Travel to Cuba

NOTE: Effective November 9, 2017, the current Trump administration has issued its first set of travel regulations.  These regulations and the administration’s explanation may be found at https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/cuba_fact_sheet_11082017.pdf;  the government’s FAQs are at https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/cuba_faqs_new.pdf, and therefore some of the earlier explanations below may no longer be current or fully accurate.

Resources for Cuba travel info and on non profit tours:

____________________________________________________________________________________________

RESPECT

Responsible & Ethical Cuba Travel 

An association of U.S. Travelers to Cuba

Mission Statement

RESPECT (Responsible and Ethical Cuba Travel) is a U.S. professional association uniting nonprofit entities, travel agents, tour operators and other travel service providers dedicated to practicing and promoting ethical and socially responsible travel to Cuba.

Principles

Members of the Association agree to uphold the following principles in organizing travel to Cuba:

  1. We understand that the opportunity to visit Cuba is a step towards promoting mutual understanding and learning, through firsthand respectful exchanges, contributing to more informed, pro-active and responsible global citizenship on the part of all concerned.
  1. We frame our Principles in the context of the internationally agreed-upon UN Sustainable Development Goals and respect for Cuba’s path to sustainable development, as determined by Cubans themselves.  (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs, http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/sdgoverview/post-2015-development-agenda.html)
  1. “First do no harm” – the cornerstone of medical ethics worldwide – is fundamental to the principles that guide our organizations and those who travel to Cuba with us, respecting historical sites and natural areas and leaving them as we find them without disturbing their peace and sanctity .
  1. We encourage our travelers – before they travel – to learn about Cuba and its history from a variety of sources, including Cuban sources.
  1. We are committed to transparency in our relations with all Cuban entities and people, accurately and honestly representing ourselves and our intentions.
  1. We affirm our commitment to respect all Cubans, without regard to skin color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, political persuasion, abilities or economic status.
  1. We are committed to upholding non-exploitative relationships with Cuban entities and people, and respect for policies and laws enacted to prevent discrimination and exploitation of all kinds.
  1. We promote health and respectful travel to Cuba and vehemently oppose “sex tourism” and associated businesses in any form, all of these prohibited by Cuban law.
  1. We are committed to support Cuba’s efforts to confront climate change and protect the environment, actively contributing to conservation of energy and water resources, as well as protection of urban and rural landscapes, flora, fauna, beached and marine life.
  1. We will respect the authenticity of Cuban culture, its heritage, multiple roots and manifestations, as well as the cultural contributions of the Cuban people to world culture. We will consciously help to care for and maintain the country’s UNESCO-identified World Heritage Sites and other monuments and sites that constitute part of Cuba’s cultural patrimony.
  1. We will abide by Cuban laws and regulations pertinent to our travel, including but not limited to immigration and customs regulations.
  1. We are committed to protecting the health of our travelers and the Cuban people, by doing our part to keep infectious diseases and prohibited drugs from entering Cuba.
  1. We encourage travelers to purchase products made in Cuba particularly from those who contribute to local development efforts, giving back to their communities.
  1. We uphold the rights of travelers and their hosts in Cuba to be treated with respect and dignity, and commit ourselves to addressing issues of concern in this area through established mechanisms between the Association and its Cuban counterparts, in a spirit of constructive dialogue and joint reflection.
  1. We believe all US citizens and residents have the right to travel to Cuba, and advocate lifting all US governmental travel restrictions to the island.
  1. As an Association, we encourage our members’ efforts to support travel to Cuba of modest means, making the island a destination for the many, not just the few.
  1. The Association supports Cuba’s contribution to the Caribbean as a zone of peace, and as a safe and peaceful destination for all travelers.

RESPETO

Viajes a Cuba éticos y responsables:

Una Asociación de estadounidenses que viajan a Cuba

Nuestra Misión

RESPETO (Viajes a Cuba éticos y responsables) es una asociación profesional estadounidense que agrupa a organizaciones no lucrativas, agentes de viajes, turoperadores y otros proveedores de servicios de viajes, que promueve y realiza viajes a Cuba éticos y socialmente responsables.

Principios.

Los miembros de la Asociación acuerdan mantener los siguientes principios al organizar viajes a Cuba: 

  1. Consideramos que la oportunidad de visitar Cuba es un paso para promover la comprensión y el conocimiento mutuos a través de intercambios de primera mano basados en el respeto, contribuyendo así a la formación de los involucrados como ciudadanos universales más informados, responsables  y proactivos. 
  1. Enmarcamos  nuestros principios  en el contexto de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible de las NNUU aprobados internacionalmente y en el respeto al camino de Cuba hacia el desarrollo sostenible, de acuerdo a la determinación del pueblo cubano.  (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs, http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/sdgoverview/post-2015-development-agenda.html)
  1. “Primero que todo no hacer daño”- la piedra angular de la ética y la práctica  médicas en todo el mundo- es el principio esencial y abarcador que aspiramos  guíe a los viajeros con los que compartimos los principios de nuestra Asociación, respetando sitios históricos y áreas naturales sin perturbar su paz y carácter sagrado.
  1. Incentivamos a nuestros viajeros a que consulten diversas fuentes, incluidas las cubanas, para conocer – antes de realizar el viaje a Cuba – sobre el país y su historia.
  1. Nos comprometemos a actuar con transparencia en nuestras relaciones con el pueblo cubano y todas sus entidades, representando nuestra Asociación y nuestras intenciones con claridad y honestidad.
  1. Reafirmamos nuestro compromiso de respeto hacia todos los cubanos, con independencia del color de la piel,  género, orientación sexual, religión, edad, convicción política, facultades  o estatus económico.
  1. Nos comprometemos a mantener relaciones carentes de explotación con el pueblo y las entidades cubanas,  así como a respetar  las políticas y leyes promulgadas para evitar todo tipo de discriminación y  explotación.
  1. Promovemos viajes a Cuba saludables y respetuosos y nos oponemos enérgicamente al “turismo sexual” y a cualquier otro negocio asociado, prohibidos por la ley.
  1. Nos comprometemos a apoyar los esfuerzos de Cuba para enfrentar el cambio climático y proteger el medio ambiente,   contribuyendo de manera activa a la conservación de la energía y los recursos hidráulicos, así como a la protección de los paisajes urbanos y rurales, la flora, la fauna, las playas y la vida marina.
  1. Respetaremos la autenticidad de la cultura cubana, su patrimonio, múltiples raíces y manifestaciones, así como  los aportes culturales del pueblo cubano a la cultura universal. De manera consciente ayudaremos a cuidar y mantener los sitios que la UNESCO ha declarado patrimonio de la humanidad, lo mismo que otros monumentos y sitios que forman parte del  patrimonio cultural cubano.
  1. Respetaremos las leyes y regulaciones cubanas relacionadas con nuestro viaje, incluyendo las regulaciones de aduana e inmigración, aunque no solo  limitados a estas.
  1. Nos comprometemos a proteger la salud de nuestros viajeros y del pueblo cubano haciendo lo que nos corresponda para evitar la entrada a Cuba de enfermedades infecciosas y fármacos o drogas prohibidos.
  1. Estimulamos a los viajeros a que compren productos hechos en Cuba particularmente a aquellos  que contribuyen a los esfuerzos para el desarrollo local y aportan a sus comunidades.
  1. Defendemos los derechos de los viajeros y sus anfitriones en Cuba a ser tratados con respeto y dignidad, y nos comprometemos a atender las  preocupaciones en este sentido a  través  de los mecanismos establecidos entre la Asociación y sus contrapartes cubanas, en un espíritu de diálogo constructivo y reflexión conjunta.
  1. Consideramos que todos los ciudadanos estadounidenses y residentes tienen el derecho de viajar a Cuba y abogamos por el levantamiento de todas las restricciones de viajes a la Isla impuestas por el gobierno de los EEUU.
  1. En nuestra calidad de Asociación, alentamos a nuestros miembros a apoyar los viajes a Cuba de personas con modestos recursos, de manera que la Isla sea un destino para muchos, y no para unos pocos.
  1. La asociación está comprometida a apoyar los continuos esfuerzos por parte de Cuba al Caribe para seguir siendo un destino de paz y seguridad.

