Length of Tour: 7 days / 6 nights
$2950.00 per person from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, based upon double occupancy and a minimum of 2 (maximum 3) participants per vehicle.
Single supplement: $350.00. Please note that if you do not request a single room, and we are unable to find you a roommate, you will be charged the single supplement.
The Cost Includes: All ground transport, park entrance fees; services of your professional guide(s); meals and accommodation.
Cost Excludes: Airfares to the Dominican Republic; Visitor's fee (currently $10, payable upon enter at the aiprort); beverages.; any items of personal nature (laundry, telephone calls and so forth); any services not mentioned or indicated as optional; gratuities to drivers / guides / porters / waiters.
Deposit $500.00, check, paypal or credit card, along with your completed Registration Form. (If less than 120 days from departure, full payment will be required at time of registration.)
How to Book In order to hold your space, you must complete the Registration Form found on-line, and submit it to us on-line, or download a copy and mail it to us, along with a $500.00 deposit per participant. (If less than 120 days from departure, full payment will be required at time of registration.)
Final Payment Full payment, by check, is due 120 days prior to the departure date
Day 1 : Arrive in Santo Domingo; transfer to Los Haitises NP
Day 2 : Los Haitises NP; Santo Domingo Botanical Gardens
Day 3 : Sierra de Bahoruco, north slope, Rabo de Gato Trail
Day 4 : Sierra de Bahoruco, north slope; Lago Enriquillo
Day 5 : Sierra de Bahoruco, southern slope; Cabo Rojo
Day 6 : Sierra de Bahoruco, southern slope
Day 7 : Sierra de Bahoruco, eastern slope; transfer to Santo Domingo late in the day for flights home
Day 1 - Arrival Day
Arrive (the earliest flight is best) in Santo Domingo and drive north east to Cano Hondo on the edge of the Los Haities NP. We’ll seek Double-striped Thick-knee and Grasshopper Sparrow on the way. Evening go for Ashy-faced Owl nearby. o/n Paraiso Caño Hondo
Ridgway’s Hawk and White-necked Crow on the morning walk. At noon we’ll drive south west to Santo Domingo Botanical Gardens for the Hispaniolan Parakeet, Hispaniolan Lizard-Cuckoo, Hispaniolan Woodpecker, Palmchat and West Indian Whistling Duck. o/n Santo Domingo, Hotel BQ Santo Domingo
Head west towards Duverge and the north slope of the Sierra de Baroruco to do mid-elevation birding. We’ll bird the Rabo de Gato road for the White-fronted Quail-Dove, Bay-breasted Cuckoo, Trogon, Oriole, Pewee, Broad-billed Tody, Narrow-billed Tody, Flat-billed Vireo, Antillean Siskin, Antillean Euphonia o/n Villa Barrancolí-Rabo de Gato Trail, Puerto Escondido
Early start to get to the highlands at Zapoten on the north slope of the Sierra de Baroruco, for La Selle Thrush, Highland-Tanager, Western Chat-Tanager, Green-tailed Ground-Tanager, Black-crowned Palm Tanager,Emerald and Spindalis. Lunch in Duverge, then onto the dry scrub around Lago Enriquillo to look for waterfowl, waders, terns and gulls and late afternoon the Palm Crow. o/n Barahona, Hotel La Saladilla Beach Club
Drive west towards Pedernales to and depends on time we will stop the wetlands at Cabo Rojo for shorebirds, waders, and also the cliffs for pelicans, Brown Boobies and White-tailed Tropicbirds.
Afternoon birding on the southern slope of the Sierra de Baroruco, which is where we would spend the remainder of the day, looking for Golden Swallow, Hispaniolan Crossbill, Siskin, Palm Crow, Flat-billed Vireo, Broad-billed Tody, Narrow-billed Tody, Antillean Piculet and Hispaniolan Parrot. At dusk look for Hispaniolan Nightjar followed by Ashy-faced owl (if needed). o/n Pedernales, Hostal Doña Chava
After breakfast we go back to southern slope of Sierra de Bahoruco to look for the birds we may have missed the afternoon before then continue on to Casa Bonita and have a relaxing lunch and afternoon at this luxury hotel. Night birding nearby, to look for Least Pauraque and Northern Potoo. o/n Barahona, Casa Bonita
Early start to drive nearby into the broadleaf forest of the eastern slope of the Sierra de Baroruco to look for the last of our endemics, Eastern Chat-Tanager at daybreak. Return to Casa Bonita for a late breakfast and late morning checkout. Then drive from Barahona to Santo Domingo Airport.
Tour ends around 3-4 pm for a late afternoon flight out from Santo Domingo.
We have a total of 6 nights in 5 locations, one of those being for 2 nights.
Most accomodations have en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning with the exception of Cano Hondo in Los Haitises, which has ceiling fans, and Villa Barrancoli which has rustic cabins and shared bath-house... just for one night and saves us from getting up at 2am for a 4-hour bumpy drive!
In Santo Domingo and Barahona, this are typical modern hotels. The Los Haitises and Pedernales the accomodation are more rustic, with the later being a basic room.