Living with Karst in Cuba 2016

Living with Karst in Cuba:
Sustainable Development of Natural Resources in Cuba’s Karstlands

Cuba Travel Program

February 3 – 16, 2016

Cuban speleologist:karst group

2014 “Living with Karst in Cuba” participants in Viñales Valley, Pinar del Rio, Cuba
(photo courtesy of Jim Patera)

Living with Karst in Cuba: Sustainable Development of the Natural Resources of Cuban Karstlands, a Cuba travel program of Eco Cuba Network, is an opportunity for participants to observe and better understand the complex karst resources of Cuba. Karst has had a profound effect on the landscape, water resources, and lives of the Cuban people. Although on this tour, we will primarily visit the central third of the island, we will study representative samples of all major karst settings in Cuba.

Our investigation will include the origin and development of the landscape, caves  and water resources. We will come to understand the ways in which this has affected the ecology and people living on the karst. Accompanied by Cuban experts, we will study the caves and karst in Matanzas province, including some that may have been dissolved by sulphuric acid, caves formed in consolidated calcarious sand dunes (a Bahamas type of flank-margin cave), and the karst in the central province of Sancti Spiritus.

Through our observations and exchanges with Cuban experts we will see how the lives of Cubans are affected by living on the karst. Discussions will contribute to ideas on how the groundwater, soil, and touristic resources may be developed in a sustainable fashion.

In addition the program includes a day in the coastal town of Trinidad, World Heritage site and have the opportunity to enjoy Cuba’s vibrant cultural scene in Havana and in the provinces.

All participants must be members of the National Speleological Society.

SAMPLE PROGRAM

TOUR FEE:  $4500

Tour fee includes:

  • Round trip airfare Cancun to Havana
  • Cuban visa and required Cuban health insurance
  • Double-room accommodations*
  • Two meals per day
  • 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

* Single supplement is $400-450.

Tour fee does not include:

  • Several meals and snacks
  • Beverages other than water
  • Optional cultural activities
  • Expenses of a personal nature

Your tour co-leaders are Dwight Deal and Mary Fletcher Deal of Focused Tours, who have organized international natural history and cultural tours for many years. For questions in regard to program, logistics and registration: ChinaMF@comcast.net.

Your program is 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. 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.

Cuban Cave

Bellamar Caves, Matanzas, Cuba ©. Photo by Dave Bunnell

We look forward to your inquiries and interest!

Eco Cuba Network is a project of Green Cities Fund.