billed Bushbird; (18) Grey-throated Warbler

 

Day 12. El Cauca Location, transfer to Valledupar (Magdalena Valley – Eastern Slope)

(700 – 1200 m / 4265 - 8530 Ft – 12 -25 °C / 53.6 - 77 °F)      

We will transfer early in the morning to El Cauca location with the target to see the enigmatic Todd´s Parakeet and others very interesting birds of this dry area. In the afternoon we will transfer to Valledupar city in Cesar department in where we will stay in a nice hotel of the city.  

 

Some birds that are possible there are Painted (Todd’s) Parakeet, Golden-wing Sparrow, Lance-tailed Manakin, Ruby Topaz Hummingbird, Red-legged Honeycreeper, Black-faced Dacnis, Rosy-thrush Tanager, Black-faced Tanager, Rufous and white Wren, Rufous-naped Greenlet, Red-billed Scythebill, Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant, White-whiskered Spinetail and more.

 

Night in Arawak Upar Hotel

HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

 

Day 13. Perija Mountains (Western Andes in Perija)

(2600  - 3600 m / 4265 Ft – 15 - 20 °C / 59 - 68 °F)      

We will leave early in the morning to Serrania del Perija, one of the most mythic and unexplored of Colombia, recently open to the public on amazing road with many good birds. We will search birds on the grassland of Perija at 3600 meters elevations close to the border with Venezuela. This day we will be in the terrains of Chamicero del Perija Natural Reserve in where we can see some amazing birds. In the final of the day we will come back to Valledupar.

 

Some important birds in Perija include: Hooded-Mountain Tanager, Rufous-breasted Flycatcher, Klage´s Antbird, Crested Quetzal, Maroon-chested Ground-Dove, Fulvous-headed Tanager, Crested Oropendola, Viole-chested Hummingbird, Dusky Parrot and many more.

 

Night in Arawak Upar Hotel

HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

 

Endemic Birds: (22) Perija Antpitta; (23) Phelp´s Brush-Finch; (24) Perija Tapaculo

Near-Endemic Birds: (19) Perija Metaltail; (20) Perija Thistletail; (21) Perija Brush-Finch

 

Day 14. Perija Mountains, transfer to Riohacha (Western Andes in Perija)

(1300 m / 4265 Ft – 15 - 20 °C / 59 - 68 °F)      

We will visit the medium elevations of Perija Mountains in the morning searching other interesting birds in this really nice location; in the afternoon we will transfer to Riohacha city in Guajira peninsula in where we will rest in a nice hotel. 

 

Night in Taroa Hotel

HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

 

Day 15. Flamencos National Park (Guajira Peninsula)

(0 m / 0 Ft – 25 - 38 °C / 77 -100.4 °F)      

All morning searching the really nice and different birds of the Los Flamencos National Park, in the afternoon we will transfer to Santa Marta city and visit the VALE location searching the endemic Chestnut winged Chacalaca that is possible in this place. After to VALE you will transfer to Santa Marta City in where you will rest in a nice hotel.

 

The species possible this day are Vermilion Cardinal, Harris’s Hawk, Common Black-Hawk, Pearl Kite, Aplomado Falcon, American Kestrel, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Bare-eyed Pigeon, Common and Ruddy ground-dove, Brown-throated and Blue-crowned parakeet, Green-rumped Parrotlet, Burrowing Owl, Red-billed Emerald, Buffy Hummingbird, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Blue-crowned Motmot, Russet-throated Puffbird, Red-crowned Woodpecker, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Caribbean Hornero, Pale-breasted Spinetail, Black-crested and Black-backed antshrike, White-fringed Antwren, Northern Scrub-Flycatcher, Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Pale-eyed Pygmy-Tyrant, Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested and Venezuelan flycatcher, Streaked Flycatcher, Social Flycatcher, Bicolored Wren, Black-chested Jay, Tropical Gnatcatcher, Tropical Mockingbird, Scrub Greenlet, Blue-gray and Glaucous tanager, Black-faced Grassquit, Pileated Finch, Grayish, Buff-throated and Orinocan Saltator, Saffron Finch, Yellow Oriole and many more.

 

Night in GHL Costa Azul Hotel

HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

    

Near Endemic Birds: (22) Chestnut Piculet; (23) White-whiskered Spinetail; (24) Slender-billed Tyrannulet; (25) Tocuyo sparrow

 

Day 16. Minca, transfer to El Dorado (Lowlands of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta)

(800 – 2300 m / 2620 - 7550 Ft – 15 - 25 °C / 59 - 77 °F)      

Birding in Minca location and your beautiful humid tropical forest in the morning, after to the lunch we will transfer to El Dorado Reserve in where we will rest and enjoy a wonderful sunset.

