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Temple Ambler Field Station Explorations

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Visit Cuba with the Temple Ambler Field Station in 2024!

The Greening of the Revolution: Understanding Sustainability and Climate Change Solutions in Cuba

February 24 to March 3, 2024

Cost: $3,100, double occupancy (single supplement $320)



The Temple Ambler Field Station and Temple University University College are offering a unique opportunity to study climate change in 2024.

The Greening of the Revolution: Understanding Sustainability and Climate Change Solutions in Cuba is the first of an anticipated series of local and global experiences — Temple Ambler Field Station Explorations.

Travelers will visit Cuba from February 24 through March 3 (9 days/8 nights) to see and discuss the Cuban responses to climate change, protecting the environment and sustainability. This trip is being offered in cooperation with AltruVistas.

The trip includes visits to nature reserves and sustainable agriculture efforts, talks with Cuban professionals and time to experience Cuban arts and music.

Travel Cost

The trip price includes:

  • RT airfare Miami-Havana. 

  • All hotels and/or casas particulares. 

  • On-ground transportation by air-conditioned motor coach. 

  • Full time guide/translator by AltruVista. 

  • Preparatory readings/orientation materials. 

  • Admission and fees to all activities. 

  • Two meals per day. 

  • Gratuities for guide and driver. 

  • Group leaders from Temple University. 

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 — Bien Venidos
  • Check in for your flight to Havana, Cuba. 

  • Arrive at Jose Marti International Airport.    

  • Check in to your hotel. 

  • Welcome Discussion Circle and Meet and Greet 

  • Welcome dinner at El Aljibe for family style traditional food. 

Day 2 — Historical Overview of Cuba
  • Dynamic briefing with architect, Miguel Coyula to discuss the development of the city. 

  • Guided Walking City Tour of Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

  • Engage with Cuban residents at their art studios, galleries and markets where participants will meet with Cuban artists and find out firsthand how artists negotiate between the tourist market, a socialist economy and new opportunities for individual entrepreneurship.  

  • Visit the four major historical squares of Cuba.  

  • See buildings and homes in different stages of reconstruction; meet with neighborhood residents. 

  • Lunch at Hemingway’s Bodequita del Medio. 

  • Guided visit to a national museum — Bellas Artes Museum, The Denunciation Museum or the newly inaugurated Fidel Castro Museum.   

  • Visit and group photo at Revolution Square.   

  • Evening free to explore local paladares and nightlife.  

Day 3 — A Commitment to Sustainability
  • Visit, dialogue and exchange with the Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation for Nature and Humanity (FANJ), a cultural and scientific non-governmental institution dedicated to research and promotion of programs and projects for the protection of the environment as it relates to culture and society. Learn about environmental education, science, urban agriculture and food security in Cuba. 

  • Afternoon hands-on service project with FANJ or urban farming volunteering. 

  • Presentation and exchange with Yociel Marrero who will present an overview of responsible consumption and economics  or Rafael Betancourt who will present an overview of the Cuban Economy, Cooperatives and Politics. 

  • Dinner and evening are free.  

  • A visit to the community arts and performing space of the Fabrica de Arte Cubano for a guided tour and live music. 

Day 4 — Sustainable Agriculture and Agroecology
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out of hotel.  

  • Briefing with Juan José León, from the Ministry of Agriculture, Plaza, Havana — “Cuban Agriculture Today.” 

  • Visit to a local farmers market and also state- run distribution center to understand the libreta and basic nutritional needs in Cuba.   

  • Lunch. 

  • Leave for the Finca Marta en Artemisa, an Agroecology farm. Overview of Agroecology today in Cuba and personal exchange with Fernandito Funes. 

  • Drive to the beautiful Viñales Valley, a UNESCO site. Enjoy the incredible views and take a group photo.    

  • Check into your casas particulares and enjoy dinner and evening cultural activities in town.  

Day 5 — Rural Development
  • Walking Farm Tour of the Viñales Valley.  

  • An exchange with the ¨Republica de Chile¨ Cooperative, including an overview of the cooperative system in Cuba. 

  • Lunch at El Paraiso and visit to this family-owned farm.   

  • Visit Las Terrazas (Biosphere Reserve and Eco Station); discussion and tour in the community. Meet with CITMA staff and enjoy a brief hike of the reforestation areas.  

  • Free time to engage with local artists.  

  • Dinner at either Romeros or Buena Vista.  

  • Return to Havana and check back into hotel.  

  • Free evening for cultural activities.  

Day 6 — Coastal Development
  • Check out of our hotel and travel to the province of Cienfuegos, known as the “Pearl of the South.” Like Havana, Cienfuegos has a beautiful Malecón, where fisherman cast nets and locals socialize. Our highlight is the Ciénega de Zapata, an area famous for its tropical wetlands and biodiversity.  

  • Lunch followed by an exchange with the Korimakao Cultural Project, a project founded in 1992 to bring theatre, music, and dance to remote areas of Cuba.  

  • Travel along the picturesque Bay of Pigs (Bahia de Cochinos) past the site where the landing of U.S. sponsored counter-revolutionary exile militia occurred in 1961. 

  • Check into our casas particulares. 

  • Dinner and evening are free for local paladares.  

Day 7 — Biodiversity in Cuba
  • Optional early morning hike in the reserve to see endemic birds and species, like the world’s smallest bird, the bee hummingbird. The hike will be led by a CITMA scientist.  

  • Breakfast and check out of hotel.  

  • A visit to the beautiful Caleta Buena and the ocean to explore local marine ecology.    

  • Lunch is at the Caleta.  

  • Exchange with local Civil Defense representatives to learn about Cuba’s strategy to support coastal communities that will be impacted and moved by rising sea level.  

  • Free evening for dinner and beach.   

Day 8 — Integration and Climate Futures
  • Breakfast and check out to return to Havana. 

  • Free time for lunch and shopping in Old Havana and at the San Jose de Almancenes crafts faire. 

  • Exchange and briefing with Dr. Julia Azanza Ricardo from CIM, the Center for Marine Investigations at the University of Havana to discuss the impacts of climate change on Cuba’s marine life.  

  • Check back into hotel.  

  • Wrap up circle at the Casa de Amistad with a representative from ICAP to discuss the impacts of US embargo on Cuba’s economy.

Day 9 — Hasta Luego!
  • Breakfast at the hotel.  

  • Check out and transfer to the airport. 

  • If time permits, enjoy another community arts project and exchange like Murraleando. 

  • Departure home. 


For additional information, contact Dr. Amy Freestone at or Link Martin at .