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.
Our exciting Colombia birding extension takes us to the Santa Marta Mountains and the Guajira desert region in northern coastal Colombia. The Santa Marta massif is an isolated mountain range and its snow-capped peaks are the highest coastal mountains in the world. This Colombia birding tour takes place in one of the most endemic-rich regions of South America, hosting nearly 50 endemic bird species and regional specialties plus numerous endemic subspecies (several of which, upon further taxonomic review, are likely to be elevated to full species status in the future).
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.
Rainforest, dry forests, estuary, xerophytic scrub
Temperate to cold in highlands (El Dorado), hot and dry in the lowlands (Guajira Peninsula). Rain is likely on some days.
Brisk pace, some demanding walks
What our clients say about tours to Colombia
- 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
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
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