Birdwatching in Trinidad & Tobago, small group tour

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25 Nov 2016
£ 2295
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Birdwatching in Trinidad & Tobago, small group tour


On this tour, you will visit various bird sanctuaries and national parks, many of which do not normally benefit from visits from mainstream tourism. The entrance fees we pay to enter these go directly to sustaining them.

Wherever you travel, you will be accompanied by well-trained and experienced local guides, who are familiar with their environment and are responsible for protecting it, offering advice on how to preserve the delicate balance of nature. They are also of course, best placed to know where to find the various species of birds.

You will stay at the Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad, which has become a model for sustainable development and ecotourism projects in the Caribbean winning many prestigious national, regional and international awards. The Nature Centre is an actively participates in the life of the surrounding local communities and all of the Centre’s employees, including the birding guides come from the nearby villages.


We only employ local guides, who we know and trust completely, and do not send a leader from the UK to accompany you on this tour. For instance in Tobago, your guide Newton George comes from the village of Speyside, adjacent to your hotel and is probably the island’s most knowledgeable birding guide. With 34 years experience as one of only two Forest Reserve Rangers on the island, he retired from this position in 2004 and now leads bird watching tours on a full time basis. His environmental credentials are without question and among his many claims to fame is establishing the Red Billed Tropic Bird viewing site on Little Tobago, which was featured in David Attenborough’s Trials of Life.

During this trip you will be based at two different properties, both of which are located in rural areas close to the local communities. These hotels are the main source of employment for the nearby villages and local people are trained in a wide range of skills. At the Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad all their resident guides are trained in conservation and wildlife and sometimes even sponsored through to University graduation.

The Centre is committed to conservation education at all levels and approximately 4000 local school children visit the estate each year. The Lodge at the Asa Wright Centre is a comfortable non-profit making hotel, most of their funds come from their guest facilities and you can therefore help them develop their conservation efforts just by visiting the Centre.

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