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Boat and kayak are the best ways to explore the secluded corners of the Caroni wetland, as they allow you to move quietly along the various channels that cut through the mangrove system.

The swamp is blessed with a rich diversity of flora and fauna, and is a highlight for birders in particular. The most iconic species is the scarlet ibis, which can be seen in the late afternoon as the birds return to roost. Little blue heron, great black hawk and red-capped cardinal are just some of the other birds that you may be able to spot. It is also possible to see snakes, such as Cook’s tree boa that frequently balances on branches hanging over the water to avoid predators. And if you’re very lucky, you may see a silky anteater.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: little blue heron, scarlet ibis, great black hawk, Cook’s tree boa, fiddler crab
  • Where: West coast, Trinidad & Tobago

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

A Carnival of Wildlife

Swing through the lesser known parts of Trinidad and Tobago to witness the diversity of its wildlife: Trinidad’s national bird – the iconic scarlet ibis, the curious cave-dwelling oilbird, the mysterious colony of bats at Tamana and the world's largest brain coral in Tobago.

  • When to go: Sep-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

The Asa Wright Experience

Ask a few well-travelled birdwatchers their favourite places in the world to stay, and Asa Wright will soon enter the conversation. Combined with the glorious contrast of Tobago, this trip is an excellent introduction to the incredible diversity of bird life in Central and South America.

  • When to go: Feb-Mar
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,695 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour