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Trinidad & Tobago

from £2999
Beautiful bird watching and leisurely exploration in tropical Trinidad and Tobago.

Guided Walking Holidays Trinidad & Tobago

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. Explore on foot and observe along forest tracks and coastal trails – this leisurely holiday has nature at its heart.

On Trinidad we stay firstly in the grounds of the historic Mount St Benedict Monastery. We follow trails up to Mount Tabor, walk in the Arena Forest and visit the Atlantic coast to see Red-bellied Macaws, Yellow-crowned Parrots, birds of prey, herons and Howler Monkeys in the Nariva swamp and wetlands. We’ll take a boat trip on the Caroni Swamp to view Scarlet Ibis and Egrets as they fly in to roost in their hundreds.

Next we travel on to the world famous Asa Wright Nature Centre, a leader in conservation, education and research. With expert guides, we’ll discover local trails and see many of the island’s specialty species of birds and wildlife including huge Tegu Lizards, Channel-billed Toucans and Bearded Bellbirds. A walk to the Dunstan Cave to see the mysterious nocturnal Guacharos (Oilbirds) is not to be missed! We can swim in the natural pools and from the centre’s “Terrace” we will enjoy the early morning bird activity at close quarters.

Moving on we take a short flight to Tobago, then onto Speyside on the north eastern corner of this beautiful island. We’ll walk on unspoilt mountain, rainforest and coastal trails, hopefully 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.

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy unhurried walking on the trails viewing birds and wildlife along the way.
  • Relax and watch the bird activity from the “Terrace” at Asa Wright Nature Centre.
  • Take a sunset cruise on the Caroni swamp to view Scarlet Ibis.
  • Explore Dunstan Cave to see the mysterious nocturnal Guacharos.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Gatwick to Port of Spain returning Tobago to Gatwick (British Airways)
      Internal flight Port of Spain to Tobago (Caribbean Airlines)
      Airport transfers
      Half board en suite accommodation
      Lunches at the Asa Wright Nature Centre
      Knowledgeable English speaking local guides
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 3

  1. Day 1

    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.

  2. Day 2

    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.

  3. Day 3

    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.

  4. Day 4

    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

  5. Day 5

    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.

  6. Day 6 to 7

    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.

  7. Day 8

    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.

  8. Day 9

    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.

  9. Day 10

    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.

  10. Day 11

    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.

  11. Day 12

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

  12. Day 13

    Arrive into London Gatwick this morning.

Travel Details

  • Flights: Gatwick–Port of Spain/Tobago-Gatwick, with en route stop both ways British Airways.
  • Arrival transfer by road (c30mins).
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

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Asa Wright Nature Centre and Lodge

This Hotel and Lodge is the jewel in Trinidad’s crown. Also located in the Northern Range, set amongst almost 1500 acres of rain forest, it is a world leader in conservation through education and research and has long been a leader in ecotourism. The covered veranda that surrounds the lodge is an ideal location for viewing numerous species of birds and wildlife. All rooms at the Lodge are en suite and all meals, including morning and afternoon tea, during our stay are included. There are natural pools located within the grounds for a relaxing afternoon dip. Being built into the hillside, many of the bungalows have steps up or down to reach them. Free internet is available.

Blue Waters Inn

The Blue Waters Inn is a beachfront property delightfully tucked away in its own secluded bay, with a forest reserve that acts as its backdrop. The beautiful outdoor pool dramatically sits just metres away from the waters edge. All rooms face the ocean and have ceiling fans, climate control, coffee-making machine, a balcony or porch and are en suite. The hotel has a restaurant and bar. You can also hire snorkel equipment from the hotel’s dive centre.

Pax Guest House

The Pax Guest House is located in the lush Northern Range of Trinidad, set in acres of forested area surrounding the Mount St. Benedict Monastery. Established in the early 1900s, it is one of the oldest properties on the island and was originally used to accommodate visitors to the monastery. Due to the previous use of the building, the Guest House offers simple, yet adequate, accommodation in an excellent location with all bedrooms simply decorated in colonial style, with ceiling fans and wash basins. Some rooms are en suite, while others use shared facilities (separate male and female bathrooms). The Guest House has a living room and dining. From the verandas you can watch the early morning sun rise above the Caroni Plains some 800 meters below, and are ideal for both evening and morning bird watching. Sir David Attenborough and the Dalai Lama are amongst guests who have stayed at the Guest House.

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