Minca rich in endemic birds

Minca is the ideal stop for birdwatchers. Birdwatching in the surrounding area is one of the best ways to get to know and explore these beautiful cloud forests. With points of great bird density, the route to Campano - San Lorenzo is an excellent route for this activity with a high average of observation of different species, including the amazing Caribbean Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus), the beautiful Rufous-tailed Jacamar (Galbula Ruficauda), and many species of hummingbird.

635 species
of birds have been recorded in the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta, which is approximately 35% of Colombia's birds in only 1.48% of its territory.
The Sierra is the most important endemism center in the world, with 36 species and 55 subspecies of birds restricted to it.
Unfortunately, 18 of its species face a risk of extinction at the global level and 22 at the national level.
132 migratory species have been registered in the area.
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This is a highly recommended visit for all nature lovers and explorers who want to know up close the amazing biodiversity of birds that we have in the Sierra Nevada and Minca.

There is a guide "Field guide of the birds of Colombia "by the author Miles mcMullem (PRO AVES edition, 2010) as well as a small booklet with 365 birds that can be seen around Minca, "Birds of MINCA, including Campano and San Lorenzo" for sale in the stores of Minca.

Experts and amateurs will be able to delight in the field with the investigation in birds while you enjoy the beauty of the nature in Pozo Azul, the cool climate of mountain and the impressive landscapes with sight to the sea.

Minca's Hummingbird

  • White-necked Jacobin
  • Rufous-breasted Hermit
  • Brown Violetear
  • Black-throated Mango
  • White-tailed Starfrontlet
  • Long-billed Starthroat
  • Santa Marta Woodstar
  • Red-billed Emerald

Minca's Hummingbird

  • Coppery Emerald
  • White-vented Plumeleteer
  • Violet-crowned Woodnymph
  • Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
  • Steely-vented Hummingbird
  • White-chinned Sapphire
  • Santa Marta Sabrewing

Among the most endemic species that can be observed in Minca are
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In addition, different species of carpenters and birds more slippery and difficult to observe, like the Owl of Santa Marta.

Requirements for a sighting


no jaulaThe equipment commonly used for birdwatching consists of binoculars, a portable telescope (spotting Scope) with tripod, a notebook and a guide, " Birds of MINCA, including Campano and San Lorenzo" for sale in Minca stores.
Likewise, it is recommended light and fresh clothes, shoes very comfortable for the observation walk, water or hydrating drinks and the desire to live this extraordinary experience. Hotel Minca, Jungle Joe and other organized tours to the measure.


Photography has always been part of Birding, but in the past the cost of good cameras and objectives relegating the use of digital cameras with portable telescopes, has generated the technique known as digiscoping, and facilitated the expansion of the hobby for a lot more people. One of the pleasures of natural photography is to be able to experience the same sensation as a hunter in search of its prey, the difference being that the photographer "captures" a second in the life of a bird, instead of killing it..

More information about Minca

Origin and history of Minca

Minca appears in the 18th century ...
Its history based on writings, documents and notarial acts of Santa Marta and Magdalena

Find the fauna of Minca

The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta has a wide variety of wild animals, consisting of species of birds, mammals, fish and insects. Some 628 species of birds, 120 of mammals and 142 of amphibians and reptiles have been detected.

Honey and cocoa now in Minca

Today, handmade chocolate is found from its cocoa seed to the mixing process producing delicious handmade chocolate without additives in Minca

Coffee and its origin in Minca

From 1741 coffee was planted in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, however the largest expansion of the coffee culture of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta occurred between 1895 and 1915.