Discover Cuba with Naturalist Journeys on a Cuban nature and cultural tour, our popular adventure run each year in partnership with International Expeditions. We get rave reviews on this experience! Along with meaningful and varied cultural experiences, this Cuba nature tour also has a focus on the fascinating birds and nature of this scenic island nation. There is stunning geography to view as we make a wide loop through rural regions before spending time in Havana. Meet Cuban ornithologists, biologists, artists, dancers, teachers, and more.

Explore the countryside and historic sections of Trinidad and Havana. Bird the Zapata wetlands, Viñales Valley’s rugged limestone mogotes, Sierra de Escambray, and Bay of Pigs. Meet farmers and their families, locals, and friends in different parts of the country. Learn first-hand how Cubans see their future and interpret their past.

Spend time in a wonderful variety of habitats, from tropical and montane forests to mangroves that support 25+/- endemic bird species, plus a number of regional Caribbean specialties. This is a U.S. government-licensed tour and a great opportunity to participate in educational travel.

This Cuba tour is authorized to travel under OFAC General License Category 31 CFR 515.574.*

Tour Highlights

  • Discover Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and mingle with local artisans and musicians
  • Walk Topes de Collantes National Park with a local naturalist in search of birds like Red-legged Thrush, Stripe-headed Tanager, Cuban Tody, Cuban Trogon, and West Indian Woodpecker
  • Explore with a local farmer in search of the diminutive Bee Hummingbird near the Bay of Pigs
  • Learn about Cuba’s fun Korimakao Project, home to some of Cuba’s finest musicians, dancers, and artists who travel the country staging shows for rural residents
  • See Hemingway’s home, Finca Vigía, preserved to look as it did when he left in 1960
  • Traverse the scenic Viñales Valley before enjoying lunch with a local family on their organic farm and searching for endemics
  • Enjoy the lush orchid gardens of Soroa with staff from the University of Pinar del Rio, famous for orchids and a birding hotspot
  • Take a full day to explore Old and New Havana

Photo credits: Banner: Vinales Valley, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Havana Architecture by Vicki Henderson; Moving Horses by Peg Abbott; Bee Hummingbird by Woody Wheeler; Organic Farm in the Vinales Valley, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Classic Cars by Trish Billard; Trinidad Scenic by Peg Abbott; Birding Topes de Collantes by Dodie Logue; Cuban Emerald by Jonathan Sequira; Cuban Trogon by Peg Abbott; Cuban Parrot by Greg Smith; Bare-legged Screech Owl by Rich Wagner | WildNaturePhotos.