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A People-to-People exploration of Cuba with a Botanical Slant

November 4-13, 2016

Dear Travelers:
We invite you to come with us to Cuba in 2016! The group will travel in November 2016 on a General License with the U.S. Treasury Department to take you on a People-to-People exploration of Cuba.

Cuba Map

On this fascinating program, we begin our tour in Old Havana and continue to the Jardin Botanico Soledad, the Escambray Mountains, and the Spanish colonial cities of Cienfuegos and Trinidad. Havana’s old town is rich with culture, music, museums, architecture, and more.

We will explore Cuba’s diverse landscapes, including the plains or llanos, ideal for growing sugar cane, and the mountain regions.

The Cuban natural world is reflected in their national symbols: Roystonea regia, the royal palm with its swollen upper trunk; the white mariposa, a species of jasmine and the national flower; and the national bird, the tocororo, with blue, red, and white colors which match the national flag. Cuba is also home to the world’s smallest bird, the bee hummingbird, and a profusion of native orchids and palms.

As we travel around this beautiful island, we will meet with Cuban naturalists, botanists, scientists, 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.
  • Spend time in the Spanish colonial city
    of Cienfuegos.
  • Visit several botanic gardens and see their
    amazing plant collections.
  • Explore the mountain station at Topes de Collantes.
  • See the extraordinary plant life in the Sierra
    de Escambray.
  • Learn about Las Terrazas reforestation project.
  • See the orchid collections at the Orquideario
  • Visit Vivero Alamar, an impressive project for
    sustainable agriculture.

We hope you will join us for this fascinating journey to Cuba.

Best regards,
Taunya De Young
Betchart Expeditions Inc.

$4,295 Plus Air

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