EAST ANDES, MAGDALENA VALLEY & SANTA MARTA MOUNTAINS

Day 1: Arrive Bogotá. Night in Bogotá

Day 2: Today we shall head to Monterredondo to look for the very local and endemic Cundinamarca Antpitta. We also have a very good chance of seeing the endemic Flame-winged Parakeet here. Other species we may encounter include Golden fronted Whitestart, Sulphur-bellied Tyrannulet, Barred Fruiteater, Northern Mountain Cacique, Black-billed Mountain Toucan and Black collared Jay. In the nearby town we will look for the localized Green-bellied Hummingbird. Night in Bogotá.

Day 3: At dawn we shall find ourselves overlooking the vast city of Bogotá. Here we shall look for the endemics, Matorral Tapaculo and Silvery-throated Spinetail as well as the near endemics, Rufous-browed Conebill and Coppery-bellied Puffleg. Other species could include Tawny-rumped Tyrannulet, Agile Tit Tyrant, Pluchcap, Black-eared, Black-headed, Black-capped and Superciliaried Hemispingus and maybe the rare and local Black-chested Mountain Tanager. Mid morning we shall head off to some nearby gravel pits for Bogota Rail, Spot-flanked Gallinule and Merida Speckled Teal. After a short lunch we shall visit a vast reed bed to look for Apolinar's Marsh-wren. Night in Chiquinquirà.

Day 4 - 5: We shall set off early for the El Paujil. Once at the reserve we shall focus our time looking for Blue-billed Currasow as well as several other endemics such as White-mantled Barbet, Beautiful Woodpecker, Colombian Chachalaca and Sooty Ant-tanager. Other species we should look out for include Black-billed Flycatcher, Black Antshrike, Citron-throated Toucan and Saffron-headed Parrot.

Day 6 - 9: After an early breakfast we shall leave head north towards Cerulean Warbler Reserve for a three night stay. We shall spend our time focusing on nine of the endemics this reserve has to offer; Gorgeted Wood-quail, Indigo-capped Hummingbird, Chestnut-bellied Hummingbird, Black Inca, Upper Magdalena Tapaculo, Mountain Grackle, Niceforo's Wren, Parker's Antbird and Turquoise Dacnis. Other highlights could include Highland Tinamou, Yellow-throated Spadebill and White-bellied Antpitta. After breakfast on our final day in the reserve we shall head for Medellin for a one night stay.

Day 10: At dawn we shall find ourselves at a small reserve above Medellin to look far the endemic Red-bellied Grackle and if we are really lucky, the very rare Yellow-headed Manakin, before heading to the airport for our flight to Santa Marta. The afternoon will be spent birding our way up to the El Dorado Lodge.

Private Tour with Peter Symonds Day 11 - 12: Birding the Santa Marta Mountains. Clearly our focus will be on seeing as many of the endemics as possible which include Santa Marta Parakeet, Santa Marta Screech-owl, Blossomcrown, Black-backed Thornbill, White-tailed Starfrontlet, Santa Marta Woodstar, Santa Marta Sabrewing, Rusty-headed Spinetail, Santa Marta Foliage-gleaner, Santa Marta Bush-tyrant, Santa Marta Brush-finch, Colombian Brush-finch, Santa Marta Mountain-tanager, White-lored Warbler, Santa Marta Warbler, Santa Marta Tapaculo, Brown-rumped Tapaculo, and Yellow-crowned Whitestart. Other species may include White-tipped Quetzal, White-rumped Hawk, Black-and-chestnut Eagle, Black-fronted Wood-Quail, Golden-breasted Fruiteater and Lined Quail-Dove.

Day 13: Today we shall spend our time in the Xerophytic scrub of La Guajira in seach of such specialities as Chestnut Piculet, Tocuyo Sparrow, Vermillion Cardinal and Buffy Hummingbird. We shall also hope to see Bare-eyed Pigeon, Green-rumped Parrotlet, White-whiskered Spinetail, Black-crested Antshrike, Orinocan Saltator, Pale-eyed Pygmy-tyrant, Glaucous Tanager, Slender-billed Inezia, Russet-throated Puffbird and Northern White-fringed Antwren. Night in Santa Marta.

Day 14: We shall spend the early morning in Isla Salamanca in search of the endemic Chestnut-winged Chachalaca and Bronze-brown Cowbird and maybe the rare Sapphire-bellied Hummingbird. We shall also hope to see Bicoloured Conebill, Northern Scrub-flycatcher and the black-winged race of Wattled Jacana before driving to Barranquilla for our flight to Bogotá for connecting international flights.


Price: GB£2950/US$4720 per person

Max Group Size: 4

Tours Include: All accommodation in hotels and lodges, ground transport, internal flights, meals, services of tour leader and drivers.

Not included: International flights, departure tax, alcoholic drinks, tips, laundry and other items of a personal nature.