Highlights
  • Discuss historic preservation with local experts, and meet residents as you explore Old Havana and Trinidad.
  • Witness Cuba’s shifting cultural and economic landscape on visits to schools, art studios, and privately owned businesses.
  • Soak up rhythms of all sorts—from Afro-Cuban to award-winning a cappella.
  • Meet with local dancers and musicians in the colonial city of Cienfuegos.

Experience Cuban culture the most authentic way possible— through its people. On this unique and inspiring program, get acquainted with Cubans in diverse settings, from Old Havana to colonial Cienfuegos. Engage the local people directly in discussions about their lives and work, culture and traditions. Meet with Cuban historians, teachers, students, artists, naturalists, and others, and experience this fast-changing island nation through their eyes.

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Itinerary

Day 1 : U.S./Havana, Cuba

Depart from Miami on a charter flight. Upon arrival in Havana, enjoy a traditional Cuban lunch. Visit with an Afro-Cuban dance group this afternoon and enjoy an energetic performance before transferring to our hotel. Gather for a welcome reception and dinner tonight.

Hotel Parque Central

Day 2 : Havana

Learn about the restoration and changing landscape of Havana from a local preservation expert. Then set out to explore Old Havana, stopping in at local businesses and meeting the workers. After lunch, explore a community project at Muraleando, where local and international artists have been changing a downtrodden neighborhood into a living work of art. Tonight, attend a special musical performance after dinner.

Day 3 : Havana

Engage in a specially arranged question-and-answer session with Cuban professionals, discussing education, economics, the role of government, and other topics of interest. Later, meet the instructors and students of La Colmenita, an after-school program that uses song and dance performance as a social development tool.

Day 4 : Cienfuegos

Leave Havana and head to Cienfuegos, a port city with architecture that reflects its French colonial roots. Enjoy an orientation tour of the city and meet local residents in Parque Martí. See the statue commemorating José Martí, a renowned author and a leader in Cuba’s quest for independence from Spain. Engage local cuentapropistas (self-employed), who are part of an expanding private sector, on Cienfuegos’ main commercial street. Then visit Benny Moré Art School to meet with teachers and students of music, dance, and art.

Hotel Jagua

Day 5 : Trinidad

Travel to Trinidad, where we explore Cuba’s best-preserved colonial city with a restoration expert and interact with local community members, including a Santería priest. Then meet Julio Muñoz, a local photographer and “horse whisperer” whose wife and niece appeared in an October 1999 National Geographic magazine article, and learn about his casa particular (guest house). Visit Julio’s colonial-era house and stables, the base for his program promoting equine care.

Day 6 : Cienfuegos

Near Cienfuegos, visit Cuba’s oldest botanical garden with a botany expert. Stop in a former sugar mill town and interact with the town’s present day inhabitants. Later, enjoy a choral performance and discussion with a world renowned a cappella group, the Choir of Cienfuegos. After dinner, there will be an opportunity to meet with local residents in Cienfuegos.

Day 7 : Bay of Pigs/Havana

Today, head to the historic Bay of Pigs. Set foot on the famous Playa Girón, one of the two landing sites for the 1961 U.S.–backed invasion. Visit Australia, a former sugar mill town and Fidel Castro’s headquarters during the Bay of Pigs invasion. Here, meet with former mill workers and join locomotive engineers aboard an old steam train ride through the sugarcane fields.

Hotel Parque Central

Day 8 : Havana/Jaimanitas

This morning, travel to the charming fishing village of Jaimanitas to visit the workshop and home of ceramic artist José Fuster, called the “Picasso of Cuba.” Then attend a question-and-answer session with American author and Havana resident, Marc Frank. Meet with Marc and a Cuban journalist to discuss their perspectives on Cuba’s past, present, and future. Celebrate our Cuban experience together at a farewell dinner tonight.

Day 9 : Havana/U.S.

After breakfast, visit an organopónico (urban organic farm) to learn about the growing agrarian movement and Cuban cuisine. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Miami.

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Maximum Number of People in Group: 25
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Havana
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Havana

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