Karst and Caves of Cuba
Karst and Caves of Cuba

People-to-People Program
Havana, Matanzas, Sancti Spíritus, and Trinidad, Cuba
 
February 3-16, 2016
 
Hosted by
Cuban Institute for Friendship with the People (ICAP)
 Antonio Núñez Jimenez Foundation for Nature and Humanity (FANJ)
                         Sociedad Espeleológica de Cuba (SEC)                                                                                                                                   41 cavers group n cave
Living with Karst in Cuba tour, December 2014
Photo by Jim Patera 

Karst and Caves in Cuba is an opportunity for participants to interact with our Cuban counterparts and together observe and better understand the caves and karst resources of Cuba.  Karst has had a profound effect on the landscape, water resources, and lives of the Cuban people. We will interact with the people living on the karst in Cuba and learn how the landscape has shaped the lives of Cubans. This is not a cave exploration trip, although we will get into some caves to better understand the resource. There will be many cultural experiences in the Cuban countryside: see the detailed program.

No formal scientific qualifications are required for trip participants and anyone with general good health will enjoy the program. A majority of the travelers will be members of the National Speleological Society, but membership is not a requirement. You will be traveling with experienced cave scientists and explorers from both countries.

These preliminary plans are subject to change depending on conditions in country and the advice of our Cuban colleagues. As we travel from Havana to Sancti Spiritus in the center of the island, we will study the mogotes (cone karst), caves and karst developed in Jurassic limestone, learn about the Miocene karst aquifer, and visit complex polygenetic caves. On the ocean’s edge we will see caves formed in consolidated calcarious sand dunes (Bahamas type of flank-margin caves) that have been formed at the interface of marine and fresh groundwater and were ceremonial sites for the earliest humans living on the island.  

As we visit historical and cultural treasures of the country, we will come to understand how caves and karst have affected the development of Cuban society. Dwight and Mary Deal of Focused Tours,  are leaders of the trip who work closely with Eco Cuba Network, program consultants, to provide the same high-quality experience as our first Cuba trip in December 2014. Our Cuban colleagues, national and regional, will again be our hosts throughout the program, and People-to-People activities bring into view the history and culture of Cuba.  

 

Two week Program and Flight Fee: 
     $4,965 for 21 or more participants, including land and air from Cancun
     $5,250 for 16 – 20 participants, land and air from Cancun
 
A few spaces are still available!

Tour Fee includes:

  • Round trip airfare Cancun to Havana on Aeromexico Airlines
  • Cuban visa and required Cuban health insurance
  • Double-room accommodations*
  • Full daily program
  • Transportation to and from all programmed activities
  • Experienced delegation guide / translator
  • Honoraria to all host speakers, organizations and communities
  • Preparatory educational material
  • Donations to Cuban Speleological Society and other host organizations
  • Bottled water daily

* Single participants will be paired with a roommate if desired. Single room supplement is $400.

Tour fee does not include:

  • Meals and snacks not included in the Program Itinerary (See link above)
  • Optional cultural activities
  • Expenses of a personal nature

Your program and accommodations are being organized by Eco Cuba Network (ECN), a project of the Green Cities Fund, that promotes environmental interchange between U.S. and Cuban environmentalists in the areas of Environmental Policy and Practice, Renewable Energy, Organic Agriculture, Natural and Traditional Medicine and Sustainable Social and Environmental Development.

To receive a registration form for the Karst and Caves in Cuba tour, please contact: ECN Coordinator Pam Montanaro (pam@ecocubanetwork.net) or 510-318-4910.

For comprehensive articles and videos on environmental and sustainability policies and programs in Cuba, check out our webpage Cuba Environmental Resources.

Photos from our 2014 trip, Living with Karst in Cuba.

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Eco Cuba Network is a project of the Green Cities Fund.