Our amazing “endemics” private bird watching tour consists of 5 full days of incredible birding in the Dominican Republic, one of the premier birding destinations in the Caribbean, and home to the highest endemic species count of the region. On this comprehensive bird watching tour, you will have the opportunity to see or photograph all of the 31 endemic species found in the country, and visit a variety of ecosystems and the top birding sites around, all of which are highly recommended in the “Caribbean Birding Trail” website, which is an authority on the subject.
We begin from Santo Domingo with a visit to a great Hispaniolan Parakeet site in the Colonial Zone of the city, followed by a beautiful scenic drive out west to the majestic Bahoruco Mountains and Sierra de Bahoruco National Park in the southwest where, for the next 4 days, we will be staying at 2 fantastic birding lodges and spending the mornings, afternoons and nights exploring fantastic birding sites such as Zapoten Cloud Forest, Villa Barrancoli Birding Lodge, Rabo de Gato Nature Trail, Loma Charco Azul Biological Preserve, and Cachote Cloud Forest. 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.
For the next part of our tour we head back towards Santo Domingo for a relaxing night in the beautiful and historical colonial zone of the city which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered the first city in the New World. Early the next morning we continue on a scenic drive north through the mountains on our way to Los Haitises National Park, a majestic broad leaf forest dotted with huge limestone cliffs, large caves and spectacular fauna and flora unique to the area. Once at the park we spend our last morning together birding in this magical forest and searching for one of the rarest hawks in the world, and our main target for the day, the critically endangered and endemic Ridgway’s Hawk. The perfect way to end an unforgettable birding adventure in paradise!
Package: “5 Day Endemics Birding Package” (Southwestern and Northeastern Regions of the Dominican Republic)
***SPECIAL COVID MEASURES: Our guides are fully vaccinated and we are committed to the best health practices possible. Beyond our always present philosophy of small private tours which take our clients away from the crowds and off the beaten path, be assured that social distancing from other tour groups will be practiced. Team members will regularly have their temperatures taken and must wear face coverings throughout the duration of your tour. Also, our vehicles are thoroughly sanitized before and after every tour. If needed, tours may be cancelled up to 5 days before your tour date for a full refund of your reservation deposit, or a credit towards a future tour date.
Duration of tour: 5 full days, 4 nights
Visiting: Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo (Hispaniolan Parakeet Site) – Villa Barrancoli Birding Lodge (Rabo de Gato Nature Trail, Puerto Escondido) – Zapoten Cloudforest (Northern Slope of Sierra de Bahoruco National Park) – Loma Charco Azul (La Placa, Sierra de Bahoruco National Park) – Cachote Birding Lodge (Padre Miguel Domingo Fuerte Natural Monument on the Eastern Slope of the Sierra de Bahoruco Mountains) – Los Haitises National Park (Ridgway’s Hawk site near the town of Sabana de la Mar)
Itineary: Day 1: Morning pick up in Santo Domingo to see the Hispanolan Parakeet at a site in the Colonial Zone of the city, then leave the city and begin making our way west 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, followed by some night birding, after which we spend the night at the lodge. Day 2: Early start and 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 on the way to the Cachote birding site for afternoon birding and searching for the elusive Eastern Chat Tanager, then spend the night at the lodge there. Day 4: Early morning birding around the lodge, followed by lunch on the road back to Santo Domingo where we arrive at around 5 PM and check you in to your prearranged comfortable hotel in the heart of the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo, followed by free time to explore the area and have dinner at the restaurant of your choice. Day 5: Early morning departure for Los Haitises National Park, once we arrive we spend the morning birding, followed by a typical Dominican lunch at the nearby town of Sabana de la Mar. After lunch we look for shorebirds at the nearby coast before heading back to Santo Domingo, where we arrive at around 5 PM.
The perfect way to end an unforgettable birding adventure in paradise!
***Optional additional nights available with lodging at the nearby beautiful Paraiso Caño Hondo Eco Lodge, named one of Forbe’s Magazine “Top 10 World’s Best Destinations for a Green Vacation”. Drop off included free of charge after birding at Los Haitises on day 5. Feel free to contact us for more details.
Package Includes: Fully bilingual, certified ecological and bird watching guides*, All meals (except dinner on day 4), Comfortable transportation, private room lodging for 3 nights at rustic birding lodges and 1 night at a comfortable colonial style hotel in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo, Snacks, Drinking Water
1 person private tour: USD $2,500 per person
2 person private tour: USD $1,500 per person
3 person private tour: USD $1,250 per person
4 person private tour: USD $1,150 per person
5 person private tour: USD $1,050 per person
6 person private tour: USD $950 per person
7 or more person private tour: Contact us
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.