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Trinidad & Tobago

Beautiful bird watching in the Caribbean.

Trinidad’s dynamic and vibrant beat nestles comfortably alongside the more serene Tobago, which offers the chance to take a step back and relax. The twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago offers visitors the best of two worlds. The proximity of the islands to South America has resulted in an unusually diverse fauna, particularly the islands’ birdlife, with no other area in the West Indies, and few areas of comparable size in tropical America, matching the islands’ spectacular species diversity.

On Trinidad we stay four nights in the grounds of the historic Mount St Benedict Monastery. From here we follow trails up to Mount Tabor, walk lowland forest tracks in the Arena Forest and visit the island’s Atlantic coast where we can see Red bellied Macaws, Yellow-crowned Parrots plus an array of birds of prey, herons and Howler Monkeys in the Nariva swamp and wetlands. We’ll take a boat trip on the Caroni Swamp into extensive mangroves to view the spectacle of Scarlet Ibis and Egrets as they fly in to roost in their hundreds. Our second stay on Trinidad is in the Northern Range at the world famous Asa Wright Nature Centre, a leader in conservation through education and research. Here, with the centre’s expert guides, we discover local trails and see many of the island’s speciality species of birds and wildlife including huge Tegu Lizards, Channel-billed Toucans and Bearded Bellbirds, to name but a few. Our stay also includes a special walk to the Dunstan Cave to see the mysterious nocturnal Guacharos (Oilbirds). We can swim in the natural pools and from the centre’s “Terrace” we will enjoy the early morning bird activity at close quarters.

We take a short flight from Trinidad to Tobago, where we spend four nights in Speyside on the north eastern corner of this beautiful island. Our days will be spent walking in unspoilt mountain rainforest and on coastal trails, some swimming and snorkelling off idyllic beaches, taking a glass bottomed boat to the nearby island of Little Tobago to see nesting seabirds such as Red-billed Tropicbirds and Brown Boobies. We’ll also discover a little of the island’s history including Scarborough’s Fort King George, dating from 1770 with its museum and cannon emplacements.

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You enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air, communing with nature and discovering the world at a relaxed pace. Short countryside strolls or sightseeing on foot make you feel good. You enjoy cities with art and culture and like to develop an interest in your surroundings. You are reasonably fit and healthy. No previous experience is required. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 5 miles of walking on well made paths with up to 300m of ascent.



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    11 Jan 2018
    Nights
    12
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    Level A
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    London (Gatwick)
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    Date
    25 Jan 2018
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    12
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    London (Gatwick)
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  • Itinerary & Map
    11 Jan 2018 - 23 Jan 2018

    Day 1 - 2 - Trinidad
    Depart London Gatwick for Piarco Airport, Trinidad. On arrival, transfer by road to the Pax Guest House, our accommodation for the next four nights. Dinner will follow a traditional welcome rum punch.

    Day 2 - 3 - Trinidad
    Today will be an orientation day in and around Mount St Benedict. Follow the trails from the monastery up towards Mount Tabor (approx. 4 miles), where we’ll hope to see a number of birds of prey, the White-tailed Trogon and the Long-billed Gnatwren, and look at the Benedictine Monastery. Enjoy a tasty afternoon tea at the guest house and evening viewing from the guest house’s veranda, where we can see Orange-crowned Parrots and raptors on their way to roost.

    Day 3 - 4 - Trinidad
    We visit the west coast of the island with a drive through the Caroni rice fields to the Point à Pierre Wildfowl Trust to view the conservation and captive ibis and whistling duck breeding project. We’ll make stops at various coastal sites as we return north where we should see many species of seabirds and American waders. We’ll take a boat trip into extensive mangroves on the Caroni swamp and as we cruise along the narrow channels we hope to see Cooke’s Tree Boa and Silky Anteaters high in the mangroves. Special birds here include Green-fronted Mango and Bicoloured Conebill. A highlight will be the spectacular roost of Scarlet Ibis, Egrets and Heron.

