Dear Friends of UCBG:
We invite you to come with us to Cuba in
2016. On this unique and inspiring program,
we will travel on a General License from the
U.S. Treasury Department to take friends and
members of the UC Botanical Garden on a
People-to-People Exploration of Cuba.
Our tour of Cuba begins in Old Havana and
continues to the Escambray Mountains, the
colonial cities of Trinidad and Cienfuegos,
and Zapata National Park. We will explore the
island’s diverse landscapes and habitats, from
the plains or llanos to mountain forests and
The Cuban natural world is reflected
in the national symbols:
Roystonea regia, the royal
palm; the white mariposa,
Cuba’s national flower;
and the colorful national
bird, the tocororo. More
than 8,000 species of
plants are native to Cuba,
including many orchids,
palms, and ferns. Cuba is
also home to the world’s
smallest bird, the bee hummingbird.
As we travel around this amazing island, the
largest in the Caribbean, we will meet with Cuban
naturalists, botanists, horticulturalists, and local
experts. Throughout our journey, we will engage
Cubans directly in discussions about their lives
and work, culture, and traditions.
- Explore the UNESCO World Heritage sites of
Old Havana and Trinidad.
- Visit several botanic gardens and see their
amazing plant collections.
- Discover the mountain station at Topes de
- See the extraordinary plant life in the Sierra de
- Learn about Las Terrazas reforestation
- See the orchid collections at Orquideario Soroa.
- Visit Vivero Alamar, a project for sustainable agriculture.
- Observe the plants and wildlife of Zapata National Park, Cuba’s largest wetland.
We hope you will join us for this fascinating tour
Katherine Greenberg, Tour Escort
and Advisory Board member of
the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley
$4,295 Plus Air
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