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.
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