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Cuba

Tour Code: CUB01

A 12-day birdwatching tour concentrating on the endemic species of Cuba.

12 days from £3695(inc flights) Land Only Price: £3195 SRS: £200


The vibrant and colourful Caribbean island of Cuba is home to over 20 species of endemic birds and these will form the principal focus of this ‘Bargain Birdwatching tour’. Cuba’s diverse island birdlife is typically representative of the Greater Antilles but, in addition to these residents, this tour will encounter north-bound migrants heading towards the USA. Starting in historic Havana, our tour visits La Guira National Park, Cayo Coco, Camaguey and Zapata, a circuit which presents the chance of seeing all the endemic birds as well as numerous sub-species unique to the island. We’ll also experience a society which pursues a Socialist way of life distinct from any other country in the region, or indeed the World.

  • Over 20 endemic bird species
  • Plus North American passage migrants
  • Enjoy birdwatching in the warmth of the Caribbean
  • Experience Cuba's Socialist idyll
  • Escorted by one of Cuba’s top ornithologist guidesbr />

Food

All meals are included in the holiday cost except any snacks in transit at Havana Airport.

Accommodation

Standard tourist hotels with private facilities

Cuban Bee Hummingbird (Kevin Elsby)

Cuban Bee Hummingbird (Kevin Elsby)

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 Fly Havana

Day 2 La Guira National Park

Day 3/5 Zapata Peninsula

Day 6/7 Camaguey / Najasa NP

Day 8/10 Cayo Coco

Day 11/12 Havana / Fly London

Cuba is just 90 miles from the southern coast of Florida but in almost every respect it provides a complete contrast with its affluent neighbour, not least in the Socialist ideology which has shaped the island way of life for over 40 years. The avifauna is typical of the Greater Antilles but what makes Cuba a particularly attractive birdwatching destination is the presence of 21 endemic species on the island plus a number of distinct subspecies. Added to the impressive selection of resident species is an array of North American passage migrants seeking food and rest before continuing their journey across the Straits of Florida. In March these can include many of the colourful wood-warblers resplendent in breeding plumage as they flit after insects through the canopy of a Cuban forest. Wetland birds are also well represented on the island and compete for attention with resident pelicans and frigatebirds along the coastline. The diversity and abundance of the birdlife is complemented by a largely unspoilt landscape and a relaxed, easygoing atmosphere which combine to make Cuba a very enjoyable, and ornithologically productive, holiday destination.

Cuban Tody (Steve Wakeham)Stygian Owl, Cuba (A Kirkonell)Land Crab (Steve Wakeham)Bee Hummingbird feeding, Zapata (Kevin Elsby)Bee Hummingbird, Zapata (Kevin Elsby)Fernandina's Flicker (A Kirkonell)Cuban Trogon (Steve Wakeham)Cuban Tody (Steve Wakeham)Cuban Solitaire (John Bennett)Bare-legged Owl (Steve Wakeham)Cuban Pygmy Owl (Steve Wakeham)Cuban Pygmy Owl (A Kirkonell)Cuban Pewee (Steve Wakeham)Cuban Parrot (A Kirkonell)Cuban Parakeet (Steve Wakeham)Cuban Green Woodpecker (Steve Wakeham)Cuban Emerald (Steve Wakeham)Bee Hummingbird (John Bennett)Black-throated Blue Warbler (Steve Wakeham)Cuban Oriole (Steve Wakeham)Zapata Sparrow, Cuba (A Kirkonell)Havana street (John Raby)Havana (John Raby)
T.M.
Highlands
Byron is an excellent leader and always keen to make sure everyone sees the birds. The ground agent guide was a mine of information about Cuba and its history and the driver was very safe and reliable. The local guides were all good too.
H.M.
Highlands
Byron is an outstanding leader, very patient and makes sure everyone has the opportunity to see any bird where possible. I look forward to reliving the trip through his report. Local leaders knew their stuff and Santos the local agent was a fund of information about Cuba. Hector, the driver, was cheerful and was very obliging.
M.M.
Dorset
A great trip - quality birds, easy pace, good group and excellent leaders ... Chris Kehoe was one of the sharpest birders I have been led by...Ill definitely be using Naturetrek again.
P.W.
West Sussex
This was an excellent birdwatching tour. The Naturetrek leader had a thorough working knowledge of the birds and of the birding areas. His familiarity with the species meant that he was able to offer us the best opportunity for seeing them. Thus we had good views of all the endemics and many migrant North American Warblers. Most of the local Cuban guides were obviously familiar with their patch and the birds therein and showed enthusiasm and competence in locating them for us.
M.S.
Ross-shire
A well devised itinerary to a new destination, that makes an interesting and desirable addition to the Naturetrek portfolio.
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Mon 5th March 2018 - Fri 16th March 2018

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£3695

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Byron is an excellent leader and always keen to make sure everyone sees the birds. The ground agent guide was a mine of information about Cuba and its history and the driver was very safe and reliable. The local guides were all good too.
T.M., Highlands