19734
Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico’s Tropical Island Birding: From Cloud Forest to Rain Forest
Enjoy world-class birding in Puerto Rico, where you’ll explore the island’s habitats and ecosystems with experts as you see Todys, Nightjars and other unique birds.
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Program No. 19734RJ
Length
8 days
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8 days
7 nights
20 meals
7 B 6 L 7 D
Getting There
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DAY
1
Independent arrivals/Orientation
San Juan
D
Hampton Inn & Suites San Juan

Afternoon: INDEPENDENT ARRIVALS. HOTEL CHECK-IN: Hotel check-in will be available beginning at 3:00 PM. PROGRAM REGISTRATION & ORIENTATION: We will gather at 5:00 PM in our reserved room at the hotel (please ask the front desk for the location) for introductions and an orientation to the program. We will provide an informative overview of the program including a review of the updated daily schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to weather and other local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant within walking distance of the hotel.

DAY
2
Rio Abajo Forest/ Cambalache Forest/ Hotel Check In/Dinner
Manati
B,L,D
Hyatt Place Manatí

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast at the hotel including options such as eggs, sliced bacon or sausages, sliced bread or toast with jam/jelly/butter, pancakes or waffles with syrup, cornflakes or other cereal, coffee/tea, orange/grapefruit juice

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Walk with your Group Leaders the Rio Abajo Reserve trails. This massive reserve covers more than 5000 acres of land and it features limestone caves, underground rivers, beautiful forests and an abundance of wildlife.The walking trails will take you along dirt roads and forest paths where you will be surrounded by all sorts of plant and birds species. Depart to Cambalache Forest, The Reserve features many hills that are covered in forests filled with mahoe, teak and eucalyptus trees as well as a lot of birds.

Lunch: Lunch at Local Restaurant

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Birding in Manati Area and continue our trip to our hotel in Manati.

Dinner: Buffet-style dinner at La Villa Parguera hotel.

Evening: FIELD TRIP:Meet and depart to Cambalache State Forest (Looking for Night Jar, Puertorrican Owl)

DAY
3
Travel to Pargueras /Cabo Rojo /Boqueron/Hotel Check In
La Parguera
B,L,D
Parador Villa Parguera

Activity note: Travel to Cabo Rojo and Boqueron; both located on the west side of Puerto Rico. Opportunities to see some of the birds that visit the west coast like Brown Booby, Brown Pelican, Magnificent Frigate Bird, gulls, egrets, and many others.

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast at the hotel including options such as eggs, sliced bacon or sausages, sliced bread or toast with jam/jelly/butter, pancakes or waffles with syrup, cornflakes or other cereal, coffee/tea, orange/grapefruit juice.

Morning: CHECK OUT: Travel to La Parguera FIELD TRIP: Stop for Birding at the Cabo Rojo Salt Flats. Local guide led walk of the salt flats, which recently received the first designation for shorebirds in the Caribbean as an Important Birding Area (IBA). Twenty-eight species are known to rely on the area, including Spotted, White-Rumped and Stilt Sandpipers, Snowy and Wilson’s Plovers. Merlins patrol the area looking for easy prey. FIELD TRIP: Continuing on with our guide into the subtropical dry forest of Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge, home to natives such as Puerto-Rican Flycatchers, Adelaide’s Warblers and Warbling Silverbills. Many northern migrants winter-over in the area.

Lunch: Lunch at Local Restaurant

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Drive to Boqueron Wildlife Refuge . Walk with your Group Leader and a local expert around the Refuge looking for Puerto Rican Pewee, water-thrushes, yellow-faced grass quits and wading bird. Travel to our Hotel in Parguera.

Dinner: Buffet-style dinner at La Villa Parguera hotel.

Evening: Review Bird List

DAY
4
Maricao Cloud Forest/Dinner and Birding review
La Parguera
B,L,D
Parador Villa Parguera

Activity note: The trail gets rough and steep in sections, hiking boots highly recommended.

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast at the hotel including options such as eggs, sliced bacon or sausages, sliced bread or toast with jam/jelly/butter, pancakes or waffles with syrup, cornflakes or other cereal, coffee/tea, orange/grapefruit juice

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Journey into the mountains via Sabana Grande to Maricao Cloud Forest. The small town of Maricao is known as one of the best habitats for Puerto Rico endemic birds. Meet our local birding guide for introduction to the forest’s habitats and what birds to look for. Walk a hilly trail through the sub-tropical mountain forest, looking for Puerto Rican endemics such as the Elfin Woods Warbler, Puerto Rican Tanager, Puerto Rican Vireo, various hummingbirds and Ruggy Quail Doves. NOTE The mountain roads taken on this trip, while safe, are very winding and people prone to motion sickness may wish to take medication as a preventative measure. NOTE: The trail gets rough and steep in sections, hiking boots are highly recommended.

