Complete Cuba

    Day 1

    Day 01 – Thursday, January 9, 2013 – Depart Denver, CO to Miami, FL; Welcome Reception; Evening at the Miami Airport Marriott

    International Expeditions

    Complete Cuba

    Bolivar (Boli) Sanchez & Claudia (Cuban Government)

    Our day began early as we had to leave home at 6:15 for our 9:50 flight to...

    Day 2

    Day 02 - Friday, January 10, 2014 - Depart Miami on Charter Flight; Immigration and Customs in Cienfuegos, Cuba; Tour of the City; Check In to the Hotel; Performance by Cienfuegos Choir; Dinner at Local Restaurant

    The departure time was changed to 8:00 for leaving for the airport. Robin from...

    Day 3

    Day 03 - Saturday, January 11, 2014 - Depart Cienfuegos; Drive to the UNESCO Valle De Los Ingenios; Visit Manaca Iznaga Plantation; Travel to the Port City of Trinidad; Walk and Meet the People in this Colonial City; Visit Casa Del Alfarero Santander; Dinner at La Rosa Paladar

    Our morning...

    Day 4

    Day 04 - Sunday, January 12, 2014 - Drive to Sierra de Escambray; Visit Topes de Collantes NP; Participate in a Nature Walk; Visit a Local Coffee House; Walk Through the Cuban Modern Art Museum; Return to Trinidad and Hotel for Dinner

    The day began with a bright sun and...

    Day 5

    Day 05 - Monday, January 13, 2014 - Depart Trinidad for the Zapata Wetlands, an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve; View the Bee Hummingbird; Drive to Playa Giron at the Bay of Pigs; Lunch at the Cueva de los Peces; Go to the Hotel Playa Larga

    Another beautiful day in paradise! The...

    Day 6

    Day 06 - Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - Early Morning Birding; Depart Playa Larga & Bay of Pigs; Visit Korimacao Art Project; Treasure Lake Taino Village for Lunch; By Coach to Soroa

    Boli had arranged for a 6:15 bird hike so our alarm went off at 5:55. The idea was...

    Day 7

    Day 07 - Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - Walking Tour of Soroa Orchid Garden; Drive Through Sierra de los Organos Mountains; Visit Montesino Tobacco; Tour Cueva del Indio; Visit Organic Farm and Lunch; Walking Tour of Viñales; Dinner at the Hotel

    After breakfast we had plenty of time to look...

    Day 8

    Day 08 - Thursday, January 16, 2014 - Travel to "Green" Las Terrazas; See Las Terrazas Waterfall; Lunch at Cafetal Buena Vista; Stop for a Coffee at Cafe de Maria; Look at Hemmingway Museum

    Our travel day began with packing and then taking our carry-ons down to the lobby. We...

    Day 9

    Day 09 - Friday, January 17, 2014 - Full Day in Havana; Visit Our Lady of Belen Convent; Time in the Plazas of Havana; Local Restaurant for Lunch; Harbor Edge Art Market; Farewell Dinner at Cafe del Oriente in Old Havana

    The morning began with cloudy skies, high winds, and...

    Day 10

    Day 10 - Saturday, January 18, 2014 - Breakfast at the Hotel; Depart Hotel; Visit Museum of the Revolution; Lunch at Doña Eutimia; Driving Tour of Havana; Transfer to Airport; Charter Flight to Miami; Night at Miami Airport Marriott.

    Today was our last day in Cuba. We have learned so...

    Day 11

    Day 11 - Sunday, January 19, 2014 - Flight from Miami, FL to Denver, CO; Drive Home to Sleep in Our Own Bed

    Being able to sleep in until 7:30 was great! We had lots of time to clean up our email and get caught up on the GarciaTrips website...

    Day 12

    Day 12 - Birds of Cuba - January 2014 - Taken on Day 4 - Topes de Collantes National Park; Day 5 - Zapata Wetlands; and Day 6 - Playa Larga and Treasure Lake

    Bird List - 2014

    International Expeditions - Complete Cuba

    American Kestrel—Falco sparverius

    American Redstart—Setophaga ruticilla

    Anhinga...

    Day 13

    EVALUATION

    INTERNATIONAL EXPEDITIONS

    COMPLETE CUBA

    We had been looking at and exploring traveling to Cuba for quite some time. When companies began to offer People to People trips we began to compare their itinerary and prices. On the recommendation from friends we chose to book the Complete Cuba Tour with...

    Day 14

    HOTEL REVIEWS

    INTERNATIONAL EXPEDITIONS

    COMPLETE CUBA

    HOTEL LA UNIÓNArriving in Cienfuegos from Miami late in the afternoon, our small group was taken to the Hotel La Uníon.

    Check in was quick and effective. We were given a room on the first floor facing the main street in front.

    As the...

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Day 2: Goat Cave Karst Nature Preserve


The Preserve was set aside to buffer some of the ecologically sensitive karsts in the area from encroaching neighborhoods. Karsts are caves that feed directly into the Edwards Aquifer below ground.

Because the three caves can be dangerous to hikers and nonprofessional spelunkers, they are...

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