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 (Fe) Amador is a Senior Program Officer for the National Geographic Society/Waitt Grants Program, which is dedicated to funding exploratory research around the world. He has traveled and worked extensively throughout Latin America and is presently collaborating with research projects in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, Peru, El Salvador, and Madagascar. He has also traveled regularly to Cuba over the past five years on educational and scientific missions for National Geographic. As a trained archaeologist, his interest in Taino Indian culture (which spanned the Greater Antilles, including Cuba) is focused on the sacred landscape and the use of caves for ritual activity. In his role at National Geographic, Fabio uses imaging and visualization technologies to provide new ways of capturing data and to document the experience of conducting research and exploration. His initiative in supporting worldwide research has resulted in a workshop titled The Art of Communicating Science. This capacity building initiative is aimed at students, scholars, explorers, government agencies, and stewards of the cultural and natural patrimony, so that they can be trained in how to develop, design and use imaging technology to document, protect, and communicate the importance of their heritage through exploration, discovery, and storytelling. Fe's continued effort in communicating science has allowed him to use photography, cinematography, and other multimedia tools to reach large audiences through his public lectures at universities, presentations at international scientific and professional symposia, publications in scholarly journals and on National Geographic’s Explorers Journal and NatGeo News Watch online blogs.

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