On this tour we will be staying at two lodges, El Dorado and Cerulean Warbler, both of which are located within the nature reserves of the same names and are administered by the organization ‘Pro-Aves’. This is the leading conservation group in Colombia and by actually staying in these nature reserves, we are supporting the conservation of the birds here and at the other 16 Pro-Aves bird reserves, which are all located in strategic areas. This organization uses the income gained from entrance fees to the parks and from providing accommodation, transport and guides, to do many important projects. Pro-Aves Reserves actually protect almost 12% of the world's bird species and in addition, they use this income for their other conservation work in protecting bird, mammal and plant species under threat, to expand their bird reserves by buying land, for reforestation and for the maintenance of the reserves.
We will spend 3 nights at the El Dorado Bird Reserve, which was created in 2006, based on the urgency of conserving one of the most fragile and important zones in Colombia, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, home to a large number of unique plant and animal species. It has a high number of endemic species of fauna and flora which are threatened with extinction, as well as preserved forests, which benefit the three most threatened species of birds in this area, that is the Santa Marta Parakeet, the Santa Marta Bush-tyrant and Santa Marta Sabrewing.
We use high quality local resources and strongly support community tourism. We work with local agents, leaders, guides and drivers and we are aware that in Colombia wages are low, so we always try to reward and pay good wages to the people who work with us on the long days that a nature tour requires. We appreciate that these people do their best in order to make the tour a success.
All our Colombian ground staff are highly trained and very passionate about birds and nature. They are kind, organized, fun, are able to solve any problem, and they use the best possible logistics on any tour. They are intimate with all the sites we visit, including the safety aspects, and they have very good relations with local people. All of them have a large network of contacts to help you enjoy the maximum from visiting in Colombia on one of their tours.