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, explorer, photographer, and the host of a National Geographic TV series titled Mysteries of the Underworld. He specializes in aerial, terrestrial and underwater photographic technologies. For ten years, he directed the National Geographic Society-Waitt grants program focusing on exploratory research, cutting-edge technologies, and proof-of-concept projects. During his time on the National Geographic staff, his work included participating in scientific projects seeking to discover evidence of a seafaring culture among the Maya throughout the Mesoamerican barrier reef, as well as the documentation of shrines and sacred architecture along the Yucatan peninsula. His stories have been published by National Geographic and the Explorers Journal blog. Fabio is passionate about storytelling through compelling photography and a contribution to science through National Geographic Expeditions.

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