Birding Tour Cuba: Great Caribbean Birding and Endemics 2018
The smallest bird on the planet, Bee Hummingbird, a myriad Cuban Todies and Cuban Trogons in every patch of scrub, and a host of other endemics and regional specials – all on an island paradise that is safe and full of history! Combining this 11-day ‘Birding Tour Cuba’ adventure with our Jamaica tour provides opportunities to see almost 60 single-island endemics spread across the two islands: Cuba, the largest of the Greater Antilles, and Jamaica, the smallest of the main islands in the group. In addition, we will have chances to find a number of multi-island endemics and regional specialities, some of which may, in the future, be upgraded in their taxonomic status.
On Birding Tour Cuba we aim to find all of Cuba’s realistic avian endemics, a host of wider Caribbean endemics, and, finally, a bunch of north American migrants (like a stack of brightly-colored wood warblers), while also having time to snorkel during the heat of the day when not birding, to see the amazing architecture not only of Cuba’s capital but also of Camagüey and other towns, and of course to enjoy the old American cars and the general atmosphere of this tropical paradise. It’s quite an easy tour, in which we find the birds we need without too much trouble (except for a couple of them, such as the quail-doves, that require persistence).
Shortly after arriving in the charismatic city of Havana, as the next stage of Birding Tour Cuba we immediately head to the picturesquely mountainous and very bird-rich La Güira National Park. Here we search the caves where Che Guevara hid during the Cuban missile crisis, looking for our first of many endemics, Cuban Solitaire. We then return to Havana, where we look, on foot, at some of the main historical sites and catch some of the amazing vibe.
With much anticipation we then proceed to Cuba’s famous Zapata Swamp, one of the richest single sites throughout the West Indies, which continues across much of the western two-thirds of this island – which is widely regarded as the last bastion of communism in the world, but is now gradually becoming slightly more liberalized. We will have good chances of finding all of Cuba’s endemics, with the exception of the near-mythical Zapata Rail, whose voice is still not definitely known, and the extremely rare Cuban Kite, which is restricted to the extreme east of the island and requires a trip of near-expedition proportions for any chance of seeing it.
We then proceed to a chain of islands connected to the mainland by a 17 mile (27 km) long causeway, seeking Bahama Mockingbird, some Cuban endemics reaching the western limit of their range here, Mangrove Cuckoo, and more.
Eventually we clean up on the birding at Sierra de Najasa and then either drive back to Havana for your international flights home or continue to Santiago de Cuba to island-hop to Jamaica for the next tour.
This tour can be combined with our Birding Tour Jamaica: Jamaica at Its Best 2018 tour for a very comprehensive birding experience in the Caribbean.
Duration: 11 days
Limit (Group Size): 5 - 9
Date Start: March 02, 2018
Date End: March 12, 2018
Tour Start: Havana, Cuba
Tour End: Havana, Cuba, or Santiago de Cuba
Please note that outside of Havana and Cayo Coco we have used the best and most suitable accommodation that is available, but this might not be quite to the same standard that Birding Ecotours would normally use in other parts of the world.
Price: £3370 per person sharing, assuming 5-9 participants
Single Supplement: £286
Unlimited bottled water
Accommodation while on tour
All transport while on tour
Cuban exit taxes
Cuban Tourist Card
Items of a personal nature, such as gifts
Birding Tour Trinidad and Tobago: Birding Adventure 2018
Duration: 11 days
Limit (Group Size): 6 - 8
Date Start: January 15, 2018
Date End: January 25, 2018
Price: US$5536 per person sharing
Details: Trinidad and Tobago are a remarkable set of islands, and a fantastic setting for Birding Tour Trinidad and Tobago. Located in close proximity to the mainland of South America, the islands enjoy both m
Birding Tour Jamaica: Jamaica at Its Best 2018
Duration: 8 days
Limit (Group Size): 5 - 8
Date Start: March 12, 2018
Date End: March 19, 2018
Price: US$4161 per person sharing, assuming 5 - 8 participants (Please contact us for the pricing for smaller groups.)
Details: Welcome to our ‘Birding Tour Jamaica’ adventure. Birding Ecotours invite you to explore Jamaica: an extraordinary country in the heart of the Caribbean Sea. Even though Jamaica may be famo
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Australia and Barry Davies: When I found out it was Barry Davies that was leading the trip, I was thrilled as I had been in contact with him years ago when I was with Jaeger Tours, at the recommendations of a number of my friends that had travelled with him, so we knew each other! He was extraordinary – knew his stuff in and out about OZ and its flora and fauna and was great with the participants. We did Cairns & Darwin then an extension to Perth & Tasmania. Not sure how you would pick a favourite place from that. Each region is different and of course getting to see different parts of the country is something that I would have thought one would want to do if doing OZ. I would have loved to have seen more butterflies, mammals and reptiles than we did, but maybe that requires different locations and more time in the field. We did however get Platypus and Echidna. Butterflies are pretty much restricted to the north east. Timing for birds is tough as there is so much movement amongst them depending upon food sources, but I would have said we did pretty well. While obviously we wanted to see all we could, it was not the end of the world if we missed anything, and a huge list was not our goal. We were there in the dry season, I would hate to think what it would be like in the wet season, as a number of places/routes would have been under water, especially in the Darwin region. Accommodations on the whole were very good – I loved the different lodgings, many of which we had to do our own breakfast, with kitchen facilities in the cabins. The country is huge, and with very few people, less than SA!, so some of the locations there was little choices, especially for a large group, but Barry did great in getting what he did. At each region we had to get a bus, there were 14 of us – these varied between great to OK, as the on the extension we had to have one with a trailer.