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Colombia: Northern Birding Trail Tour- FULL

July 15, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - July 26, 2023 @ 10:00 pm EDT

In the summer of 2023 Indiana Audubon will host an epic birding adventure as we visit the birder’s paradise waiting in Colombia!

Thanks to its wide variety of landscapes and climates, Colombia is a megadiverse country with some of the highest biodiversity on the planet. Regardless of size, Colombia holds almost 20% of all birds in the planet (1,930 species, with new species still being discovered).

This tour takes you to the northern Colombia, one of the most interesting regions of Colombia for bird lovers, famed for its high level of endemic species. The Northern Colombia Birding Trail, first introduced by National Audubon, is the result of a very successful program where local birding guides received training in birding and guiding, as well as in English language skills. We will explore a huge variety of different habitats including high elevation mountains, dry forest, wetlands, mangroves, and coastal habitats all in one trip. This exciting tour includes upwards of 400 species, including more than 35 Colombian endemics, as well as several interesting mammal species and exquisite landscapes. NOTE: This tour begins in Barranquilla and ends in Bogota.

Trip Leaders: Brad Bumgardner is the executive director for Indiana Audubon and has assisted or led literally thousands of individual hikes and tours, including Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Costa Rica. This tour is being put together in partnership with Lifer Nature Tours, who will be securing transportation and local guiding services during the trip.

Day 1. Arrival in Barranquilla, overnight in Barranquilla.

Day 2. Morning birding in Barranquilla, visit Isla Salamanca Park and transfer to Minca. Overnight at Minca.

Day 3. Birding the road towards Dorado Reserve. Night at El Dorado Reserve.

Day 4. Full day at El Dorado. Night at El Dorado Reserve.

Day 5. Full day at El Dorado. Night at El Dorado Reserve.

Day 6. Morning birding around El Dorado Reserve and transfer to Riohacha – birding on route. Overnight in Riohacha.

Day 7. Full day at Los Flamencos Flora and Fauna Sanctuary. Overnight at Riohacha

Day 8. Morning birding around Los Flamencos and transfer to Valledupar. Overnight in Valledupar.

Day 9. Morning birding at Los Besotes Reserve and transfer to Perija Thistletail Reserve (Perija Mountains). Overnight at Perija Thistletail Reserve

Day 10. Full day birding at Perija Thistletail Reserve. Overnight at Perija Thistletail Reserve.

Day 11. Full day birding at Perija Thistletail Reserve. Overnight at Perija Thistletail Reserve.

Day 12. Morning birding at Perija Thistletail Reserve. Internal flight from Valledupar (VUP) to El Dorado International airport, Bogota and then International Flights back home.

— You can see the detailed itinerary here. Please note that this is subject to change based on weather, birds, etc.

Included with the Tour:

  • 12 days in Northern Colombia – 11 nights lodging.
  • IAS guide coordinating trip logistics before and during the tour.
  • 2 specialized bird guides (Juan Diego Vargas and Diego Calderon) with Swarovski Spotting Scopes, Portable speaker to play-back calls of a bird if necessary and a laser pointer to help locate birds in the field.
  • Transportation on spacious, fueled van/bus
  • All breakfast, lunch, and dinners, starting on dinner on day one and finish with breakfast on day 13.
  • Local guides at each reserve.
  • Standard lunch and dinner tips for restaurant wait staff.

Not included with the Tour:

  • International and internal flights to and from Colombia.
  • Tips for hotel staff, bird guides and driver, are not included.
  • Medical expenses, prescription drugs and other items of personal use.
  • Additional tours offered in hotels (Spa, massage, etc.)
  • Alcoholic beverages, cigarettes and anything else not listed on the menus of restaurants.
  • Health and/or trip insurance
  • Laundry service
  • Souvenirs
  • Covid testing costs, if applicable.
  • Any other expense or extra tour not listed as included above

Trip limit is 10 participants max. Prices are based on double occupancy.

$3,890 per person IAS Member. $3,990 per person non-IAS Member.

Single Supplement: $850

$200 deposit required via Eventbrite to reserve your spot.

$75 surcharge for credit card payments on remainder of trip payment.

Cover Photo: Blue-naped Chlorophonia by Joao Quental, Creative Commons

This trip is currently FULL! If you would like to sign up for a waiting list, please email Brad at [email protected]


July 15, 2023 @ 7:00 pm EDT
July 26, 2023 @ 10:00 pm EDT
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Indiana Audubon Society
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Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport (BAQ)
Calle 30, Soledad, Atlántico
Soledad, CO
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