Birdwatching Tour

Birdwatching Tour

Tour's Description

Vibrant, colourful and contagiously-cheerful, it makes sense that Cuba’s sunny skies teem with exotic birdlife. The island’s diverse habitats – swamps, mountains, coastline, valleys and more – play host to around 370 species of bird, 22 of which are endemic to Cuba and many others are Caribbean specialties. The bee hummingbird, the tiniest bird in the world, Cuban trogan, sporting a plumage that mirrors the Cuban flag, and the Cuban tody, an impossibly-cute fluorescent fluffball, can all be spotted on a trip to the island. This 13 days private tour includes guided trips to some of the country’s top birding spots, including the Zapata swamp, the largest swampland in the West Indies, Cayo Coco, an idyllic beach-rimmed islet, and the lush green mountains of Sierra del Corrillo. You can also spot a number of migratory birds depending on the time of year of your trip.

Itinerary

  1. 1 Day

    Day 1 (Arrival in Havana)

    Arrive in Havana Airport – you will be welcomed to Cuba by your private driver (an expert birding guide who will remain with you throughout your tour). Stay overnight at Hotel Villa Soroa.  90 km

     

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    Day 2 (Soroa – Las terrazas – San Diego)

    A 06:00 am departure will take you to Las Terrazas in Sierra del Rosario, where you will have a day of birdwatching, with lunch provided, before continuing to the area of San Diego, where you will stay for 2 nights. 95 km

    Discover "the Rainbow of Cuba": Soroa

    Packed with towering trees, a picturesque 22-metre waterfall, remarkable orchid garden and of course, multitude of fascinating birds, this tiny settlement seems to overflow with natural beauty. It owes its name to from Frenchman Jean-Pierre Soroa who owned a 19th-century coffee plantation here. One of his descendants created the park as a luxurious personal retreat in the 1920s and it was opened for tourism post-Revolution.

    Discover the Heart of Cuba's Green Revolution: Las Terrazas

     

    Set in the mountains around an hour-away from Havana, this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is home to 117 bird species, 12 of which are endemic to Cuba. The brilliantly-verdant forest rustles with colourful creatures including the Cuban tody, Cuban grassquit and the island’s national bird, the Cuban trogon with a plumage that resembles the country’s flag.

     

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    Day 3 (San Diego)

    On your second day of your stay in the San Diego region, you will have a day of birdwatching in this stunning area. 60 km

     

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    Day 4 (San Diego - Ciénaga de Zapata)

    You will travel to Ciénaga de Zapata National Park on Cuba’s south coast. You will enjoy lunch on arrival at Fiesta Campesina, local restaurant. 540 km.

    Discover a Wildlife Paradise: Ciénaga de Zapata 

    An ecological treasure-trove of mangroves, swamps and marshes, Ciénaga de Zapata National Park is renowned for its excellent birdwatching. Over 170 species of bird can be found here, including 18 of Cuba’s 22 endemic species such as the Zapata sparrow, Zapata wren and Zapata rail. A highlight is the bee hummingbird: the smallest species of bird in the world. Unsurprisingly, a large number of aquatic birds live here along with flamingos. As well as birding, Ciénaga de Zapata is famed for its spectacular snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities and its idyllic beaches. The region encompasses the Bay of Pigs, where the US’ notorious failed military invasion of Cuba took place in the sixties. 

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    Day 5 (Ciénaga de Zapata)

    Today you will visit a birdwatching spot across the vast Ciénega de Zapata. You will spend hours observing the forest birds of Las Bermejas Trail, home to 5 to 7 species of woodpecker. 90 km

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    Day 6 (Ciénaga de Zapata)

    Your birdwatching adventure continues with visit to the wildlife-rich areas of Las Salinas Trail, which host to up to 150 bird species (depending on the time of year and migration patterns). 80 km

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    Day 7 (Ciénaga de Zapata)

    Today is a free day – so you can do more birdwatching or spend the day on the beach if you prefer (your driver/guide will be around to take you wherever you want to go) 60 km

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    Day 8 (Ciénaga de Zapata – Camaguey)

    Depart for Camagüey where you will spend two nights at the Finca La Belén Flora and Fauna. 460 km

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    Day 9 (Camaguey)

    Second day in Camaguey with a day of birdwatching in the Siera del Corrillo area. 120 km

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    Day 10 (Camaguey – Cayo Coco)

    You will travel from Camaguey to the idyllic islet of Cayo Coco, situated off Cuba’s northern coast. 250 km

    Discover and Idyllic Islet: Cayo Coco

    Named after the white ibis, known locally as coconut birds, Cayo Coco is a 142-sq-mi key set off the coast of Cuba. It forms part of a chain of islands with a near-mythical beauty called the King’s Gardens (Jardines del Rey) and is linked to the mainland by a 17-mi causeway. It’s famed for its long white-sand beaches and the stunning coral and marine life that lie close at hand. Its isolated position makes it a haven for local wildlife and the islet plays host to many birds, including wild pink flamingos. Cayo Coco and neighbouring Cayo Guillermo provided settings for Ernest Hemingway's "Islands in the Stream" and "The Old Man and the Sea". 

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    Day 11 (Cayo Coco)

    Get an early-morning start and set off with a local birdwatching specialist guide to Loma Cunagua. You may also see flamingos building nests. 120 km

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    Day 12 (Cayo Coco – Santa Clara – Havana)

    Return to Havana, with a stop in the famous city of Santa Clara, and lunch in Los Caneyes. 560 km

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    Day 13 (Good Bye Havana)

    In the morning you will enjoy a tour of Havana’s historic centre, followed by lunch at the La Mina restaurant. Then return to the hotel in time to check-out before departing for the airport. 50 km

    Discover Cuba's Lively Capital: Havana

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