Cumaca Cave is located close to the Cumaca Village. It is a gravel, bumpy road and a 4x4 is necessary. It is advisable to get a guide for this trip. A permit for entering the cave is required.
To spot the oilbirds a guide is necessary to find the muddy trail to the Cumaca Cave. It depends on the water level if you can walk into the cave. The oilbirds are nocturnal, and at daytime, they rest in the cave.
Dry Season - Weather
Best months for Trinidad and the hike to the cave are January to May and September. Rain can always occur in Trinidad. The trail to the cave can be muddy even in the dry season but worth to do. During the rainy season, the water level of the Oropouche River can be too high for safe walking.
The Ankarana Special Reserve has three entrances. The main entrance in the east close to Mahamasina. From here you get to the most visited cave: Grotte des Chauve-Souris (bat cave).
The dry season from April to October is the best time for a travel to the north. Better access at dry months. Usually, it's very hot at midday. Avoid the rainy season from December to March. Tropical storms can occur and it is even hotter.
The reserve was created in 1956 and is popular for the terrific tsingy, caves, and underground rivers. Schedule a minimum stay of three nights to get an idea of this stunning place.
The dry season from April to October is the best time to travel to the north. Usually, it's very hot at midday. Avoid the rainy season from December to March. Tropical storms can occur and it is even hotter.
Birding at National Park Zapata is outstanding. We did this guided tour twice with different guides at different months. A car is necessary to go to this three different places.
The best time of day for birding is the morning. Don't go too early, otherwise mosquito might eat you up.
The best months are November until April in the dry season. Rainy season from July until October is not recommended, as areas can be flooded. Shoulder season May and June, showers may occur but easier to find a casa without booking in advance. July and August are the Cuban school holiday.