Located just 1:30 hours from Cartagena and 30 minutes from Barranquilla, Isla Salamanca is an excellent option for birding in this Colombian side, Magdalena’s river water is mixed with sea water and make a unique ecosystem called Ciénaga and have interesting faune and flore, the targets of this day are: in the afternoon we drive one hour to Santa Marta. Overnight at Sanha Plus Hotel.
We leave the hotel early and drive 40 minutes to Minca, from there we make some stops looking for those Santa Marta special birds, the idea is arrive at el Dorado in the afternoon. Target birds are Santa Marta Tapaculo, Santa Marta Antbird, Santa Marta Foliage Gleaner, Santa Marta Woodstar, Santa Marta Brush Finch, Sierra Nevada Brush Finch, Coppery Emerald and others.
We start too early (4:30 a.m.) because the way is so rough, we need to drive 1:30 hours to see the Santa Marta Parakeet in the resting place, as well the sunrise is very beautiful there, other endemics like Santa Marta Warbler, Santa Marta Bush-Tyrant, Santa Marta Mountain Tanager, Brown-rumped Tapaculo, Santa Marta Wood Wren and others are possible only in this place. Overnight at Dorado Lodge
We leave the hotel after lunch and we will drive three hours to Tayronaka near to Tayrona National Park.
Drive one hour to Camarones and birding in the morning, there are some near endemics and shorebirds here, in the afternoon flight to Bogotá, overnight at AZ Hotel.
From Bogotá you spend just one hour to go there and enjoy beautiful views of Coppery-bellied Puffleg, Glowing Puffleg, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Blue-throated Starfrontlet, Great Sapphirewing, Black-tailed And Green-tailed Trainbearers and others. In the afternoon back to Bogotá. Overnight in AZ hotel.
Victoria is 4 hours from Bogotá and it is Magdalena Valley region, before we visit San Francisco (Hummingbird feeders at 1.000 m.a.s.l.), the target here is the endemic Indigo-capped Hummingbird, then we make the transfer to this municipality (600 m.a.s.l. warm weather) overnigth at La Reserva Lodge.
Bellavista Reserve is located around the Lodge, here is possible to find the endemics Beautiful Woodpecker and White-mantled Barbet, other interesting birds are our target this day. In the afternoon back to Bogotá (4 hours).