ExpiredCuba cultural adventure trip


  |   February 22nd - 29th, 2020

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IVS has teamed up with Bio Bio Expeditions to offer you a trip of a lifetime. Since 1993, Bio Bio has been a leader in delivering top quality travel experiences to guests from age 8 to 80 who share their love of the outdoors. Because of their extensive experience Bio Bio is responsible for the planning and implementation of the complete trip. To register for the seminar and for all questions relating to the trip, please call Bio Bio Expeditions at 1-800-246-7238 or visit www.bbxrafting.com.

Places we will visit: Havana, Viñales, Cienfuegos, Trinidad


  • Tour Revolution Square and Old Havana on foot and by electric bike
  • Visit Viñales Valley and learn about tobacco cultivation
  • Explore Playa Larga & snorkel and SUP at Punta Perdiz
  • Walking tour of Cienfuegos and the botanical gardens
  • Hike to a waterfall in Topes de Collantes National Park
  • Take a deep dive into the cultural heart of Havana, where you’ll visit museums, galleries and markets with expert guides
  • Enjoy different “Casa de Musicas” and Cuban Dance. 


Important information

  • In Havana, we will be staying at the NH Capri La Habana ( a regular hotel) for 4 nights but for the other 3 nights  we will be staying in Bed and Breakfasts run by local hosts- not in hotels.


NH Capri La Habana:

A note on the accommodations from our partners who live in Cuba:

Accommodations are comfortable and clean at the bed and breakfasts we stay in, and the hosts are very warm and welcoming. Once people have that understanding, that it’s not a hotel, that their money is directly supporting these people, then they have a really wonderful time. They are businesses (more than 25k rooms to rent in Cuba) and very professional, but it’s an important point to clarify that they aren’t hotels.

Visa information:

All US citizens are required to have a tourist visa to travel to Cuba. You can purchase your visa at the airport when you check in for your flight to Cuba. As you check in to your flight at the airport, the attendant will ask you if you already have your tourist visa. Depending on the airline, she will either sell you a visa right there at the check-in desk, or she will direct you to purchase it at the departure gate of your flight. The airline staff checks each person before boarding the plane to see if they have their visa-it is not possible to board the plane without the visa. Depending on the airline that you are flying, the cost of the visa will be $50-100. You can pay this with a credit card.

Your category of travel to Cuba will be Educational Activities (People to People).

While this procedure is very easy, if you would like to purchase your visa ahead of time and have the visa mailed to you, you can visit the website www.cubavisaservices.com to do so. The cost is $85.

Questions: Please call Bio Bio: 800-246-7238

Along the way, Dr Virginia Luis Fuentes  will provide 18 CE hours on “practical cardiology”.

Seminar registration fee for 18 CE hrs: $795.00 

All are welcome including spouses and friends- only the veterinarian attending needs to register for the CE. 

Seminar Topics:


  • Chronic management of the cardiac patient
  • Utilizing the latest cardiac drugs
  • Learn an organized, logical approach to the diagnosis and management of both the occult and overt forms of acquired heart disease in the dog and cat
  • Review the diagnostic tests routinely employed in the evaluation of patients with cardiovascular disease
  • Hypertension in small animal medicine: Is it clinically relevant? This segment will focus on how and why routine evaluation of blood pressure is clinically important. It will review common canine and feline diseases that are associated with hypertension as well as those diseases that may be exacerbated by undiagnosed hypertension. Finally, clinical management of hypertension will be discussed with emphasis on when to treat and what constitutes a rational therapeutic target.

How should I manage:

  • Asymptomatic mitral valve regurgitation?
  • Atrial fibrillation in dogs?
  • Ventricular tachycardias?
  • Asymptomatic dilated cardiomyopathy?
  • Congestive heart failure in dogs?
  • Feline cardiac disease
  • Coughing dog with cardiomegaly and no pulmonary edema?
  • When should I use pimobendan?
  • How and when should I evaluate BNP?
  • When do I recommend a radiograph and/or an echocardiogram?
  • How do i manage asymptomatic cats with a murmur

Clinical cases will be also presented for group discussion.

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Seminar Speakers

CE Hours

 Seminar registration fee for 18 CE hrs: $795.00 

Accommodation Registration

Reserving Rooms

We reserve rooms starting the day prior to the seminar and ending on the last seminar day.  However, if you need additional days, we will work with the hotel to accommodate your request based on availability.

Getting Confirmation

After you submit this hotel request form, you will receive an e-mail confirmation of your request for the hotel accommodations.  Please note that this does not confirm your hotel accommodations.

After processing the request, our office will e-mail you an actual hotel confirmation letter which will confirm your stay with the hotel.   You are not confirmed until you receive this hotel confirmation. Please check the details when you receive this confirmation.

Please note: At this time, we are not able to accept credit card details online. As all hotels require a valid credit card to guarantee your room, after submitting the hotel request form, please call our office at 1 (800) 487-5650 Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm (pacific) to provide the card number.  Your Hotel Confirmation will be emailed to you after your room is guaranteed.

For Amelia Island, Duck on the outer banks,  St. George (Zion), Grand Cayman, Curacao and New Orleans: after submitting the hotel request form, you do not need to contact us with the credit card information. We will be sending you an individual hotel credit card authorization form.

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Please note: At this time, we are not able to accept credit card details online. As all hotels require a valid credit card to guarantee your room, after submitting the hotel request form, please call our office at 1 (800) 487-5650 to provide the card number.


Please call the IVS travel group at 1 (800) 487-5650 for assistance.

Passport Information

For International Travel

Passport requirements for international travel

Please note that all passengers traveling by air to or from the United States will be required to hold a valid passport. This requirement applies to all passengers, including U.S. citizens, traveling to and from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean.

When planning international travel, please be sure that you are in possession of all required documents for both outbound and return flights. Remember to allow ample time for acquiring official travel documents.

For complete information on the U.S. Department of State’s New Travel Initiative Requirements, please visit travel.state.gov.