Pedro Regalado

Our Tour Guide and Family

A professional ornithologist and has been birding local guide (Najasa-La Belén area) and freelance guide for more than 25 years (the last 10 years join with his son). He is considered in Cuba as a “living legend” because he did some of the first steps for bird conservation in Cuba: the first bird-count on species living in rice paddy-fields; also the first nesting box program and the first bird banding, etc. Pedro is the only one living ornithologist who has seen ALL the Cuban endemic birds including the elusive Zapata Rail, the Cuban Kite and the probably extinct Ivory-billed woodpecker.

For more than 45 years Pedro has travelled extensively in Cuba, including hundreds offshore cays. No one living Cuban ornithologist have this record. Virtually every book written on Cuban birds has included information from Pedro.

Pedro Regalado was the leader of the team who in 1970 chose and protected three of the most important bird reserves in Cuba: the Zapata Peninsula (“Swamp”), the Cayo Coco and La Belén areas, which has been identified as critical for the conservation of Cuban birds and currently are the most important birding areas in all the country. Also, these areas are included between the 28 Important Bird Areas (I.B.A) which has been designed by BirdLife International. Pedro has worked for many years in the area around Najasa, in Camagüey province, especially in and around of the La Belén Protected Area, where he has conducted studies on threatened species, including Giant Kingbird, Cuban Palm Crow, Cuban Parakeet and Gundlach Hawk.

Basic Knowledge for a tour ...

The Caribbean region is one of the world´s 25 biodiversity conservation hotpots. More than a quarter of the 500 plus Caribbean birds are found nowhere else on earth, and the diversity of Cuban birds is high both in terms of species richness, 371, and also in the number of endemics, 27, seven of them in their own genus!

There are several reasons for this high diversity of birds, such as Cuban´s geographic position on one of the main migratory routes from North America. Thousands of migrants pass over Cuba, or use the island as a stepping stone on their journey to and from the Greater and Lesser Antilles, to South America. Also, Cuban´s size and habitat diversity has resulted in many vegetation types and different plant communities have been described from the archipelago.

Our Tour

Our itineraries are arranged to suit you in every way using our 25 years of experience as birding tour guides on the places to locate those elusive species and all the Cuban endemics (except Zapata Rail and Cuban Kite), as well as many of the Caribbean specialties and, depending on what time of the year, you visit the Island, many migrant can be seen as well (October to May).

Pedro Discovery

In 1975 Pedro Regalado did one of more astonishing discovery on Cuba´s revolutionary period of ornithology; find a new subspecies of Cuban (“Zapata”) Sparrow (Torreornis inexpectata varonai) in the previously uninhabited an unexplored Cayo Coco. This bird has a monotypic genus, was located only in two areas in Cuba and was unexpected found it in an isolated key

Tumbling

This is a great class for cheerleaders and anyone just interested in tumbling. They will be taught tumbling skills, body positions, and strength building skills. They use the floor, trampoline, and random apparatus to fit the curriculum for the week. If they are looking to become cheerleaders, then this is the perfect class for them. We work with each child's individual ability level so beginners, intermediate, and advanced are all welcome.

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Boys Recreational Class

This class is designed for students with little or no gymnastics experience. Athletes will learn sequential skill progression basics on all the Olympic events under the guidelines of USA programs. Gymnasts will focus on the fundamental building blocks of almost all gymnastics skills. Athletes will spend time hanging, swinging, and supporting themselves on the bars in order to build the necessary strength to pull over onto the bars. The focus on vault will begin with proper running technique, skipping and hurdling drill. All athletes will grow at their individual pace with encouragement and positive reinforcement from our coaching staff.

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Our Itinerary

Each of our main two itineraries includes visit to the primary birding hotpost in Cuba as follow:

The Complete Itinerary:

Is for 12 days and visiting the mainly birding areas with more ample time to find the more elusive species, endemics and Caribbean specialties

The Basic Itinerary:

Is for 7-9 days is designed for those with limited time who want to concentrate on just the main endemics birds and visiting only three of the four hotpost birding areas.

