Wonders of Nature - Trinidad
Duration: Half Day
The beautiful island of Trinidad is the southernmost island in the Caribbean, located just seven miles off the coast of Venezuela between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. It is also the largest of the 23 islands which make up the country of Trinidad and Tobago. If you are looking for a nature holiday in the Caribbean, Trinidad is the ideal destination – and a bird-watcher’s paradise. Due to its close proximity to South America and its different habitats, a spectacular and unique diversity of wildlife can be found here, which no other area in the West Indies can match.
This trip will take you on a nature tour of Trinidad, where you can enjoy a scenic drive through the island’s lush Northern Mountain range, an extension of the South American Andes, before reaching the Asa Wright Nature Centre (AWNC). This wonderful nature reserve is nestled in tropical rainforest within the Arima and Aripo Valleys, where a rich and wonderful diversity of lush flora and fauna thrives. View exotic wildlife and an abundance of native birds, butterflies, insects, reptiles, mammals, amphibians, trees and spectacular flowering plants. The AWNC Trust was founded by a group of naturalists and avid bird watchers to protect part of the Arima Valley, thus creating a conservation area that visitors can appreciate and enjoy.
Your local naturalist guide will show you the various plants and animal species that are protected within these grounds, as well as over 200 bird species including Ruby-topaz Hummingbirds, Orange-winged Parrots, Golden-olive Woodpeckers, Green Kingfishers, Bearded Bellbirds, Squirrel Cuckoos, Turquoise Tanagers, Ornate Hawk-eagles and the fascinating, rare nocturnal Oilbirds. This reserve is one of the best places in the tropics for bird watching. Relax on the world-famous veranda, which overlooks numerous bird feeders, allowing you to take a closer look at these beautiful tropical species.
After lunch, you will continue onwards for a spot of sightseeing in Port of Spain, the capital city of Trinidad and Tobago. Bordered by the Gulf of Paria on one side of the city and the Northern Range on the other, both mountain and sea views can be enjoyed all around you. Stroll around the Queens Park Savannah and Woodford Square where you will find beautiful, 19th century Spanish colonial buildings and some of the capital's most popular landmarks, including the gothic Holy Trinity Cathedral and The Red House, the seat of parliament. The Magnificent Seven, a row of grand colonial mansions, is also well worth seeing.
Your final stop on the tour is the Caroni Swamp, home to a myriad of spectacular bird species. Here you will take a small boat cruise through the mangroves, where you can see wading birds on their evening flight, coming in to roost from around 5pm until the sun sets. Boat-billed Herons, Mangrove Cuckoos, Egrets and bright red Scarlet Ibises can all be found nestled amongst the mangroves and flying at dusk. This is an unforgettable sight and a highlight of the nature tour.
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