Choosing a Tour

HELP

Let us help you select your tour!

I’M NEW AT BIRDING. WHAT TOURS DO YOU SUGGEST?
People who are new to birding may want to consider attending our Montana Owl Workshop. This short workshop focuses on the science of birds, the fundamentals of field identification, understanding the importance of habitats, and other relevant topics. However, most VENT tours are appropriate for birders of all skill levels. On any tour you may meet other participants who are also new to birding, as well as birders of intermediate or advanced skill levels. We have found that participants who are more experienced are usually happy to assist new birders!
 
WHAT TOURS ARE BEST FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE LIMITED IN THE AMOUNT OF WALKING THEY CAN DO?
Some tours involve very little walking due to the type of vehicles used and the nature of the birding. Examples include Cuba, Trinidad, many of our tours to Africa and the United States, and our birding and natural history cruises. Our Relaxed & Easy tours typically include less walking and lighter physical activity.
 
WHAT TOURS DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR PEOPLE INTERESTED IN LOTS OF WALKING?
Our tours to El Triunfo in Mexico and the Manu Biosphere Reserve in Peru include more walking than most of our other tours. Our trips to Big Bend National Park & the Texas Hill Country, Grand Belize (Chan Chich Lodge), and Panama’s Canopy Tower also offer a fair amount of time on foot.
 
DOES VENT OFFER ANY TRIPS THAT ARE APPROPRIATE FOR FAMILIES?
Children 14 years or older are welcome on our trips when accompanied by their parents. Families especially enjoy our cruises, particularly our Galapagos Cruise.
 
MY SPOUSE IS NOT A BIRDER. WHICH OF YOUR TRIPS WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?
Our cruises, our Africa or India trips, or any “Birds, Nature & Culture” tour would be enjoyable for non-birders.
 
I'M INTERESTED IN PHOTOGRAPHY. WHAT VENT TOURS PROVIDE PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES?
Many of our tours take place amid the world’s most beautiful scenery, notably in Antarctica, Alaska, Bhutan, Galapagos, New Zealand, Big Bend, Colorado, and Hawaii. Wildlife photo opportunities are best on our Africa and India tours, the Pantanal in Brazil, Argentina, Alaska, and Australia.
 
I'M VERY INTERESTED IN OTHER ASPECTS OF NATURE IN ADDITION TO BIRDS. DOES VENT OFFER TOURS FOR MAMMALS, FLOWERS, BUTTERFLIES OR RUINS?
Although the main focus of most of our tours is birding, we do take advantage of opportunities to see other wildlife—mammals, flowers, butterflies, as well as archaeological ruins, etc. In North America, our Alaska trips offer the best wildlife-viewing opportunities. All of our Africa trips are very good for mammals as well as birds. This is especially true of our Namibia & Botswana and Tanzania trips. Next to Africa, India offers the best mammal viewing in the world. India is also a fascinating country from a cultural standpoint. Our Peru: Manu Biosphere Reserve tour and Amazon River Cruise have optional extensions to Machu Picchu.
 
I HAVE NEVER BEEN TO THE TROPICS. HOW SHOULD I APPROACH BIRDING IN THAT AREA?
We suggest starting with the American Tropics, close to the U.S. and accessible. Excellent field guides exist for most Latin American countries. Good first trips include any trip to Central America or Trinidad. These trips will give you an opportunity to become familiar with most Neotropical families including motmots, trogons, jacamars, woodcreepers, parrots, antbirds, ovenbirds, and others. Later you’ll want to venture south to Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, and Argentina. The American Tropics offer an unparalleled array of marvelous birding and natural history experiences.
 
WHAT ARE THE CONDITIONS LIKE IN THE AMERICAN TROPICS IN TERMS OF ACCOMMODATIONS, FOOD, AND COMFORT?
In general, you will be pleasantly surprised with the traveling conditions on most of our tropical tours. During the past two decades we have witnessed the development of many very good lodges in Latin American countries, especially in Costa Rica, Honduras, Peru, Ecuador, Belize, and Panama. Argentina, Brazil, and Chile are highly developed countries with excellent services. Many lowland areas in the tropics are warm and humid, but other areas in the highlands are delightfully cool.
 
WHAT TOURS DO YOU RECOMMEND IF I WANT TO VISIT A RAINFOREST?
Excellent choices are trips that visit the lowlands of Costa Rica or Panama; the Amazonian regions of Brazil, Ecuador, or Peru; Papua New Guinea; and Thailand and Borneo in Southeast Asia. The following tours offer the opportunity to see the rainforest under expert leadership:

  • Short Costa Rica
  • Best of Costa Rica
  • Panama's Canopy Tower
  • Panama's Darien Lowlands: Canopy Camp
  • Amazon River Cruise
  • Manaus, Brazil: Amazon Rainforest & River Islands
  • Peru: Manu Biosphere Reserve
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Thailand Highlights
  • Borneo