Holiday Trinidad and Tobago Birding and Nature Tours Announced by Caligo Ventures

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Caligo Ventures, a program of Naturalist Journeys, announces holiday birding tours to Trinidad and Tobago, featuring the Asa Wright Nature Centre.

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Birdwatching from the verandah of the internationally-known Asa Wright Nature Centre is an experience that should not be missed. Visitors usually see more than 40 species of birds before breakfast. For the first time visitor, many of those birds are life birds.

Caligo Ventures, a program of Naturalist Journeys, is offering two 10-day holiday tours to Trinidad and Tobago. Mornings on these tours might begin with the raucous noise of the Crested Oropendola and a host of other exotic sounds. These are Caligo Ventures' popular and classic Trinidad & Tobago itineraries, spending six nights at Asa Wright Nature Centre, and three nights at either the nestled-in-the-hills Cuffie River Nature Retreat or the beachfront Blue Waters Inn. Tours include Centre Grounds, Blanchisseuse Road in the Northern Range, Aripo Savannah, Night Birding, Nariva Swamp, the Oilbird Cave, Yerreté, Caroni Marsh, and on Tobago, Marsh Ponds, Gilpin Trace, and Little Tobago Island. “A visit to Caroni marsh to witness Scarlet Ibis coming to roost by the thousands on mangroves is especially beautiful this time of year, and reminiscent of decorations on a Christmas tree,” says Susanne Apitz, who recently witnessed this sight. Tours include a visit to Dunston Cave, a beautiful riparian grotto located on the sanctuary, to view the breeding colony of the fascinating nocturnal Oilbird. This is one of the most accessible Oilbird caves in the entire world and access is limited to protect this rare species.

Three nights of the tour are spent on Trinidad’s smaller sister island, Tobago; there, a boat trip to Little Tobago Island, one of the nation’s most important wildlife sanctuaries, is featured. Also on Tobago is the Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve. Established in 1776 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site nominee, it is on record as the oldest legally protected forest reserve geared specifically toward a conservation purpose.

More about Caligo’s Trinidad and Tobago Tours
The December 21-30, 2013 tour features 6 nights at the Asa Wright Nature Centre and 3 nights at the Blue Waters Inn on Tobago, while the December 27, 2013 – January 5, 2014 tour features time at the Cuffie River Nature Retreat on Tobago after 6 nights in Trinidad. Round trip airfare between Trinidad and Tobago is included, as well as all transfers and experienced local guides. The tours begin and end at the airport in Trinidad. Tours are limited to 10 participants. For more information, go to Caligo Ventures’ website at

More about Naturalist Journeys
Naturalist Journeys LLC, a top birding and nature tour company, offers specialty small group tours and travel worldwide, from the western U.S. to Alaska, Hawaii and Florida, Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica, Panama, safaris in Africa and more. Naturalist Journey’s guided nature and birding tours feature expert guides with decades of experience in birdwatching, travel photography and other forms of eco-tourism. Naturalist Journeys also offers hiking and adventure travel tours in many national parks and wildlife reserves, including the Galapagos, Antarctica and the Amazon.

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