Day 8. We will be doing birding in Zapata this morning, looking for species that we may have missed, after lunch we will drive to Cienfuegos City. Lodging in a nice house or hotel
Bienvenue to Cienfuegos, Cuba’s Gallic heart, which sits in the shadow of the crinkled Sierra del Escambray like a displaced piece of Paris on Cuba’s untamed southern coastline. French rather than Spanish colonizers were the pioneers in the region, arriving in 1819 and bringing with them the ideas of European Enlightenment. The result today is a dazzling treasure box on 19th century architectural.
Day 9. Travel day! Breakfast at 6:30 am, and then clients will have two choices for the mourning, we can either visit Laguna Guanaroca (1) or Botanical Garden (2). After Lunch we will start driving to Trinidad city. Arrival around 5:30 pm. Lodging in a nice house or hotel.
1 – Laguna Guanaroca:
The representation of the moon on earth according to the local Siboney legend, the shimmering Laguna Guanaroca is a mangrove-rimmed saline lake southeast of Cienfuegos. Its second only to Las Salinas on the Zapata Peninsula as a bird magnet and is the province’s only natural protected area. Trails leads to a viewing platform where Flamingos, Pelicans, Cuban Trogons, Cuban Todies and many others are regular visitors. Tours take 2-3 hours and includes a boat trip to the far side of the lake.
2 – Botanical Garden:
The Botanical Garden was founded in 1901 by US sugar baron Edwin F Atkins, who initially intended to use it to study different varieties of sugar cane, but instead began to plant exotic tropical trees for around the globe. Later Harvard University assumed control under a 99-year lease, and a general collection making up one of the tropical world’s finest botanical gardens was amassed.
It’s one of Cuba’s biggest gardens. It houses 2000 species of plants, including 23 types of bamboo, 65 types of fig and 280 different palms (purportedly the greatest variety in one place anywhere in the world).
The first sound in the morning is the clip-clop of the horse’s hooves on the cobbled streets followed by the cries of old men selling bread from bicycles. Trinidad is one-of-a-kind, a perfectly preserved Spanish colonial settlement where the clocks stopped ticking in the 1850.
Declared a World Heritage Site by UNSCO in 1988, Trinidad is one of the best places in Cuba to appreciate the life Cuban music. (LP 2015)
Day 10. Breakfast at 7:00 am, birding in the morning on the National park of Topes de Collantes, bird targets here will be White-collared Swift, Black Swift, Cuban Parrots, Scally-naped Pigeon etc.. and after lunch depart to Camagüey city. Arrival around 6:00 pm. Lodging in a nice house or hotel (depending on clients’ preferences).