Ecotourism Sprouting in Cuba

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

cuba mangroves

In fifty years, the U.S. travel ban to Cuba has been next to ineffective in promoting democracy there. In fact, there have been many efforts cropping up, one featured here in Matt’s post, to abolish this. Yet, despite being nearly completely closed to the awaiting masses sitting just beyond the island’s waters, tourism is on the mind of the Cuban government.

This AP article tells of future plans to evolve this “sun and sand” destination into one of the leading eco-destinations. Cuban tourism organizations see a diminishing rift between the two countries and realize the sustainability and added draw eco travel will be in the future.

A great jumping off point would be the Caribbean’s largest bioreserve, the Cienaga de Zapata (Zapata Swamp). With 1.5 million acres of mangrove rich swampland spilling over with wildlife, a Cuban version of the Everglades, boats are already passing small groups hiking along the marshlands to awaiting bungalows.

I know I could get used to relaxing at my bungalow after a day at the crocodile reserve, or pedaling the Vinales Valley as in one of our features,  Cuba’s Port Of Hope.

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