For five decades, legal travel to Cuba has been almost impossible for Americans, making this island of salsa, Colonial architecture and Caribbean beauty a forbidden fruit for the adventurous. But this enigmatic island and its inviting people are beginning to open — slowly — to a select few.
As one of the lucky few to experience Cuba, you delve into the daily lives of naturalists, entrepreneurs and artists while seeing this nation through the eyes of its people.
Brush aside the Cuba that you “know” from history books and current events, and there is an unfiltered view of this vibrant island found only through the eyes of its people. While traversing the countryside and sipping coffee in small cafés, International Expeditions guests encounter working-class locals eager to share, learn and ensure lives and options are transformed.
Wildlife in Cuba
Cuban Green Woodpecker
The Cuban Green Woodpecker is one of a few species of woodpeckers with similar traits and colorings. But this is one of only two endemic to the island. This medium-sized bird is streaked with color – a green upper plumage and green stripes behind the eyes, white underneath, black stripes lining the tips of the wings and tail, and a red streak down its head and neck. They can be commonly found all over Cuba in forest regions, usually alone or in a very small group.
Cuban Emerald Hummingbird
Despite having “Cuban” in its name, the Emerald Hummingbird is actually native to both this island and a number of spots in the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos. The male of this species is black with iridescent green/blue on top, while the females are much the same but with a grey-brown belly. Sightings of the Cuban Emerald Hummingbird have been known to occur all over Cuba. As they are solitary creatures, you are like to only see one at a time.
The Cuban Parrot is characterized by its green body, white upper face, red lower face and neck, and blue on its primary wing feathers. These parrots are large, growing up to 33cm long in adulthood. Not only can it be found in Cuba, but also other Caribbean spots such as the Bahamas and Cayman Islands. This parrot can be most commonly found in Cuba on the Zapata peninsula, but also dotted around south central and western areas. The species is thought to be in decline, but stable, with around 10,000 pairs left in Cuba.
As Cuba’s national bird, the Cuban Trogon is a must-see.
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Our Conservation Efforts in Cuba
Frolic among curious wildlife in the Galapagos Islands; absorb the daily drama of life on the African Savannah; and join us in protecting the lands and waters on which all life depends.
Each year, International Expeditions supports a range of initiatives both through direct donations and indirectly through the employment of indigenous naturalist guides, hospitality staff, facility owners and crew. Just by traveling with IE, you are contributing to conservation and community projects worldwide.