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Caligo Ventures

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  • Global Operator
Established
  • 1983
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  • Portal, Arizona
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Who We Are

We are a dynamic travel company committed to conservation. We have stayed small so that we can manage operations on passion and personal vision; we have strong relationships with our travelers, and the host lodges we visit. Originally founded by Phil and Margaret Schaeffer in 1983, Peg Abbott and her company, Naturalist Journeys, carry on the traditions of Caligo: finding sustainable, quality ecolodges, using local guides, and featuring (where possible) local foods to make for memorable travel.

We are the exclusive United States representative of the famed Asa Wright Nature Centre (AWNC) and Lodge on Trinidad and Tobago and this relationship guides our mission. Trinidad is a marvelous example of ecotourism, where local guides have become top-rate professionals, hospitality services run with ease but retain their island flair, and menus feature local foods. Birding is augmented by a strong sense of place, and visitors make a difference. Collectively, we treasure birding, nature, travel, good food, and good company ― our inspiration in designing unique travel opportunities.

What We Do

Beyond managing every aspect of your travel experience, whether with a group or on an independent journey, we are committed to responsible travel and eco-tourism. We work tirelessly to ensure that our trips benefit the communities in which we travel, and our funds assist local conservation efforts.

Why We Are Different

We have stayed small, and we offer personal service. Our carefully-crafted travel experiences are creative, dynamic, and enduring, inspired by the natural world and the humans we share it with. We relish the art of nature travel, savoring our experience with each creature and landscape. And although birds are our specialty, natural history, scenic appreciation, culture, and geology play a strong role in all of our travels. We share expertise in birding, but blend those skills with other interests, allowing time for personal exploration.

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Asa Wright Nature Centre (AWNC)

Highlights

  • Travel with AWNC’s expert guides, who share robust knowledge and friendly, world-class guiding skills
  • Savor six nights at the classic AWNC; relish morning coffee and birding on the famous verandah
  • Gain exclusive access to enigmatic Oilbirds in the grotto of Dunston Cave, on the Centre’s grounds
  • Witness skies turned crimson with thousands of Scarlet Ibis coming in to roost in Caroni National Park
  • Special for Leatherback Turtle nesting season, visit Matura Beach at sunset to watch females come ashore to lay eggs, April through July ... by June there is also the incredible chance to witness hatchlings
  • Arrive to a frenzy at the lodge’s feeders, perfect for observation and photography
  • Enjoy creative tropical architecture; let the breeze be your ventilation in this peaceful mountain retreat
  • Marvel at dinner guests that may include — just outside — a White-tailed Nightjar or the Common Potoo
  • Visit Tobago’s historic Main Forest Ridge Preserve and Little Tobago Island
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Highlights

  • Travel with AWNC’s expert guides, who share robust knowledge and friendly, world-class guiding skills
  • Savor five nights at the classic AWNC; relish morning coffee and birding on the famous verandah
  • Gain exclusive access to enigmatic Oilbirds in the grotto of Dunston Cave
  • Witness skies turned crimson with thousands of Scarlet Ibis coming in to roost in Caroni National Park
  • Enjoy optional excursions if you’d like more birding or photography experiences
  • Relish two nights at Mt. Plaisir Estate Hotel in Grande Riviere
  • Look for the highly endangered Trinidad Piping-Guan while at Grande Riviere
  • See the largest turtle, the Leatherback, nesting on the beach at Grande Riviere, and possibly see emerging hatchlings
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Highlights

  • Travel with AWNC’s expert guides, who share robust knowledge and friendly, world-class guiding skills
  • Savor six nights at the classic AWNC; relish morning coffee and birding on the famous verandah
  • Gain exclusive access to enigmatic Oilbirds in the grotto of Dunston Cave, on the Centre’s grounds
  • Witness skies turned crimson with thousands of Scarlet Ibis coming in to roost in Caroni National Park
  • Special for Leatherback Turtle nesting season, visit Matura Beach at sunset to watch females come ashore to lay eggs, April through July ... by June there is also the incredible chance to witness hatchlings
  • Arrive to a picturesque vista across Batteaux Bay to Little Tobago Island
  • Enjoy boutique-style ocean-front accommodations with air conditioning and a private bath and porch or patio
  • Marvel at tropical seabirds and tropical fish on a glass-bottom boat tour to Little Tobago Island
  • Visit Tobago’s historic Main Forest Ridge Preserve with an expert local guide
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Highlights

  • Travel with AWNC’s expert guides, who share robust knowledge and friendly, world-class guiding skills
  • Savor four nights at the classic AWNC; relish morning coffee and birding on the famous verandah
  • Gain exclusive access to enigmatic Oilbirds in the grotto of Dunston Cave
  • Witness skies turned crimson with thousands of Scarlet Ibis coming in to roost in Caroni National Park
  • Enjoy two nights at the delightful and birdy Cuffie River Nature Retreat on Tobago
  • Explore the Caribbean side of Tobago
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