____________________________________________________________________________________________

The Confusing New Cuba Travel Restrictions, Explained – Condé Nast Traveler ( Nov. 9, 2017)

The Trump administration has placed new restrictions on American travel and trade to the island nation. But what does it actually mean?

Yes, you can still visit Cuba. Despite tight new travel and trade restrictions announced by the federal government yesterday—making good on President Trump’s pledge to freeze the thaw between America and Cuba that started during the Obama administration in January 2015—the island nation isn’t entirely off limits.

To start: If you have a flight booked or a trip planned, you don’t have to cancel your trip. “Administration officials said the new regulations, which will take effect Thursday, would not affect certain existing transactions,” reports The Washington Post. “For visitors, that means anyone who has ‘completed at least one travel-related transaction (such as purchasing a flight or reserving accommodations) prior to’ publication of the new regulations in the Federal Register on Thursday.”

One big thing to keep in mind: There are still categories of authorized travel to Cuba, and you have to fall under one of those categories to visit. The solo/individual trips you’ve been able to take the past year—where you book a flight on your own, get a visa, and go with a loose interpretation of the “support of the Cuban people” category—isn’t quite kosher anymore. You have to prove that you “engaged in a full-time schedule” of interactions with Cubans and activities that support civil society. Tour groups take care of this for you with full-day itineraries of people-to-people and cultural exchanges; if you’re on your own and asked about it at U.S. customs on your way home, you’d have to show that you had meaningful interactions. It’s tricky. (We cover this, and all the other challenges of traveling just 90 miles from Florida, in our Travelogue podcast.)

Travelers are also panicking a bit about the long (long) list of Cuban businesses Americans have been barred from doing business with when they visit—it includes state-run hotels across Havana, tourist agencies, and stores that the U.S. State Department says don’t support “private enterprise in Cuba.” But there’s a very good chance that if you take a trip to Cuba with a tour group, you won’t frequent many, if any, of the places on the banned list. My trip to Havana with InsightCuba included several nights at Hotel Meliá Cohiba, a Spanish chain; lunch at Starbien and Paladar Los Mercaderes; a cigar rolling lesson at El Figaro; a private jazz show at La Zorra y El Cuervo; and a walk-through of the famed Hotel Nacional, in addition to several people-to-people exchanges with artists and musicians. None of this is restricted. Most of what’s barred is owned or operated by Compañía Habaguanex or Gaviota Tourism, two major Cuban hospitality groups.

In truth, much of the Cuban economy is still dominated by companies run by (or benefiting) the government, though the number of private businesses is on the rise. As previously reported by Traveler‘s Paul Brady, Airbnb rentals are mostly casas particulares, “an existing form of legal lodging in Cuba that lets travelers stay in private homes.” And the paladars where you will likely eat lunch or dinner are often family-owned restaurants.

“Americans can rest assured that it’s still completely legal to visit Cuba,” Cuba Educational TravelPresident Collin Laverty said yesterday in an email statement. “Commercial flightscruise ships, Marriott hotels, Airbnb, and top-notch tour providers continue to operate business as usual, and it takes just minutes to secure your legal trip to the island. U.S. companies will continue to pursue deals that comply with the new regulations, benefiting business owners, workers and consumers in both countries.”

____________________________________________________________________________________________

6 CUBA TRAVEL FACTS, from National Lawyers Guild Cuba Subcommittee,  June 21, 2017

1.  The U.S. Supreme Court recognizes that we have a constitutional right to travel, but says it is not absolute.

2.  There are 12 categories for U.S. citizens\residents to travel to Cuba & spend money legally, according to the US government.

3.  Congress can change what these 12 categories are; the Administration can change how they are defined and fulfilled.

4.  55 U.S. Senators have co-sponsored a total repeal of those travel restrictions, but the Senate leadership has not allowed a vote. The U.S. House of Representatives with a Republican majority had previously voted to deny any funds to enforce these restrictions; but more recently Speaker Paul Ryan has effectively blocked such a vote in the House.

5.  For only 6 of the 8 years under President George W. Bush, the U.S. attempted active enforcement of these restrictions, but abandoned that in late 2006 after strong opposition, civil disobedience, and other political setbacks.

6. Our standard advice to any U.S. travelers to Cuba 2 is: 1) never lie to a U.S.  government official; and 2) do not supply any information about spending any money in Cuba.  You have a Constitutional right to remain silent about such matters under the 5th Amendment.

____________________________________________________________________________________________

Cuba People-to-People Bicycle Tours

It is a great time to plan a tour in Cuba!!!  Registration is now open.    Our next tour starts March 3, but because of the design of the program activities we can do it for any group of 4-8 people who come to us. The itineraries are 11-13 days and are designed to start on  Saturdays.   See the website for instructions.

Read More About Cuba People-to-People

Here is a short Q & A on our program:
Is IBF’s program affected by the hurricanes? The most heavily damaged area was the east-central part of the north coast. Most of the country wasn’t seriously touched by the storm. The interior is back-up and running, as are the coastal areas we visit — the western north coast and south coast.  Now, one way you can help is to support the Cuban economy. The Cuban people are begging for you to come and support their business.

What makes IBF’s program unique? We have the smallest bicycle tour groups, so there are no big buses, no big hotels and no waiting for large groups. We have what is probably the most multifaceted, people-to-people oriented program available. And the price is right. We urge you to look at the comments from past participants.

Is IBF’s program legal for US citizens? In the category that we operate under, to be legal, the organization has to be US based, the program needs a people-to-people curriculum and the US government would like us to not use Cuba government corporations (the big buses and big hotels). It just so happens this is all exactly how it works out.

What about the US governments recent travel advisory? The crux of the issue has to do with activities and incidents involving the US embassy and its personnel. None of the issues are related to the country as a whole, to our programs, or to participants on our program.

If you have more question please let us know.

Otherwise, we hope to see you soon and please feel free to share this with your friends and colleagues and let us know if you have any questions.

Site Visits Provide Insight

Visits to organic farms, factories, schools, family clinics and small businesses are an opportunity to meet people and get some understanding of their lives.

Santeria Shrine

Most Cuban towns have a Catholic Church as one of their central buildings. Havana also has at least three large synagogues. Along side of these are the beliefs that were transplanted and nurtured by slaves from Africa, which have woven themselves into Cuban culture through Santeria.

Upcoming Program Dates:

El Corazon de Cuba: March 3-15
See the website for more dates.

