While more tour companies are offering trips to Cuba since the easing of US tourism restrictions to the country, AdventureWomen is the first to offer a Cuba trip just for women.
The company, which specializes in group adventures for women older than 30 traveling solo, will offer two tours in 2016 to the country — one in May and a second in October — that showcase the country’s oft overlooked, but amazing wildlife and beautiful natural settings.
Natural highlights of the 10-day Cuba: Savoring Her Music, Cuisine and the Arts While You Still Can include visits to the Botanical Gardens in both Havana and Cienfeugos and Cuba’s National Zoo, meeting with zookeepers and scientists. Women will also visit Las Terrazas National Park, which is ideal for bird watching and spotting the Tocororo, the national bird of Cuba whose colors mimic those on the Cuban flag.
There is a journey to Cuba’s upcountry, walking through UNESCO’s Cienaga de Zapata Natural and Wildlife Reserve, which are home to two birds found nowhere else, and a guided nature walk in El Cubano Park in the Escambray Mountains to learn about the ecosystem and resident bird life.
In Trinidad, the group will meet with breeders and scientists at a crocodile breeding farm, followed by a visit to a farming community. The final two nights include a stop at the island of Cayo Encenachos to explore Cayo Santa Maria National Park and its seabirds and marine life where they will learn about the importance of fishing and explore nature trails in these Cuban “Keys” that are home to more than 60 local species and 245 plant species.
Other highlights include a trip to the Fine Arts Museum; a tour of Old Havana, home of some of the most stunning Spanish colonial architecture in the world; a visit to the Federation of Cuban Women; attending a culinary school in Havana; a stop at the Bay of Pigs; a visit to the Trinidad Historical Center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; a ride on a vintage steam train and opportunities to meet and interact with local historical experts and the country’s finest musicians, artists, dancers, farmers, researchers, inspiring community project leaders and entrepreneurs.
The Cuba: Savoring Her Music, Cuisine and the Arts While You Still Can is a People-to-People exchange, as despite the new changes, U.S. regulations still only allow travel in Cuba for American citizens that facilitates interaction with locals and an understanding of Cuba’s culture.
“With relaxed restrictions to the island nation, more travel companies are now offering programs to Cuba, and with an influx of American tourists, the culture and its environment will inevitably be transformed,” says Susan Eckert, president and founder of AdventureWomen. “We want to see Cuba — and its fantastic wildlife and natural beauty — now, while it is still strong, healthy and alive!”
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