When you’re far afield and feeling a little road-weary, there’s nothing more soothing than a home-cooked meal prepared by warm, welcoming hosts. Especially when you can savour that meal in a lovely, tranquil garden surrounded by hummingbirds.
Hidden away in the verdant Maracas Valley on the island of Trinidad, approximately 40 minutes from the city of Port of Spain, is Yerette—The Home of the Hummingbird. It’s also the home of Theodore and Gloria Ferguson.
A couple of years ago, Theodore, an avid avian photographer, began looking for ways to attract Trinidad’s national bird to his backyard. He and Gloria hung more than 40 feeders throughout their modest garden, filling each one with an enticing solution of water and white sugar. The ploy worked. Soon, hundreds of flitting hummingbirds—their luminescent wings beating up to 100 times per second—were visiting the Fergusons daily. Inspired, the couple decided to share their private hummingbird haven with guests.
Along with the opportunity to observe 13 species of hummingbird at remarkably close range, visitors to Yerette can also enjoy a delicious, home-cooked meal prepared by Gloria herself. Relax at a modest, communal patio table while sampling signature Trinbagonian dishes like Callaloo (a spicy soup made with okra), Coo-coo (thick cornmeal cake) and Pelau (rice layered with meats and vegetables). Guests preferring lighter fare can opt for afternoon or morning tea instead of a full meal.
Ranked the No. 1 attraction in Maracas on TripAdvisor, Yerette is definitely worth the trek—whether you’re an avid birder, a hungry traveller or both. (Prices vary. Call ahead for reservations: 868-663-2623.)
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