 

 

 

___________________________________________________________________________________________

Reality Tours Updates

Dear Supporter,

At Global Exchange we’ve been fortunate to witness culture and politics shift in many of the countries we visit on our Reality Tours. Cuba is one of those countries that we have watched undergo dynamic changes in recent years.

It has been a particular joy to watch Cuba evolve on LGBTQ rights and culture.

 While the Cuban Revolution brought about important and cutting edge social policies, LGBTQ persons were sadly and harshly criminalized. Today, however, we honor the massive strides Cuba has taken to embrace and celebrate their LGBTQ community members!

Join Global Exchange on our first annual PRIDE Delegation to Cuba and learn about LGBTQ rights and culture during Cuba’s Pride Week.

During this unique people-to-people delegation we will have special visits to explore Cuba’s emerging queer movement. We will take a closer look at Cuba’s evolution from criminalizing homosexuality during the revolution to being a global pioneer in LGBTQ health and human rights issues today.

This delegation will also learn about the Island’s progressive approaches to public education and social services and meet the change makers committed to moving dialogue on LGBTQ issues forward, all while celebrating the diversity and vibrancy of Cuban culture.

  Register now for this amazing opportunity to celebrate love, diversity, and pride in Cuba!

In Love and Justice,

 

 

Drea Hightower
Cuba and Middle East Reality Tours Director

P.S. Have questions about this delegation or any of our other Reality Tours? You can reach me at (415) 575-5527    or drea@globalexchange.org.     901 Mission Street, Ste. 306 San Francisco, CA 94103
globalexchange.org |   t: 415.255.7296 | f: 415.255.7498  View web version  Unsubscribe

____________________________________________________________________________________________

Visit Cuba June 17-30, 2018  with the Center for Global Justice 

Enjoy two stimulating weeks in a country committed to building Socialism.  Learn about Cuba’s public goods such as free health care and education provided by the state, its collective production and services in agricultural and urban cooperatives, its form of democratic governance, its private businesses, its community projects and more.  Experience Cuba’s vibrant culture and people.  Dialogue with leading thinkers about Cuba’s reforms as it reinvents its socialism for the 21st century.  A unique, in-depth look at a changing society.

Talk with Cuban thinkers:  Discussion will focus on The Future of Socialism, both in Cuba and worldwide.   You are invited to present a paper (optional) on such topics as:

* US & capitalist countries:  collapse of liberal democracy; decline of neoliberal ideology; crisis of legitimacy; resurgence of the idea of socialism;  rise of the Right; fascism?;  globalized state; overcoming capitalist hegemony; systemic crisis and the interregnum

* Rethinking socialism in 21st century; critique of 20th century socialism; civil society; party; commons;

* Cuba’s renovation of socialism:  implementation of the Guidelines; direction of development; conceptualization of socialism; planning and market; petty bourgeoisie and wage labor; socialist hegemony in a mixed economy; political system; rejuvenation of civil society; cooperatives;

* Latin America:  Has the Pink Tide run its course?

* Looking back at our revolutionary heritage: How does 1917 look a century later?  1848 170 years later?  1949 69 years later?  1959 59 years later?   The socialist project 200 years after Marx’s birth?

____________________________________________________________________________________________

Cuba

Witness for Peace organizes delegations that offer a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities. Now, even more people will be able to benefit from the unique opportunity to visit our island neighbor and learn more about changing U.S./Cuban relations.

WFP takes delegations to Cuba under the “People-to-People” category. This travel category provides for educational exchanges when those exchanges promote people-to-people contact. Delegation themes range from arts and culture to education and law to sustainable agriculture and health care.

If you are interested in planning a delegation to Cuba and have traveled to Cuba at least once, please contact the National Delegations Office at emily@witnessforpeace.org or 773-669-6501.

Please explore our current delegation offerings – and apply once you’re ready!

Upcoming Delegations to Cuba

____________________________________________________________________________________________

NATIONAL NETWORK ON CUBA NEWS AND UPDATES

May Day International Brigade

Dear Friends,

The National Network on Cuba is pleased to announce that applications for the XIII International May Day Brigade are now available!  View this email in your browser

Below you will find the Brigade Application form for US Participants

Download the May Day International Brigade Application Form

The land package is paid through Marazul Charters, Inc. Participants have the option to also book their airline travel through Marazaul

The final price for the land package is $675 USD

Additional costs not included in the land package fee:

* Cuban Visa – $75 USD (for those brigadistas that wish to get the visa through Marazul)

* Fed Ex Document Delivery – $25 (for delivery of tickets and visas)

* Flight Arrangements – (for those who whis do individual flights through Marazul)

* Payments made by credit card will be subject to a 4% fee on the transaction total. To avoid this fee, please send bank/certified/cashier’s check  or money orders (no personal checks) payable to Marazul Charters.

The completed application and all payments (initial deposits and final payments) should be mailed to:

Marazul Charters, Inc.

1 Marine Plaza, Suite 302

North Bergen, NJ 07047

Registraton is now open until March 16, 2018Final payments for US applicants are expected no later than March 23, 2018.

We are looking forward to successful May Day Brigade and to building bonds of international solidarity.

If you have any questions please contact us at: ICanGoToCuba@nnoc.info

Yours in Struggle,
Nalda Vigezzi, Gail Walker, Cheryl LaBash, Banbose Shnago, Alicia Jrapko

Call Issued by ICAP

Program of the May Day International Brigade

 ____________________________________________________________________________________________

UWM’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is collaborating with Tulane’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies on their K-16 Educator Institute in Cuba, June 23-July 7, 2018.

The registration deadline is March 2 (5pm Central).

Watch for the CLACS K-16 professional development award competition announcement in early January 2018; it’s one opportunity to help fund your participation.

applicants are expected no later than March 23, 2018.

Apply for the Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A Summer Educator Institute in Cuba      

March 2nd, 2018

Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A Summer Educator Institute in Cuba
Havana, Cuba | June 23 – July 7, 2018
Program Application
Application Deadline: March 2, 2018

Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University join forces with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies to take K-16 educators to Cuba. This is our fourth year running the Cuban Culture & Society K-16 Educator Institute and we are excited about this year’s itinerary. The institute will approach Cuban society and culture form a multidisciplinary perspective focused on the arts, the geography, and history of the country. Innovative programming and annual summer teacher institutes over the past three years provide the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and studying the region. Taking advantage of Tulane’s relationship with the University of Havana and Cuba’s National Union of Writers and Artists, the institute equips teachers with multidisciplinary content, curricular resources, and methods of inquiry for developing that approach in their K-16 classrooms. Conducted in English by Professor Carolina Caballero, the institute will explore current trends and issues in Cuban culture and society through readings, films, and lectures. The program includes a series of talks by prominent Cuban intellectuals and local field trips to important political and cultural sights throughout Havana.

This two-week program provides the unique opportunity to work on developing lesson plans while exploring the sights and sounds of a nation and country that remain obscured behind political rhetoric and misinformation. Recent economic changes on the island have provoked a series of social and cultural transformations that have left Cubans and the entire world wondering what could be next for the island and the Revolution. Don’t miss the chance to witness some of these challenges and triumphs firsthand and get the opportunity to bring your experience back to your students in the classroom.

