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Cuba: Sierra Club tour to feature cultural, educational exchanges

The L.A. chapter of the Sierra Club is leading its first tour to Cuba

The Los Angeles chapter of the Sierra Club is leading its first excursion to Cuba in conjunction with Explore International. The 15-day trip includes a full schedule of cultural and educational exchanges with the Cuban people. A special emphasis will be on the ecology and environment, particularly Cuba’s efforts to safeguard its diverse habitats.

Stops include Havana and the San Jose Craft Market and Art Center; Santiago de Cuba; Baracoa, Cuba’s oldest city; the World Heritage sites of Camaguey, Trinidad and Cienfuegos; Vinales and Las Terrazas Nature Reserve. Other highlights include a snorkeling expedition and visits to the Soroa Orchid Botanical Garden, with more than 25,000 species, a family-owned pottery business and the studio of naturalist painter Lester Campa.

Dates: Nov. 29-Dec. 13

Price: $4,100, double occupancy; $400 single supplement. Includes round-trip airfare from Mexico City to Havana, daily transportation, Cuban bilingual guide, visa, most entrance fees to cultural and ecological venues, all breakfasts, some meals and all hotel accommodations. Round-trip airfare from home city to Mexico not included.

Info: Sierra Club’s Cuba 2014; Bruce Hale,, (818) 957-1936; Jon Perica,, (818) 360-8444


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