Join us as we travel through Cuba on our popular people-to-people cultural experience with our partners, International Expeditions. Work your way through breath-taking geography as we explore a large loop through rural areas, before taking time in Havana. Study with Cuban ornithologists, biologists, dancers, teachers, and artists.

We enjoy time in the countryside and historic areas of Santa Clara, Trinidad, and Havana. Learn about the the Zapata wetlands, Bay of Pigs, Vinales Valley, and Sierra de Escambray. Get to know locals families in their villages. Speak with Cubans to learn how they see their future, as well as their past.

Discover a large variety of habitats, from tropical and montane forests to mangroves that are home to 28 endemic bird species, as well as a number of regional Caribbean specialties. This people-to-people journey is conducted with our permitted partner, International Expeditions.

Important Travel Information

International Expeditions, Inc. follows the guidelines set forth by the United States Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control to engage, organize, and conduct people-to-people travel to Cuba. This opportunity to interact with the people of Cuba is the most authentic way possible — through their own eyes.

Tour Highlights

  • Learn from biologists about the pristine reefs, wetlands, and parks of Cayo Coco, looking for the island’s 158 species, while surrounded by beautiful Caribbean water
  • Explore Trinidad and mingle with local artisans and musicians — a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Explore with a local naturalist in Topes de Collantes National Park in search of birds such as Cuban Trogon, Red-legged Thrush, Cuban Bullfinch, Western Stripe-headed Tanager, and West Indian Woodpecker
  • Search for the tiny Bee Hummingbird near the Bay of Pigs with a Cuban farmer
  • Visit Cuba’s impressive Korimakao Project, home to Cuba’s finest musicians, dancers, and artists who perform around the country
  • Visit Finca Vigia, Hemingway’s home, which is maintained to look as it did when he left in the 60s
  • Drive the stunning Vinales Valley before partaking in lunch with a Cuban family on their organic farm
  • Explore Soroa's rich orchid gardens with staff from the University of Pinar del Rio; this is also a great place to bird
  • Take a full day to explore both Old and New Havana

Photo credits: Banner: Havana Malecón by Peg Abbott; Great Lizard Cuckoo by Bud Ferguson; Havana, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Cuban Parrot by Greg Smith; Korimakao Project by Greg Smith; Cuban Pygmy Owl by Bud Ferguson; Antique Car, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Building in Trinidad by Greg Smith; West Indian Woodpecker by Lynn Feryus.