El Dorado Reserve is run by the Colombian NGO ProAves , and is named after the legendary city of gold. Spanning 880 ha (2,175 acres) between 900-2,600 m (3,000 - 8,500 ft) in elevation, over 350 birds have been recorded at the site. The vast altitudinal gradient allows for several days of birding, which different specialties found along the very lightly travelled dirt road. The lodge sits at 2,000 m (6,500 ft), and was the first in Colombia to cater specifically to international birders, so it is very comfortable and well run.
Targets above the lodge:
Santa Marta Parakeet (E), Rusty-headed Spinetail (E), Streak-capped Spinetail (NE) ,Santa Marta Antpitta (E), Santa Marta Bush-Tyrant (E), Santa Marta Mountain Tanager (E), Yellow-crowned Whitestart (E), Santa Marta Warbler (E), White-tipped Quetzal (NE), Santa Marta Foliage-gleaner (E).
Targets at or below the lodge:
Black-fronted Wood-Quail (E), Santa Marta Screech-owl (E), Black-backed Thornbill (E), Santa Marta Woodstar (E), Santa Marta Blossomcrown (E), Rusty-breasted Antpitta, White-lored Warbler (E), Santa Marta Tapaculo (E), Santa Marta Brush-finch (E), Rosy Thrush-Tanager, Golden-breasted Fruiteater, Blue-naped Chlorophonia, Groove-billed Toucanet, Grey-throated Leaftosser, White-tailed Starfrontlet (E).