In September 2024, Cuba will host the 14th edition of the International Nature Tourism Event: TURNAT 2024. This event demonstrates the strength and opportunity that Cuba has to develop Nature, Adventure and Rural Tourism, as well as to motivate and promote the design of leisure, education and environmental culture products, using heritage, cultural and natural values, from a perspective of sustainability with the environment.
$ 1 636.00 USD per PAX (Single room). $ 1 581.00 USD per PAX (Double room).
Group No. 1 Farms
Group No. 2 Trails
Group No. 3 Jeep Photographic Safaris
Group No. 4 Nautical Diving
Group No. 5 Accessible Tourism and Quality of Life
Arrival of the participants in the city of Holguin and Gibara.
09:00-09:30 am Welcome cocktail, accreditation and delivery of information about the event in hotels in the city of Gibara, Holguin province.
09:30-09:40 am Opening of the Biodiversity and Tourism Event Biotur 2023.
09:40-09:55 am Presentation of the attractions of Nature of northeastern Cuba. Promotional Video.
10:00-10:45 am Conference, Potentialities for birdwatching in eastern Cuba. Debra Sue Baker (Professor of Ecology, University of Kansas, USA).
10:50- 11: 15 am Presentation on the tourist potentialities of the cave systems in the north of Holguin.
Presented by Osmani Feria García president of the Provincial Speleological Committee and Jose Corella Varona member of the board of directors of the Speleological Society of Cuba.
11:30 - 1:00 pm Business Roundtable
- Exchange among the participants of the event
- Presentation of books: Christopher Columbus's Derrotero in the northern coast of Holguin and Gibarean Traditional Cuisine.
- Presentation of the attributes by area administrators
- Tasting of typical dishes of Gibara.
- Biotur 2023 Award Ceremony.
1:00 - 1.15 pm organization of the groups and departure of the tours
Group No. 1 Adventure through Rural Holguin: Tour through the historical center of the city of Gibara National Monument. Visit to Los Panaderos cave, emblematic site of the cave systems of the north of Holguin. Transfer and lodging at Villa Masnatura Mirador de Mayabe in the outskirts of the city of Holguin, free time, dinner and night activities.
Group No. 1 Holguin Rural Adventure: 8:00 am Departure from Villa Masnatura Mirador de Mayabe to the town of Alcalá, to enter the rural Holguinean countryside and taste a piña colada with varieties grown on a nearby farm. At Finca Alcalá, horseback riding, planting of a tree, interpretation of the farm's agricultural activities and enjoyment of a Creole lunch. Transfer to the Club Amigo Atlántico Guardalavaca hotel, free time, dinner, evening activities and lodging.
Day July 19
Group No. 1 Holguinean Rural Adventure: 7:30 am Departure from the hotel to visit the agro-ecological farm La Hacienda, a rural community project where you can experience how the Cuban peasant lives maintaining their welfare and quality of life from the feeding of their own crops based on totally healthy organic fertilizers, all in a very natural environment. Tasting of tropical fruits and the traditional coffee, transfer to the Salto del Guayabo, considered the leading product of the province of Holguin, welcome coffee, contemplating from a viewpoint the natural waterfalls with a fall of 85 and 127 meters respectively at an elevation of 560 meters above sea level. You will be able to take a trail that ends in a natural pool very cozy for its characteristics and landscape. In the afternoon, transfer to the Hotel Club Amigo Atlántico Guardalavaca, free time, dinner, night activities and lodging.
Group No. 1 Holguinean Rural Adventure: 8:30 am Departure from the hotel to Roca Azul Biopark, information meeting and welcome cocktail, horseback ride along the emblematic Loma del Templo trail with arrival at the viewpoint to enjoy extraordinary views of Bahía Naranjo, picnic lunch at La Ensenada Restaurant. Transfer to the hotel, free time, dinner, night activities.
Day July 21
Group No. 1 Holguinean Rural Adventure: 8:30 am Visit and tour of the Taino village, village nestled in Chorro de Maíta where you can appreciate the way of life of our first settlers, to continue with a Cuban countryside in the agroecological farm El Frutal, combining culture, traditions, where flora and fauna make the visitor achieve a better harmony in their system and quality of life. Interchange of all the participants on the experiences lived in the event. Return to Holguín.
Attributes of the Event.
- Visit to farms, modalities such as adventure, trekking, bird and reptile watching, agro-ecology combined with Jeep safari.
- Visit to national parks and the leading ecotourism products in Holguin destination.
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At a corporate level, color can be used as a sign of institutional identification. Choosing the color or colors of the corporate identity is what associates companies with a certain message, awakening certain values and transmitting a well-differentiated image.
Our Travel Agency (ECOTUR S.A.) is identified by orange, symbol of enthusiasm and exaltation, a tone that has, among its qualities, a stimulating and energetic power. Forest green, the personalization of nature, renewal and energy, a rich, strong shade capable of making an impact on people. White is considered the color of purity and perfection. It inspires cleanliness, innocence, reflection, creativity, openness, growth, impartiality and peace.
This is how ECOTUR S.A. defines itself and in this way our identifying colors provide strong visual statements that allow us to communicate each of the above elements to all our audiences.
An unforgettable experience in nature.
Varadero to host the World Underwater Photography Championship
Some 60 photographers from almost twenty countries have confirmed their participation in the 19th edition of the World Underwater Photography Championship to be held in Varadero, Matanzas, from 9 to 14 October, the organisers told the press.
Yadira Ramírez Morera, Communications Director of the Cuban Ministry of Tourism, explained that the competitive event includes the 5th World Underwater Video Championship, and is sponsored by the World Confederation of Underwater Activities (CMAS).
He specified that the infrastructure of the resort - facilities, equipment and boats - is ready to receive the competitors, judges and other participants.
It also transpired that the photographers and cameramen come from Finland, Norway, Spain, Portugal, France, Sweden, Italy, Belgium, Slovenia, Germany, Argentina, Brazil and Chile, among others interested in attending the international event.
The CMAS representative in Cuba, Francisco Ferrera, gave details of the competition in which each country participates with two photographers and two cameramen, selected in their respective national championships, most of whom have been distinguished with several awards in these competitions and have numerous followers around the world.
Ferrera reiterated that the conditions are in place for a safe event, both the boats and the locations at depths of up to 30 metres, the divers attending and the diving possibilities in the transparent waters of the north coast of the Hicacos Peninsula.
He stressed his satisfaction that Cuba is for the first time the scene of an event of such magnitude, which reaffirms its classification as a safe destination, with a seaside resort suitable for diving, snorkelling and underwater exploration, thanks to the transparency of its waters, its rich biodiversity and its attractive seabed.
He said that the championship will involve three judges to select the finalists in four categories and another twenty judges who will issue verdicts online to choose the winners.
The director of events and incentives of the Ecotur agency, Francisco Longino Franquiz Domínguez, referred to the three-day programme of competitions, with the inauguration on 9 October, at three in the afternoon, in the lounge of the Meliá Internacional hotel, and the closing day, in the same place and time, on 14 October, with a cultural show.
According to the director of this entity, which acts as a receptive agent for the event, attractive packages are also offered for those interested in holidaying on one of the best beaches in the world during the days of the championship, as well as various optional offers with excursions to Havana, Ciénaga de Zapata, Cienfuegos, Trinidad and Cayo Largo del Sur, designed for those who decide to join the post-tour.
Representing the Cuban team will be Fabián Álvarez, from the province of Camagüey, and Julio Ruiz, from Matanzas, who will attend the competition after being chosen as winners at the national championship, which took place last May at the Punta Perdiz international diving centre in Ciénaga de Zapata.