Tour La Cúa is designed to give our guests an unforgettable birding experience while enjoying the most beautiful and remote areas of the Dominican Republic. You will get to truly experience the local culture and immerse yourself in lush settings while increasing your chances of finding the most elusive birds species on the island.
design for a maximum of 8 guests, Tour “La Cúa” takes you on a 7-day adventure that departs from the city of Santo Domingo, and heads southwest towards the southern most mountain range of la Hispaniola, called “Sierra de Bahoruco” There we explore the Puerto Escondido area and the Rabo de Gato trail for a chance to spot many of the endemic species, such as the Narrow and Broad-billed Tody, Bay-breasted Cuckoo, and the White-fronted Quail-dove.
We will head to higher elevation in Zapotén cloud forest, making a strategic stop before sunrise to glimpse the Greater Antillean Nightjar. Continuing on, we will search for high-elevation endemics such as Western Chat-Tanager, La Selle Thrush, White-winged Warbler, among others.
Once in Barahona, we will drive towards the town of Santa Elena focusing on finding night species like the Ashy-faced Owl and the elusive Least Pauraque.
From the southern most region of the island, we head north to Valle Nuevo National Park, located outside of the city of Constanza. The park is 933 square kilometers and is located 2250 m above sea level. This protected area serves as habitat to local species such as Hispaniolan Crossbill and Western Chat-tanager. The area also is the site for a Cornell University conservation and scientific study, focused on the Golden Swallow.
We will also make a one-day visit to Los Haitises National Park, located on the remote northeast coast where we are sure to find a stable population of the Ridgway’s Hawk.
Please keep in mind, that most of our specialty birds are very secretive, hard to find, and endangered. They occur in small numbers and on fragmented areas of forests and/or national parks. Part of our mission at “La Cúa” is to ensure we are at key observation areas at the most productive times of the day.
At the end of each day, we will take some time to review checklists of the species seen and heard that day. We closely follow the follow the Principle of Birding Ethics, and conservation of the natural habitat is a priority. Take a moment and learn about the principle of birding by visiting: http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html.
US$2,700 PER PERSON. SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT US$350.