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Hello! I’m Bernie Solymar, and I kindly invite you to join our Cuba nature tours, an odyssey of the country's culture, agriculture, ecology and beautiful nature. We'll explore the historic cities of Havana and Trinidad, visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Biosphere Reserves, tour organopónicos and visit with Cuban farmers, explore forests, caves and mountains, swim in mountain rivers, meet and talk with numerous Cuban experts in the fields of permaculture and conservation, partake in traditional local food dishes, enjoy some Cuban music, rum, and camaraderie, and much, much more. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions!
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    Havana, Las Terrazas, Vinales
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    Havana, Trinidad, Vinales,
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    From Nov 10 to Nov 19, 2017
    $2,699 (all taxes included)
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    Havana, Trinidad, Soroa,
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    From Dec 30 to Jan 6, 2018
    $2,399 (all taxes included)
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    Havana, Trinidad, Soroa,
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    From Feb 16 to Feb 27, 2018
    $2,759 (all taxes included)
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    From Mar 17 to Mar 24, 2018
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    Havana, Trinidad, Vinales,
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    From Apr 14 to Apr 23, 2018
    $2,699 (all taxes included)
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    Guanahacabibes, Topes, Zapata,
    Buenavista, Rosario, Caguanes...
    From May 4 to May 13, 2018
    $2,999 (all taxes included)

Educational Travel
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U.S. Cuba Legal Travel I’m a professor of earth and marine sciences at a US University. I would like to take my students to Cuba so that they learn about the UNESCO Caribbean Ecosystem project in the area. But I’m not sure how to go about it? I need help. This sort of questions we hear lately by US professors. And yes, you can travel to Cuba and you can take your students, in order to facilitate answers we have come up with the blog to explain Educational Travel from USA. Follow us!

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Cuba's Biosphere Reserves

Guanahacabibes Biosphere Reserve contains never-ending beaches, jagged limestone pavements, marshland and mangrove swamps providing a natural habitat for about 600 species of plants, deers, jutias, bats, reptiles and any number of birds.

Four rivers run through the evergreen and semi-deciduous tropical forest of Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve. Natural habitat to one of the world's smallest frogs and more than 115 bird species.

Peninsula de Zapata Biosphere Reserve contains the largest wetlands in the Caribbean with blue-water beaches, forests, rivers, lakes, flooded caverns. Natural habitat to the Cuban crocodile and 175 bird species.

Buenavista Biosphere Reserve protects nature ecosystems including mangroves, coral reefs, active dune zones, keys and natural reproductive zones for aquatic birds. Caves hold historically significant paintings.

Cuchillas del Toa Biosphere Reserve, is the best preserved mountainous natural ecosystem in the Caribbean. UNESCO declared it “one of the most biologically diverse tropical island sites on earth.”

Baconao Biosphere Reserve is natural home to 1,800 plant species and 939 indigenous species of wildlife including birds, butterflies, mammals, reptiles and the endangered hot-cave bat.

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Authentic Cuba Nature & Bird Watching Tours for North American Bird Watchers, Biologists, Natural Science Educators and Environmentalists.

Cuba is home to a wide array of natural landscapes and wildlife habitats. Here you will find the Caribbean’s largest tropical forests, mountains and wetlands. Cuba bird watching tours and nature tours offered by Authentic Cuba Travel include some of the island’s most beautiful and biodiverse areas. Cuba is home to more than 200 different protected areas, including six UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, representing a variety of different eco-systems.

Thanks to the support of a number of different local nature conservation organizations, our Cuba nature tours and bird watching tours will take North American nature lovers, bird watchers, naturalist, biologists, natural science educators, environmentalists and nature conservationist to explore UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and National Parks, as well as the chance to meet with the directors and scientists of Cuba’s premier National Centers for Protected Areas.

Authentic Cuba Travel takes great pride in all of our unique Cuba nature & bird watching travel experiences, and with more than 15,000 unique species of fauna, 350 species of birds and 600 species of plant to be found on the island, our authentic Cuba tours offer a chance unlike any other to explore the authentic Cuba.

Cuba's National Parks

Alejandro de Humboldt National Park, Situated on the southeast side of the island is Cuba’s most humid location, this Cuban National Park offers an incredible combination of unique ecosystems, rare orchids, virgin rainforests, lakes, lagoons, mangrove swamps, and an incredible array of indigenous fauna and flora. The park is considered home to a number of endangered species of bird. Cuba’s ivory billed woodpecker was once found here, but many now believe the bird to be extinct. Cuba nature tour participants visiting the park can also take part in bird watching, cave exploring, nature tourism, eco tours, and long walks.

