Cuban wings

Itinerary

Arrival to Havana’s International Airport.

Welcome to Cuba!

A member of Cuba 360 will receive you at the airport, look for our logo with your name on it (or the name of the person who booked the holiday). Next, you will be transferred to your accommodation in Old Havana where you can relax for the rest of the day, or walk around the city, if you prefer so.

Havana-San Diego de los Baños

After breakfast, depart to San Diego de Los Baños, a small town in Pinar del Rio province, 90 min west of Havana. Some stops will me make on the way for birding opportunities. In the area around San Diego, we can find more than 100 species of birds, with a high percentage of endemics.

Main targets in the area: Cuban Solitaire, Olive-capped Warbler, Giant Kingbird, Fernandina’s Flicker, Scaly-napped Pigeon, Cuban Grassquit, Cuban Pygmy Owl, Gundlach’s Hawk, Stygian Owl.

Havana-San Diego de los Baños-Viñales

Depart to Viñales Valley, one of Cuba’s most magnificent natural settings, surrounded by steep-sided limestone “mogotes”. Known for its fertile soil, which along with its natural micro-climate, make the land suitable to grow some of the finest tobacco in Cuba, hence, the world. 

Main targets in the area:

Cuban Solitaire, Olive-capped Warbler and Cuban Grassquit.

Viñales-Zapata Swamp

Depart to Zapata Swamp after lunch.

Zapata Swamp is, undoubtedly, the best bird watching area in Cuba, and possibly the entire Caribbean region. It supports all but three of Cuba’s 23 avian endemics, as well as many other native species, both winter residents and transients, along with several summer and spring visitors (which breed in Cuba but return south in fall). Over 270 species have been reported in the area.

Main targets in the area: Fernandina’s FlickerCuban Pygmy-Owl, Bare-legged Owl, Cuban Nightjar, Bee Hummingbird, Cuban Parakeet, Cuban Trogon, Cuban Tody, Zapata Wren, Zapata Sparrow, Red-shouldered Blackbird.

Zapata Swamp

Depart to Bermeja (a fauna refuge with National Significance), an open area with royal and cabbage palms, brush, and shrubbery, 7 miles (12 km) north of Playa Girón. This is the place to look for Fernandina’s Flicker. Cuba’s two endemic owls (Cuban Pygmy-Owl  and Bare-legged Owl), Cuban NightjarBee HummingbirdCuban ParakeetCuban TrogonCuban Tody, and all four quail-dove species (the two rarest species are frequently encountered) can also be seen here, as well as many Nearctic warblers. Lunch in the resort or house select for overnight. After 3:30 pm resume the birding for the afternoon in Bermeja area.

Zapata Swamp

Depart for La Turba. This is a marsh habitat, where we will be looking for Zapata WrenZapata Sparrow, and Red-shouldered Blackbird. Lunch at Caleta Buena (optional), or our lodging place after 4:00 pm. Birding in the area. Target birds: Any missing bird, or to obtain better views of some previously seen endemics.

Zapata Swamp

Birding in La Salina in Zapata. This area has ideal feeding conditions for many waterbirds (flamingos, egrets, ducks, shorebirds), which come to feast on the fishes, crustaceans, and other invertebrates. Lunch at our lodging place. After 3:30 pm, depart to the field again, to search for any missing endemic species and to obtain better views of the birds.

Zapata Swamp-Trinidad

Depart to Trinidad, birding along the way.

Trinidad in the 3rd oldest city in Cuba, founded by the Spanish crown in 1514. Perfectly preserved, with its cobblestone streets, Trinidad is one of the livest places in Cuba, with live music being played in the evenings on almost every corner.

Trinidad-Camaguey

Birding in the morning. Depart to Camaguey in the aternoon.

Welcome to the maze! Camaguey (originally named Puerto Principe) was the 4th village founded by the Spanish crown on the southern coast of the region where it’s settled now. It was relocated in 1528, after some native rebellions and pirate attacks, being the last the reason why the city was designed like a maze, in order to confuse the attackers. 

Camaguey-Najasa-Cayo Coco

Depart to Najasa,  a biosphere reserve. Among the birds that can be observed in the area are Nothern Caracara, Limpkin, Northern Jacana, and many endemics, including the elusive Gundlach’s Hawk. After lunch, depart for Cayo Coco. Your accommodation in this location will be in an all inclusive hotel.

Cayo Coco is the second-largest key in Cuba (recently connected to the mainland by a rock-fill road). It’s mostly covered by semideciduous forests; there are also mangroves, coastal shrub, patches of grass, and lagoons. A total of over 200 species has been reported, including many Cuban rarities with several new birds to add to our list: Cuban Gnatcatcher, a race of Zapata Sparrow, and Oriente Warbler. Also, other birds will be sought, including Western Spindalis and Cuban Bullfinch. There are many waders and one of the largest populations of American Flamingo in the Caribbean. In fall Merlin and Peregrine Falcon are not uncommon. Piping Plover is a winter resident on these keys.

Cayo Coco

Birding around Cayo Paredon Grande. The main habitats of this key are sandy-coast vegetation and mangroves. Well over 100 species have been reported in the area, including Thick-billed Vireo (a described endemic subspecies cubensis) and Bahama Mockingbird (very rare in this area), among them. There is a lighthouse where, during the fall migration, many North American warblers can be spotted. It is also an excellent area for Mangrove CuckooCuban Gnatcatcher, and Oriente Warbler.

Cayo Coco

Full day birding around the area, we will be looking for those sneaky little beauties we couldn’t find on the previous day.

Cayo Coco-Havana

Travel day! Let’s make our way back to Havana, with stops for birding along the way.

Havana

Walking tour of Old Havana, escorted by your guide. Discover the magic that hides in every corner of this audacious city. More than 500 years of history make Havana the perfect place to unleash your curiosity, especially for those who enjoy architecture. Hundreds of buildings from the 19th, 18th, 17th, and even 16th centuries spread around the narrow streets of this romantic city.

Jump in a classic convertible car and visit the highlights of the more modern part of Havana, with stops at points of interest.

Departure from Havana’s International Airport.

Transfer to the airport. It’s the moment to say goodbye to Cuba. It’s sad but you have to go back to your country, until the next time. We will miss you 🙂

Small group tour:

$2350/ per person.

Single supplement:

$780

Private tour:

Price on request.

What's included:

  • Private guide for the whole duration of the tour.
  • Accommodation in “casas particulares” (guesthouses). Single room supplement is available, otherwise, you might have to share. Air conditioning system and a private bathroom are guarantied.
  • Transportation to all the places listed in the itinerary, including domestic flights (if needed) and transfers from and to the airport.
  • Entrance fees for every activity and/or excursion on the itinerary, except if otherwise specified.
  • Daily breakfast and lunch.
  • Cuba 360’s souvenir pack.

What's not included:

  • International flights.
  • Personal purchases.
  • Travel insurances.
  • Visas. You will need a visa to enter Cuba, it’s a mere formality though. For more information check our blog.
  • Tips and gratuities.

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