Cuba Birding

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Group Tour

14 Nights and 15 days
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Itinerary

3 nights are in Havana (first 2 and last)
4 nights in the Zapata Peninsula (Bahia of Pigs)
2 nights in Varadero
2 nights in Soroa
3 nights in Viñales Valley.

For its privileged geographic position, Cuba is visited each year by a large amount of migratory birds, many of which make a brief visit to the island to rest after long journeys and then continue their flight towards the south; others receive the category of winter birds for remaining on the island until the spring.

Cuba is an attractive destination for bird watchers for its geographic location, the conservation of its ecosystems, sub tropical climate, great biodiversity, and high level of endemism.

Day 1

Arrival to Havana International Airport.

Meet and Greeting.

TRF to Hotel in Havana.

Accommodation at Hotel Plaza or Hotel Tejadillo in Old Havana.

FREE evening.

Day 2 HAVANA - PENINSULA DE ZAPATA (Bay of Pigs)

Early Breakfast at 07:00.

07:30 Check Out and Departure for Hatos de Jicarica in Península de Zapata. Arrival to the point of embark for Hatiguanico River. Riding in a boat to see birds who live in the aquatic (river and coast) which are endemics from the area.

13:30 Luncheon included at Batey (sort of a rural small village).

14:30 Departing for Playa Larga Hotel, accommodation in H & B.

In the afternoon bird watching in the Hotel area.

20:00 Dinner at the Hotel.

Day 3 PENINSULA DE ZAPATA

05:00 Box Breakfast.

05:30 Early departure for Las Salinas trail and Cayo Venado ( Deer Key). Full day bird watching in the area.

Luncheon in a local restaurant.

After lunch, continuation of the bird watching at Trail Arrollote.

18:30 Back to the Hotel.

Accommodation at Playa Larga Hotel in H & B.

Dinner at the Hotel.

FREE time.

DAY 4 PENINSULA DE ZAPATA

Breakfast in the Hotel.

Early departure, full day observation of birds at trail Bermejas. Luncheon at Caleta Nueva (Cenote). Half Hour Free time to swim before luncheon.

After luncheon continuation to the trail Enigma de las Rocas (Enigma of the Rocks).

17:30 Back to the Hotel.

Accommodation at Playa Larga Hotel in H & B.

Dinner at the Hotel.

FREE time.

DAY 5 PENINSULA DE ZAPATA

06:00 Early breakfast.

06:30 Departure for trail Santo Tomas, birdwatching in the area. Luncheon at La Boca restaurant.

Boat ride through the Treasury Lagoon to see birds in their aquatic (swamp) ambiance.

17:00 Back to the Hotel.

Accommodation at Playa Larga Hotel in H & B.

Dinner at the Hotel.

FREE time.

DAY 6 PENINSULA DE ZAPATA - VARADERO

08:30 Breakfast.

09:30 Departure for Varadero Beach Resort.

12:00 Check In at the Hotel Las Morlas 4****, accommodation in All Inclusive.

FREE in Varadero.

DAY 7 VARADERO

Free in Varadero.

Accommodation in All Inclusive at Hotel Las Morlas 4****.

DAY 8 VARADERO - HAVANA

08:30 Breakfast.

09:30 Check Out and Departure for Havana.

10:45 Panoramic Tour of Matanzas City (seat in bus).

12:00 Entrance to the Park Morro - Cabaña Fortress. Continuation of the trip to Old Havana.

13:00 Luncheon in Las Minas Restaurant.

14:00 Tour of Old Havana, visiting all the Squares, main buildings, monuments.

Seat in Bus Panoramic Tour of Modern Havana with stops at Revolution Square.

Accommodation in B & B at Hotel Plaza or Hotel Tejadillo in Old Havana.

FREE time.

Optional Dinner.

DAY 9, HAVANA-SOROA (Western Cuba)

08:30 Breakfast.

09:30 Check Out, departure for Las Terrazas region in the Sierra del Rosario Hills chain.

Bird Watching in the area of Las Terrazas, luncheon in the area.

15:00 Departing for Soroa.

Bird Watching train in the afternoon in Soroa.

