Hispaniolan Trogon Broad Billed Tody Ashy Faced Owl Vervain Hummingbird

Hispaniolan Parrot Hispaniolan Black Crowned Palm Tanager Hispaniolan Lizard Cukoo Hisaniolan Striped Headed Tanager

This unforgettable private “endemics” bird watching tour consists of 3 full days birding in, and around the top sites in the Dominican Republic, one of the premier birding destinations in the Caribbean and home to the highest endemic bird count of the region. We begin from Santo Domingo with a beautiful scenic drive out to the majestic Bahoruco Mountains and the Sierra de Bahoruco National Park in the southwest where, for the next 3 days, we will be visiting top endemic birding sites such as Zapoten Cloudforest, Villa Barrancoli Birding Lodge, Rabo de Gato Nature Trail, and Loma Charco Azul Biological Preserve, just to name a few. All of which are  highly recommended destinations mentioned in the “Caribbean Birding Trail” website, which is an authority on the subject.

This region is the only place on the island where you can possibly see or photograph, 30 of our 32 endemic bird species, which will be the main focus of our tour. In the area you will explore a wide variety of ecosystems, including dry forest, cloud forest, rain forest, and pine forest. These all being part of the amazing ecology found in the Dominican Republic, one of the most bio-diverse islands in the world.

Package: “Endemics Birding Package” (Southwestern Region of the Dominican Republic)

Duration of tour: 3 full days, 2 nights (Possible 4th day extension available in order to visit Los Haitises National Park and see the rare endemic Ridgway’s Hawk. Contact us for more information)

Visiting: Villa Barrancoli Birding Lodge (Rabo de Gato Nature Trail, Puerto Escondido) – Zapoten Cloudforest (Sierra de Bahoruco National Park) – Loma Charco Azul (La Placa, Sierra de Bahoruco National Park)

Itinerary: Day 1: Early morning visit to El Embajador hotel in Santo Domingo to see the Hispanolan Parakeets, then leave the city and begin making our way to the birding lodge with a brief stop in the city of Azua for lunch on route, then continue west to Puerto Escondido and the Villa Barrancoli Birding Lodge (in the village of Puerto Escondido) and the nearby Rabo de Gato Trail for afternoon birding, after which we spend the night at the lodge. Day 2: Early start to drive up to Zapoten Cloudforest for early AM birding, then drive back down to Villa Barrancoli birding lodge for lunch, free time, then late afternoon and night birding near the lodge, then spend the night at the lodge. Day 3: Early AM birding at Loma Charco Azul nature trail, then look for the Hispanolan Palm Crow at a nearby site off the shores of Lake Enriquillo, followed by lunch on the road heading back to Santo Domingo where we arrive at around 5 PM.

Package Includes: Fully bilingual, certified ecological and bird watching guides*, All meals (Dominican style food), Comfortable transportation, private room lodging at rustic birding lodge, Snacks, Non-Alcoholic Beverages

Pricing: Pricing begins at USD $1,600 for a solo traveler, and USD$ 1,100 per person for 2 person groups. For larger group pricing, please contact us. The bigger the group, the more economical our per person rates.

*Our guides are fully trained as bird watching guides by The Nature Conservancy and the Hispaniola Ornithological Society, and in first aid response by the Red Cross

Transportation: Packages include comfortable, private transportation to and from Santo Domingo, but other arrangements can be made. Transportation to airports is available for a small additional  fee. See our vehicles

Reservations: Click here for instructions on how to book this tour.

Images from the destinations we will be visiting:

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