Trinidad/Tobago Birds-10 Nts-with Laurie Foss
- Walking, stairs, some long days in the field; however easy 'porch birding'
- 11 days/10 nights
- Scheduled dates: 2017: Nov 30-Dec 10
- $3595 per person/double based on 10. (with 8: $3795; with 6: $4295)
- $495 single supplement
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Awaken to the raucous noise of the Crested Oropendola and a host of other exotic sounds. At Asa Wright you might see 20-30 life birds before breakfast.. Birding from the veranda at dawn is one of those life-changing experiences. After a hot breakfast, you start with a guided tour of the several trails that traverse this rich and diverse wildlife sanctuary and a short history lesson about the origins of nature centre. On our introductory walk you should see such species as Bearded Bellbird, White-bearded and Golden-headed Manakin, Violaceous Trogon, the recently reclassified endemic Trinidad Motmot (formerly Blue-crowned Motmot), Channel-billed Toucan, Chestnut Woodpecker, Manakin, Rufous-browed Peppershrike, Turquoise and Bay-headed Tanager. And that's just Day 1!!
Based at world-renowned Asa Wright Nature Centre and Lodge, a 200-acre wildlife sanctuary in Trinidad's rainforested Northern Ridge, your tropical birding journey will also visit Nirvana Swamp (Pinneated Bittern, Pearl Kite, Azure Gallinule, Wattled Jacana, and Red-bellied Macaw), Blanchisseuse Road (Ornate Hawk-eagle, Bat Falcon, White-tailed Trogon, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Speckled Tanager and Blue Dacnis) , Apiro Swamp (Yellow-rumped Cacique, Blue-black Grassquit, and Ruddy-breasted Seedeater, Purple Gallinule, Wattled Jacana and White-headed Marsh Tyrant), and the Oilbird Cave (in addition to the obvious, Red-crowned Ant-Tanager, Black-faced Antthrush, White-bellied Antbird, and Gray-throated Leafscraper), and Caroni Marsh to witness the spectacular evening flight of Scarlet Ibis.
After 6 nights on Trinidad, we head to Tobago, a quick 25 minute flight, to stay at the peaceful and secluded Cuffie River Lodge. The birds here are more tropical in nature.
Accommodations: Spring Hill, the residential facility of the Asa Wright Nature Centre, offers simple, comfortable accommodations in the original plantation house and in several adjoining cottages. The rooms are simply and attractively furnished; however, you will likely do little more than sleep there as the field trip activities and the lure of the birdwatchers’ veranda will fill all your waking hours. If you have trouble climbing stairs, let us know and we will request a room in the main house or the lower cottages. Please note that all rooms have fans but no air-conditioning. Wifi is complimentary in the main building and access in the rooms very limited. Meals are served family style at large, group tables on a regular schedule, plus daily high tea and complimentary rum punch before dinner. Special diets can be accommodated.
At Cuffie River Nature Retreat on the island of Tobago, deluxe hotel rooms are fully en-suite, with running hot and cold water and shower, and furnished with two double beds and tea and coffee-making facilities. Ground floor rooms are fitted with grab bars and are wheelchair accessible and there are wheelchair ramps both into the hotel and up to the pool deck. All rooms have a private balcony, furnished with two chairs, and overlook the rainforest and main bird-feeding area at the front of the hotel, in-room safe, tea and coffee making facility.
Included: Room, taxes, all meals, local transportation, entry fees, local guide services
Not included: International airfare, gratuities, alcohol with meals
Bring: Good walking shoes or boots, lightweight field clothing, field guide, binoculars, bug spray, sunscreen, hat, light jacket or sweater for evenings, flashlight or head lamp.