The trip will include a pre-departure orientation and two weeks in Cuba. The institute incorporates visits to local museums and exposes participants to arts organizations, schools, and teachers from the country’s national literacy campaign. Participants will stay within walking distance of the Malecón, the university, and many cultural venues. There will be group excursions to the historic Che Guevara monument, a visit to the site of the Bay of Pigs invasion, and a special visit to the town of Hershey, the town developed by Milton Hershey to begin his chocolate enterprise with the sugar from Cuba’s plantations. There will also be group excursions to the historic cities of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, Playa Girón, and Viñales, focusing on their role in the development of the economy and culture of the country

PROGRAM COST: $3,500
The cost will include a shared room and two meals a day, medical insurance, airfare to/from Havana from Tampa, Florida*, airport transportation in Havana to/from residence, OFAC-licensed academic visa, and specialized tours and outings.

*Airfare to/from Tampa, Florida, a one-night hotel stay in Tampa, incidental costs, and extra meals and expenses are not included in the program cost. You are responsible for your own air flight to/from Tampa, FL.

PROGRAM APPLICATION
Those interested in applying must be a K-16 educator or librarian. There is no Spanish language requirement for this program. The application deadline is March 2, 2018, at 5:00 PM.

Please note: This program is only open to K-16 educators who are currently teaching, are pre-service teachers or are serving in a school or public library.

PROPOSED ITINERARY – 15 DAYS

Day 1 – U.S./HAVANA, CUBA
Depart from Tampa, FL, Upon arrival, enjoy dinner and a welcome reception followed by an informal walk and people watching on the Malecón.
Day 2 – HAVANA
Havana Vieja Tour with local preservation experts to discuss in depth the history of local landmarks, historical preservation efforts, and future plans. Visit arte corte, a barber shop and hair-dressing school in the Santo Angel neighborhood developed to promote skills in the community and support the local economy and meet with local community leaders, students and elderly folks at the community center. Presentation on AfroCuban dance with musical expert Cari Diez; opportunity to interact with the musicians and staff.
Day 3 – HAVANA
Lecture with Professor Alfredo Prieto on Cuba Since the Special Period. Curriculum development workshop. Visit the Cuba Council of Churches to meet local people and participate in a seminar about the organization’s work in the areas of youth, agriculture, social welfare, and international communications.
Day 4 – HAVANA
Walking tour of Calle Obispo in the morning with Professor Rafael Hernández. Meet the instructors and students of La Colmenita, an after-school program that uses song and dance performance as a social development tool.
Day 5 – HAVANA
Presentation by Professor Isabel Rigol on current challenges facing Havana’s effort to preserve its architecture and heritage. Visit to the Escuelas Nacional de Arte and meet with students and faculty. Evening walk and visit to the Cañonazo at the Morro.
Day 6 – VINALES
Day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Viñales for landscape and village exploration. Explore the mountainous magotes and visit and meet local tobacco farmers working in their fields and storehouses. At the Casa del Veguero we’ll have an introduction to tobacco farming and tobacco production. Visit with locals in the town of Viñales; lunch will be a community event shared with local families, followed by a visit to a children’s art center.
Day 7 – ALAMAR
Visit to an Organipónico (urban agrarian farm) in Alamar to explore sustainable farming in Cuba and learn about Cuban cuisine from local gardeners and Noel Pina, the manager of the garden. After lunch explore the community project Muraleando, where local artists have been changing a downtrodden neighborhood into a living work of art.
Day 8 – HAVANA/JAIMANITAS
Visit to Cementerio Colón and interact with the dozens of pilgrims who line up daily at the tomb of Amelia Goyri, said to grant miracles. Continue on to the Plaza de la Revolución. Lunch and afternoon visit to workshop of ceramic artist, José Fuster, who has turned his neighborhood into a unique, whimsical work of public art. Curriculum development in the evening.
Day 9 – SANTA CLARATRINIDAD
Travel to Trinidad via Santa Clara, a town founded by 175 people on July 15, 1689. It is the site of the last battle in the Cuban Revolution in 1958. Visit to the Che Mausoleum in Santa Clara. Also visit the historic sugar plantation of Manaca Iznaga before arriving in Trinidad.
Day 10 – TRINIDAD
Explore this UNESCO World Heritage site, founded on December 23, 1514 by Diego Velázquez de Cuellar. Trinidad was a central piece of Cuba’s sugar-based economy. Guided city tour with the city historian. Visit the Trinidad library to learn about the importance of libraries and debate questions of intellectual freedom with the staff. Meet with local entrepreneur David Alamar, owner of a private paladar (Davimart) to discuss cuentaproprismo in Cuba.
Day 11 – CIENFUEGOS
We will head to Cienfuegos, a town known for its architectural beauty which reveals its French colonial roots. Visit the Beny More School of Art that trains students in the visual and musical arts and is one of the top ten middle-level art schools in Cuba.
Day 12 – HAVANA
We will hear from children’s book author Olga Marta Pérez about the children’s/ youth Literacy Scene in Cuba today. In the afternoon, we will visit the Cuban Collection of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes accompanied by a curator.
Day 13 – PLAYA GIRON (Site of Bay of Pigs), Ciénega de Zapata, Playa Larga
Day excursion to the historic site of the Bay of Pigs, one of the landing sites for the 1961 US-backed invasion. Visit the Finca Fiesta Campesina farm, the Playa Girón museum, the Parque Ciénaga de Zapata, the Laguna del Tesoro, and the Taino Indian village.
Day 14 – HAVANA
Wrap-up curriculum workshop followed by a free afternoon ending in a celebratory dinner.
Day 15 – HAVANA/U.S.
Morning departure for the U.S.

Explore our past trips through these photos and curricula:

Program Application

For more information, please contact Denise Woltering-Vargas at dwolteri@tulane.edu or call the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at 504-862-3143.

____________________________________________________________________________________________

A Healthy Cuba, Healthy World:  Linking Culture, Community & Cooperation

SAVE THE DATE!

A five-day interactive conference on health, culture, and history to celebrate the 20th anniversary of MEDICC and its work building US-Cuba health cooperation.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3 – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017

Meliã Varadero Hotel, Varadero, Matanzas Province, Cuba

Conference travel is fully legal under the General License of the US Treasury Department (OFAC) regulations, Professional Meetings category.

Family members over 16 years of age may accompany primary travelers.

Full details, registration and travel information coming soon!
Contact:  Christian Vigil at cvigil@mediccglobal.org for more information.

MEDICC, 1814 Franklin St., Suite 820, Oakland, CA 94612

Constant Contact

____________________________________________________________________________________________

Global Awareness Through Experience CUBA trips

2017 Programs:
November 7-17 (night of November 6 at Miami hotel) – Registration Closed
December 1-11 (night of November 30 at Miami hotel) – 9 places available

2018 Programs:
November 7-17, 2018 (night of November 9 at Miami hotel) – register by June 15, 2018
December 1-11, 2018 (night of November 30 at Miami hotel) – register by July 10, 2018

Elements of The Program

We enter Cuba with a Religious Activities visa sponsored through the Cuban Council of Churches. This is a unique opportunity to experience Cuba and her people.

