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Colombia: a reserve  in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, in the Cuchilla de San Lorenzo. The reserve, managed by Proaves, currently comprises 1024ha, between 950 and 2600m asl. The mountain holds the distinction of being the continental area with most endemisms on the planet, no more than 21 bird species.

Birding here is a tremendous experience and the endemics are relatively easily seen. If you bird as you increase altitude you can see them. In the highest zone are Santa Marta Parakeet, Santa Marta Bush-tyrant, Santa Marta Warbler, Santa Marta Antpitta and White-lored Warbler among others. There are also many other semi-endemics and unique subspecies.

The lodge has been developed for nature tourism and has a library, sugar feeders for hummers, bananas left out for tanagers and crushed maize is left out to attract cracids, wood-quails, doves and squirrels. At night around the buildings you can see Night Monkey, Kinkajou and the endemic and still-to-be-described Santa Marta Screech-owl. Agouti and Crab-eating Fox frequent the compost heap at night.

Prices are really high for Colombia but with this location this is inevitable. One or two nights here would be more than enough to see the target species.


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Cuchilla de San Lorenzo, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Minca. Santa Marta, Colombia.


11.100201241417933, -74.07118535076734

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