Top Ten Caribbean Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures

Trinidad: Go On Safari
By Paris Permenter & John Bigley

Not many people make it down to Trinidad, a stone's throw from Venezuela, but those who do are rewarded with an awesome collection of bird species. Having splintered away from South America a mere 11,000 years ago has resulted in the vast abundance and diversity of its wildlife. Head to the Asa Wright Nature Centre, a rainforest preserve located in Trinidad's Northern Range, an echo of the South American Andes. Exploring the preserve on foot, you'll tramp along woodland trails and spot exotic species by the score, from blue-headed parrots to some of the 10 species of hummingbirds. Be on the lookout for armadillos, anteaters, ocelots, and red howler monkeys, too; in all, Trinidad has over 150 mammal and reptile species.


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