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. Cayo 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: 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: Havana History and Culture
Day 12: Flights Home Today