A unique, three weeks holiday, focused on all the nine endemic amazons on the Caribbean!

Caribbean Endemic Amazons -NEW-

Saturday 12th January - Saturday 2nd February 2019

The beautiful Caribbean islands are magnet for numerous people with their fine sandy beaches and turquoise blue sea waters. But there are some hidden treasures on these islands known to a much fewer people - the very beautiful Amazon parrots. Nowadays there are 9 species of endemic amazons inhabiting 8 of the islands, and one of them - the Cuban amazon has 2 distinct subspecies on smaller islands. Our tour will be focused on these beautiful and endangered birds and we shall see them in their native habitat and enjoy their behavior and beauty. We will also visit the conservation projects on most of the islands. We will also see the 2 endemic parakeets, plus a number of introduced other parrot species. For each of the amazon species we will have 2 full days and the islands we will visit have in total 100 + other endemic bird species and we may see most of them.
Sadly, once upon there were more amazons species to live on the Caribbean and at least 2, possibly 4 species of macaws. They are long gone now, due to persecution and habitat destruction.
Beside the observation of the amazons in the wild, and the other birds, we will have some lectures about the extinct species and more importantly on the conservation issues and the efforts to protect and save the existing amazons. Their biology, ecology, history, survival and conservation will be discussed.
We shall start from the south end of the Caribbean, from St. Vincent

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Day 1  Depart Gatwick early morning on a BA flight, via Barbados and arrive St. Vincent at 20.50 pm local time. Overnight in Kingston for 3 nights.

Days 2  and 3  Watching St. Vincent Amazon, we try to see both color morphs in the wild and visit the conservation project and the aviaries with captive parrots.

Days 4 and 5  Half an hour flight to St. Lucia at 07.20 am - 07.50 am local time. Here we will accommodate for two nights. Observing the local amazon and visit the conservation project. Free time and birding around.

Days 6 to 8  Flight to Dominica at 09.00 am - 09.40 am local time. Stay overnight in hotel near Portsmouth for 3 nights. We shall have three full days at in search of the Imperial and the Red-necked amazons at Northern Forest Reserve; on the flanks of Morne Diablotin and Morne Trua Pitton. Visit the conservation projects. If time permits, we will go birding around or have a free time. Option for whaling excursion.

Days 9 to 11  Flight to Puerto Rico at 09.45 - arrival at 12.30 at San Juan airport. Overnight in hotel near Luquillo Forest for three nights. Rest of the day and the next two full days we will be watching the endemic amazon in the wild and visit the reintroduction project. If time permits go birding looking for the 17 endemic birds in Puerto Rico.

Days 12 to 14 Flight to Dominican Republic - 07.50am - 08.45 am (Hispaniola island). Stay overnight in hotel near Barahona for 3 nights. Watching the endemic amazon and the Hispaniola Parakeet and looking for the other 30 endemic birds on the island.

Days 15 to 17  Flight to Kingstown, Jamaica - 14.00 - 16.40. Stay overnight in Green Castle Estate for three nights. Looking for the both Yellow-billed and Black-billed amazons and the other endemics.

Day 18  Flight to Cayman Islands 08.55 - 10.00. Here we will stay for a single night, but with enough time to enjoy the local subspecies of the Cuban Amazon (the only species with living subspecies).

Days 19 to 21  Flight to Cuba, Havana, at 12.45 - 13.45 local time. Drive to Zapata peninsula, the Cuban Amazon stronghold, where we stay for three nights. We have 2 full days to enjoy the beautiful Cuban Amazon as well as the Cuban parakeet and many other endemics.

Day 22  Transfer to Havana airport and flight back home.
Those who have after tour extension  flight to the Bahamas and watch the Bahama Amazon.



TOUR MAP