On this second February 22 -29, 2020 departure we’ll immerse ourselves in the beauty and energy of Havana and the dramatic landscape of the Viñales Valley. Experience the people, politics, and culture of the island during this pivotal period in the country’s history, as it comes to terms with life after Fidel Castro and looks toward a new era and an uncertain relationship with Washington.
We will spend our days meeting professors, artists, historians, activists, restoration specialists, and others. Our evenings will be filled with exclusive concerts by renowned musicians, private showings at artists’ studios, and a performance by students of one of Cuba’s internationally acclaimed dance institutes.
Note that the recent Trump administration restrictions on travel to Cuba DO NOT affect our program – this trip is grandfathered under the older rules and may be one of the last opportunities to see Cuba for the foreseeable future.
- Attend a discussion and Q&A about U.S.-Cuba relations with longtime Nation contributor Peter Kornbluh and former Cuban diplomat Carlos Alzugaray.
- Take a walking tour of Old Havana and marvel at the stunning architecture.
- Learn about housing, infrastructure and restoration programs in Havana during a lecture with urban planner Miguel Coyula.
- Hear from Ricardo Torres, an economist from the Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy.
- Explore the remarkable Museum of Cuban Art in the company of art historian, Nelson Herrera.
- Overnight at casas particulares (bed and breakfasts) in Viñales, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre considered to be one of the most beautiful spots in Cuba.
- Visit a private farm owned by the same family for generations and learn about agriculture on the island followed by a farm-to-table lunch.
- Enjoy private music and dance performances and engaging lectures at venues throughout Havana and Trinidad.
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