As with other GATE programs, you will learn about:

  • The Cuban Revolution and how it has impacted families and the country
  • The effect of the decades-old blockade on the country
  • The high priority given to education and healthcare for all
  • Recent efforts at organic food production
  • The value given to the arts in people’s lives

Other programmed activities include:

  • A guided tour of the Bay of Pigs Museum
  • A visit to a highly specialized neurological center
  • An ecological preserve
  • A late afternoon visit to the former DuPont home
  • An opportunity to interact with children at a school
  • A presentation on current Cuban family life
  • A presentation on the Cuban system of government
  • Time at a Cuban Art Museum
  • Time in Old Havana and handicraft and art market
  • Families who own their own restaurants
  • A music or dance performance
  • and more!

Program fees: $2,500.00 (includes cost of visa)
Registration fees: $100.00 with completed registration form
Charter flight plus required Cuban health insurance: $469.00 (from December 2016)
Hotel cost in Miami and personal money for souvenirs etc. is not included.

The program fee includes all meals in Cuba, in-country transportation, translation, tips. Many in the previous groups opted for travel insurance in case of plane delays. This is your own choice. Many in the previous GATE groups opted to stay in a Miami hotel the night of our return from Havana. We have a morning flight from Miami to Havana, and a morning flight from Havana to Miami. The time of your connecting flights home would determine the need, or not, of an extra night in Miami.
Lodging in Cuba is in Havana and Matanzas.

While the program fee to Cuba is higher than most GATE programs, I have done a comparison search of other groups who travel to Cuba. Here are some samples:

A national magazine has advertised:

$5,855.00 for an 8-day period in Cuba
$5,980.00 for an 8-day period in Cuba

A national organization has advertised:
$5,770.00 + $380.00 group air travel from Miami-Havana-Miami for 7 days
$5,865.00 + $430.00 group air travel from Miami-Havana-Miami
*Charter flight costs vary by the month

Join us for this unique opportunity to meet our Cuban neighbors! As with all GATE programs, we do not go as tourists. All participants will be receiving a religious visa to enter the country. This does not mean that the focus of the program is church buildings, but rather Cuban people who work to improve life for their brothers and sisters.

Please contact GATE (gate@fspa.org) for more information and/or a registration form Given the advance time needed for visa work as well as group plane reservations from Miami to Havana to Miami, now is the time to register. With so many changes being made in Washington, we do not know how long it may be possible for American citizens to travel to Cuba. Contact us today and register!
Only a few spaces available, click here for registration.

_____________________________________________________________

National Lawyers Guild–Cuba Subcommittee

633 W. Wisconsin Ave. Suite 1410

Milwaukee WI 52303-1918

(414) 273-1040 ext. 12

NLG CUBA SUBCOMMITTEE PLEDGES TO PROVIDE LEGAL ASSISTANCE TO U.S. TRAVELERS TO CUBA, IN SUPPORT OF THEIR RIGHT TO TRAVEL, June 16, 2017

In light of President Trump’s Miami announcement today, seeking to further curtail the right of U.S. residents and citizens to travel to Cuba, the Cuba Subcommittee of the National Lawyers Guild reiterates its longstanding support for the right to travel, and pledges to continue to provide legal assistance to U.S. travelers to Cuba.

The NLG through its Cuba subcommittee has been providing legal assistance to U.S. travelers to Cuba for decades, working in the past with the Center for Constitutional Rights. This included during the first six years of the administration of George W. Bush, which initiated an enforcement regime, including a series of “trials for travel,” held in Washington, D.C.  In response, the NLG Cuba SC established a national network of lawyers in 2000 to counsel and advise potential and returning U.S. travelers to Cuba. In the face of civil disobedience and other opposition, all formal enforcement actions effectively stopped by the end of 2006. However, both before and after that, U.S. travelers have faced the fear of both civil and criminal penalties.

“We do not know what kind of enforcement this new administration may attempt, to chill or penalize U.S. residents for exercising their right to travel,” stated Atty. Arthur Heitzer who chairs NLG Cuba Subcommittee, “but we need to be prepared.” Heitzer noted that the government could attempt to go back five years to penalize recent travelers to Cuba, and that no new regulations have yet been issued, nor are they promised sooner than “in the coming months.”

Heitzer quoted a publication issued today by U.S. Department of the Treasury, stating explicitly  that “The President instructed Treasury to issue regulations that will end individual people-to-people travel.” Heitzer added that any such “group” travel which it intends to allow, will be subject to having an on-site “agent” of the U.S.-based sponsoring entity to monitor the schedule for “each traveler” “Corralling U.S. travelers into groups with a U.S. ‘minder’ is antithetical to the proclamation that these restrictions are issued in order to uphold freedom,” Heitzer asserted.

For more information, contact the Cuba Subcommittee of the National Lawyers Guild at (414) 273-1040 ext. 12; email its chair at artheitzer@gmail.com,  or visit http://www.nlginternational.org/cuba-subcommittee/.

____________________________________________________________________________________________

Department of the Treasury – Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Frequently Asked Questions on President Trump’s Cuba Announcement by the President on June 16, 2017? Are the changes effective immediately?

1. How will OFAC implement the changes to the Cuba sanctions program announced.  OFAC will implement the Treasury-specific changes via amendments to its Cuban Assets Control Regulations. The Department of Commerce will implement any necessary changes via amendments to its Export Administration Regulations. OFAC expects to issue its regulatory amendments in the coming months. The announced changes do not take effect until the new regulations are issued.

2. What is individual people-to-people travel, and how does the President’s
announcement impact this travel authorization?
Individual people-to-people travel is educational travel that: (i) does not involve
academic study pursuant to a degree program; and (ii) does not take place under the
auspices of an organization that is subject to U.S. jurisdiction that sponsors such
exchanges to promote people-to-people contact. The President instructed Treasury to
issue regulations that will end individual people-to-people travel. The announced
changes do not take effect until the new regulations are issued.

3. Will group people-to-people travel still be authorized?
Yes. Group people-to-people travel is educational travel not involving academic study
pursuant to a degree program that takes place under the auspices of an organization that is subject to U.S. jurisdiction that sponsors such exchanges to promote people-to-people
contact. Travelers utilizing this travel authorization must maintain a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities that are intended to enhance contact with the Cuban
people, support civil society in Cuba, or promote the Cuban people’s independence from
Cuban authorities, and that will result in meaningful interaction between the traveler and individuals in Cuba. An employee, consultant, or agent of the group must accompany
each group to ensure that each traveler maintains a full-time schedule of educational
exchange activities.

4. How do the changes announced by the President on June 16, 2017 affect individual
people-to-people travelers who have already begun making their travel
arrangements (such as purchasing flights, hotels, or rental cars)?
The announced changes do not take effect until OFAC issues new regulations. Provided
that the traveler has already completed at least one travel-related transaction (such as
purchasing a flight or reserving accommodation) prior to the President’s announcement
on June 16, 2017, all additional travel-related transactions for that trip, whether the trip
occurs before or after OFAC’s new regulations are issued, would also be authorized,
provided the travel-related transactions are consistent with OFAC’s regulations as of June
16, 2017.

5. How do the changes announced by the President on June 16, 2017 affect other
authorized travelers to Cuba whose travel arrangements may include direct
transactions with entities related to the Cuban military, intelligence, or security
services that may be implicated by the new Cuba policy?
The announced changes do not take effect until OFAC issues new regulations.
Consistent with the Administration’s interest in not negatively impacting Americans for
arranging lawful travel to Cuba, any travel-related arrangements that include direct
transactions with entities related to the Cuban military, intelligence, or security services
that may be implicated by the new Cuba policy will be permitted provided that those
travel arrangements were initiated prior to the issuance of the forthcoming regulations.

