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El Dorado Nature Reserve

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The Hague, The Netherlands
Reviewed 1 week ago

As a bird and nature lover I had an amazing experience in this special place. Situated in a beautiful nature surroundings you'll have an unforgettable time here. Sunrises and sunsets are fantastic, the guides are experienced and the presence of endemic birds here is great. The place is rather expensive but 100 % worth while. Your stay here is a...

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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 December 2016

We really enjoyed our stay at El Dorado despite the condition of the road which on the way back down was almost unpassable at places due to lorries struggling up to repair the top of the road near the military base. We also had room 4 with a balcony overlooking a fruiting tree that hosted Santa Marta Toucanets. We were...

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Reviewed 12 December 2016

I had an incredible room with balcony view down to the Caribbean. Request room 4 if possible. The lodge is situated in the cloud forest which meant we were often enveloped by cloud and rain in the day but early mornings were always bright and sunny. We had two power cuts, but the main lodge building was backed up by...

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Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

The experience was fantastic. The lodge is very comfortable and the views are fantastic. You are immersed into nature right away. The food service is great and the main cook, Diana, was warm and very welcoming. You do have to set up the guided bird watching tours ahead of time since there are few local guides and are 2-3 hours...

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Sara L, Manager at El Dorado Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Dear Pilar, We are sorry about some of your experiences whilst at the lodge, we were all saddened and discouraged by some of your comments and here is response. 1. Regarding the transport, we understand what you're saying that's why we gave you the transporter's details for you to organize directly with them, which is the cheapest way of doing...

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 17 October 2016

You do not have to be a super intense birdwatcher to love this place! The birds are incredible, yes, and the bird guide, Roger, is excellent. But the gardens, the views, the comfortable almost luxurious cabins and the food would appeal to anyone! The lodge is managed very well and they are very responsive to questions and desires. The people...

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Brisbane
Reviewed 17 September 2016

Absolutely stunning lodge perched high in the mountains about 3 hours from Santa Marta. They make it easy to book everything you need online - the room, transfers & morning birding at the top of the mountain. We made our own way to Minca and used their transfers from Minca to the lodge to save money. We were in a...

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Fleetwood,PA
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Colombia is a beautiful country and from El Dorado the vistas are magnificent. The lodging is new, clean, comfortable and attractive. The ride up the curvy mountain roads to reach the Lodge is breathtaking/hairy, and worth it. We had a driver. A bird guide is on the property. Check as to availability. The lovely and interesting couple who manage the...

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Memphis, TN
Reviewed 19 July 2016

Friends and I just spent 5 wonderful nights at this reserve. The rooms are basic but lovely with small balconies on which to sit and view the sea and the mountains. The food is nothing short of gourmet and served delightfully. The staff is incredible - particularly Roger - naturalist and manager fantastic; Mattie the chef and her staff; Juan...

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 27 March 2016

We stayed for 3 nights in El Dorado. It surpassed our expectations. The nature, the birds, the hotel facilities, food, views, etc. Fantastic. One morning we left in full darkness to walk up to the ridge from where you can see the sunrise on the snowpeaks of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. A long hike through a Bromelia field....

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Daintree
Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

The conservation group Pro Aves do a fabulous job here. They are conserving the important habitat, providing top quality guest services, working with and encouraging local communities, and providing services for further research on the region. The rooms are great, the meals fab and the staff are sweet, accommodating and helpful. Not often you get a full breakfast at 4.30...

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  • Breakfast included
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El Dorado Nature Reserve is located at the heart of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, you will find the highest number of bird species in the world! ... more   less 

Additional Information about El Dorado Nature Reserve

Address: | Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Minca 470001, Colombia
Region: Colombia > Magdalena Department > Santa Marta District > Minca
Number of rooms: 15
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“Rooms with Balcony facing the Caribbean”
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“Choose room closest to lodge to save long climb for meals, especially after dark and if you have mobility issues”
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“Room 6 had a great view over the valley down to Santa Marta.”
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