Accommodation in H & B at Hotel Soroa.

Dinner at the Hotel.

DAY 10 SOROA

Early breakfast.

Bird Watching in the área of Guira and Cueva de los Portales.

Lunch at the Restaurant of Hotel Mirador de San Diego.

Back to the hotel.

FREE time.

Accommodation at Hotel Soroa in H & B.

Dinner at the Hotel.

DAY 11, SOROA - VIÑALES VALLEY

08:00 Breakfast.

09:00 Departing for Viñales Valley, arrival to the visitor Center.

Doling the Trail Maravillas of Viñales.

Luncheon at Palenque de los Cimarrones Restaurant.

Check In at the Hotel Los Jazmines or La Ermita or Rancho San Vicente.

Dinner at the hotel.

DAY 12, VIÑALES VALLEY

07:30 Breakfast.

08:00 Departure for Finca (Farm) San Vicente for bird watching in the región, the whole day.

Luncheon in the place.

17:30 Back to the Hotel.

Accommodation in H & B.

Dinner at the Hotel.

DAY 13, VIÑALES VALLEY

Breakfast.

Departure for Cueva de Santo Tomás (Caves of Santo Tomás) the biggest in Cuban and in the Caribbean (main land).

Birdwatching.

Luncheon at the Mural of Prehistoria Restaurant.

Back to the Hotel.

FREE time.

Dinner at the Hotel.

DAY 14, VIÑALES VALLEY - CAYO LEVISA - HAVANA

08:00 Breakfast.

08:30 Check Out, departure for Palma Rubia Marina to take the boat at 10:00 to do the tour to Cayo Levisa.

FREE day at the beach, optional available.

Luncheon included.

17:50 Back to Palma Rubia.

Continuation of the trip to Havana.

20:00 Check In at Hotel Memories Miramar Havana.

Accommodation in B & B.

FREE evening (last in Havana).

Optional Dinner.

DAY 15, DEPARTURE

Breakfast.

Free in the morning.

TRF OUT on time to take flight back to the country of origin.

 

END OF SERVICES


Included:

Accommodation as indicated in the meal plan pointed out in each of the Hotel.

Private transportation during the whole Program with Driver.

Tour Guide specialize in Bird Watching.

All entrances as indicated, Tours, Bird watching activities, Trails.

Luncheons as indicated.

Not included:

Airfare.

Tourist Visa.

Medical Insurance.

Services not mentioned in the Program.

Tips

Cienaga de Zapata
memories miramar hotel

Cienaga de Zapata is one of Cuba’s most diverse ecosystems. Crowded into this vast wetland (essentially two swamps divided by a rocky central tract) are 14 different vegetation formations including mangroves, wood, dry wood, cactus, savannah, selva and semideciduous. There are also extensive salt pans. The marshes support more than 190 bird species, 31 types of reptiles, 12 species of mammals, plus countless amphibians, fish and insects (including the insatiable mosquito). There are more than 900 plant species here, some 115 of them endemic. It is also an important habitat for the endangered monad (manatee), the Cuban cocodrilo (crocodile; Crocodylus rhombifer ) and the manjuari (alligator gar; Atractosteus tristoechus )

Hatibonico River
hatiguanico river, peninsula de zapata

This river is considered the most important and connotation in the territory, given by the water supply provided by the underground drainage of numerous springs that flow through “hydrogeological windows” . Born into a huge source of fresh and clear water. Species such as tarpon ( shad) and snook ( snook ) are characteristic of this area. They are also Manatí, gar and other species.

Playa Larga Hotel
cabin-playa-larga-hotel peninsula de zapata

Located in the privileged area of Pigs Bay in Matanzas, in one of the most beautiful beaches of the South coast of Cuba; this hotel is surrounded by an exuberant flora and fauna, full of endemic species that attract hundreds of ecological tourists every year. It is a very quiet place, suitable for elder clients. There are conditions for day and night diving. 60 houses: 30 houses with one bedroom, 8 hoses with 2 bedrooms, and 22 standard rooms. All with air conditioning, safe, phone, and satellite TV.

