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Colombia--A treasure trove of avian delights

When: Mar 16, 2018 12:00 AM to Mar 30, 2018 12:00 AM
Contact:
Dan van den Broek
971-222-6105

March 16-30, 2018 | Our journey takes through Andean mountains, the Magdalena Valley, then north to the endemic mountainous region of Santa Marta, the highest coastal mountain, and ends on the western edge of the Guajira desert and Los Flamingos National Park.

Colombia boasts more species of birds than any other country in the world. While taking in the incomparable nature, breathtaking countryside and getting to know the friendly people, we will enjoy just a few of the more than 1,900 species that can be found within the borders of Colombia. Our journey takes through Andean mountains, the Magdalena Valley,  then north to the endemic mountainous region of Santa Marta, the highest coastal mountain, and ends on the western edge of the Guajira desert and Los Flamingos National Park.


We begin in the capital city of Bogota where we visit an urban wetland to find our first species of birds such as Apolinar's Marsh Wren and Yellow-hooded Blackbird.  A visit to the Sumapaz National Park takes us to the windswept grasslands of the paramo to look for Rufous Antpitta, Green-bearded Helmetcrest, and Amethyst-throated Sunangel.  Next we begin our decent into the Magdalena Valley and the Cobeima Canyon to look for Torrent Duck, Blossomcrown, Sword-billed Hummingbird, and Crested Quetzal.  Further along the Magdalena River we will stop at the Bellavista Reserve to look for Saffron-headed Parrot and White-bearded Manakin. We continue to the Rio Claro reserve to search for Blue Cotinga, Orange-crowned Oriole and the White-mantled Barbet.  A short flight will take us to the Caribbean Coast and the mangroves of the Salamanca National Park to look for

Russet-throated Puffbird by Fernando Flores
Russet-throated Puffbird by Fernando Flores
and Northern Screamer. We will continue into Santa Marta mountains, climbing by jeep to the El Dorado lodge.  This region is known for many endemic species including Santa Marta Toucanet, Parakeet, Warbler and Screech-Owl.  The gardens of our lodge is home to White-tailed Starfrontlet.

Heading back down to the coast we will make a short stop at the Tayrona National Park to look for the rare Blue-billed Currassow along with Boat-billed Heron and Greater Ani.  In the canopy we will keep a watchful eye for one of the smallest primates, the Cottontop Tamarin.

Our last destination takes us to the Guijira desert, where we should find Buffy Hummingbird and Vermillion Cardinal and the coastal esturaries here host American Flamingo. From the Guijira desert we will fly back to Bogota for the last night of the trip.  

 

Fee: $4,595 members / $4,895 non-member Deposit: $2,000 required to secure your place 

Leader: Dan van den Broek, Trip Leader, Advanced Ornithology Specialist and local guides

Group size: limited to 14 participants

Fee Includes: All ground transportation, double-occupancy lodging, breakfasts, lunches, local guide fees and tips, entrance fees, excursions and the services of your skilled leaders. 

Not included: Airfare and dinners.

 
REGISTER ONLINE HERE

 

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