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Private Group Puerto Rico Tour

Puerto Rican Tody (endemic) This fun and easy exploration of Puerto Rico’s prime birding locations will target the nation’s endemics and specialties. We’ll seek all 17 endemics in 5-days/4-nights of birding, plus a whole list of Caribbean specialties! Some of these specialties are being considered as possible future endemic species according to some researchers.

Many of the species we will seek are threatened or endangered… and in the case of the Puerto Rican Parrot, there are very few left. During our trip we will explore a variety of habitats from the northern Atlantic coast to the forests of  ‘haystack hills’ in the west, to the southwest coast  and dry forests along the Caribbean Sea, the central mountain rainforest and the eastern coastal region.

Thanks to the flexibility of our itinerary and few pre-set meal locations, 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners will be included in this trip. This will save you money and expand our daily birding options.

 

  • Tour Cost
  • Trip Length

    5-days/4-nights

     

    2016 Cost

    $1500 per person double occupancy from San Juan

     

    Thanks to the flexibility of our itinerary and few pre-set meal locations, 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners will be included in this trip. This will save you money and expand our daily birding options. 

     

    Single Supplement

    If a single room is preferred, or we are unable to get a roommate for you, a single supplement fee of $200.00 will be assessed.

     

    What is Included

    Included in the cost are all accommodations, ground transportation, entrance fees and permits.

     

    Not Included in the Cost

    Domestic or international flights, passport or visa costs, meals, phone calls, laundry or anything of a purely personal nature or not specifically mentioned as included.

     

    Deposit Required to Hold Space

    $500.00, check, paypal or credit card, along with your completed Wildside Nature Tours Registration Form

     

    Final Payment

    The balance due or full payment, by check, is due 120 days prior to the departure date.

  • Itinerary
  • Arrival Day: All flights must arrive no later than 12:00 PM. Those coming from further distances may need to arrive a day early and stay at the Airport Hotel < http://AiportHotelPR.com > (not included in tour cost).

    B=Breakfast or D=Dinner Included as noted

    DAY 1 NORTH-CENTRAL (D)
    Driving from San Juan and stopping along the way in different spots looking for Puerto Rican endemics plus many Caribbean Specialties.
    We'll end the day with a search for Puerto Rican Screech-owl after dinner.
    HOTEL: El Buen Café
    DAY 2 RIO ABAJO - NORTH-CENTRAL - PUERTO RICAN NIGHTJAR (B)
    Early, short walk in Rio Abajo State Forest, home of the most succesfull population of the extremely endangered Puerto Rican Parrot.
    On the walk we'll be looking for quail doves along the road plus as many endemics still needed after our first day.
    Short drive at dusk looking for Puerto Rican Nightjar at the Guánica Dry Forest.
    HOTEL: Villa Parguera
    Day 3 - MARICAO - SOUTHWEST
    Birding in the Maricao State Forest looking for our targets the Elfin Woods Warbler and Puerto Rican Tanager plus any additional endemics. Then drive to south coast with birding stops along the way. Afternoon arrival at hotel after finding the very local and endangered Yellow-shouldered Blackbird.
    OPTIONAL AFTERNOON SNORKELING AND EVENING BIO-BAY (THE ADDITIONAL COST DEPENDS ON NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS)
    Short drive at dusk looking for Puerto Rican Nightjar (if still needed).
    HOTEL: Villa Parguera
    Day 4 - CARTAGENA LAGOON - PLAIN PIGEON (D)
    Explore Cartagena Lagoon looking for West Indian Whistling Duck and other localized species before departing to search for the endangered Plain Pigeon in the central mountains. Arriving at our hotel late afternoon.
    We will again seek the Puerto Rican Screech Owl if still needed or if better views are desired.
    HOTEL: Fajardo Inn
    Day 5 - HUMMINGBIRDS OF THE EASTERN PUERTO RICO - RETURN HOME (B)
    After breakfast, look for Antillean Crested Hummingbird and Green-throated Carib on the hotel garden then by mid morning start driving to San Juan, stopping along the way looking for terns and shorebirds.
    Departure: Do not book your flights to depart earlier than 2:00PM as we plan on a NOON arrival at the airport.
  • Accommodations
  • El Buen Cafe

    El Buen Cafe is a family-owned hotel and restaurant in the town of Hatillo. Nice, en suite rooms with A/C, close to several birding locations.

     

    Parador Villa Parquera

    Parador Villa Parquera lies on the edge of the Caribbean. 70 comfortable rooms overlook the blue sea. Gardens to explore, a beautiful pool and decks for star gazing add to the ambiance.

     

    Fajardo Inn

    Fajardo Inn lies near the northeastern coast. Surrounded by groomed gardens, this typical-style hotel is the best location to find a few of the species we seek! It lies just a short drive from one of our hopeful parrot sites as well. The restaurant offers excellent meals.

  • Additional Info
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    <a href="http://wildsidenaturetours.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Puerto-rico-field-guide-photos-oberle.jpg"><img class="alignleft wp-image-4173" src="http://wildsidenaturetours.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Puerto-rico-field-guide-photos-oberle.jpg" alt="Puerto Rico Birds in Photos" width="127" height="200" /></a>PUERTO RICO BIRDS IN PHOTOGRAPHS BY MARK OBERLE

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    To maximize birding time, we do highly recommend that you arrive the evening before the tour begins as this will allow additional birding time. Please contact us for recommendations of where to stay for easy pick-up in the morning.