6. How do the changes announced by the President on June 16, 2017 affect companies subject to U.S. jurisdiction that are already engaged in the Cuban market and that may undertake direct transactions with entities related to the Cuban military, intelligence, or security services that may be implicated by the new Cuba policy?
The announced changes do not take effect until OFAC issues new regulations.
Consistent with the Administration’s interest in not negatively impacting American
businesses for engaging in lawful commercial opportunities, any Cuba-related
commercial engagement that includes direct transactions with entities related to the
Cuban military, intelligence, or security services that may be implicated by the new Cuba
policy will be permitted provided that those commercial engagements were in place prior to the issuance of the forthcoming regulations.

7. Does the new policy affect how persons subject to U.S jurisdiction may purchase
airline tickets for authorized travel to Cuba?
No. The new policy will not change how persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction traveling to
Cuba pursuant to the 12 categories of authorized travel may purchase their airline tickets.

8. Can I continue to send authorized remittances to Cuba?
Yes. The announced policy changes will not change the authorizations for sending
remittances to Cuba. Additionally, the announced changes include an exception that will
allow for transactions incidental to the sending, processing, and receipt of authorized
remittances to the extent they would otherwise be restricted by the new policy limiting
transactions with certain identified Cuban military, intelligence, or security services. As
a result, the restrictions on certain transactions in the new Cuba policy will not limit the
ability to send or receive authorized remittances.

9. How does the new policy impact other authorized travel to Cuba by persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction?
The new policy will not result in changes to the other (non-individual people-to-people)
authorizations for travel.  Following the issuance of OFAC’s regulatory changes, travel-related transactions with prohibited entities identified by the State Department generally will not be permitted.  Guidance will accompany the issuance of the new regulations.

10. How will the new policy impact existing OFAC specific licenses?
The forthcoming regulations will be prospective and thus will not affect existing
contracts and licenses.

11. How will U.S. companies know if their Cuban counterpart is affiliated with a
prohibited entity or sub-entity in Cuba?
The State Department will be publishing a list of entities with which direct transactions
generally will not be permitted. Guidance will accompany the issuance of the new
regulations. The announced changes do not take effect until the new regulations are
issued.

12. Is authorized travel by cruise ship or passenger vessel to Cuba impacted by the new Cuba policy?
Persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction will still be able to engage in authorized travel to
Cuba by cruise ship or passenger vessel.  Following the issuance of OFAC’s regulatory changes, travel-related transactions with prohibited entities identified by the State Department generally will not be permitted. Guidance will accompany the issuance of the new regulations.

For more information on the National Security Presidential Memorandum visit: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2017/06/16/fact-sheet-cuba-policy.

____________________________________________________________________________________________

How to Travel to Cuba Now

 CreditRobert Rausch for The New York Times

When President Barack Obama eased restrictions on travel to Cuba, American travelers, tour operators and airlines lost no time. Curious Americans flooded the island’s colonial cities and tobacco-growing plains; Airbnb added thousands of Cuban homes to its offerings; and a handful of American airlines began direct flights to the island.

But new restrictions announced Friday by President Donald Trump could significantly dampen the euphoric boom in American travel to the island. The new rules turn the clock back to the days before the détente, when most Americans could visit Cuba only as part of an organized group rather than under their own steam — making travel to the island more costly and less spontaneous.

They also put hotels and restaurants run by the Cuban military off-limits, obliging travel organizations to scramble for rooms at hotels run by civilian-run Cuban companies. Still, those who cannot find a hotel room could always stay on a boat. Cruises will apparently be unaffected by the new regulations because fees paid to the military for ports and airports will be exempt from new bans.

Travel to Cuba can be confusing in the best of times, and uncertainty about possible policy changes makes planning a trip there more challenging. Here are answers to some of the questions people have right now:

Can Americans still travel to Cuba?

Yes. But, in the case of people-to-people trips, they will no longer be able to travel outside an organized group. Instead, they will have to travel with an organization that holds a license to take groups to Cuba. They may have to apply to the Treasury Department for a license to travel independently for, say, religious reasons.

So, instead of booking a flight with JetBlue and reserving a room online, you’ll have to look up a travel organization that offers trips, such as Smithsonian Journeys, Cuba Educational Travel and the Center for Cuban Studies.

What if I have already booked my trip?

According to the Treasury Department, travelers who have already booked part of their journey, even if it is an individual people-to-people trip, may go ahead.

If the trip that they have booked involves transactions with military-run hotel groups or restaurants, that is also permitted, the Treasury said.

How do U.S. citizens get visas?

Most visitors to Cuba, including Americans, need a tourist card to enter the country. Since you will be traveling with a licensed operator, the tourist card will usually be processed as part of the package.

Can you still fly to Cuba on a commercial flight?

Yes. The new policy prohibiting Americans from doing business with the military’s business arm would not apply to airports and seaports. As of August, commercial airlines are offering flights to several destinations in Cuba, including Holguín, Santa Clara, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba.

Photo

 CreditRobert Rausch for The New York Times

However, after a rush to snap up routes last year, some airlines — including JetBlue and American Airlinesscaled back the number of flights they offered or began using smaller planes because of insufficient demand.

Silver Airways, a Fort Lauderdale-based regional carrier, scrapped its flights to Cuba altogether in April. Frontier Airlines has also canceled its Havana-bound flights from Miami and Denver.

Still, JetBlue has daily flights from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara, Holguín, Camaguey and Havana. American Airlines flies from Miami to the same Cuban cities, as well Cienfuegos and the beach resort of Varadero, and Delta has direct flights to Havana from New York, Atlanta and Miami.

Where would U.S. citizens stay?

It is unclear. Because the new directive prohibits transactions with companies controlled by the military, which runs vast swaths of the hotel and tourism sector, staying at many hotels could be out of the question. Travel representatives said they would redirect American travelers to hotels run by civilian tour organizations, including Gran Caribe and Cubanacan — both of which own several properties in Havana.

Starwood, which became the first American hospitality chain to manage a hotel in Cuba since the revolution, apparently would not be affected by this prohibition and therefore will continue to operate the Four Points by Sheraton.

American travelers may still book a room in a private house or through Airbnb. However, Americans on people-to-people trips, which are the most popular category of legal travel, will now have to travel in a group and larger groups are almost always booked into hotels. Michael Sykes, president of Cuba Cultural Travel, notes that prices at hotels are sky-high, which forces up the price of group tours.

Could you take a cruise instead?

You could. Carnival Cruises in May 2016 began offering the first cruises between Miami and Havana in 40 years. It will continue to do so, it said in a statement on Thursday.

Other cruise companies offering journeys to Cuba from American ports include Pearl Sea Cruises and a French company, Ponant.

Will anybody keep tabs on what Americans do in Cuba?

Over the past two years, nobody seems to have been keeping tabs on which Americans go to Cuba or what they do there, even though senior officials at the Treasury and Commerce Departments said they took travel restrictions seriously.

Now, the Trump administration is directing the Treasury Department to strictly enforce the law regarding travel to Cuba, including routine audits.

Copyright 2017, New York Times

____________________________________________________________________________________________

CUSTOM TRIPS TO CUBA!

