Blue-bearded Helmetcrest and the Rarest Birds of the Santa Marta
The high area of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta was possibly one of the most inaccessible places for bird watchers in the world and it was always in the TOP of destinations they wanted to visit; Currently and thanks to the opening of tourism in many isolated places in Colombia and the great opportunities that tourism has generated for different indigenous communities for their community economic development, it has been possible to open up this incredible place, thus benefiting local people, travel agencies and, in general, all those involved in the value chain of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
This place is undoubtedly a paradise for bird watching and nature in general, being one of the most important and least explored places in Colombia due to its high endemic diversity and very rare species that live there; Only a handful of people have managed to observe the Blue-bearded Helmetcrest or the Santa Marta Wren, in addition to the incredible landscapes of the Sierra Nevada and the glacial lagoons of this isolated and enigmatic place, now with this trip that we offer here you will be able to do it.
Although the trip offers few comfort conditions and requires a great physical effort, we have tried to make all the best logistical arrangements to have a great experience in the mountains, from an excellent camping equipment, to local guides and mules that will help with all the necessary charge to have a good experience. A truly incredible trip that you can put as one of the great challenges reached by few bird watchers in the world and a species highly desired by the world’s birders, on your personal list of birds.
|Santa Marta Tapaculo|
|Santa Marta Brush Finch|
|Orange-billed Nightingale Thrush|
|Santa Marta Blossomcrown|
|Santa Marta Antpitta|
|Santa Marta Warbler|
|Golden- breasted Fruiteater|
|Black-throated Tody Tyrant|
|Santa Marta Toucanet|
|Hermit Wood Wren|
|Yellow-bellied Chat Tyrant|
|Santa Marta Screech Owls|
|Slaty-backed Nightingale Thrush|
|Santa Marta Wren|
|Streak-thorated Bush Tyrant|
|Plumbeous Sierra Finch|
|Black-chested Buzzard Eagle|
Departure / Return Location
Simón Bolívar International Airport / Simón Bolívar International Airport
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.
All domestic flightsAll ground private transportationAll meals B-L-DEntrances to all natural reservesHot drinksPrivate transfer Airport - hotel - aiportProfessional Private Birding GuideSnaks and waterSoda or juice with each mealVegan and Vegetarian menus
Accomodation in Double RoomActivities not included in the itineraryAlcoholic drinksAll 4x4 vehicules or boatsColombian Event InsuranceExtensions of a trip due to circumstances beyond our controlInternational flights and taxesInternational phone callsLaundry serviceMedical expenses (not covered for evet insurance)Professional Private DriverRoom serviceSingle room - adicional payTips or gratuityToiletries
Day 1. Arrival to Santa Marta / Night in GHL Costa Azul or San Pedro
Day 2. Transfer to the walk start point in San Pedro de la Sierra, walk to base camp in 2.400meters level to sea.
Day 3. Walk to Base camp in 3.600 meters level to sea, Lagoons spots
Day 4/5. Searching the target species in Paramo and around la Lagoons
Day 6. Descent to base Camp in 2.400meters level to see, birding on the way
Day 7. Descent to San Pedro de la Sierra and transfer to Santa Marta Hotel
Day 8. Flight to home