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Aventure Colombia

  • Colombia
Destinations

Destinations

Colombia,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Mid Range

Tour Overview

A fantastic birding tour through Colombia. Starting in the capital of Bogota and ending in the beautiful colonial town of Catagena. Visit some of the premier birding spots of Minca, Tayrona, Reserva el Dorado and Cuchilla de San Lorenzo.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Birding Safari, Guided Safari, Walking Safari
  • You will visit:
    Tayrona National Park
  • Activities:
    Walking Safari, Trekking
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start in Bogota, end in Cartagena

Summary

  • Day 1 – Bogota
  • Day 2 – Bogota – Riohacha – Minca
  • Day 3 – Minca – Tayrona Park
  • Day 4 – Tayrona Park – Reserva el Dorado
  • Day 5 – Tayrona Park – Cuchilla de San Lorenzo
  • Day 6 – Reserva el Dorado – Minca
  • Day 7 – Minca – Cartagena
  • Day 8 – Cartagena

 

Bogota, Colombia’s capital, is located at an altitude of 2,600 meters in the central region of Cundinamarca with close to 8 million inhabitants. Its main attractions include the colonial district of Candelaria, Bolivar Square, as well as many museums, historical monuments, shopping centers and renowned national and international cuisine. A few hours from the capital, you can visit the Laguna de Guatavita, an ancient indigenous site belonging to the Muisca community. Or head to Chingaza National Park to enjoy the “paramo” (a regional, treeless ecosystem) and visit the Siecha lagoons, Chicaque Park or the Salt Catheral in Zipaquira.

Cabo de la Vela and Punta Gallinas are two of Colombia’s most northern points, located in the peninsula of La Guajira. It is remote region, home to the indigenous Wayúu community. Learn more about their ancestral traditions and discover their unique handicrafts. Between the sand dunes and rocky cliffs, the Guajira desert borders the Caribbean Sea, the perfect spot for an excursion in a 4×4!

Tayrona Park, rich in biodiversity, is located on the Caribbean coast. If you’re lucky, you’ll have the chance to see monkeys and rare species of birds. Explore its steep jungle trails and take in the exceptional panoramic view of crystal clear Caribbean waters. Continue walking along the coast, take a dip in the sea from time to time before reaching Cabo San Juan, where you can spend the night in a hammock or tent.

Located in northern Colombia and spreading across the departments of Magdalena, La Guajira and Cesar, is the snow-capped mountain range of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. The region is home to the highest coastal mountain in the world. Hidden in the Teyuna Archaeological Park is the Lost City, was the heart of the Tayrona civilisation. Along historical and cultural trails, discover more about the region. The park’s wildlife is incredibly diverse and you might have the chance to see jaguars, tapirs, paramo deers, condors, paujils, mountain parrots, and many more.

Cartagena is undoubtedly one of Colombia’s most charming cities, a sweltering port city with colourful, colonial houses, and narrow, cobbled streets. It’s the point of connection with the Rosario and San Bernardo islands, as well as Providencia and San Andres. Its mix of colonial and modern architecture, vibrant nightlife, stunning beaches, and gastronomic delights makes it a paradise for its visitors.

RATES – PER PERSON USD

From USD 2,187 per person for 2 people sharing (without domstic flights)*

From USD 1,968 per person for 4 people sharing (without domstic flights)*

Single supplement:  USD 82


* Please note that prices are in US dollars based on the official IATA exchange rate of the day and mayincrease or decrease at the booking time depending on exchange rate and/or tourist season

What's Included

  • Transportation to the places indicated on the program
  • Accommodation indicated in the program or equivalent
  • Meals where indicated (B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner)
  • Activities and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Local professional guides, specialists of each region
  • Our assistance 24/7

What's Excluded

  • Additional expenses not indicated in the itinerary
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals when not indicated (budget for USD 5 to 15 per person per meal)
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional entrances not specified in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to National Parks, individual tourism taxes (airports of San Andres, Leticia, Nuqui, Bahia Solano, La Macarena and Cartagena piers) and also the San Agustín and Tierradentro Archaeological Parks (about 70.000 pesos per person)
  • Medical and repatriation insurance
  • Tips
  • Bank fees for credit card payment (4%)

Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Aventure Colombia
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Aventure Colombia‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

Arrive at Bogota airport and transfer to your hotel, approximately 30 minutes.

Accommodation: Casa Deco Hotel (Executive room)
Included: Aiport transfer

Transport from your hotel to Bogota airport, approximately 30 minutes. Domestic flight to Riohacha (baggage weight limit of 23 kilos, additional kilos can be paid at the airport), Birdwatching from Riohacha to Catagena. The area of the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta, with the highest coastal mountains in the world, is teeming with extraordinary biodiversity and many endemic bird species to be found in tropical rainforests, cloud forests and paramos. This experience will allow you to spot unique birds in a breathtaking setting. Upon your arrival in Riohacha, you will drop off your luggage at your hotel before going out to try to see the species one can observe in the city.

Accommodation: Taroa Hotel or similar (Breakfast)
Included: Transfer, domestic flight
Activity: Excursion with bilingual guide

Early in the morning, you will visit the Flamingos Sanctuary, where you will be able to observe the different species of bird of the chaparral dry forests (vegetation dominated by bushes). Among other species, you can see the harri’s hawk, green-rumped parrotlet, slender-billed tyrannulet, vermilion flycatcher or prothonotary warbler. After this birdwatching session, have lunch in the nearby town of Camarones, before heading to your next hotel in the surroundings of the Tayrona Park. After settling in, you will go for a walk around the area to look for new species.

Accommodation: Casa Tayrona or similar (Breakfast, Lunch  Dinner)
Activity: Excursion with bilingual guide

Leave for another birding session early in the morning during which you will try to see the lance-tailed manakin, white-bearded manakin or black-crowned antsrike. The blue-billled curassow is only spotted between April and June. After a typical lunch in the area, you will go to El Dorado Reserve at 1900m above sea level from where you will spend the night.

Accommodation: El Dorado Reserve (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Included: Transfer, excursion
Travel time: 4h

This morning, go to Cuchilla de San Lorenzo, located at 2,650m above sea level, one of the best places to see endemic species, including the white-tailed starfrontlet, the rusty-headed spinetail, the band-tailed guan, the groove-billed toucanet, the strong-billed woodcreeper, the white-lored warbler and many others. Return to the reserve at the end of the afternoon.

Accommodation: El Dorado Reserve (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Included: Transfer, excursion

Early this morning, you will leave for the village of Minca where you will be staying. Along the way, and after you settle in, you will be able to observe other species such as the golden-winged sparrow, crested bobwhite, yellow-throated vireo or crimson-backed tanager, among many others.

Accommodation: Sierra Sound or Hotel Minca (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Included: Transfer, excursion
Travel time: 2h 

Coastal species bird watching day. Today, you will return to Santa Marta and drive to Cartagena with stops along the way to spot the species living around the lagoons and mangroves such as the northern screamer, chesnut-winged chachalaca or sapphire-bellied hummingbird.

Accommodation: Casa Pizarro Hotel (Classic room – Breakfast, Lunch)
Included: Transfer, excursion

Transport from your hotel to Cartagena airport.

Accommodation: Onward journey
Included: Airport transfer
Travel time: 20 min

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