A CUSTOM TRIP is one whose itinerary is designed specifically for a group, as differentiated from CCS groups advertised on our website.  These trips are especially valuable if you want to delve deeply into one or another aspect of Cuban society, such as the arts, politics, economics, the environment, agriculture, or something more narrowly defined within those broad categories.

Custom trips are best if the group is small FOUR TO EIGHT PERSONS, so that we can use a van rather than a large tour bus and our schedule can be flexible to satisfy individual wishes.

CUSTOM PROGRAMS may cover such subjects as:

  • The Visual and Performing Arts
  • Cuba Now: in-depth update of current issues
  • Farm to Table: All about food
  • Green Cuba
  • Exploring Cuba’s African Roots
  • Social Programming: education, health care, eg
  • Or specific subjects of interest to you

CUSTOM TRIPS are among the most important part of our work. If you and your family, your work center, your educational institution or other networking groups want to plan a custom tour of Cuba, you must plan at least 2-3 months in advance – good accommodations can be in short supply especially if you want to travel at a particular time of the year such as a holiday season or during school breaks.

Eight-day custom trips start at $4300 per person and include terrific accommodations, a van, driver-guide-translator and a Center for Cuban Studies representative, all breakfasts and several other included meals, expenses of all group programmed activities, all in-Cuba transportation, reading material and maps.

The ideal custom group is 6-8 persons; if you want to plan a trip for one of the regularly scheduled programs advertised on our website, the group can be 15-20 persons.

Now is the time to explore what is unique about Cuba.  It won’t last forever, but 50 years of a U.S. embargo has kept Cuba remarkably CUBAN. Traveling with the Center is the best way to see Cuba NOW.

For information or to join one of our tours: www.centerforcubanstudies.org, 212.242.0559

CENTER FOR CUBAN STUDIES AND THE CUBAN ART SPACE: 231 West 29th Street, 401, New York NY 10001 HOURS Monday-Friday 11-7 Saturday 12-6, & by appointment.

THE CENTER ALSO DOES CONSULTING WORK for those planning trips on their own and/ or traveling with another institution. You can make an appointment for a 1-2 hour consultation about your trip (for a $250 tax-deductible contribution to the Center) by calling 212.242.0559 or sending us a request.  If you want the Center to plan your individual itinerary in detail, the fee will vary according to the amount of work involved, the number of people and how much of your trip you want us to arrange.  If you are interested in planning a CUSTOM trip, contact our executive director, Sandra Levinson, or David Harvell at David@centerforcubanstudies.org or write to Custom Travel, Center for Cuban Studies, 231 West 29th Street, 4th Floor, New York NY 10001. Include all information possible, ie, profile of the group, duration of the trip, cities to visit, number of participants, approximate dates and suggested program aims. We will respond to your mail as quickly as possible.

CLIP AND SEND THE COUPON BELOW WITH YOUR INQUIRY.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________I AM INTERESTED IN A CUSTOM TRIP FOR ______________ PERSONS
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ON OR ABOUT THE FOLLOWING DATES
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________WE ARE INTERESTED IN TRAVELING TO (CITIES / AREAS)
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
AND IN LEARNING ABOUT
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
NAME                                                                   E-MAIL                                          TEL.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
ADDRESS
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
CITY                                                                      STATE                                                 ZIP
Return to: Custom Travel, CENTER FOR CUBAN STUDIES 231 West 29 St., #401, New York NY 10001 Tel. 212.242.0559 sandra@centerforcubanstudies.org or david@centerforcubanstudies.org
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 Asia, Africa & Cuba Bike Tours

Dear Ibike – BA,

We hope you are making the most of Bike Month.

Here us the latest information on our cultural bicycle tour programs.

In the fall of 2017, we have programs to Africa, Asia and Cuba. There are links in the blue boxes below. If you are interested in one of these programs, or have any questions, please let us know.

If you have friends or colleague who would be interested in these programs, please feel free to share the information with them.

Sincerely,
International Bicycle Fund
A Catalyst for Sustainable Transport and Understanding Worldwide

Full Program Schedule

Korea
September, 2017
Korea has everything going for it for bicycle touring. It is continuing to build out its national cycleway network. This, combined with the existing network of low-traffic rural roads, provides extraordinary opportunities for bicycle touring. The scenery is outstanding, the cuisine is excellent, accommodations are very comfortable, the people are gracious and welcoming, the fall weather is mild, and the history and culture are long and rich. We enjoy all of this. Bicycle touring in Korea is an experience of a lifetime.

Korea Tour Info

Korea Photo Essay

Burkina Faso / Ghana
November, 2017
This November, we our offering a special tour through SW Burkina Faso, NE Ivory Coast and NW Ghana. This is a region where the natural environment and traditional ways of life have not yet been overwhelmed by world-culture. We will visit fascinating Gourounsi, Dagara, Lobi, Senoufo, and Bobo villages, and historic Loropéni, and muse on what the future has in store for the region.  This is likely to be a one-time opportunity, so if it interests you should give it strong consideration.

Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana Sojourn

Cuba
November to April
Our highly praised Cuba program explore the island’s culture, history, social issues, social programs, arts, architecture, economics, traditions, joie de vie, and so much more — in a way that no other Cuba tour does or can. It is very much in our tradition of people-to-people programs. The cultural exchange is broad, accommodations are in private rooms in family houses and the food is delicious. The program runs November to April, when temperatures have subsided, and after the storm season.

Cuba People-to-People

Cuba Photo Ess

____________________________________________________________________________________________

Cuba | 500 Years of Cuban History and Culture
led by Alberto Jones

November 2, 2017 – November 10, 2017

For more information, please visit: http://www.holbrooktravel.com/where-we-travel/americas/cuba/cuba-500-years-cuban-history-and-culture 

Buildout

 About this trip

From Christopher Columbus’s arrival in 1492, Cuba’s history and culture has been shaped by the story of independence and revolution. On this 9-day journey, visit the sites made famous by notable Cuban leaders and events, such as the first slave uprising in Triunvirato, the battleground where Antonio Maceo fell, and the final resting place of Che Guevara. From Santa Clara to Havana, walk in the footsteps of Cuba’s history and discover its cultural legacy: a warm and welcoming community that, despite oppression and isolation, has carved out its own indomitable cultural identity defined by resilience, tenacity, and spirit.

Highlights

  • Experience Cuba firsthand through on-site cultural activities and interaction with local communities.
  • Visit landmarks made famous by historical figures such as Antonio Maceo and Che Guevara.
  • Eat in local paladares and sample authentic Cuban cuisine.
  • Take a walking tour of Havana to experience the city’s majestic architecture and cultural landmarks.

Meet your leader

Alberto Jones

Alberto N. Jones is a retired veterinary pathologist who migrated from Cuba to the U.S. in the year 1980 and has lived in Florida since 1989. He is the founder/president of the Caribbean American Children Foundation, a board member of the Cuban American Alliance and Education Fund, the Saint Augustine Baracoa Friendship Association, Cuba Vive and other solidarity groups with Cuba.

Through these institutions and working with Pastors for Peace, we have improved relations and understanding between the people of the United States and Cuba, while delivering precious material support to the healthcare and educational system and the physically challenged in Cuba.

