A People-to-People exploration of Cuba with a Botanical Slant
November 4-13, 2016
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.
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
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
- Explore the UNESCO World Heritage sites
of Old Havana and Trinidad.
- Spend time in the Spanish colonial city
- Visit several botanic gardens and see their
amazing plant collections.
- Explore the mountain station at Topes
- See the extraordinary plant life in the Sierra
- Learn about Las Terrazas reforestation project.
- See the orchid collections at the Orquideario
- Visit Vivero Alamar, an impressive project for
We hope you will join us for this fascinating
journey to Cuba.
Taunya De Young
Betchart Expeditions Inc.
$4,295 Plus Air
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