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Strolling past ancient tree ferns
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Photographing the flamingos at Las Salinas
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Walking among the 'mogotes' at Viñales
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Exploring the Sierra del Rosario Reserve
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Travelling on the Hanabanilla Reservoir

Best of Cuba

Feb 03-18, 2023

16 days | Cuba | Quest Nature Tours

We’ve been visiting Cuba for over 30 years and we’ve developed this 16-day tour based on the best locations for observing and experiencing what makes this largest and most unspoiled island in the Greater Antilles special. We visit unique and opulent natural areas in search of unusual wildlife, including the world’s smallest bird and the Northern Hemisphere’s smallest frog.

In the mountainous western province of Pinar del Río, we will visit a number of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, including Viñales National Park with its distinctive karst landscape. Then we move on to the fabled Zapata Peninsula. This area of flooded woodland and salt marshes is home to a large number of birds, mammals, fish and amphibians. We hope to find many of Cuba’s endemic birds here, as well as migrating waders and shorebirds. Our visit to Las Salinas, the remote salt flats supporting flamingos, egrets and shorebirds is always a highlight.

On the way to our mountain retreat in the beautiful Sierra del Escambray Mountains, we will explore the little-changed colonial town of Trinidad. Our guided nature walks in the mountains will take us through tall pine and eucalyptus forests, and lush ferny undergrowth that cover the mountainsides. We’ll spend some time on Cuba’s idyllic north coast at Cayo Las Brujas, part of the complex of keys forming the so-called Jardines del Rey (‘Gardens of the King’). We’ll also stop at Santa Clara – the site of the last battle of the Cuban Revolution – and have a fitting end with a tour of Old Havana, which is rapidly being restored to its original grandeur.
 

Book Best of Cuba and Dominican Republic together and be rewarded with two complimentary inter-tour hotel nights!
Special Offer

Book Best of Cuba and Dominican Republic together and receive 2 complimentary inter-tour hotel nights!


Quest Nature Tours Worldwide Explorers Club
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$4195  Includes all taxes and gratuities.
Group Size:
12 - 14 participants

What’s included: Accommodation, all meals, all activities and entrance fees, all ground transportation, expert local guides, arrival and departure transfers at destination, taxes and gratuities, accompanied by Quest Nature Tours naturalist-leader.

"A largely unspoiled landscape and an easygoing atmosphere." - Quest Nature Traveller
"We had a great time and saw our target birds! We also met some nice people, both our fellow travellers and the local guides." - 2019 Travellers

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Arrive in Havana
2-3Visit the private Caridad Tropical Garden in Viñales, explore Viñales N.P.
4Sierra del Rosario Mountains in La Guira National Park, visit an Orchidarium
5Sierra del Rosario, Cuba's first Biosphere Reserve
6-7Explore the fabled Zapata Swamp in Zapata National Park
8-9Soledad Botanical Gardens and the charming colonial port city of Trinidad
10Explore the Escambray Mountains and a coffee plantation
11 Picturesque reservoir of Hanabanilla Dam and lunch on Rio Negro Island
12Catamaran boat ride through Jardines del Rey Archipelago
13Snorkeling in Cayo Santa Maria
14Che Guevara museum in Santa Clara
15Sightseeing tour of World Heritage Site: Old Havana
16Depart Havana
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Your Tour Leader

Mike Kent is an excellent all-round naturalist and educator based in southwestern Ontario. He has worked as a Park Naturalist at Ontario’s Killbear Provincial Park and the famous Algonquin Provincial Park, and as a Tour Manager at the Monteverde Butterfly Gardens in Costa Rica’s highland cloud forests. He has a keen and abiding interest in all life forms with a particular fondness for insects, fungi and other under-appreciated groups.

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Special Offer

Book Best of Cuba and Dominican Republic together and receive 2 complimentary inter-tour hotel nights!


Quest Nature Tours Worldwide Explorers Club
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$4195  Includes all taxes and gratuities.
Group Size:
12 - 14 participants

What’s included: Accommodation, all meals, all activities and entrance fees, all ground transportation, expert local guides, arrival and departure transfers at destination, taxes and gratuities, accompanied by Quest Nature Tours naturalist-leader.

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