 

Some birds in Minca for this day include: Black Hawk-Eagle, Crested Bobwhite, Military Macaw, Scarlet-fronted and Orange-chinned Parakeet, Red-billed Parrot, White-tipped Dove, Lined Quail-Dove (voice), White-collared and Chestnut-collared swift, Blue-fronted Lancebill, Green Violetear, Brown Violetear, White-vented Plumeleteer, Steely-vented Hummingbird, Collared Aracari, Keel-billed Toucan, Golden-olive, Lineated and Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Black-backed Antshrike, Greenish and Forest Elaenia, Yellow-olive and Ochre-faced (Yellow-breasted) flycatcher, Ochre-bellied Flycatcher, Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher, Social and Piratic flycatcher, Cinereous, Cinnamon and White-winged becard, Masked Tityra, Rufous-breasted and Rufous-and-white wren, Yellow-legged, Black-hooded, Pale-breasted, and Black-billed thrush, Black-chested Jay, Golden-fronted Greenlet, Brown-capped Vireo, Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush, Rusty Flowerpiercer, Bay-headed, Black-headed, Black-capped, Blue-gray, Palm, White-lined and Crimson-backed Tanager, Streaked and Grayish saltator, Golden-winged Sparrow, Yellow-bellied Seedeater, Yellow-backed Oriole, Crested Oropendola and Thick-billed Euphonia.  During the northern winter months these foothills harbor a good number of North American breeding migrants including Swainson’s Thrush, Yellow-throated Vireo, Tennessee, Golden-winged, Cerulean, Blackburnian, and Black-throated Green warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Summer Tanager.

 

Night in El Dorado Lodge

HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Not-Available

 

Endemic Birds: (25) Santa Marta Blossomcrown; (26) Santa Marta Foliage-gleaner (27) Santa Marta Tapaculo; (28) Santa Marta Antbird; (29) Santa Marta Sabrewing; (30) Santa Marta Wood-Wren; (31) Santa Marta Brush-Finch Near-Endemic Birds: (26) Coppery Emerald; (27) Streak-capped Spinetail

 

Day 17. San Lorenzo Ridge, Dorado Reserve – Santa Marta Mountains (high and medium elevations of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta)

(2300 – 3000 m / 7550 - 9850 Ft – 10 - 17 °C / 50 – 62.6 °F)      

We will search birds all day in San Lorenzo Ridge and the medium areas of El Dorado Natural Reserve, in where we can see many endemics of this special bird hotspot place.

 

Some important birds this day in Santa Marta Mountains are: White-rumped Hawk, Band-tailed Guan, Sickle-winged Guan, Band-tailed Pigeon, Scarlet-fronted Parakeet, Red-billed Parrot, Masked Trogon, Golden-olive Woodpecker, Yellow-billed (Groove-billed) Toucanet, Emerald Toucanet, Montane Foliage-gleaner, Spotted Barbtail, Streaked Xenops, Gray-throated Leaftosser, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, Rusty-breasted Antpitta, Rufous Antpitta, Mountain Elaenia, Black-capped Tyrannulet, Venezuelan and White-throated Tyrannulet, Olive-striped Flycatcher, Black-throated Tody-Tyrant, Cinnamon Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Chat-Tyrant, Golden-breasted Fruiteater, Orange-billed and Slaty-backed Nightingale-thrush, Great Thrush, Black-hooded Thrush, Slate-throated Redstart, Three-striped Warbler, White-sided Flowerpiercer, Blue-naped Chlorophonia and others.

 

Night in El Dorado Lodge

HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Not-Available

 

Endemic Birds: (32) Santa Marta Parakeet; (33) Santa Marta Screech-Owl; (34) White-tailed Starfrontlet; (35) Santa Marta Woodstar; (36) Rusty-headed Spinetail; (37) Santa Marta Antpitta; (38) Brown-rumped Tapaculo; (39) Santa Marta Bush-Tyrant (40) Yellow-crowned Whitestar; (41) White-lored Warbler; (42) Santa Marta Warbler; (43) Santa Marta (Black-cheeked) Mountain-Tanager; (44) Black-backed Thornbill (45) Colombian Nevada Brush-Finch; (46) Bang´s Wood-Wren

Near-Endemic Birds: (28) Black-fronted Wood-Quail; (29) White-tipped Quetzal

 

Day 18. El Dorado Reserve, transfer to Barranquilla (Atlantic Coast)

(800 – 2300 m / 2620 - 7550 Ft – 15 - 25 °C / 59 - 77 °F)      

We will search more birds in El Dorado Reserve, medium and low elevation of Santa Marta Mountains during all day; in the afternoon we will transfer to Barranquilla city in where we will rest in a nice hotel.

 

Night in Barranquilla Plaza Hotel

HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

 

Day 19. Km 4 and Salamanca National Park (Caribbean Mangroves)

(0 m / 0 Ft – 25 - 40 °C / 77 – 104 °F)      

Birding early in the morning in Salamanca National Park in where we will be focus in some very important birds of mangrove ecosystems; we will look more birds also in the location named Km 4, road with some wetlands around in where is possible to see aquatic birds and other of dry and secondary forest. In the afternoon we will come back to Barranquilla in where you will can take a flight to Miami or to fight to Bogota and take a flight from El Dorado International Airport.

 

Some birds include this day are: Sapphire-throated Hummingbird, Bicoloured Conebill, Pied Puffbird, Golden-green Woodpecker, Yellow-chinned Spinetail, Stripe-backed Wren, Russet-throated Puffbird, Caribbean Hornero, Green, Bare-faced- Glossy and White Ibis, Limpkin, Blue-winged Parrotlet, Cattle Tyrant, Savanna Hawk, Snail Kite, Lage-billed Tern and many more.   

 

Night in Barranquilla Plaza Hotel or Dann Norte Bogota

HW: Available / Wifi: Available / AC: Available

 

Endemic Birds: (47) Sapphire-bellied Hummingbird

 

Day 20. International Flight to home from Bogota

 

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