Birding Colombia

Reserva Los Besotes


20-21 May 2015 In our continuing quest to find the Blue-billed Curassow (which we, not surprisingly, missed at Tayrona National Park) we headed to Reserva Los Besotes. Reserva Los Besotes is a little known reserve 8 km north of Valledupar in the north eastern part of Colombia. The Reserve is actually pretty large and covers an extensive portion of [...]

Birding in the Guajira Peninsula


18-20 April 2015 The Guajira peninsula is a located in the north-east part of Colombia and is the driest region in Colombia. It’s hard to imagine a desert in a such a verdant, tropical country but the Guajira receives an average of 21 inches of rain annually and is covered with cactus and acacia species. This area is also home to the Wayuu [...]

Cuchillo de San Lorenzo, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta


10-16 April 2015 The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is a world famous birding destination, and for very good reason. We first learned of this place long ago, and during our initial trip planning, long before we knew much about anything in South America, the mythical Santa Marta held sway over us and the mention of the El Dorado Lodge seemed so far [...]

Isla de Salamanca and Tayrona National Park


2-5 April 2015 We enjoyed our time in Cartagena but we were also itching to see some BIRDS! Because we were still waiting for the van we could not venture too far from Cartagena. Salamanca National Park is only 2 hours north of Cartagena along the coast and is accessible by bus. Many birders head here to look for the endemic Sapphire-bellied [...]

Cartagena and a bit of local birding

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We landed in Cartagena Sunday morning and are completely smitten with the old city. For us, it has the charm and history of Trinidad (Cuba) and Granada (Nicaragua) with a great mix of music, culture, good food, and it is simply as picturesque as could be. We have enjoyed a couple days just strolling around town, taking in the sights and the like, [...]