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Hidrosogamoso Magdalena Valley Birding

Colombia Endemic 2 – Magdalena Valley & Atlantic Coast

Colombia Endemic 2 – Magdalena Valley & Atlantic Coast

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The inter-Andean valleys are tectonic depressions that separate the Andes in Colombia into three branches. The valleys at the base of the Andes are the product of the fluvial erosion by the Magdalena and Cauca rivers and the fulfillment of the land by volcanic ash over millions of years plus the sharp changes in the elevation towards the slopes of the Andes. This phenomenon has produced some of the most productive and fertile lands in the world. The Magdalena Valley is located between the Eastern and Central Andes branches, with an extension of 200,000 km2. A vast territory with remnants of tropical, dry and humid forests that harbor a wide diversity represented by a large number of species restricted to this territory. An extension of the Eastern Andes to the north remains isolated, eventually reaching into Venezuelan territory through the Perijá mountain range where many specialties shared by Colombia and Venezuela can be found. These geographical attributes lead to a complex territory packed with endemic species and sub-species. A complete delight for wildlife lovers.


To the north, the Magdalena River flows into the Caribbean sea revealing one of the unique nature marvels of Colombian geography and one of the areas with the highest bird endemism in the Neotropical area: The Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta. This impetuous mountain is a unique paradise, which has evolved isolated from the Andes with an altitudinal range that goes from sea level to the highest peaks in the country at 5775 m and with at least 17 endemic species and many threatened ones. The north base of La Sierra is one of the driest areas of the country and constitutes the Guajira peninsula. Dominated by shrubs and low vegetation is home to a particular cluster of specialized fauna and a unique community of birds adapted to these environments. This tour is focused on endemic and almost endemic birds of Colombia. You will be able to observe 47 endemic species and 28 almost-endemic species. This is the holy grail of endemic birds and the place where the Peninsula of Guajira and the Mangroves of the Caribbean host over 550 possible bird species available to be found while you enjoy the magical valleys, mountains, and dreamy beaches of this beautiful and mega-diverse country.

Key Species

  Antioquia Bristle-Tyrant
  Apical Flycatcher
  Bang´s Wood-Wren
  Beautifull Woodpecker
  Black Inca
  Black-backed Thornbill
  Blue-billed Curassow
  Brown-rumped Tapaculo
  Chestnut-bellied Hummingbird
  Colombia Mountain Grackle
  Colombian Chachalaca
  Colombian Nevada Brush-Finch
  Gorgeted Wood Quail
  Indigo capped Hummingbird
  Magdalena Antbird
  Magdalena Tapaculo
  Moustached Brush-Finch
  Niceforo´s Wren
  Parker’s Antbird
  Perija Antpitta
  Perija Tapaculo
  Phelp´s Brush-Finch
  Rusty-headed Spinetail
  Saffron-headed Parrot
  Santa Marta Antbird
  Santa Marta Antpitta
  Santa Marta Blossomcrown
  Santa Marta Brush-Finch
  Santa Marta Bush-Tyrant
  Santa Marta Foliage-gleaner
  Santa Marta Mountain-Tanager
  Santa Marta Parakeet
  Santa Marta Sabrewing
  Santa Marta Screech-Owl
  Santa Marta Tapaculo
  Santa Marta Warbler
  Santa Marta Woodstar
  Santa Marta Wood-Wren
  Sapphire-bellied Hummingbird
  Sierra Nevada Brush-Finch
  Sooty-ant Tanager
  Tolima Blossomcrown
  Tolima Dove
  Turquoise Dacnis
  Velvet-fronted Euphonia
  White-lored Warbler
  White-mantled Barbet
  White-tailed Starfrontlet
  Yellow-crowned Whitestar
  Yellow-headed Brush-Finch


  • The coffee and cocoa of San Vicente de Chucurí are the greatest things since sliced bread. Definitely one of the best in the country, and you will tell so!

  • Birding in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta one of the hotspots for endemisms in the Neotropics and the Magdalena River basin, the most important in the interior of the country.

  • We will be delight by the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets in the mountains.

  • Be pleased with the indigenous cultural expressions of northern Colombia (Wayuus, Arhuacos, Kogis, and Kankuamos).

  • We will observe some cultural expressions of northern Colombia (Wayuus, Arhuacos, Kogis, Kankuamos).

  • Destination
  • Departure / Return Location
    Bogota DC IATA: BOG / Bogota DC IATA: BOG
  • Tour Code
    This is a fairly standard birding tour with early morning starts and evening finishes to each day. One some days we may take picnic lunches in order to no waste time during the middle of the day or having to leave site. The weather can be unpredictable with rain and sunshine both likely. At higher altitudes it can be chilly. We have an amazing photo opportunity for many species of hummingbirds and other species coming to feeders, we will also be looking for a good number of species that are very rare and seldom seen, but we will be going to areas that hold these sought-after species.
  • Included
    Accomodation in Double Room
    All 4x4 vehicules or boats
    All domestic flights
    All ground private transportation
    All meals B-L-D
    Entrances to all natural reserves
    Hot drinks
    Private transfer Airport - hotel - aiport
    Professional Private Birding Guide
    Professional Private Driver
    Single room - adicional pay
    Snaks and water
    Soda or juice with each meal
    Vegan and Vegetarian menus
  • Not Included
    Activities not included in the itinerary
    Alcoholic drinks
    Colombian Event Insurance
    Extensions of a trip due to circumstances beyond our control
    International flights and taxes
    International phone calls
    Laundry service
    Medical expenses (not covered for evet insurance)
    Room service
    Tips or gratuity

Day 1: Arrival at El Dorado International Airport of Bogotá / Bogotá
Day 2: Chicaque National Park (Eastern Andes), transfer to Ibagué / Ibagué
Day 3: Nevado del Tolima National Park, San Jorge botanical garden / Ibagué
Day 4: Doima and Laguna del Hato / Magdalena Valley/ Mariquita
Day 5: Bellavista, El Paujil Nature Reserve (Magdalena valley) / Paujil Nature Reserve
Day 6: El Paujil Nature Reserve, transfer to Rio Claro / Rio Claro Reserve
Day 7: Rio Claro Nature Reserve (Magdalena valley) / Rio Claro Reserve
Day 8: Río Claro, transfer to San Vicente / San Vicente
Day 9: Cerulean Warbler Reserve and Yariguies National Park / San Vicente
Day 10: San Vicente de Chucurí coffee plantation, transfer to Ocaña / Ocaña
Day 11: Bushbird Reserve (Eastern Andes) / Ocaña
Day 12: Transfer to Valledupar / Perijá Lodge
Day 13: Perijá Mountains (Western Andes) / Perijá Lodge
Day 14: Perijá Mountains, transfer to Riohacha / Riohacha
Day 15: Flamencos National park, transfer to Santa Marta/ Santa Marta
Day 16: Minca, transfer to El Dorado (Lowlands of Santa Marta) / Dorado Lodge
Day 17: San Lorenzo hills - Santa Marta mountains (Cloud forest) / Dorado Lodge
Day 18: El Dorado reserve, transfer to Barranquilla / Barranquilla
Day 19: Km 4 and Salamanca National Park (Mangroves) / Barranquilla
Day 20: International flight home from Barranquilla.

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