To follow general developments regarding US travel to Cuba, including interesting travel offers, please visit:

 Visit CUBA: A REVOLUTION IN MOTION  June 18 to July 1, 2017

Would you like to see government promote cooperatives by giving them low taxes and other public support?  Would you like to see public banks give low interest loans to cooperatives?  Would you like to see cooperatives able to lease buildings and other facilities at low cost?  Would you like to see public policy promote a solidarity economy and social values of cooperation rather than individualism?

Well, you can see all of this and more by joining our educational trip to Cuba June 18 to July 1, 2017.  This nation of 11 million people has embarked on a bold effort to create a major cooperative sector in its economy.  On this trip, sponsored by the Center for Global Justice, you will meet with members of Cuba’s new cooperatives, sharing experiences and ideas.  You will hear from some of the country’s leading thinkers about how they are reshaping their socialism in a more participatory, democratic way.

Cuban society is undergoing some profound changes as it undertakes to reform its socialism.  Central to these changes is the development of new worker owned, self-managed cooperatives and the revitalization of civil society.  Moving away from a state centric socialism, it seeks to construct a more participatory and decentralized socialism for the 21st century.

Next June join a delegation of activists, scholars and cooperativistas as we explore these exciting developments.  While many people are now able to visit Cuba more freely, few groups are able to offer such an in-depth experience.  Drawing on our 25 years experience offering educational trips to Cuba, we have unique access that goes beyond the usual tourist attractions.  We will dialogue with Cuban specialists, visit new cooperatives as well as private businesses, and experience the vitality of the people and their culture.

The first week of this trip will give you an overview of Cuban society and the changes underway, with a focus on the new cooperatives developing.  The second week will feature an exchange with leading Cuban thinkers discussing the reinvention of socialism and the opportunities for expanded exchanges between the people of the US and Cuba.  You are invited to present a short paper for this dialog.

For those who want to extend their stay in Cuba, we also offer an optional 3 day trip to the historic Bay of Pigs and the colonial town of Trinidad.

It is estimated that the basic 14 day trip will cost $2,000 plus airfare, including shared hotel room, breakfasts, light lunches, translation, guide, and the program of activities.  With regular commercial air service now open from many U.S. cities, it is possible to fly directly to Havana.  Our travel agent, Marazul, can make the most economical arrangements for you.   Deadline for applications is May 1, 2017.  Apply early to assure your space on this trip.  Your $200 deposit will be refunded if you have to cancel before May 1.

For an application form and further information email:  cuba@globaljusticecenter.org

Cliff DuRand’s latest book is Moving Beyond Capitalism:  https://globaljusticecenter.org/resources/moving-beyond-capitalism

To All Freedom Riders…Get on Board  African Awareness Association Inc.

Will Travel the Road of Liberation & Freedom From Guantanamo to Santiago de Cuba to Havana

Join us on a Tour of 3 Cities in Cuba – In 8 days Tour  Saturday, July 22 – Sunday, July 30, 2017 – All Inclusive Cost: $2,350

For More Information on How to Get Started call or contact us: (804) 549-7492/ (202) 714-9435 – Email: africanawarenessassociation2@gmail.com

Go to You Tube – See Video:  Cuba 2012 African Awareness Association … https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=cuba+2012+African+Awareness+Association+

Our Annual ‘Black History Educational & Cultural Tour to Cuba will feature many of these activities:  visiting various Cuban institutions such as: University of Havana, the Kcho estudio Romerillo, Lacolmenita children theater company, Carnival of Santiago De Cuba, Museum of the Revolution, Visit Rum & Tobacco Museum, City tour of Old Havana, Meeting with the CDR, CTC, CFM, I-CAP etc.., as well as meeting with US Students from ELAM (Latin America School of Medicine); meet with Representatives of UNEAC/Cultural Artists, and economist (ANE), Museum of the Revolutions to The Museum of Santeria in Guanabacoa to visiting ‘Callejon de Hamel’ to enjoy Afro-Cuban dances and traditions to Heath Care Institutions, while relaxing out on its very beautiful beaches like Varadero and a Visit to historical sites of Cuban famous Heroes, such as, Macao, Marti & Fidel, Discussion on Race with Internationally known intellectual Esteban Morales. These are just some of the activities that may  be included in your organized program, in addition to transportation from the airport, tour guides, private bus excursion, 3 star hotel, double occupancy, two meals a day, your visa and a round trip air flight from Miami to Cuba. Join us and Come & See Cuba 4 Yourself!

Secure Your Seat Now – Make Your Deposit of $350 (Non-Refundable) – Any Initial Deposit After May 16, 2017 – the Cost will increase by $150 – Final Payment is due before June 23, 2017.  Send Payment/s: African Awareness Association Inc. /AAAI, P.O. Box 4433, Richmond, VA 23220

You are invited to apply to join the 48th contingent of the Venceremos Brigade to Cuba. The Brigade is the oldest Cuba solidarity group that is still active in the USA. The trip will

be a travel challenge which means that we will not apply for a license. We do accept any aspect of a policy that treats traveling to Cuba differently than travel to other countries.
Please join us. If you would like a copy of the application that is in a better format than below, send me an email at greg.lamotta@verizon.net, and I will send you a PDF version
attached to an email.

Greg Venceremos Brigade (VB) Education             vbrigade@gmail.com <mailto:vbrigade@gmail.com> 271Cadman Plaza
E. STE 1 WWW.VB4CUBA.COM <http://www.vb4cuba.com/> POBox 24981
Brooklyn, NY11201-9997APPLY EARLY, SAVE MONEY:All applications postmarked by March 15th, 2017 will receive a $100 discount off the final payment.The Venceremos Brigade (VB) is a political education project that, since 1969, has directed its efforts toward developing solidarity with the Cuban Revolution. Despite the U.S. blockade
against Cuba, the VB has sent more than 9,000 people from across the U.S., striving to send highly diverse contingents.  The VB works to raise consciousness around issues related to Cuba such as democracy, social justice and the role of U.S.
imperialism, while working within the larger U.S. Cuba solidarity movement and striving to strengthen its unity and broaden its influence. The VB considers travel to Cuba to be our right and has never requested a license from the U.S. government. The 48th Contingent of the Venceremos Brigade is an education project hosted by the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP). It will be a Travel
Challenge, following the success of 13 previous Travel Challenges spearheaded by the Venceremos Brigade and IFCO Pastors for Peace.Total Cost (includes $100 application fee): $1,600 plus the cost of flight from your home to Toronto and from
NYC to your home.ESTIMATED TRAVEL DATES: Roughly 2 weeks within the dates of July 15th – August 2nd, 2017 (to be confirmed this spring)

 ____________________________________________________________________________________________
Cuba Cruises

Anywhere between December 18, 2015 and April 11, 2016

Some 2000 Americans are traveling to Cuba this season on Cuba Cruise.   We have organized a people to people program that will be comprehensive on board and on shore.  Because the one week package to Santiago, Havana, Maria La Gorda and Cienfuegos is 1/3 to 1/2 the cost of conventional ground tours, the clientele is far more diverse in age and ethnicity.

All inclusive prices for one week visits start from $1,900 (1 adult), $2,900 (two adults), $4,100 (3 adults), $5,100 (4 adults), but less for children under 12, all meals and drinks, 4 cities, but your plane fare to Montego Bay is additional. Embarkment can be from Montego Bay on Friday or Havana on Monday.

For group bookings, contact Ivonne Brown <i.brown@celestyalcruises.com>


Advertisements

2 replies »