SANTA MARTA HIGHLANDS & the CARIBBEAN COAST
9 - 17 March, 2023
With over 1,900 avian species — more than any other country in the world — Colombia is a birder’s paradise waiting to be discovered. This 9-day program focuses on the country’s northern highlights, including the Caribbean region and the Santa Marta Mountains, considered the most important place in the world for endemic species. The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is the world's tallest coastal mountain and is found alongside the beautiful beaches of Colombia’s Caribbean coast.
We'll explore high elevation mountains, dry forest, and coastal habitats in search of the area's endemic birds and an array of other neotropical avifauna, including Antbirds, Tanagers, Hummingbirds, Parakeets, and more. You'll learn about some of the issues affecting the region from the leading conservation NGO in the country - Fundacion ProAves; and throughout your journey, meet members of the local Wayúu indigenous community and learn about how they have harnessed birding and conservation as a sustainable development resource.
COLOMBIA EXTENSION TRIP: For those interested, there is an extension birding trip to the Llanos region of Colombia directly after the main trip. The Llanos is a vast savanna stretching from eastern Colombia into western Venezuela, and due to limited forest, provides excellent bird viewing including species like Hoatzin, Horned Screamer, Scarlet Ibis and Jabiru Stork. There are also good chances of seeing Capybara, Gian Anteater and Anaconda. The full itinerary can be found HERE. Contact Toby for more information.
Steely-vented Hummingbird © Alejandro Bayer Tamayo
Saucerottia saucerottei ~ Least Concern