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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 Camaguey and Trip Orientation

Day 2: AM Survey Najasa; PM Ecological Reserve Limones Tabaquey

Day 3: AM Birding on Route to Cayo Coco; PM Surveys in Cayo Coco

Day 4: AM Survey Cayo Paredón Grande; PM Survey Cayo Guillermo

Day 5: AM Surveys Cayo Coco; PM Drive and Bird to Trinidad.

Day 6: AM to Cienfuegos (Birding Botanical Gardens); PM Birding on route to Zapata.

Day 7: Great Start for Zapata: Full Day of Bird Surveys in Bermeja

Day 8: AM Surveys in Marsh Habitat at Santo Tomas; PM Las Salinas

Day 9: AM Birding on route to Viñales; PM Surveys in Las Terrazas.

Day 10: AM Surveys in Viñales; PM Drives to Havana.

Day 11:  Flights Home Today

Lead By: Alejandro Llanes

Alejandro Llanes