Why consider booking our Colombia National Parks Tour? Because for the same price, our tour gets you to ALL places for which Colombia is famous, and on top of that, you get to see 7 National Parks/Reserves accompanied by a naturalist guide. There is nothing similar on the market. As Colombia can be combined with other countries, we organize tours in modules: Bogota and surrounding Andes, Caribbean Coast and the Amazon of Ecuador; the latter for the Colombian Amazon still not being recommended for foreign visitors. Colombia is a very large country, so you need to fly. To do so at hardly any additional costs, you need to book both Bogota and Cartagena - and Quito if you want to include the Amazon module - in your international ticket.

Destinations Overview:  Bogota old town, Cartagena, Villa de Leyva Zipaguira Salt Mine Church, Chingaza Reserve, Iguaque National Park, Flamencos Reserve, Cienega Mangroves Reserve, Lake Fuquene, Tayrona National Park, Manaure Salt Flats.



West of the Santa Marta massif, between Santa Marta and Barranquilla (Fig. 2), the coastal zone is characterized by the extensive Ciénaga de Santa Marta shallow (< 4 m) lagoon and the adjacent Quaternary deposits of the Magdalena River delta. The Magdalena River is the most important river of Colombia, draining a basin of 250,000 km2 on the Andes Cordillera (Restrepo and Kjerfve 2000).


The Holocene Magdalena River delta and adjacent Santa Marta lagoon occupy a low area bounded by the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta massif and by the coastal relief of the San Jacinto Belt, west of the present course of the Magdalena River (Fig. 8). This sector is the most extensive depositional area on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. The apex of the delta is about 45 km inland from the river mouth, at the jetties of Bocas de Ceniza (Raasveldt and Tomic 1958, Robertson 1998).



The Santa Marta lagoon and mangrove system has only one open connection with the sea (Tasajeras mouth) and is confined by the Salamanca bar, a sandy barrier about 65 km long that forms the present coastline of the Magdalena delta. The Salamanca bar has a maximum height of about 2 m above present sea level and has been historically subjected to intense erosion, currently reflected by the generalized beach retreat along most of its length and by the frequent overwash events along the eastern Magdalena delta (Fig. 9).








The Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta (Spanish for Large Marsh of Saint Martha) is the largest of the swampy marshes located in Colombia between the Magdalena River and the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. It has an area of 4280 km2 and belongs to the outer delta system of the Madgalena River.[2] It is separated from the Caribbean Sea by a narrow, sandy artificial spit built in the 1950s,[3] on which is situated coastal route 90 from Barranquilla to Santa Marta. The marsh's large lagoon is connected to the Caribbean Sea via a narrow strait (the La Barra channel) located between the town of Pueblo Viejo and the city of Ciénaga.




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Parks Man Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil is author of this website. He dedicated his life to the conservation of nature., He was part of the team that selected the first 39 protected areas of Ecuador in the 1970s and he initiated the Cuyabeno Lodge in Ecuador's Amazon in 1985, making him one of the world's eco tourism pioneers. A speaker of 8 languages and having traveled to 80+ countries, Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil has is one of the world's greatest connoisseurs of nature and national parks in the world. 

This website and its programs have been created by the renowned conservation biologist "Parks Man" Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil