Cuba birdwatching tour

“Two tailor-made weeks to discover Cuba’s rich birdlife, with local ornithologists, plus a couple of days to explore Havana.”

Highlights

Five full days birding with specialist local ornithologist guides | Havana guided city tour | Sierra Del Rosario | La Guira National Park | Playa Larga on Caribbean coast | Zapata National Park | Camaguey | La Belen National Park | Sierra de Najasa | Cayo Coco | Cuba Visa Cards

Description of Cuba birdwatching tour

Well known as an island rich in culture, Cuba is also a wonderful destination for a birdwatching tour. Its many habitats support a large variety of both migratory and resident birds, with around 25 endemic species here, many of which are also endangered. You’ll be able to see all these species on this tailor made holiday and will also have the chance to spot lots of other Caribbean and North American species. Explore Cuba’s diverse landscapes as you go, from deep forests, crags and hills, to huge wetland areas.

As this trip is tailor made, the itinerary below is only a suggestion – we can change it to fit your interests and requirements. Local specialist ornithologists will join you in each of the areas you visit. You will also have two days to explore Havana, with a guided tour to help you learn more about this fascinating city.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
This tour is committed to showcasing the wonderful nature and bird life that can be found in Cuba, whilst providing travellers with an authentic and unforgettable small group tour experience. Our commitment to Cuba's environment is unwavering as we are very much aware of the impact travel and tourism can have on a destination. For this reason we cap the number of people to a maximum of 10 people.
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.
For instance, Cuba is home to the Caribbean's largest and best-preserved wetland area, the Cienaga de Zapata Biosphere Reserve, which has been declared a special region for sustainable development. This area has a great diversity of ecosystems and land cover types such as grasslands, mangrove and many other types of forest, coral reefs with and coastal lagoons. It also supports the main populations of the Cuban crocodile and many species of birds, many of which are endemic. So far relatively unexplored by foreign tourists, who usually come to Cuba for sun and beach holidays, the area has only recently opened up to tourism. This is very important for the benefit of preserving the Reserve and also for the local communities. They are actively involved in decision-making processes through public hearings and people’s councils organized by the administration of the local government. This biosphere reserve covers a large protected area and all long-term objectives for conservation and the development of sustainable land-use practices are met.
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The Impacts of this Trip

As this tour takes you off ‘the beaten track’ to areas not usually visited by the average tourist, it allows us to use more authentic accommodation options and not just the large all-inclusives that dominate the beach resorts. Getting away from tourist areas, will also give you many opportunities for inter-acting with local communities.
You will be accompanied by a knowledgeable and experienced local guide throughout this tour. In addition, wherever you travel on the island you will be guided by a trained ornithologist who is resident in the local area. He will therefore be completely familiar with the area and its flora and fauna. These are very special individuals, who take personal responsibility for the environment and its protection, 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.
Cuba's economy is largely dependent upon tourism and the Cuban people would be worse off without it. Simply by travelling to Cuba one is benefitting local communities. It is very important to us as UK based specialist tour operators, to behave responsibly towards our suppliers and hosts and this is at the very heart of what we do. Our aim is to give our clients the very best experience of the destinations they visit, whilst benefitting the local community and environment.

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