    Day 4 - 5 - Trinidad
    This morning we’ll walk the tracks of the Aripo Livestock Research Station and should see Savannah Hawk, Green rumped Parrotlet, Red Breated Blackbird and Cocoi Heron amongst others before we venture over to the island’s Atlantic coast. Here we’ll drive along the palm-fringed coastal road and visit the Nariva Swamp and wetlands. Today we’ll hopefully see Red-billed Macaws, Yellow-crowned Parrots and an array of Birds of Prey, herons and hopefully hear, and might see, Howler Monkeys

    Day 5 - 6 - Trinidad
    An early start today takes us to the Arena Forest, where we’ll walk lowland forest tracks (approx. 4 miles) listening and looking for such species as Little Tinamou, Striped Cuckoo, Violaceous Trogon Channel-billed Toucan and Pygmy Kingfisher. Our day ends at the Asa Wright Nature Centre & Lodge, a jewel in Trinidad’s crown, and our accommodation for the next three nights.

    Day 6 - 7 - Trinidad
    During our two days at the Asa Wright Nature Centre will be spent with the Centre’s expert guides as we have early morning and late evening viewings from the “Terrace”; explore the Centre’s trails and take a special walk to the Dunstan Cave to see the mysterious nocturnal Guacharos (oilbirds). Along the trails we will hear the almost deafening ‘clang’ of Bearded Bellbirds and see leks of White bearded Manakins, Rufous-tailed Jacamar and Golden Headed Giant Antshrike There will be time for relaxation too, with dips in the natural pools, afternoon tea and traditional rum punches.

    Day 7 - 8 - Tobago
    After early morning viewing from the “Terrace”, we have time for a walk before we go to the airport for our flight to nearby Tobago. After a short flight to Crown Point Airport on Tobago, we transfer by road to Speyside, and the Blue Waters Inn, our home for the next four nights.

    Day 8 - 9 - Tobago
    We’ll start our day with a coastal walk along Waterwheel and Starwood Trace to Anse Brisant Bay, (approx. 3 miles) following forest trails which offers wonderful views of Little Tobago and Goat Island and we hope to see the beautiful Blue-crowned Motmot with its amazing spatula-ended tail. This afternoon, an optional glass bottomed boat ride to Little Tobago offers the chance of swimming, snorkelling and a walk to the summit of the island for the viewing of nesting colonies of seabirds – Brown Boobies, Red-footed Boobies and Red-billed Tropicbirds.

    Day 9 - 10 - Tobago
    With a fairly early start, we’ll take a guided walk through the Main Ridge Forest (approx. 2.5 miles), which offers scenic views of Sisters Island from the rainforest lookouts, and we’ll hopefully see the rare Blue-backed Manakin at their lek, Grey-throated Leaftosser and the White-tailed Sabrewing (hummingbird). Then we descend to Bloody Bay and the fishing village of Charlotteville with hovering Frigatebirds.

    Day 10 - 11 - Tobago
    We’ll start early today as our travels take us to the southern tip of the island to Crown Point/Pigeon Point to visit the wetlands and Bon Accord Lagoon viewing Black Skimmers along with Brown Pelicans and perhaps the rare Masked Duck, and we’ll enjoy a photographic session at bird feeders for five species of humming birds, Red Crowned Woodpecker, Blue Crowned Motmot and other colourful species of birds.

    Day 11 - 12 - -
    After a leisurely morning, we’ll transfer to Crown Point airport for our overnight flight to London Gatwick.

    Day 12 - 13 - -
    Arrive into London Gatwick this morning.


  • Accommodation

    Trinidad: Pax Guest House (some rooms have shared facilities) (4); Asa Wright Nature Centre and Lodge (3). Tobago: Blue Waters Inn, Speyside (4), In flight (1).

  • What's Included
    • Return flights, airport transfers and local transport.
    • Half board en-suite accommodation.
    • Lunches at the Asa Wright Nature Centre.
    • Knowledgeable local guides.

     

  • Holiday Highlights
    • Relaxing and watching the bird activity from the “Terrace” at Asa Wright Nature Centre.
    • Taking a sunset cruise on the Caroni swamp to view Scarlet Ibis.
    • Exploring Dunstan Cave to see the mysterious nocturnal Guacharos.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c30mins).
    • Flights: Gatwick–Port of Spain/Tobago-Gatwick (c10hrs + stops), British Airways.
    • UK add-on flights from £95 return, British Airways.
    • Upgrades: World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) and Business Class upgrades available, please 
      ask for a competitive quote.

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You enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air, communing with nature and discovering the world at a relaxed pace. Short countryside strolls or sightseeing on foot make you feel good. You enjoy cities with art and culture and like to develop an interest in your surroundings. You are reasonably fit and healthy. No previous experience is required. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 5 miles of walking on well made paths with up to 300m of ascent.



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