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ICCB Field Trips

ICCB 2017 field trips give attendees an opportunity to experience the natural wonders of Colombia, the second most biodiverse country on Earth. Pre and post-congress field trips explore interesting sights in and out of Cartagena.

Review the field trips and important information below. Trips must reach a minimum threshold and all carry a maximum capacity. Trips that do not meet the minimum number of participants will be cancelled and attendees will receive a full refund. All trips are sold on a first come, first served basis. Overnight trips include accommodations and breakfast, lunch and dinner (unless it's the last day, then dinner is excluded). All trips include necessary entrance tickets to the various parks and destinations as well as transportation.

All trips will start on 28 July 2017.

  Field Trip Snack  Lunch Price    
1.   Corales del Rosario National Park x x $155  
2.  Aviario Nacional de Colombia x   $90  
3. Guillermo Piñeres Botanical Garden x   $60  
4. Ciénaga de la Virgen     $70  
5. Los Colorados Sanctuary x   $85  
6. Granja Lismar x   $230  
7. El Dorado Nature Reserve x x $585  
8. Tayrona National Park  x x $290  
9.  Salamanca National Park x   $115  
10. Los Flamencos Fauna & Flora Sanctuary x x $555  
11. Palomino - Flora & Fauna Sanctuary x x $555  
12. Cartagena Bus Tour     $55  
13. Cartagena Walking Tour     $50  

Corales del Rosario National Park
Key Activities: Diving and Snorkeling
Municipality / Department: Cartagena | Bolívar
Time from Cartagena: 1 hour
Duration: Full day, 9 am to 3 pm
This area is part of the largest coral platform in north Colombia: it holds over 60 species of corals. The main activity at the park is diving. This area is part of the largest coral platform in north Colombia: it holds over 60 species of corals. Other animals include 153 species of decapod crustaceans, 244 species of molluscs, 153 equinoderms, 199 sponges and 513 species of fish. It is possible to do nocturnal diving.
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Key Activities: Tropical Dry Forest
Municipality / Department: Cartagena, Bolívar
Duration: Half day, 8 am to 12 pm
The aviary holds the largest collection of birds of any zoo in Colombia; most of them obtained though confiscations. Mixed species exhibits replicate natual ecosystems of the region. 
Guillermo Piñeres Botanical Garden
Key activities: Tropical Dry Forest
Municipality / Department: Turbaco, Bolívar
Duration: Half day, 8 am to 12 pm
With a living collection of more than 300 species of plants of the Colombian Caribbean and one of the few virgin native forests in the region. Botanical Garden “Guillermo Piñeres” has several special collections and about 2 km of paths. A source of spring water that runs during all the year is found inside the forest. It is an ideal place to meet and learn from the fauna and flora of the Colombian Caribbean.
Ciénaga de la Virgen
Key Activities: Wetlands
Municipality / Department: Cartagena, Bolívar
Duration: 2 hours, 9 am to 11 am
This is an opportunity to navigate through Cartagena´s mangrove channels and mangroves in the Ciénaga de la Virgen, a large lake within the city. Fundación Planeta Azul Caribe manages projects within the site, including Climate Change mitigation with an urban ecosystem approach.
Los Colorados Sanctuary
Key Activities: Birdwatching, Mammal Observations, Hiking, Tropical Dry Forest
Municipality / Department: San Juan Nepomuceno, Bolívar
Duration: Half day, 6 am to 12 pm
This park holds one of the best conserved dry forest relicts in north Colombia. It is possible to encounter Red-Howler Monkeys which are quite common in the area. 
Granja Lismar
Key Activities: Tropical Dry Forest
Municipality / Department: Santa Lucía, Department: Atlántico
Duration: TBD
Riverine ecosystems in the region of Dique Channel, and activities related with the work with the native fishermen communities to develop their fishing activities in a more sustainable way.
El Dorado Nature Reserve
Key Activities: Birdwatching, Hiking, Tropical Humid Forest, Cloud Forest
Municipality / Department Santa Marta, Magdalena
Duration: 2 days, 1 night
See endemic species, including birds and frogs. The Santa Marta mountains (Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta) is the highest coastal mountain in the world. It was recently declared the most irreplaceable site for biodiversity conservation on account of the high proportion of endemic and/or threatened species, especially birds and frogs. The mountain rises from sea level to over 18,700 feet. On the road from the city of Santa Marta to the El Dorado Reserve you pass through dry forest, humid forest, shade-coffee plantations up to cloud forest.
Tayrona National Park
Key Activities: Birdwatching, Mammal Observations, Diving, Hiking, Tropical Dry Forest, Tropical Humid Forest
Municipality / Department Santa Marta, Department: Magdalena
Duration: Both options are 1 full day
Vaccine required: Yellow fever (proof of vaccination may be requested at the gate)
This park offers many options.  It is possible to trek through dry forest, birdwatch, observe small and medium mammals, dive, snorkel and even visit a small indigenous village. It is possible to camp at certain sites near the beach and in hostals around the park.
  • Option 1: Neguanje Bay and Cristal Beach: Spend the day exploring Neguanje Bay and Cristal Beach.
  • Option 2: Coastline Hike: Enjoy hiking along the coast near coral reefs and through dry forest. 


