Tour At A Glance





Single Room Supplement:


Tour Code:

Moderate - as with all Neotropical tours, expect some hot and humid conditions, early starts (5.30am) every day and some moderately difficult trails. It will be cold in the mountains. Anyone of an average level of physical fitness can participate.

Group Size:

Eight plus leaders

Santa Marta Blossomcrown Santa Marta Mountain-tanager Perija Thistletail Black-crested Antshrike Black and White Owl Steely-vented Hummingbird Red-crowned Woodpecker Russet-throated Puffbird

Colombia - Endemics of Santa Marta & Perija

Date: 19th - 30th January 2021 (SPACES)
Leaders: Ashley Saunders & Edwin Campbell



Vermillion Cardinal


Colombia is one of the premier birding destinations in the World, with a species list of almost 2000 it is unmatched by any other country. Positioned at the gateway to Central America, but with influences of the Amazon and Andes in its southern quarters, this is a large country and of course too big to cover it all in one tour! This trip is devised to focus on the Northern region encompassing the Caribbean and the famous Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and Perija mountain ranges, which host a crop of range-restricted endemics. The region is served by connecting flights from Bogota to the city of Barranquilla, where our itinerary will start, returning via the city of Valledupar. This allows us to cover this fairly small region in one tour and reduce the amount of time spent travelling by road. Especially for those of you who have already cut your Neotropical birding teeth in the Central American countries of Panama and Costa Rica, Northern Colombia represents the logical next step, with many species and families you will already be familiar with, supplemented by a true South American influence to the avifauna and of course some highly desirable endemics. From Barranquilla, our route takes us east along the Carribean coast, soaking up some warm weather and more familiar waterbirds before we head into the mountains. The coastal sierras of Santa Marta have been isolated from the main Andes chain for a very long time and as such have developed a high level of endemism for such a relatively small and recently discovered area. We aim to see all the accessible specialities here before continuing along the coast to Tayrona National Park and Camarones, before ending the trip at Perija. This range of hills sits on the border with Venezuela, and hosts another crop of very special birds with often very restricted global range. The high altitude paramo will be a contrast to the humid forest we will have experienced at lower elevations, and brings a whole new suite of birds.

Here at Oriole BIrding we pride ourselves in the specialism we have developed in delivering top quality birding tours to the Neotropics, led by Ashley Saunders who has a wealth of experinece of guiding trips in the region. We use the best local guides that enjoy working with our ethos, of enjoying spectacular birding without trying to pack too much into rushed itineraies. Our group size is 8, a maximum number which is absolutely essential to maintain the high standards of customer care on these tours and to make sure everyone has te best chance to see all available species on narrow forest trails. This simply cannot be achieved with larger groups. Working with our partners on the ground, Neblina Forest, you can be sure that Oriole will once again deliver you a first class experinece for your birding trip to Colombia. Expect around 350 species on this tour, plus a variety of mammals and other wildlife. Ashley Saunders will guide this tour, his fifteenth visit to the Neotropical region, and you can expect to see around 325 species, 22 of which are endemic. 


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