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Cuba 2019


Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to the enigmatic and alluring archipelago of Cuba! Rich with fascinating history, culture, and unspoiled nature, this largest island of the Caribbean does not fail to please!

Our trip will take us to the towering limestone hills and lush tobacco farms of Viñales National Park. We'll visit waterfalls and swim or snorkel in the impossibly clear waters of Playa Girón. More adventurous travelers can explore Cuba’s largest cave system to encounter bats, cave formations and underground pools.

Also on the trip, we'll wander Havana's charming Plaza de Armas to learn about its interesting architectural history; explore 18th century streets, churches and museums; experience the 502-year-old colonial city of Trinidad; interact with friendly Cuban people, dancing to their wonderful music and tasting delicious homemade food.

Cuba's landscape is a bona fide tropical paradise of majestic mountains and rocky flatlands, mangrove swamps and pristine beaches, coral reefs and limestone sea caves. But its tropical avian life make it a truly special destination for birders. The island is home to a whopping 370 bird species, 28 of which are found here and nowhere else on earth — like the national bird, the Cuban trogon and the smallest bird in the world, the bee hummingbird. A high point of the trip will be Zapata Swamp National Park, the largest and most protected wetland in the Caribbean and a critical stopover and winter haven to more than 65 international migratory species, such as warblers and plovers. As we explore the park's diverse habitats we'll be on the lookout for the American flamingo, Cuban parrot and the adorable Cuban tody.

Space is limited so sign up soon for this unique and exotic trip!

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Cuba 2019 Eco-travel Details

When: Wednesday, January 16 through Saturday, January 26, 2019

Where: This trip flies into and out of Havana City in Cuba from Chicago O’Hare

Cost: $4125 (Double Occupancy)


  • All lodging, meals, local transportation, guides, and tours
  • Accommodation in 4-star hotels and private houses
  • All meals in Cuba and one drink (sparkling or still water/soda/domestic beer) with each meal.
  • Private services of a professional driver and an English speaking guide
  • Luxury air-conditioned bus
  • Entrances fees to Viñales National Park, Zapata Swamp (Ciénaga) National Park, and other protected areas
  • Exploration of Cuba’s largest cave system and the second-largest on the American continent, Santo Tomas Great Cave
  • Trip to La Salina, an excellent site to see waterfowl birds and to observe an astonishing sunset
  • Trip to El Cubano Park to look for endemic fauna and enjoy the waterfall
  • All the activities described in the itinerary—city tours, zip lining, museums, and more
  • Time for exploration on your own to snorkel, dive, or swim in the coral reef
  • Urban Ecology Center guides to mind the details so you can relax and enjoy the trip!

Not Included: 

  • Airfare (there is a group rate available) and related taxes
  • Enrollment in the Cuba medical emergency insurance (mandatory by the Cuban government for all travelers to the island—U.S. airlines provide this in the ticket cost)
  • Mandatory Cuban Tourist Card (arranged through the airline)
  • Gratuities for Cuban tour guides, bus drivers, restaurant staff, porters, etc.
  • Cancellation insurance
  • Other expenses of a personal nature, like luggage charges, laundry, and shopping

A $500 mostly refundable deposit reserves a spot on the trip.

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Photos: Juan Carlos Ocaña

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