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Trip Description

You will visit some of the most important birding sites in Cuba, including the wetlands of the Zapata Peninsula (a Biosphere Reserve), Viñales and Cayo Coco. Caya Coco is one of the most important migratory stops in all of the Caribbean. A good mix of habitats will be covered, including forests, marshes, mangroves, coastal shrubs, patches of grass, and lagoons.

Everyone will also enjoy seeing Cuba from Havana, Trinidad and most of the western two-thirds of the country. You will see Havana (the capital city of Havana), the country side, and a good mix of small town life to other cultural opportunities, such as Camaguey (a UNESCO world heritage site). Cuba’s rich cultural, music and historic traditions will be accessible, as you travel throughout the country.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Havana and Trip Orientation

Day 2:  AM Birding at Las Terrazas and La Guira on Way to Viñales; PM Birding Viñales

Day 3: AM Surveys Cueva los Portales; Drive to Zapata; Late PM Surveys in Zapata

Day 4: AM Surveys in Marsh Habitat at Santo Tomas; PM Las Salinas

Day 5: Full Day of Bird Surveys in Bermeja

Day 6: AM Final Surveys in Zapata; Drive to Cienfuegos (Birding Botanical Gardens)

Day 7: AM Surveys at Laguna Guanaroca; PM Drive and Bird to Camaguey

Day 8: AM Survey Najasa; PM Survey Cayo Coco

Day 9: AM Survey Cayo Paredón Grande; PM Survey Cayo Guillermo

Day 10:  AM Survey Cayo Coco or Other Coastal; Most Day Driving with Few Birding Stops to Havana

Day 11:  Flights Home Today

Lead By: Alejandro Llanes

Alejandro Llanes