Cienaga de Zapata - La Turba

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The northern part of the Zapata swamps. Mostly moist reed vegetation with sporadic mangrove groves, thickets and small canals. Note: Only possible with guide!

Added* by Paul Poletajew
Most recent update 14 March 2023


A beautiful place that gives you an impression how the heart of the Zapata swamps looks like. The easiest accessible area for Zapata Wren, Zapata Sparrow and some say they have even seen the Zapata Rail here in the early morning. Also many migrating warblers and good chances for quaildoves.



During dry season best to visit with a car, due to the long distances. Also possible by bike, but the gravel road is not always in good condition. Also the mosquitos are a real plague here. During wet season an offroad-vehicle might be useful. Also the roads and paths are really confusing, so rely on a guide!

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Wetland , Plain , Reedbeds


Flat , Wet , High water possible

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season


Best time to visit

Winter , Spring migration , Spring


Unpaved road , Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Bicycle , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

Please be very considerate and careful in the area. The local endemic species are andangered and rely on areas that are scarcely disturbed by humans. So get yourself a local guide that is a bird enthusiast and enjoy responsibly!

View other birding spots in the area that are published on Birdingplaces


Top 5 birds

Zapata Wren
3. Zapata Wren
(Ferminia cerverai)
Zapata Sparrow
4. Zapata Sparrow
(Torreornis inexpectata)
Zapata Rail
5. Zapata Rail
(Cyanolimnas cerverai)

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