Caguanes National Park is on the itinerary of our Cuba nature tours and bird watching expeditions because of its system of underground caves including more than 35 caves and grottoes that are home to a large array of rupestrian art. Located in the north central portion of the country, visitors to this park can find land, swamp, and marine areas. The sea niches here are home to numerous fauna and flora, while the park’s Guayaberas Swamp is home to the nation’s most sizable colonies of Grus Canadensis nesiotes, or Sandhill Cranes.

Parque Nacional Desembarco del Granma was constructed and named to honor the Granma landing. Covered with woodlands, marine packed lagoons, and a dry area comprised of steep terraces and cacti, the park covers much of the southwestern end of Cuba. Here, Cuba bird watching tour participants and nature tour participants will find many well-marked hiking areas to enjoy, including the Sendero Arqueologico Natural El Guage, a roughly 2 hour hike that spans mangroves, the Cuban coast, and areas believed to contain Taino remains.

Guanahacabibes National Park. Participants in nature travel to Cuba certainly won’t want to miss this one, which is actually among the largest nature reserves in the entire country. White sand plains help separate the park from the remainder of the island, and it is home to not only one of the biggest lakeside areas in Cuba, but also a unique area that contains some 100 smaller lakes. Those taking part in a Cuban bird watching tour will be pleased to know that the park is home to an incredible 172 species of birds, which belong to 42 different families. Of these, 84 of the species are migratory, while 11 are endemic to the island. Marine experts also surmise that the Guanahacabibes Peninsula is home to four of the seven remaining marine turtle species living on our planet.

The archipelago Jardines de la Reina can be found about sixty miles south of Cuba’s central coast. This coral reef measures nearly seventy-five miles in length, making it the world’s third longest coral reef! The archipelago includes some 250 different virgin islands, which visitors will learn are home to crocodiles, turtles, jutias, and iguanas. The scene under the waters in the area is incredibly diverse and beautiful, with sponges and coral covering marine walls. Numerous species of fish can also be found here, even at fairly shallow depths, as the reefs offer a natural source of protection and shelter.

Sierra Cristal National Park. Situated in both the Sagua de Tanamo and Mayari municipalities in the southern part of the Holguin Province and established in 1930, this is the oldest national park in Cuba. The highest peak in Holguin is found here, as the Pico de Cristal reaches a total height of 4,265 feet. Pine forests are found throughout the mountains here, and are home to the Caribbean Pine, a tree that can ascend to heights of up to 98 feet! The research center located in Pinares de Mayari established back in 1988 helps to monitor the region’s ecology. Bird watching Cuba tour participants will find that Sierra Cristal is home to the Cuban Solenodon, an endangered species.

Turquino National Park (sometimes called Sierra Maestra National Park) is situated right in the center of the Sierra Maestra Mountains. This park features the highest peak in the whole of Cuba, as Pico Turquino measures an astounding 6,480 feet in height. The geography of this park is quite mountainous, and the flora is incredibly diverse. Nature tour participants will enjoy the incredible rain forests, the arborescent ferns, and the magnificent Sierra Maestra pine trees. The fauna of the area serve to match the flora in diversity and grandeur, however, and reptiles, birds, mollusks, and other creatures create a unique array of life that would be hard to find in any other location in the world.

US- CUBA School Travel

United States of America Schools for Resource and Environmental Studies, Wildlife Conservation, Earth and Marine Sciences and others can organize a for-credit structured educational and research program to Cuba under a General License. Under such a program professors, students and staff can travel to Cuba legally to conduct research on resource and environmental issues as well s wildlife conservation.

Authentic Cuba Travel specializes in working with US Schools and Universities in creating custom-made structured courses and educational field trips to Cuba that meet the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Cuba travel regulations, while also meeting the curriculum criteria, learning goals and the needs of your university, college or school. Our one-of-a-kind nature programs will provide insights into Cuban environmental & wildlife conservation while still being immersed in the historical, political and cultural aspects of Cuba.

Here’s what Professor Professor Jeffrey Ashley from Philadelphia University says about his experience:

From a instructor's viewpoint, I was particularly impressed with how local experts played a pivotal role in the learning experiences of my students at each of sites. Our students loved the variety of activities, sites, and experiences they had, from visiting an urban 'organoponico' in the suburbs of Havana, to hiking the remote ecosystems of the Guanahacabibes National Park in the most westerly part of Cuba. Our students have described the experience as a 'once in a lifetime' experience and the 'highlight of their undergraduate education'.

Notes on Cuba's Nature

Worldwide recognized as the Caribbean island with the greatest biodiversity, Cuba’s ecosystems are also among the most well preserved. Showcasing more than 200 protected areas and 6 UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, animal life contains an incredible 15,000 animal species, 350 bird species and over 600 recorded plant species making the island nation an authentic destination for Cuba nature and bird watching tourism in the Caribbean basin. Read More...
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