Cienfuegos, Cuba

Jan 07, 2018 - Harmony V

The group woke up today at Hotel Jagua, located at the very tip of a peninsula known as Punta Gorda in Cienfuegos. Many buildings in this neighborhood date back to the 1900’s and were influenced by the French-American architectural trends that are prevalent in New Orleans.

After breakfast we boarded our bus and headed to Playa Giron, also known as Bay of Pigs. This was the site of landing by US trained troops in an attempt to overthtow the Fidel Government in 1960. Here we visited the museum dedicated to the invasion. The guests also had the opportunity to visit the beach and spend a few minutes purchasing presents in local gift shops. 

After this we boarded our bus for a short trip to see the smallest bird in the world, the Cuban bee hummingbird. Our guests had the opportunity to take many images of various birds that frequent a special tree in a local’s home. After this we boarded our bus on route to Tiki Restaurant located in a nearby town. After our meal a ranger from the nearby Zapata Swamp National Park gave a talk about all the species that inhabit the swamp as well as all the challenges they are facing with global warming. After his talk, we took a shot ride to a special art project called Korimacao in a nearby village, where we had the opportunity to see a special performance by dancers and musicians that are studying and working. We returned to Jagua Hotel in Cienfuegos by 6 p.m. and met at 7 p.m. for dinner at Lagartos, a local favorite restaurant.

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Fabio Amador

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Fabio Esteban Amador is an archaeologist and explorer and a host of the National Geographic Mundo television series Mysteries of the Underworld. Originally from El Salvador, Fabio Esteban studied fine arts at the Art Student League of New York and the School of Visual Arts. Following his dream to become an expedition artist, he then studied archaeology at Rutgers University and went on to earn Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Mesoamerican archaeology at the State University of New York, Buffalo. His doctoral research involved excavating and mapping ancient Maya settlements in the Yalahau region of the Northern Yucatan peninsula, seeking clues into how these early societies expressed their identity through art and iconography.

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