Location & Travel Tips

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Located about 3.5 hours from Santa   Marta  and 2 hours from Minca,  it is necesary to have a 4×4 vehicle due to the road conditions after Minca. A mecca for birding in the Americas, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta rises 19,000 feet from the Caribbean coast.

Altitud: 900 – 2600 meters (1900m lodge)    Climate: Mild 18 C (65 F), misty.  Dry season: Nov-April


We can arrange your pick up from Santa Marta, Minca, Cartagena, or any other location close by.  For more information contact us at visit@conservation.co


  • Santa Marta Airport to El Dorado Ecolodge  – 3.5 hours
  • Cartagena International Airport to El Dorado Ecolodge –  5 hours
  • Barranquilla International Airport to El Dorado Ecolodge – 4 hours
  • Barlovento to El Dorado Ecolodge – 3. 5 hours
  • Minca to El Dorado Ecolodge – 1.5 hours


When planning your trip to El Dorado please take into consideration:

  • Allow at least 3.5 hours to arrive to the Ecolodge from Santa Marta.
  • When departing from the Eco lodge to Santa Marta Airport allow at least 5.0 hours.
  • Bring outdoors clothing and equipment such as walking boots, head torch, rain jacket, sun cream etc.
  • Please let us know your approximate arrival time so that we can prepare either lunch or/and dinner.
  • We recommend you arrive when there’s still day light (before 6:00pm).
  • Temperatures can drop at night time. Average  10 oC – 15 oC in the early mornings; please bring appropriate clothing.
  • During raining season ( May – Oct approximately), please bring appropriate waterproof clothing including a small umbrella which can be surprisingly useful.

El Dorado is the ultimate place to relax and enjoy nature, amid spectacular views and abundant wildlife. Its emerald forests invite encounters with a wide variety of wildlife.

You must make your reservation with no less than 24 hours in advance.  Walk-in reservations are not allowed at any of the EcoLodges.