NEWS: Tour Cuba with Pacific Horticulture

Eastern Cuba’s Natural & Cultural Wonders

Join Pacific Horticulture as we return to Cuba February 18–March 1, 2018 to explore the eastern end of the island. With a vibrant history and culture, Eastern Cuba is home to an abundance of endemic species and pristine natural preserves.

Our itinerary for this twelve-day tour includes public gardens, national parks, research stations, and biosphere reserves, including the unique ecosystems of Pinares de Mayarí and Alejandro de Humboldt National Park. We’ll examine the history, cultural influences, and modern day life of some of Cuba’s vibrant cities, including Holguín, Baracoa (Cuba’s oldest city), and Santiago de Cuba—the country’s first capital and the birthplace of La Revolución.

Accompanied by expert in-country guides, we’ll visit collections of tropical ferns, bromeliads, and orchids, and meet with researchers at the Cuban Academy of Sciences Integrated Mountain Research Station. We’ll also explore the region’s breathtaking forests, beaches, waterfalls, and mountains.

Richie Steffen, director and curator of the Elisabeth Carey Miller Botanical Garden and co-author of The Plant Lover’s Guide to Ferns, will escort this tour. For more details and booking information, visit

As an SDHS partner, Pacific Horticulture offers SDHS members a special membership rate of $24/year using discount code: SDHSPARTNER. You’ll receive Pacific Horticulture magazine, as well as advance notice and discounts on tours and events. Visit for details.


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