Salamanca National Park
Key Activities: Birdwatching, Wetlands
Municipality / Department Sitio Nuevo, Department: Magdalena
Duration: Full day
Exploration of mangroves. The visitor center has a network of trails to travel through mangroves. It is also possible to do a boat ride through the mangrove forest and lakes: this trip last around 3 hours and can support 15 people on the boat. Many aquatic bird can be seen throughout.
Los Flamencos Fauna and Flora Sanctuary
Key Activities: Birdwatching, Wetlands 
Municipality / Department Riohacha, La Guajira
Duration: 2 days, 1 night
Observe Caribbean Flamingos and other aquatic birds, including several species of herons, ibis, terns, gulls and shorebirds. It is possible to navigate the lakes in a canoe to get close to the Flamingos. 
Palomino - Santuario de Flora y Fauna
Key Activities: Birdwatching, Tropical Humid Forest
Municipality / Department: Dibulla, La Guajira
Duration: 2 days, 1 night
Palomino is a river that descends from the Santa Marta mountains: it is one of the most humid areas of the northern slope of this mountain. 
Cartagena Bus Tour
Key Activities:
Municipality / Department: Cartagena, Bolívar
Duration: 3 hours

This is an amazing opportunity to experience the uniquely magnificent city of Cartagena, a UNESCO World heritage site, in air conditioned buses with local bilingual qualified guides.

The tour starts with a visit to San Felipe de Barajas Fortress, which is situated outside the walled city. This monumental fort is considered to be the most outstanding feature of Spanish military engineering in the New World. Its construction began in 1536 and completed after 121 years.  This fortress was constructed between 1563 and 1657, considered as the most important fortification built in the Americas. In the visit, guests can appreciate the tunnels that connected the fortress with the beach and underneath galleries that were constructed to repel the attacks from land.

The tour continues with a visit to San Pedro Claver Cloister located in the old section, with its half-point arches and its beautiful church in honor of Pedro Claver, the protector of slaves and to finalize people could visit the Dungeons within the walled city ramparts. Originally built to store provisions for the troops they are now home to a high quality handicrafts market selling brightly decorated cloth, woodwork & woven bags made by some of the indigenous people of Colombia.

Cartagena Walking Tour
Key Activities:
Municipality / Department: Cartagena, Bolívar
Duration: 3 hours

The walking tour takes place in the magical walled city, a construction that took 194 years to be completed and enabled Cartagena to defend itself from the attacks from pirates. The Spanish colonial architecture is one of the most impressive and best preserved in South America with its imposing merchant’s houses, narrow streets, flower bedecked balconies, stunning civic buildings and beautiful churches. The city is dotted with many squares and public spaces which are now are home to sidewalk café’s and restaurants where Colombians and visitors, relax and enjoy the magic of this amazing city.

In this tour you will begin to the El Cabrero neighborhood for a visit to the Rafael Nuñez House and Museum. Rafael Nuñez is one of the most illustrious Cartagenero of all time; President of Colombia four times, he wrote the words of the National Anthem and created the constitution of 1886. The house where he lived and died is built in the spectacular Antilles Architectural style and is now a museum of the life of Rafael Nuñez.

Also you can visit a must-see museum in Cartagena, the Museum of the Inquisition.  As you enter in to the museum, you'll first see all the 'tests' the inquisitors used to ascertain if someone was a witch, including a list of question they asked.  The accused was also weighed to see if he/she weighed an appropriate amount - which led to the deaths of many under/overweight people - and you'll see the scale they used. Also you can visit Gold Museum and then continue to the Dungeons within the walled city ramparts. Originally built to store provisions for the troops they are now home to a high quality handicrafts market selling brightly decorated cloth, woodwork & woven bags made by some of the indigenous people of Colombia.


Important Information
  • Minimum and Maximum numbers apply. If field trips do not reach a minumum threshold of attendees, your payment will be fully refunded. 
  • Field trips have a maximum capacity and are sold on a first come first served basis. All sales must be made when you register for ICCB.
  • All prices are in US dollars (AUD) and inclusive of Goods and Services Tax (GST).
  • Participants need to be aware of the local weather and climate of the areas your field trip will visit. Colombia has a diverse climate that could be hot and dry, cold or wet. 
  • Field trip itineraries may be altered or cancelled due to bad weather at any time prior to or during the trip.
  • Field trips will be conducted in English except where otherwise noted.
  • Field trips include outdoor activities and travel. Participants need to be aware and accept that there are inherent risks associated with outdoor activities.