Nature and Wildlife 2019 Holidays

Foto al Vuelo - Bird in Flight Photo Contest


6 Days - 5 Nights

Cuba is a true paradise for birdwatchers and Foto al Vuelo (Birds in Flight) is an unconventional yearly Cuban photography contest open to international photographers. In 2019 it is taking place from 18th to 24th February in the Cienaga de Zapata peninsula. This is a unique experience of combining travel to the largest Caribbean island with the opportunity of photographing birds that cannot be found anywhere else in the world!
Cuba is home to over 370 bird species of which 28 are endemic to the island, making it the Caribbean nation with the biggest bird endemicity. Among them the striking elegant Cuban Trogon, the charming Cuban Tody, and the smallest of all birds the Bee Hummingbird, known in Cuba as zunzún or zunzuncito.
Contact our Cuba specialist if you wish to spend some more days in Havana, explore further to Cienfuegos and Trinidad, relax on the sun-kissed sands and dreamy beaches of the Cuban Cayos or take your family along and make sure they also have a great time in Cuba!

  • From 18th to 24th February 2019
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Highlights: Bird photography contest in Cienaga de Zapata (Zapata Swamp)
  • Itinerary: Havana - Zapata Swamp - Havana
  • Recommended to: Nature photographers who wants to discover the Cuban nature
  • Transportation from Havana to Hotel Playa Giron and return to Havana
  • 5 nights accommodation at Hotel Playa Giron, all inclusive
  • 6 trails with local guides and transportation
  • Participation to the event and related activities
  • International flight. Please contact us for quotation for flights from the UK to Havana.
  • Visa/Tourist Card. You can purchase yours with us at cubavisas.com
  • Accomodation in Havana. Please feel free to contact our sales team and Cuba experts for recommendations

Itinerary

February 18:  Havana - Playa Giron

    Transfer from Hotel Comodoro in Havana at 8.30 am and arrival at Playa Giron at 11.30. Meet the group of photographers, judges and guides and enjoy a refreshing welcome cocktail. Time for check-in, lunch, equipment unpacking and a relaxing swim at the hotel’s swimming pool or beach.
    In the evening, inauguration dinner and activities of the event.


February 19, 20 and 21:  Playa Giron

    Enjoy three days of birdwatching capturing your best birds shots to present for the contest. With an early start, participants will explore 2 trails per day. Lunch will be at local restaurants and dinner at the hotel. Trails visited will be:
  • Soplillar – woodpeckers and migrants. Easy flat path.
  • Las Salinas – waterbirds, flamingos. Easy flat path.
  • Los Hondones – good birds, interesting community. Easy flat path.
  • Enigma de las Rocas – interesting geological formation. Rocky terrain.
  • Las Bermejas – parakeets, bee hummingbird. Easy flat terrain.
  • La Turba – Zapata wren and Zapata sparrow possible. 2 miles out and back, flat, easy.


February 22:  Playa Giron

    During the morning, select the pictures you will present for the competition. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon while the jury selects the winners of the contest. After the awards ceremony, savour a traditional Cuban dinner and take part to the closing party in Cuban style.


February 23:  Return to Havana

    Breakfast and check-out. Departure to Havana at 10.00 am or option to continue your Cuban Adventure.


Prices

Double Occupancy: £520.00 per person

Single Occupancy: £580.00 per person



Visit our website http://www.cubanaturaleza.org to learn more about Cuban bird species and to see some of the winning photographs from previous events.

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Nature and Wildlife Holidays


8 Days - 7 Nights

Explore Cuba's verdant Artemisa province with our Nature and Wildlife holidays. Visit the unique Hotel Moka, an innovative eco village, situated amidst a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. After welcome cocktails and an overview of the coming days, immerse yourself in the local Las Terrazas community and explore local coffee and tobacco and ron plantations and factories in Pinar del Rio's Vinales Valley. Take a short break to the seaside with a trip to Cayo Levisa for a beach side escape before returning to Havana.

  • Starts every day
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Highlights: Visit of Vinales Valley
  • Itinerary: Havana - Las Terrazas
  • Recommended to: People who wants to discover the Cuban nature
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation and breakfast
  • Lunches and dinners with one national drink from day 2 to 4
  • Visits and excursions "Nature, Coffee & Tobacco" programme
  • International flight - contact us on sales@cubaism.uk for a quote
  • Visa/Tourist Card. You can purchase yours with us at cubavisas.com
  • Meals: All the meals that are not included on the program are at your own expense. Expect to spend an average of $10/per person for a 2 course meal

Itinerary

Day 1:  Havana

    Arrive at Jose Marti airport in Havana to board your transfer to the boutique-style Hotel Victoria in the district of Vedado.


Day 2 to 4:  Las Terrazas

    Venture towards Artemisa province to begin your 3 day programme at Las Terrazas to learn all about this region's natural wonders and biodiversity and as well as its rich coffee and tobacco legacy thanks largely to its many plantations. Accomodation at the rustic ecothel Moka.
    On day 4 excursion to Cayo Levisa to enjoy a day on the beach. Return to Havana in the evening and accomodation at at Hotel Victoria.


Day 5 to 6:  Havana

    Returning to the hustle and bustle of the capital for a further 3 days exploring this charming Caribbean capital.


Day 7:  Havana

    Transfer from Hotel Victoria in Vedado to Havana Jose Marti airport to board your flight home.


Dates and Prices

From £740.38 per person

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UK Sales :: Jessica :: +44 20 7498 8555 or 0800 298 9555
USA & Canada Sales :: Jeffery or Bastien :: Toll Free 888 361 9555
Havana Tourist Center :: Idelsis :: +53 7 863 9555
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