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Classic Magdalena Valley & Atlantic Coast

Classic Magdalena Valley & Atlantic Coast

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The lowlands of the Magdalena Valley are the perfect habitat for more than 500 species of birds and a remarkable hot spot of endemisms. It´s the place where one of the most popular sites for birding tours in Colombia rises within a majestic landscape: La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. The visit here will grow your checklist and will increase the opportunity of seeing amazing species. You will visit other fantastic ecosystems such as the Guajira peninsula where you will see particular birds of Colombia’s Tropical Dry forest. We will visit also famous reserves where many migratory birds come to feast and birds such as the Cerulean Warbler are easily found.

Key Species

 Antioquia Bristle-Tyrant
 Apical Flycatcher
 Apolinar Marsh Wren
 Bang´s Wood-Wren
 Bar-crested Antshirke
 Beautifull Woodpecker
 Black Inca
 Black-backed Thornbill
 Black-fronted Wood-Quail
 Bogota Rail
 Brown-rumped Tapaculo
 Chestnut Piculet
 Chestnut-bellied Hummingbird
 Colombia Chachalaca
 Colombia Mountain Grackle
 Colombian Nevada Brush-Finch
 Coppery Emerald
 Double-banded Greytail
 Gorgeted Wood Quail
 Grey-throated Warbler
 Indigo capped Hummingbird
 Magdalena Antbird
 Magdalena Tapaculo
 Moustached Brush-Finch
 Niceforo´s Wren
 Northern Screamer
 Parker’s Antbird
 Recurve-billed Bushbird
 Red-billed Emerald
 Rusty-headed Spinetail
 Saffron-headed Parrot
 Santa Marta (Black-cheeked) Mountain-Tanager
 Santa Marta Antbird
 Santa Marta Antpitta
 Santa Marta Blossomcrown
 Santa Marta Brush-Finch
 Santa Marta Bush-Tyrant
 Santa Marta Foliage-gleaner
 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
 Scrub Greenlet
 Silvery throated Spinetail
 Slender-billed Tyrannulet
 Sooty-ant Tanager
 Streak-capped Spinetail
 Tocuyo sparrow
 Turquoise Dacnis
 Velvet-fronted Euphonia
 White-lored Warbler
 White-mantled Barbet
 White-tailed Starfrontlet
 White-tipped Quetzal
 White-whiskered Spinetail
 Yellow-browed Shrike-Vireo
 Yellow-crowned Whitestar


  • We will visit one of the last Humid Tropical Forest remnants and a river that runs between marble stone

  • We will enjoy drinking some of the best coffee and cocoa in the country at San Vicente de Chucurí

  • We will observe birds in the aridest zones of Colombia: The Magdalena River basin, which is the principal river within the Colombian Andes, and in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, one of the most important hotspots of endemism in the Neotropics.

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

  • You will be pleased with the rich cultural expressions of the indigenous communities from northern Colombia (Wayuus, Arhuacos, Kogis, and Kankuamos).

  • Destination
  • Departure / Return Location
    Bogota DC IATA: BOG / Bogota DC IATA: BOG or IATA: BAQ - Barranquilla
  • 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 Bogota International Airport / Bogota
Day 2.Florida Park (Parque La Florida), Enchanted Garden ( El jardín encantado) and Lake Tabacal ( Laguna el Tabacal) / Mariquita
Day 3. Laguna del Hato, transfer to Rio Claro Reserve (Valle de la Magdalena)
Day 4-5. Rio Claro Natural Reserve (Magdalena Valley) / Rio Claro
Day 6. Birding in the Río Claro Reserve, transfer to San Vicente / San Vicente
Day 7. Cerulean Warbler Reserve & Yariguies National Park / San Vicente
Day 8. Coffee Crops in San Vicente de Chucuri, transfer Ocaña / Ocaña
Day 9. Bushbird Reserve (Eastern Andes) / Ocaña
Day 10. Savannahs of Cesar, transfer to Riohacha (Magdalena Valley) / Riohacha
Day 11. Flamencos National Park (Guajira), transfer to Santa Marta / Santa Marta
Day 12. Km 4 and Salamanca National Park / Dorado Lodge
Day 13-14. Cordillera de San Lorenzo, Golden Reserve / Dorado Lodge
Day 15. Minca, flight to Bogotá (Lowlands of Santa Marta) / Bogota
Day 16. International flight home from Bogotá or Barranquilla

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    December 21, 2023
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