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About The Tours

These tours are intended for people who are interested in learning about the formation of the many unique landscapes found in Cuba. Please note that a background in geology is not necessary to be a trip participant. Instead, prior to trip departure, Dr. Jovanelly will provide you with introductory-level videos and reading materials that will highlight relevant geological concepts (e.g. plate tectonics, rock cycle, volcanics). This background material will build your foundational knowledge in geology so that you will be prepared to engage in more advanced content as presented during the trip.

Trip Dates

May 19-27, 2025

Cost

Please contact us for the latest pricing information.

Our mostly-inclusive 9 day excursion includes:

  • 8-nights in resort-style accommodations with private bathrooms and breakfast included
  • Daily Cuban-style lunches
  • 2 home cooked dinners
  • All in-country transportation
  • Geology interpretation at field sites
  • 2 lectures on Cuba’s geology and history by local professionals
  • A welcome dinner with beverages
  • Adventure Geology Tours – Costa Rica t-shirt, fancy logo water bottle, and stickers
  • Color printed field guide
  • Included Admission and Activities:
    • Hotel Nacional National Monument
    • Walking tour of Old Havana
    • Cuban Dance Lessons
    • Studio Tours of upcoming Cuban artists
    • Farm Tours for tobacco, fruit, and more
    • Ciénaga de Zapata National Park with local specialist
    • Viñales Valley National Park and Monument
    • Underwater Caves Tour at La Cueva del Indio
    • Playa Larga and UNESCO Biological Reserve
    • Guamá National Wetland Reserve
    • Playa Giron
    • Bay of Pigs Museum
    • Fidel Castro Center
    • Ernest Hemingway’s Home
    • Revolution Square
    • Jose Marti Memorial Park
    • National Theater
    • Finca Paraiso Agroecologica (Agro-ecological Paradise Farm) 
    • Visit the Institute of Geology and Paleontology
    • Visit the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA)
    • Visit to a rural health clinic

*per double occupancy; airfare not included

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    Sample Itinerary

    Day 1: Arrive at Havana International Airport, where we’ll greet and transfer you to your accommodations, passing by Revolution Square for a glimpse of iconic landmarks, followed by an orientation talk. Later, immerse yourself in Cuban history with a tour of the legendary Hotel Nacional, culminating in a welcome dinner at Grados, a private restaurant championing traditional Cuban cuisine.

    Day 2: Experience a day immersed in Havana’s culture: from insightful discussions with historian Michael Gonzalez to exploring the historic center of Old Havana and indulging in Cuban cuisine at El Del Frente. Then, dance to the rhythms of Cuba and delve into the vibrant art scene before enjoying an evening of free time exploration with dinner recommendations from your guides.

    Day 3: Embark on a journey to Viñales, known for its stunning landscapes and premier tobacco cultivation. Explore a private farm owned by the Hernandez family, meet local farmers, and learn about their way of life. Conclude the day with a visit to a tobacco farmer’s home for a rolling demonstration before enjoying free time in the evening, with dinner recommendations from your guides.

    Day 4: Discover the underwater caves at La Cueva del Indio, rich with ancient cave paintings and history, followed by optional horseback riding in Viñales National Park. Enjoy lunch at Finca Paraiso Agroecologica, learning about Cuban agriculture, before returning to Havana for the evening, with dinner suggestions from your guides.

    Day 5: Engage in a morning discussion with a Cuban geologist before delving into the world of geological sciences at the Institute of Geology and Paleontology, a leading reference center in Latin America and the Caribbean. Enjoy lunch at Atelier, a charming paladar housed in a former Cuban Senator’s home, before exploring scientific research further at the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Environment (CITMA). Conclude the day with a visit to the Finlay Institute, renowned for its vaccine research and production, before enjoying a free evening with dinner recommendations from your guides.

    Day 6: Start the day with a visit to a local health clinic to learn about Cuba’s healthcare system. Then, head to Playa Larga, known for its pristine beaches in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Gran Parque Natural Montemar. Explore Guamá, Cuba’s major wetland, visit the crocodile farm, and take a boat ride to the Taino village. Conclude the day with a home-cooked meal at Casas Particulares in Playa Giron.