Day 1: Viñales Valley.
  • According to arrival time drive to Viñales Valley. Target species: Cuban Solitaire, Olive-capped Warbler and Cuban Grassquit. Also others endemic species we can find there.
Day 2: Viñales Valley
  • We birding looking for the target missed in the previous day.
Day 3: Zapata Swamp
  • This is the best birdwatching area in Cuba and possibly on the entire Caribbean region. It supports two of Cuba´s local and national endemics which only you can see here: Zapata Wren and the elusive and almost extinct Zapata Rail, it is almost impossible to find
Day 4: Zapata Swamp
  • Early start to drive into the heart of the swamp to find the Zapata Wren, Cuban Red-Shouldered Blackbird, and Cuban (Zapata) Sparrow
Days 5, 6, 7: Zapata Peninsula
  • We will visit numerous sites in pursuit of many localized endemics and many specialties. High in our target will be the smallest bird of the world: the minuscule Bee Hummingbird. Also we will look for three of four quail-doves: Blue-headed, Gray-fronted and Ruddy Quail-dove. Also target will be the endemics, Cuban Parakeet, Cuban Oriol, Cuban Vireo, Fernandina´s Flicker, Green Woodpecker and Cuban Tody
Day 8: Najasa-La Belén
  • This is the place for the endemic and endangered Cuban Plam Crow and the very rare Giant Kingbird. Also more endemic like Screech Owl, and many migrants.
Day 9: Najasa-La Belén
  • Birding in the morning and later drive to Moron to stay here or to Cayo Coco
Day 10: Cayo Coco – Cayo Guillermo
  • These islands offer many important bird species. The targets are: Cuban Gnatcatcher, Orient Warbler, Bahama Mockingbird, Thick-billed Vireo and Cuban Sparrow as a subspecies from Cuban (Zapata) Sparrow from the Zapata Swamp
Day 11: Cayo Coco – Cayo Guillermo
  • Searching the target species including many waterbirds, and waders in flat lagoons and beaches with white sand and crystal clear waters
Day 12: Cayo Coco to Havana
  • Final day with brief birding stops and and lunch in rout back to Havana (6-7 hours) according to you fly ticket and we take you to Airport where the tour will conclude with a fabulous birding experience
Day 1: Viñales Valley
  • According to arrival time drive to Viñales Valley. Target species: Cuban Solitaire, Olive-capped Warbler and Cuban Grassquit. Also others endemics species we can find there.
Day 2: Viñales Valley
  • Birding looking for the target missed in the previous day.
Day 3: Zapata Swamp
  • Is the best birdwaching area in Cuba and possibly on the entire Caribbean region. It supports two of Cuba´s local and national endemics which only you can see here: Zapata Wren and the elusive and almost extinct Zapata Rail.
Day 4
  • Early start to drive into the heart of the swamp to find the Zapata Wren, and Cuban (Zapata) Sparrow.
Day 5 and 6: Zapata Peninsula
  • We will visit numerous sites in pursuit of many localized endemics and many specialties. High in our target will be the smallest bird of the world: the minuscule Bee Hummingbird. Also we will look for three of four quail-doves: Blue-headed, Gray-fronted and Ruddy Quail-dove. Also target will be the endemics, Cuban Parakeet, Cuban Oriol, Cuban Vireo, Fernandina´s Flicker, Green Woodpecker and Cuban Tody.
Day 7: Cayo Coco – Cayo Guillermo
  • These islands offer many important bird species. The targets are: Cuban Gnatcatcher, Orient Warbler, Bahama Mockingbird, Thick-billed Vireo and Cuban Sparrow as a subspecies from Cuban (Zapata) Sparrow from the Zapata Swamp.
Days 8 – 9 (optional): Cayo Coco to return to Havana. n
  • One of these days we make our way to Havana (6 - 7 hours) with brief birding spots and lunch in route, according to your fly ticket and we take you to Airport where the tour will conclude with a fabulous birding experience.
  • Anyway, whatever the length of your stay in Cuba and however you want to organize your time, we can put together the perfect tour for you. Then, contact us and tell us what you want from your ideal Cuban Birding Tour! We will book all your accommodations, car hire with a full time professional driver (should be my son) to keep the car safe when we are walking, looking for the birds; payment for fuel, breakfast and dinners. Likewise if you want to do a combination of birding with some culture and beach leisure we can do that in our tour.
  • Also, we can book for you some extra nights in Havana city at the end or upon beginning of the tour if you would like to enjoy this exciting city and meet his real spirit.

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