Varadero
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Is one of the largest resort town in the Caribbean, located in the province of Matanzas, Cuba. It is situated on the Hicacos Peninsula, between the Bay of Cárdenas and the Straits of Florida, where there is a nature reserve with virgin forests and beaches. Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport, situated west of the peninsula, is Varadero's airport. It is the second-most-important airport of the island after José Martí Airport in Havana, and serves international and domestic flights.

Soroa
soroa

This is a truly lovely part of the Biosphere Reserve Sierra del Rosario, one of the finest nature reserves in western Cuba. Here you can enjoy the main attraction, orchids, over 700 species from around the world and located in its world-famous orchid of 35 thousand square meters. Similarly you can make great pictures if he look in their paths, such as “the green route of French coffee plantations” and “hill route the hillock pool of love.” No less attractive are its artificial pools, springs, and jumps as Bayate River Falls where the waters are light and rainbow trails. Soroa also has a viewpoint of 250 meters above sea level, offering stunning views of mountain landscapes. Pototocuba.com

The Terrazas
las terrazas pinar del rio cuba

Las Terrazas is considered first Cuban echo museum of both national and international reference for others developing areas with similar conditions. It also owns the Conservation Award granted by UNESCO. The settlers count on conditions that unquestionably set the grounds for an increase in their lives' quality, and constitute one of the main principles of sustainable development model.

Valle de Viñales
mogotes in vinales valley pinar del rio cuba

The Viñales Valley in the Sierra de los Organos near the western end of the island of Cuba is an outstanding karst landscape encircled by mountains and dotted with spectacular dome-like limestone outcrops (mogotes) that rise as high as 300 m. Colonised at the beginning of the 19th century, the valley has fertile soil and a climate conducive to the development of stock-raising and the cultivation of fodder and food crops.Unesco

Caverna de Santo Tomas
cave santo tomas pinar del rio cuba

Gran Caverna de Santo Tomas. National Monument. It is the largest cave system in Cuba, six thousand meters in length, as well as the geographical area of Central America, the Caribbean and South America's largest. It is located in the municipality of Viñales, in the Sierra de Quemados, organs, in the Pinar del Río Province. Their dens are considered the most important not only for its size of 46.2 kilometers, but by their Pleistocene fossils and natural beauty.

Cayo Levisa
cayo levisa pinar del rio cuba

The jumping off point to reach to Cayo Levisa is in Palma Rubia in Pinar del Rio, about 146 kilometres from Havana. The boat ride to Cayo Levisa is about a half hour long.

 

Attractions Havana-Soroa-Viñales-Trinidad

Attractions Havana

  • ✓ Museum National of Bellas Artes
  • ✓ Museum of the Revolucion
  • ✓ Napoleonic museum
  • ✓ Museum of Chocolate
  • ✓ Museum of the Rum Havana Club
  • ✓ Pharmacy Museum
  • ✓ Museum of the City
  • ✓ Hemingway Museum Finca Vigia
  • ✓ Scale model of Havana
  • ✓ Museum of Guanabacoa
  • ✓ National Museum of Decorative Arts
  • ✓ Wilfredo Lam Center

Attractions Soroa

  • ✓ Explore the Sierra del Rosario, Biosphere Reserve.
  • ✓ Nature Tourism: mountain climbing, horseback riding, mountaineering, bike riding.
  • ✓ The Orchad Botanical Gardens.
  • ✓ Agua Pozo del Amor Waterfall.
  • ✓ Ruins of former French coffee plantations.
  • ✓ Bayate and Manatiales.

Attractions Viñales

  • ✓ Santo Tomas Gran Caverna
  • ✓ Indian Cave
  • ✓ Palenque of the Maroons
  • ✓ Mural of Prehistory
  • ✓ Prehistoric park
  • ✓ Palmarito Cave
  • ✓ House Veguero
  • ✓ Viñales Valley Overlook
  • ✓ Botanical Garden
  • ✓ Horse ride through the valley

Cienaga Zapata

  • ✓ Boca de Guama.
  • ✓ Guama:
  • ✓ Playa Larga
  • ✓ Playa Giron
  • ✓ Giron Museum
  • ✓ Australia sugar mill.
  • ✓ Museum of the command of the FAR.