Naturalist Journeys Announces October Birding Tour with First Exploration of Trinidad’s Diwali Festival

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Naturalist Journeys, a top birding and nature company, announces the new Diwali: Festival of Lights Week in Trinidad Tour, running from October 18 - 25.

In Trinidad, Diwali is a nationwide celebration like no other. Trinidad’s unique mix of East Indian, West African, and European heritage animates this Hindu festival. This tour blends culture and nature to create an exciting and meaningful adventure.

Trinidad’s Diwali celebrations are one of the largest in the Western hemisphere. This Hindu Festival of Lights grips the entire country; travelers will discover the cultural significance of Diwali in Temple Village, the massive festival at Diwali Nagar, and the stunning Temple in the Sea. AWNC’s local guides welcome visitors into their village for an intimate look into Diwali traditions including fireworks.

Travelers will stay at the renowned Asa Wright Nature Centre (AWNC), while exploring the breadth of Trinidad’s colorful birds and culture. AWNC’s storied history makes it one of the world’s most renowned birding destinations. The estate’s trails feature bellbirds, toucans, manakins, and hummingbirds. Many birders report spotting forty birds before breakfast from AWNC’s legendary veranda. AWNC also hosts the world’s most accessible Oilbird cave.

Discover Trinidad’s most iconic wildlife experiences on excursions across the island. Witness the massive Scarlet Ibis roosts at Caroni Swamp, often numbering into the thousands. Explore Chaguaramas in search of Red Howler Monkeys, Silky Anteaters, signs of Ocelot, and ninety species of birds. Uncover the critically endangered Trinidad Piping Guan on an optional extension to Grande Riviere.

AWNC’s guides rely on entire lifetimes of birding and nature expertise, giving travelers unparalleled access to one of the world’s truly distinct ecosystems. Trinidad’s location has created a cross section of Caribbean and tropical birds.

Naturalist Journey’s Diwali: Festival of Lights Nature and Culture tour continues the company’s long tradition of environmentally responsible tourism. Through support of the Asa Wright Nature Centre, participants can enable conservation efforts, youth education, and community support.

More about Naturalist Journeys’ Diwali: Festival of Lights Nature and Culture tour:
This tour begins and ends at Port of Spain airport in Trinidad. The main tour is from October 18-25, with an optional extension to look for the Trinidad Piping Guan October 25-27. Details can be found at

More about Naturalist Journeys/Caligo Ventures:
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, 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 ecotourism. 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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