Cuba

December 06, 2013

The Cuban Parrot: Guest Poetry

Travel to Cuba impacts everyone differently, and many IE guests have found themselves moved to poetry! A guest on our people-to-people Cuba travel program wrote a dozen poems about his experience—all are accounts of Cuba seen through the eyes of birds. James Blackburn's poetry includes stars of Cuba's endemic bird species: the Cuban trogon, the limkin, the Cuban tody and the smooth-billed ani.

Anyone who has ever wanted to travel to Cuba has envisioned themselves sipping a famed mojito or Cuba libre. After all, what could be more Cuban than rum except for perhaps a cigar. The popularity of rum also means you can find a variety of other umbrella drinks like daiquiris and piña coladas.

While traveling to a big city like Havana may give you a chance to sample Cuba’s music and art, journeying outside to the countryside when you travel to Cuba on International Expeditions’ “Complete Cuba” tour gives you a chance to experience the nature of this once-forbidden island. Though there aren't many mammals in Cuba, there are numerous endemic species of birds.

The diminutive Cuban pygmy owl lives exclusively on Cuba, but they make their homes in a variety of forest habitats across the Caribbean island. The IUCN Red List classifies this species as one of Least Concern, which means there is a healthy number of these endemic  winged creatures living all over the island of Cuba. So there's a good chance you'll spot at least one of these tiny birds when you join IE’s people-to-people Cuba tour.

July 19, 2013

Tempted by Trinidad

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While Havana is the major city on many travelers' minds when envisioning a trip to Cuba, the town of Trinidad on the southern side of the island offers an alternative to the hustle and bustle of the Cuban capital. Trinidad has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and those who travel to Cuba on International Expeditions’ people-to-people spend two nights exploring.

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Travel to Cuba impacts everyone differently and it inspired IE guest Jim Smith to write a series of poems documenting his experience.

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Travel to Cuba impacts everyone differently and it inspired IE guest Jim Smith to write a series of poems documenting his experience. Read more here.

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Jim Smith, a guest who joined IE to travel to Cuba in January 2013 commemorated his experience with a series of poems, which he has graciously agreed to share.

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In January 2013, Jim Smith joined IE to travel to Cuba. Jim commemorated his experience with a series of haikus, which he has graciously agreed to share.

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In January, Jim Smith joined IE to travel to Cuba. Jim commemorated his experience with a series of haikus, which he has graciously agreed to share. Read other entries here

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