Sendero de las Aves La Belen

Camagüey  >  Cuba

The Sierra de Najasa is a dry-savannah near the pitoresque city of Camagüey. The Sendero leads through areas of savannah but also dry forest.

Added* by Paul Poletajew
Most recent update 28 February 2022


Sendero de las Aves La Belen is a remarkfully easy and nice place to see Palm Crow (Cuban) , Plain Pigeon, Shiny Cowbird, Gundlach's Hawk , Giant Kingbird and other species of the dry lands.



The road from Najasa to the sendero is in very bad condition and requires much longer then expected. Unfortunately the Hacienda La Belen is closed due to the pandemic, so there is no possibility to stay overnight at the moment, what would be recommended due to its remote location. Best way to explore is by car and then by feet. The Area around the Haciende and the Sendero are protected and can only be visited with a booked tourguide. Tours must be booked in advance in Camagüey and are about 10EUR/DLR per person.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Steppe , Agriculture , Scattered trees and bushes , City/village


Hilly , Sandy , Dry , Open landscape , Dusty

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season


Best time to visit

Winter , Spring


Paved road , Wide path , Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Foot , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

The road from Najasa to Sibanicú is in even worse condition (hardly passable for a standard car) but has a beautiful little lake in mid-distance. A nice spot for rails, hawks, Eastern Meadowlark and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.

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


Top 5 birds

Plain Pigeon
1. Plain Pigeon
(Patagioenas inornata)
Giant Kingbird
2. Giant Kingbird
(Tyrannus cubensis)
Palm Crow
3. Palm Crow
(Corvus palmarum)
Shiny Cowbird
4. Shiny Cowbird
(Molothrus bonariensis)
Gundlach's Hawk
5. Gundlach's Hawk
(Accipiter gundlachi)

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