Birding Tour of Coastal Colombia - 6 Days - Feb 18 - Feb 24, 2019

Traveler: Tom B. - Local specialist: Juan Ortiz

The trip was well-planned but had a couple of glitches. We did not receive the packet of materials including daily schedule until 2 days before the trip. It probably should have been sent earlier. Also we were scheduled to leave the hotel in Santa Marta several hours before out flight. Since it was a domestic flight and the airport is only 25 minutes from the hotel, that was too early. Fortunately our birding guide was able to call the office and have it changed so we arrived only 90 minutes in advance.

Our birding guide, Breiner, was excellent. He is only 20 year old, but is able to recognize birds almost instantly by sight or sound, even when the birds are mostly obscured by foliage or flying high in the sky.

The accommodations at Eldorado lodge were fine and the food was good.

We did not like the hotel in Santa Marta, Casa del Farol. It was conveniently located very close to the center of town and restaurants, but the water for the shower was not even luke warm; the shower heads were broken; and their advertisement of an afternoon happy hour was not correct. They did not even have sodas to purchase.

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Juan Ortiz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Tom,

Many thanks for the feedback, we truly appreciate it. We've gone through the various points and will be investigating to see what happened with the document send, transfer time and hotel selection in Santa Marta. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and I hope that these issues did not impact greatly on the overall enjoyment of your trip.

Do let me know if there is anything else to add.

All the best,

Juan