Take a unique journey into Cuba’s culture through food and music!
Food and music. Two core aspects of any culture. In Cuba, where years of economic challenge have required the country to create sustainable agricultural practices, this small Caribbean island nation is the world’s leader in innovative methods. Food is the heart of every community in Cuba. From organic food production to ration cards to a burgeoning foodie scene, Cuba has hearty roots in its food culture. Equally important to Cubans is music. Cuba rhythms have origins from West Africa, brought over by slaves. Dizzy Gillespie put Cuban jazz on the U. S. radar, and Cuban music continues to evolve and permeate daily life. Both food and music are the backdrops for all Cuban communities, steeped in tradition and pride.
Contact Shelley for information to create your own small group, or join in on one!
Unique Trip Inclusions:
- Dine at paladares (privately owned restaurants) serving inventive Cuban and Continental cuisine in an intimate setting.
- Listen and learn to dance to authentic Cuban rhythms such as rumba, son, trova, conga, chachacha, and jazz.
- Meet Cuban artists and observe their studios, techniques, and motivations; experience how art and music together transform Cuban communities.
- Interact with locals at Casa Comunitaria, a grassroots organization working on local social and economic development projects.
- Gain first-hand knowledge of Cuban history along with glimpses into the exciting present and future promises of this culturally rich island nation through genuine interactions with guides, casa proprietors, and everyday people.
- Create meaningful connections with fellow guests and Cuban friends that will last a lifetime, change your perceptions of Cuba, and inspire your continuing quest for knowledge through travel.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How much does it cost?
$3450 per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement $450. This price includes:
- A Cuba Visa and Authorization Letter as well as Cuban Health Insurance and the Departure tax
- 18 meals, hotel and private B&B, and round-trip flight from Miami
- Tips: Cuba is a tip-based economy, so the inclusion of all gratuities is a huge benefit.
How large is the group?
In order to keep this trip intimate and immersive, the maximum group number will be 12 guests.
Where will we be staying?
Our comfortable accommodations will include a casa particular, (a bed and breakfast, part of the new private economic sector) in picturesque Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage site; and another casa particular B&B in Trinidad, an agricultural region on the Caribbean coast known for its tobacco, sugar, and music. Staying in private casas allows our group to experience Cuba first- hand and the new business opportunities, freedoms, and relationships that are part of the unfolding economic/social changes.
What about money in Cuba?
Cuba has two currencies—pesos for locals and convertible pesos (CUCs) for tourism. US dollars and Canadian dollars can be exchanged for CUCs. Contrary to misconception, Cuba is an expensive destination where US credit cards are not accepted and there are no ATMs. Bring enough cash for spending money throughout the trip.
Where will we depart?
Our group will depart for Cuba from Miami. You will be responsible for your flights to and from Miami. Please contact us for more specific information on arrival and departure times before making your travel arrangements.
How will we get around in Cuba?
Our group will travel by a private, air-conditioned mini-bus that will pick us up from our accommodations every morning. We will have the same expert driver and tour guide throughout the trip. We will be doing moderate levels of walking everyday to see the sites. Should you wish to venture out on your own during free time, there are classic American car taxis, coco cabs (moto taxis), and other commercial taxis.
Why this trip?
As the island braces for transformative global commercialization, you will be able appreciate the unique customs and traditions of Cuba before big changes that could alter the fabric of its society. You will experience distinct cultural and geographic regions of Cuba through authentic interactions in Cuban communities by going off the beaten path of typical tourist encounters. Lucy is fluent in Spanish, has spent more than 25 years living and traveling throughout Latin America, and has been leading trips to Cuba since 2012. Our Cuban tour guide and bus driver have many years of experience in the tourism and hospitality industry. This trip is intentionally designed to be insightful, safe, engaging, comfortable, and fun. Your positive, unforgettable experience is our priority!