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“For bird lovers”

Asa Wright Nature Centre
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Asa Wright Nature Center Guided Tour from Port of Spain
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Ranked #3 of 99 things to do in Trinidad
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Owner description: This small resort, buried among mountains deep in the Trinidad rain forest, is famous for its amazing diversity in animal and plant species.
London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“For bird lovers”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

Amazing place where you can watch birds while having lunch on a porch or take a walk down the footpath in rainforest following informative boards. You will see many bird species and some other animals.

Visited March 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“A must see if you love nature”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

Asa Wright is a must see for all nature lovers. It is located few miles along the winding roads from the town of Arima. The last few miles drive you will spot lot of different varieties of trees, huge termite nests, tropical rain forests and lots of fruit trees too. Quarry work has ruined the road and the traffic along these winding roads. Drive safe!
Asa Wright Nature center has an entry fee of $10 US per foreign tourist for a guided tour. The guide will take you for a simple and short 1hr hike identifying by sight or sound different species of birds. He will also give details on trees, flowers and any life that you might encounter during your hike. Once the hike is over you can go out and explore the tropical forest by yourself along several different hiking trails with varied difficulty levels. The longer hike take you to a waterfall. We did not do that due to rains.
Best time to visit is 10am in the morning when most wildlife is more active. Best months - Jan or Feb when there is no or very little rain. Our hike was stop and go thanks to the rains! Length of the trip varies on your interest: ~2-8 hours. Reservation: not needed if it's a weekday but always a good idea to plan in advance. Equipment to carry: Camera and/or binoculars, cap and umbrella. Precautionary measures: spray yourself with mosquito repellent. Good number of car parking spots are available at the site. There is food available for purchase at the site. You could have the more expensive buffet or sandwich. Toilet facility is available at the site.
To do: Go through the history of the center, hike around, relax at verandah watching hummingbirds and other species. You might spot a reptile or a rodent too. Ask a local to help you select and pluck fresh leaves for a hot refreshing tea. He/she might explain you the benefits of the leaves too!
A laminated bird chart available for purchase $10US. This will help you identify the birds.
FYI: They do close for annual maintenance so make sure to check their website or email them before your plan your trip. In 2013 they were closed from Sep 01 until Sep 14.

Visited August 2013
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“be sure to visit”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

i loved asa wright and if you are a nature lover like myself you will too. my visit was included in a package deal so i didn't get the full experience but what i got definitely left me wanting more. i can't wait to go back 'for real' this time!

Visited September 2012
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Amazing location but a hugely disappointing centre”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

This really is an amazing location, stunning views, a fascinating forest, wonderful birds. However, we are concerned that the centre seems to be so badly governed and managed. The centre could be a centre of excellence but unfortunately it seems to be resting on its previous reputation.

We arrived for a three day stay and were put in what I can only describe as a cell. Only four other people were staying so plenty of more pleasant rooms were available. We had a three hour walk through the forest looking at the birds. Until the last 15 minutes the overwhelming sound was of the strimmer cutting the grass and hedges around the estate house. The food was poor. We overindulged in Antigua so possibly this was a blessing. I can't eat wheat but it took until my last breakfast to be offered porridge instead of bread.

The guides are locally trained and are helpful. The staff individually are friendly but it can be difficult to get them to smile and provide a good service. 'Can we possibly have some more pillows'. 'I'm sorry but I don't have the key to the cupboard'. 'Could you then possibly get some from a vacant room'. 'I'll leave them at reception for you'. Staff talk about poor pay and poor relations with the management - they say this has got much worse over the last three years.

I am back in London now and can't forget our stay. I sleep on my front and on my last night received 30 bites on my stomach. They are not mosquito bites. These fade on me after a day. These bites got worse over three days. Four nights later they are still really sore.

I wonder if the board of trustees knows what is happening. I fear for the future of the centre. What a terribly shame because it has enormous potential.Trinidad needs to develop its tourist attractions - and not to lose this amazing place through mismanagement and a lack of strategic thinking..

Visited August 2013
7 Thank Alison K
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Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed August 1, 2013

If you want total peace and relaxation and love nature and birds especially this is the place for you. The road to the centre is a bit scary as it is narrow and winds through the mountains. The trails are easy and fun as you encounter crystal clear streams, animals and strange bird calls. On the verandah where the wild birds come to feed it is an array of colorful and beautiful feathers. Some strange rodents-agouti also partake in the meal.
The silence is deafening at nights. The rooms are small, but comfortable and when the dinner bell rings you do enjoy a nice meal. Evening tea is also very nice.

Visited September 2012
2 Thank BARRY M
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