Sunday, April 14, 2013

Birding In Cuba

I arrived in Cuba (on a tour with International Expeditions) not to sample the coffee, some with elaborate foam art displaying the visage of Che Guevara; watch the daily street parade of 1950s automobiles; dance to son, danzon, rumba or other Cuban music; or sip a mojito in a Havana bar that Hemingway frequented. No, I came to check out the bird scene because, beyond this island nation's signature sights and activities is a verdant landscape brimming with bird species. 

I recently wrote about my birding experiences in Cuba for National Geographic Traveler - Intelligent Travel.














12 comments:

Brette said...

As more and more people are going to Cuba, I am enjoying learning so much more about this beautiful country.

alisa bowman said...

So beautiful.

JTravel said...

Hi Brette, I hope to return at some point to visit the eastern section of the country as well as spend more time in Havana.

JTravel said...

Hi Alisa, Thanks much. Glad you liked my images of this picturesque land.

Living Large said...

Our daughter sent me some coffee from Germany, but it was Cuban coffee (oops). It was delicious. I love reading about the travels of Americans to this newly open frontier (for many of us).

Sheryl said...

Lovely photos. I'll bet visiting Cuba was very exciting and full of beauty!

JTravel said...

Hi Living Large, The coffee was amazing. I guess I expected to sample flavorful coffee. It was the lush landscapes that I found surprising.

JTravel said...

Hi Sheryl, There's so much to explore in Cuba. It definitely requires another trip.

Irene said...

Looks so beautiful and unspoiled. I hope to get there one day! Thanks for sharing~
Irene

JTravel said...

Hi Irene, I was quite surprised by the large protected landscapes.

Jane Louise Boursaw said...

What lovely photos! I don't think of Cuba and Birdwatching together, but you've enlightened me.

JTravel said...

Hi Jane, Glad you liked 'em. I never would've linked birding and Cuba either. Who knew?