Lunch: We'll enjoy a delicious and healthy picnic lunch including fresh salad and/or sandwiches at the forest.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: On our way to the hotel, stop at La Torre de Piedra (the Stone Tower) for view over Puerto Rico's central cordillera. On a clear day it is possible to see both the Atlantic to the north and the Caribbean to the south. Because we are at the top of a mountain peak, we have an unobstructed vantage point above birds flying between tree-tops.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

DAY
5
Laguna Cartagena Wildlife Refuge, Birding Review, Free Time
La Parguera
B,L,D
Parador Villa Parguera

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast at the hotel including options such as eggs, sliced bacon or sausages, sliced bread or toast with jam/jelly/butter, pancakes or waffles with syrup, cornflakes or other cereal, coffee/tea, orange/grapefruit juice

Morning: FIELD TRIP:Birding at the Laguna Cartagena National Wildlife Refuge. The lagoon is the only freshwater marsh of significant size remaining in SW Puerto Rico. Birding a section of two trails: one which intersects wetlands and enters the perfect habitat for waders, waterfowl such as rare West-Indian Whistling Ducks, Caribbean Coots, galinules and Wilson’s Snipes; the other with savannah-like uplands known for Troupials, Mangrove Cuckoos, Antillean Euphonias, sparrows and grasquits.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant

Afternoon: FREE TIME: Opportunity to pack and get ready for tomorrow's early departure. Perfect time for pictures by the garden or pool area.

Dinner: Buffet-style dinner at La Villa Parguera hotel and review of bird list. Tips for the following day

DAY
6
Birding at Guanica Dry Forest /Free Time/Dinner
San Juan
B,L,D
Hampton Inn & Suites San Juan

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast at the hotel including options such as eggs, sliced bacon or sausages, sliced bread or toast with jam/jelly/butter, pancakes or waffles with syrup, cornflakes or other cereal, coffee/tea, orange/grapefruit juice

Morning: CHECK OUT: Hotel check-out and depart for return to San Juan. FIELD TRIP: Stop at Guanica Dry Forest. Walk several trails through the world’s largest remaining intact tropical dry forest, home to 15 of Puerto Rico’s endemic species, Troupials, the Caribbean Elaenia and winter migrants.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time in the Late Afternoon. Time to enjoy the hotel pool or walk around Isla Verde beach.

Dinner: Dinner at Local Restaurant

DAY
7
El Yunque National Park, Fajardo, Birding Review
San Juan
B,L,D
Hampton Inn & Suites San Juan

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast at the hotel including options such as eggs, sliced bacon or sausages, sliced bread or toast with jam/jelly/butter, pancakes or waffles with syrup, cornflakes or other cereal, coffee/tea, orange/grapefruit juice

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Depart for El Yunque Rain Forest, first stopping at the El Portal Visitors Center for an orientation about the forest. Later one of the guides will talk about the endangered Puerto Rican parrot and give an update on the present count (as of Fall 2006 the number was known to be 40). Other bird species to be on the lookout for will be the tiny yet colorful Puerto Rican Tody. PLEASE NOTE: Due to its fragile status the Puerto Rican parrot is only being introduced to very remote areas of the Island. Therefore, the chances of seeing one are extremely slim. Most of the parrots seen around San Juan are either the Dominican parrots or Monk parakeets.

Lunch: We'll enjoy a delicious and healthy picnic lunch including fresh salad and/or sandwiches at Palo Colorao Picnic Area.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: In transit to San Juan. Stop at Las Cabezas de San Juan in Fajardo. Your eyes and ears will be your best guides during this bird-watching tour at Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve, where you will learn to identify species of birds found in the area by paying attention to their distinctive songs and plumage. FIELD TRIP: Depart to Fajardo South area looking for Boobies and other sea birds. Return to Hotel.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at Local Restaurant

Evening: Review overall bird sightings and record number of species plus lifers for group.

DAY
8
Check Out / Independent Departures
San Juan
B

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast at the hotel including options such as eggs, sliced bacon or sausages, sliced bread or toast with jam/jelly/butter, pancakes or waffles with syrup, cornflakes or other cereal, coffee/tea, orange/grapefruit juice

Morning: Program concludes following breakfast. Hotel check-out by 12 PM. Individual departures to the airport. Depending upon airline schedules individuals may wish to share a taxi or "publico" (approx cost $15-20). We hope you have had a great time on your Road Scholar Puerto Rico adventure and will join us for other rewarding programs in the future. Best wishes on all your journeys!






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