The thaw in Cuba-U.S. relations hit a new milestone this week as both JetBlue and several Florida ferry companies announced that they would soon begin offering regular routes between the United States and Havana.
That means Americans will be able to visit Cuba’s wild tropical forests, wetlands, coral reefs, and coastlines for the first time in over half a century.
These areas include the Ciénaga de Zapata Biosphere Reserve, one of the largest wetlands in the Caribbean, and Cuchillas del Toa, site of the world’s largest remaining old-growth tropical rainforests.
Cuba shelters hundreds of native mammals, reptiles, birds, and other wildlife, including many found nowhere else in the world. Here’s a small selection of what you might see if you book a nature trip to the island.