PhotoNatura Colombia 

Birding  and  Wildlife  Photography



Because we are located in the foothills of La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, particuraly in FAUNAL Nature Reserve, the main birding/wildlife trip we manage is the SIERRA NEVADA DE SANTA MARTA AND CARIBBEAN EXPEDITION. This area is one of the zones with more endemic species in the Neotropics, with more than 26 unique bird species, and more than 30 near-endemics or specilties. In addition, the scenery of this part of the world is breathtaking, basically all ecosystems possible in Colombia are presente in this huge mountain range, which is the biggest coast mountain in the planet and the highest point of the country.

Great for: Birding and Photography. Herps.

Duration: Between 7 - 10 days

Group size: Max. 8 birders / photographers

Best time to go: All year. Dry seasson: December - April. Rainy seasson: May - November

Price: Around U$190 per person per day, according to group size, and currency.

Includes ground transport, lodging, all meals, hydratation, entrance fees, guiding services, bird check-list.


MINCA: A small and nice village in the foothills of la Sierra Nevada, with exuberant vegetation, wonderfull waterfalls and shade coffee plantations that give shelter to birds and other wildlife. In FAUNAL Nature Reserve there are great bird feeders that atrack more than 25 species, including Golden-winged sparrow, black-chested jays, crested oropendolas, whooping motmots and much more. There is also a nice set of trails.

EL DORADO BIRD RESERVE AND SAN LORENZO RIDGE: This is the best area to watch the endemic species of birds (more than 24) and amphibians. El Dorado is a big reserve that protects around 1000 Ha of cloud forest, a vital habitat for the unique Sierra Nevada wildlife. 

TAYRONA NATIONAL PARK:  Great transition from dry to humid forest in the lowlands, wonderfull beaches, and great bird diversity.

LOS FLAMENCOS SANCTUARY: located in Guajira department, 168 km from Santa Marta, it offers interesting scenery to watch birds of dry and dessertic ecosytems, also acuatic and shore birds, including the American flamingos of course.


Band-tailed guan, sickle-winged guand, Golden-winged sparrow, Crimson-backed tanager, bay-headed tanager, blue dacnis, purpple honeycreeper, rosy-thrush tanager, black-capped tanager, black-headed tanager, swallow tanager, blue-naped chrorophonia, thick-billed euphonia, black-backed antshrike, white-whiskered spinetail,  whooping motmot, white-bearded manakin, lance-tailed manakin, masked trogon, gartered trogon, white-tipped quetzal, rufous-breasted wren, rufous-and-white wren, strong-billed woodcreeper, ruddy woodcreeper, scaled piculet, chestnut piculet, santa marta parakeet, red-billed parakeet, scaly-nated parrot, keel-billed toucan, santa marta toucanet, collared aracari, yellow-billed toucanet, rufous-tailed jacamar santa marta tapaculo, brown-rumped tapaculo, santa marta antpita, rusty-breasted antpita, rufous antpita, scaled antpita, white-tailed starfrontlet, santa marta woodstar, black-backed thornbill, blossomcrown, coppery emerald, rusty-headed spinetail, santa marta foliage-gleaner, santa marta warbler, white.lored warbler, santa marta/white-cheeked brush-finch, and muuuuuuch more..........

MAMMALS: Red howler monkey, grey-handed night monkey, nine-banded armadillo, mouse oppossum, ocelot, red-brocket deer.

HERPS: Tayrona glass frog, Santa Marta dart-frog, more than 10 endemic rain frogs (Eleutherodactylus spp), Boulenger's backpack frog, fer-de-lance viper, 3 species of coral snakes.

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