Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After a leisurely morning, we’ll transfer to Crown Point airport for our overnight flight to London Gatwick.
Arrive into London Gatwick this morning.