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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: Early AM Transfer to Zapata and Bird Rest of Day in Zapata

Day 4: Great Start for Zapata: Full Day Birding Bermeja

Day 5: Full Day Birding in Zapata: AM Marsh Habitat at La Turba; PM Continue Birding in the Area

Day 6:  Zapata Birding Continues at La Salina in AM; Likely Late Afternoon Back at Bermeja

Day 7: AM Birding in Zapata (as needed); PM Off to Camagüey

Day 8: AM Birding Najasa; PM Birding Cayo Coco

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

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

Day 11:  Flights Home Today

Lead By: Arturo Kirkconnell Jr