Conservation Co

El Dorado

Proaves Reserve


Named after the legendary city of gold, El Dorado is the ProAves’ flagship reserve and one of the most important birding sites in South America. This Nature Reserve includes 10 rooms and 10 Kogihabs (individual huts, inspired by the architecture of the kogui indigenous tribe) offering wonderful views of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and its legendary sunsets over the Caribbean Sea. Visit us!


El Dorado ProAves Reserve is located on the Cuchilla de San Lorenzo in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, in the township of Minca, municipality of Santa Marta, department of Magdalena, Colombia, 41 kilometers from the city of Santa Marta. 


In these brand-new luxury designed huts you will enjoy a wonderful view of Sierra Nevada and Santa Marta. Counts with comfortable double/king/ Single beds, private bathroom and all amenities to experience unique moments.

Rainforest balcony rooms

These rooms have huge picture windows that will give you the chance to enjoy the wonderful landscape of Sierra Nevada. This room accommodates two or three people.

Standard rooms

This type of room is ideal for families or groups of friends that want to share the same space. This room accommodates up to 4 guests.

Amenities and services
Visitors will enjoy:

The reservation does not include food or transportation. Any extra service must be requested at the reception and has an additional cost.

Frequently asked questions

In the following link, you can check availability, rates and make your reservation:

Once you make your reservation, we will contact you and request useful information to make your experience more pleasant and ensure you will have the opportunity to enjoy nature and wildlife.

To get to El Dorado it is necessary to travel in a 4×4 vehicle adapted for road conditions. You must coordinate and schedule your transportation. We recommend the trusted agency Silvana Travels: or +57 315 ​​330 58 62, they will provide any other details.

Our reservation rates do not include food, transportation, or guide services. These extra services must be requested at the reception or prior to your arrival to service providers. All extra services have an additional cost. Guide cost per day is COP$100,000

We serve a set menu with typical Colombian food that can be adjusted to specific dietary requirements prior to your arrival. Food is not included in the reservation rate. Please make all payments for food and beverarges at the at the restaurant.

Please send contact us at: or WhatsApp: +57 323 434 3487 we will be happy to answer your questions and help you with your reservation.

Pets are not allowed in any of the ProAves nature reserves. Thank you for your undestanding.

Bird and wildlife watching
Reserva ProAves El Dorado
View impressive sunrises and sunsets
Ikakogi tayrona (Rana de Cristal de Santa Marta)
Nighttime wildlife observation
Sendero El Mirador.RNA El Dorado.San Lorenzo
Take an excursion through the internal trails
Mejoramiento y ampliación del vivero (Tangara Multicolor) de plantas nativas. RNA Arrierito Antioqueño (1)
Plant native flowers and plants
Photograph wild plants and animals
Yoga El Dorado
Get to know local and sustainable projects
Booth at the Wildlife Conservation Network, in San Francisco WFC
Get to know local and sustainable projects

Make your reservation 24 hours in advance. Walk-in reservations are not guaranteed and are dependent on current availability.

El Dorado opens at 6:00 a.m. and closes at 8:00 p.m. Time of entry to your room: From 3:00 p.m. and time of departure from your room: Maximum at 10:00 a.m.

You can change the dates of the reservation, as long as there is availability. Changes must be requested in writing and 15 days in advance. No refund is made for cancellation.

Inform us of any health problems, allergies, or food requirements. We will offer you a special menu according to your diet.

Please, respect the natural resources of El Dorado. The collection of any biological material is not allowed.

It’s necessary to travel in a 4×4 vehicle adapted to handle the conditions of some sections of the road.

We recommend you to arrange your pick up from Santa Marta, Minca, Cartagena, or any other location close by, with our trusted transportation company Silvana Travels: or +57 315 330 58 62.

Remember that the climate in Colombia can be very unpredictable! We recommend you bring suitable walking shoes, a rain jacket, long-sleeved clothing, a sun hat, and sunscreen.

In the Natural Reserve there may be power outages, so bring a flashlight and enjoy connecting with nature without the distraction of modern technology.

You do not need a yellow fever vaccine. However, we recommend using repellent since being in contact with nature there may be mosquitoes.

The entry of alcoholic beverages into the Nature Reserve is forbidden.

Follow the instructions of the Nature Reserve staff and stay on the established trails.

El Dorado

El Dorado – One of the most important reserves for biodiversity in the world:

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