BirdNote Presents: Cuba - The Best of the Greater Antilles: Apr 18—29, 2017
With Hosts: Dr. J. Drew Lanham and Sallie Bodie
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A unique opportunity for supporters and listeners of BirdNote to experience the culture, birds, and nature of Cuba legally through a collaboration between Texas-based Victor Emanuel Nature Tours and International Expeditions and its People-to-People program.
We are thrilled to offer an opportunity to travel to Cuba, a place most Americans could only dream of visiting in the past!
This special program, arranged exclusively for supporters and listeners of BirdNote, engages participants with Cuba’s people, landscapes, and natural history. We’ll explore the countryside and the historic sections of the cities of Camagüey, Trinidad, and Havana; travel to different geographic regions to explore swamps, scrubby vegetation, dry forest, the coast, and the wetlands of the Zapata Peninsula; and visit some of the island’s most beautiful natural areas, from the lush Viñales Valley to the Zapata Peninsula and the legendary Bay of Pigs. Hosting this trip will be BirdNote board member, Dr. J. Drew Lanham, and Sallie Bodie, Managing Director of BirdNote. Guiding our activities will be a master birder/naturalist from Texas-based Victor Emanuel Nature Tours, a respected organization that will operate this trip for BirdNote in collaboration with International Expeditions (IE) and its People-to-People program.
VIDEO/SLIDESHOW, Cuba (2) 2016, by David Ascanio:
As part of the People-to-People program, we’ll interact with individuals and their families and friends in villages. We look forward to meeting naturalists, farmers, musicians, and others, as we move about. And although this trip emphasizes cultural interaction, we’ll enjoy excursions with local birding guides and land stewards to find many of the island’s specialty birds from the imposing Great Lizard-Cuckoo to the tiny Cuban Tody. We’ll seek species that range from the widespread, including Cuban Green Woodpecker and the striking Cuban Trogon, to rarer ones such as Blue-headed Quail-Dove and Giant Kingbird. Of particular interest, Cuba is the home of the world’s smallest bird, the Bee Hummingbird, in addition to a range of more widespread regional specialties.
Our itinerary offers a breadth of immersive experiences in cultural exchange, education, and nature. It is the aim of the program to strike a balance of activities that provide a complete travel experience. In engaging with the Cuban people—their history, their culture, and their natural history heritage—we learn about the transformative power that real face-to-face contact can have on us all.
Please note, since we will be traveling under IE’s specific license for people-to-people cultural exchange, there will be no time allotted for independent travel or exploration.
A cultural and educational exchange program that blends time in nature with opportunities to interact with native Cubans; accommodations range from good to very good; temperate weather with little to no precipitation expected.