Day 1. Arrival
Day 2. The morning begings with a walk in the Botanical Garden. This extensive garden offers an introduction to the common bird species in an almost wild and natural setting. Afternoon drive to Villa Barrancoli., where we will spend the night.
Day 3. VERY early morning departure for the north slope of the Sierra de Bahoruco. Very rough road! We try to arrive pre-dawn in cloud forest at 1200 meters above sea level to search for the La Selle Thrush, Western Chat Tanager, White-winged Warbler, Rufous Throated Solitaire and Hispaniolan Trogon, among other high elevation species. The rest of the day we spend slowly descending, exploring the different habitats, as they change with the changing elevation. In dry forest near Puerto Econdido we will look for the Bay-breasted Cuckoo. Another night at VB.
Day 4. Morning walk on Rabo
de Gato Trail. This may be the best chance to see the White-fronted Quail
Dove. After lunch we will pack and drive towards Barahona. Hotel Quemaito will be our base
for the next two nights.
Day 5. On this day we explore the southern slope of the Sierra. We drive west along the coast to the paved Alcoa Road near Pedernales. The target species are Hispaniolan Crossbills, Antillean Siskins and Golden Swallows, resident Pine Warblers and Antillean Piculet and Palm Crows. In the afternoon, we will visit a small wetland near Cabo Rojo for coastal and aquatic birds. We will make a brief stop at the Lagoon of Oveido to spot Flamingoes and Roseate spoonbills.
Day 6. Early morning drive over rough road to Cachote, a cloud forest habitat where we will look for the Eastern Chat Tanager. Return to hotel for breakfast. And then we have
• Option A: Drive back to Santo Domingo, Hotel Palacio.
• Option B: Drive east to Sabana de la Mar, stopping
in Santo Domingo for lunch. We will stay in Hotel Paraiso Caño Hondo on the
north side of Los Haitises National Park.
• Option B: Morning walk to
observe Ridgway’s hawk.
This itinerary is designed so that we may be able to see 27 of the possible 32 endemics. VERY difficult species are:
• Grey-headed Palm Tanager, reported only from Haiti.
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