    Day 7: Begin with a morning tour of Ciénaga de Zapata National Park with a local specialist, immersing yourself in its unique wildlife and bird species. Indulge in a beachside boxed lunch before visiting the Bay of Pigs Museum to delve into the history of the 1961 invasion. Optionally, snorkel at Punta Perdiz, a renowned diving spot teeming with Caribbean marine life. Conclude the day with a comforting home-cooked meal at Casas Particulares.

    Day 8: Check out and return to Havana around noon, where you’ll enjoy a delightful lunch at Arrecife in the scenic neighborhood of Miramar. Explore the Fidel Castro Center, dedicated to the Cuban Revolutionary leader’s legacy, and check into your hotel. Later in the evening, savor a dinner reservation at La Guarida paladar, renowned for its cuisine and historical charm, followed by attending the nightly cañonazo cannon ceremony at La Cabaña, offering insights into Havana’s history and the Revolution’s triumph.

    Day 9:
     Check out and depart for Havana International Airport, with a stop at Ernest Hemingway’s former retreat, Finca Vigia. Explore the historic compound, offering insights into the renowned author’s life and legacy, before saying farewell to Cuba and your new friends and continuing your travels.

    Unearth Cuba's Geological Treasures

    Cuba’s geological landscape offers a captivating blend of diverse features that reflect its complex geological history. One of the most striking features is the Viñales Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its unique limestone karst formations called mogotes. These towering limestone hills dot the valley, creating a breathtaking panorama that has captivated visitors for centuries. The valley’s geological wonders also include underground cave systems, such as the Cueva del Indio, where visitors can explore fascinating underground rivers and ancient cave paintings, offering a glimpse into Cuba’s rich prehistoric past.

    In addition to the limestone formations of Viñales, Cuba boasts other geological treasures, such as the Ciénaga de Zapata National Park. This vast wetland area is not only a haven for biodiversity but also hides an underground labyrinth of caves and sinkholes, making it a paradise for cave explorers and spelunking enthusiasts. Furthermore, the island’s coastal regions feature stunning cliffs, caves, and coral reefs, offering opportunities for snorkeling and diving to discover the vibrant marine life beneath Cuba’s crystal-clear waters.

    Moreover, Cuba’s geological history is intertwined with its cultural heritage, as evidenced by the presence of historic sites like the Bay of Pigs. This area, known for its failed invasion attempt in 1961, also boasts geological features such as underwater caves and coral reefs, adding layers of intrigue to its historical significance. Whether exploring the limestone landscapes of Viñales, the wetlands of Ciénaga de Zapata, or the coastal wonders of the Bay of Pigs, Cuba promises an immersive experience that combines geological marvels with rich cultural heritage.

    Sights You'll See

    Explore Havana

    Dive into the vibrant culture and history of Cuba’s capital city. Wander through the colorful streets of Old Havana (Habana Vieja), visit iconic landmarks like the Malecón waterfront promenade and Revolution Square, and immerse yourself in the local music, art, and cuisine.

    Viñales Valley in Cuba

    Viñales Valley

    Discover the stunning landscapes of Viñales Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its dramatic limestone formations (mogotes), tobacco plantations, and rural charm. Explore the valley on horseback to soak in its natural beauty and unique geological formations.

    Ciénaga de Zapata

    Ciénaga de Zapata National Park

    Explore Cuba’s largest wetland and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Discover its diverse ecosystems, from mangroves and swamps to coastal lagoons, and encounter rare bird species and other wildlife in this unique natural sanctuary. Explore coastal cliffs, caves, and underwater caves.

    Street in Trinidad, Cuba

    Trinidad

    Step back in time to this UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its cobblestone streets, pastel-colored buildings, and rich cultural heritage. Explore historic landmarks, visit museums, and dance to the rhythms of Cuban music in this enchanting town amidst lush tropical landscapes.

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