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Join Naturalist Journeys and Caligo Ventures on this exciting tour to Trinidad. June is a fabulous time to witness the richness of life and all its complexities on this Trinidad nature tour, a fast and fun study of tropical biology and ecology. In addition to Trinidad’s famed rainbow of birds, June’s cool rains bring out a kaleidoscope of life, from land crabs to katydids to Tegu lizards and more. Ph.D. biologists, Carol Simon and Howard Topoff, lead this tour and are known for making learning fun. Imagine this as a tropical ecology course with no exams!

The continental origin and proximity of Trinidad to South America, along with its varied habitats, results in an extremely diverse biota. Dominated by the beautiful Northern Range, which rises to about 3,000 feet and was historically covered by tropical rainforest, the island is just 50 miles long and about 37 miles wide, yet boasts 97 native mammals, 400 birds, 55 reptiles, 25 amphibians, and 617 butterflies, as well as over 2,200 species of flowering plants. No other area in the West Indies, and few areas of comparable size in tropical America, match this incredible species diversity.

Dive in to your tropical forest experience at the famous Asa Wright Nature Centre (AWNC) in the Northern Range. Although world famous for its bird watching opportunities, AWNC offers so much more for the wildlife-interested traveler. This journey also enjoys time in Grand Riviere, the stronghold for rare Trinidad Piping-Guan and Leatherback Turtle nesting. Carol and Howard present on topics that include primates, bats, social insect systems, reptiles, plants, and more. Gain new skills as you are introduced to many smaller-winged creatures, and even a few that crawl.

This tour is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in tropical biodiversity as you watch the rainforest come to life on day and night excursions. Carol and Howard spend their time touring the world, sharing their knowledge on cruises and land excursions. We are so thrilled they can be with us this week!

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy morning coffee and incredible birding on the Asa Wright Nature Centre’s famed verandah
  • Discover the Centre’s trails to witness manakin and bellbird leks, army ants, tarantulas, native mammals, and more
  • Gain exclusive access to enigmatic Oilbirds in the AWNC's own grotto of Dunston Cave
  • Experience skies turned crimson with thousands of Scarlet Ibis coming in to roost in Caroni National Park
  • Search for the highly endangered Trinidad Piping-Guan while at Grande Riviere
  • Witness the largest sea turtle, the Leatherback, nesting on the beach and possibly see emerging hatchlings

Photo credits: Banner: Group at the Asa Wright Nature Centre by Hugh Simmons Photography; Red Howler Monkey by Mukesh Ramdass; Scarlet Ibis by John Fritchey; Asa Wright Nature Centre by Hugh Simmons Photography; Leatherback Turtle Hatchlings by Alex Vargo; Agouti by Karen Chiasson; Channel-billed Toucan by Steve Wolfe; Cooks Tree Boa by Mukesh Ramdass; Flame-tailed Pondhawk by Buck Snelson; Tayra by Mukesh Ramdass; Ruby Topaz by Dave Ramlal; Katydid by Bob Behrstock; Capuchins by Peg Abbott.


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