Important Information

Best Season
December to March (dry season)

is peak season for tourism in Colombia and also a popular time for birding. July and August is usually relatively dry, and while September and November are considered part of the rainy season there are good rates then and often even protracted stretches without rain (prolonged rains fairly unusual at all seasons).

Tour Price (Per Person)
Based on   4 pax  USD4,850
Based on   8 pax  USD3,550
Based on 12 pax  USD2,950
Based on 16 pax  USD2,700
Tour Type
Birding Adventures
Single Supplement
USD260
Internal Ticket
USD200
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The Santa Marta Mountains are utterly unique and this trip is a prime example of how birders can make a positive impact, as they are thrilled by stunning, special birds. Many experts regard the Santa Martas as the most biodiverse place on the planet, and this Megadiverse Santa Martas tour provides access to nearly each altitudinal band of habitat in the range, giving us a chance at the lion’s share of unique birds here. From the Caribbean coast – where flamingos gather and strut – to the adjacent dry forest – where Vermillion Cardinals perch prominently – to the endemic-rich heights of the Santa Martas, these 8 days teem with fascinating birds in a world-renowned area for biodiversity.

Tour Fact Sheet

Top Birds

Santa Marta and Sierra Nevada Brush Finch, Santa Marta Toucanet, Santa Marta Bush Tyrant, Santa Marta Parakeet, Santa Marta Woodstar, Santa Marta Mountain Tanager, White-tailed Starfrontlet, Santa Marta Warbler, White-lored Warbler, Yellow-crowned Whitestart, Rusty-headed Spinetail, Blossomcrown, Santa Marta Antpitta, Santa Marta Screech Owl, Santa Marta and Brown-rumped Tapaculo, Vermilion Cardinal, Glaucous Tanager, Buffy Hummingbird, Sapphire-bellied and Sapphire-throated Humminbird, Red-billed and Coppery Emerald, Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, Chestnut Piculet, Rufous-vented and Chestnut-winged Chachalacas, White-tipped Quetzal, Black-fronted Wood Quail.

Expected Climate

Pleasant in the mountains, but heat can be intense in the lowlands.

Accommodation
Quite comfortable throughout, with mix of western style hotels and ecolodges.
Other Attractions

Vallanato folk music, Wayuu culture.

Photographic Opportunities
Good to excellent.

Tour Route

Conservation Group

National Audubon Society
National Audubon Society

What our clients say about tours to Colombia

  • We had a great time with Forrest Rowland in Colombia. A wonderful country. Forrest is a fantastic birder and a great guide.

    MK, Colombia 2017
  • From the several members of the office staff to the actual tour itself, I have nothing but high praise for my Rockjumper experience. This was my first tour with Rockjumper, but I hope it won’t be my last. Alison and Sarah were tremendously helpful. Rob Williams is as good a leader as I have ever experienced. He not only knows the birds, but he made sure that we all got to see them, showing patience way beyond what I thought necessary. When one of our participants lost his passport, Rob bent over backwards to help this hapless person, never complaining while doing so. Rob always told us what the plan was for the next day. When Plan A didn’t pan out, he had Plan B ready. If something went askew, he handled it with aplomb, always keeping his sense of humour. Did I mention he showed us wonderful birds? Oh, we saw some beautiful ones!

    CA, Colombia 2017
  • Forrest was absolutely fantastic. The best birder/guide that we have ever had the pleasure of travelling with. His enthusiasm and passion for his work were exceptional and made for an awesome birding trip.

    DH & RD, Colombia Highlights
  • Rob Williams and the Rockjumper folks were absolutely fantastic in helping me after I lost my passport. They made sure I got back to Bogota for the embassy appointments, changing plans on the fly. Very impressive dedication to help customers.

    BA, Colombia 2017