Cuba Trip For Americans

If you thought you'd never have the chance to feel the rhythm of Cuba, think again... because it's finally happening. After a long wait, Intrepid Travel is excited to offer US citizens the chance to visit Cuba completely legally.

While the US Government hasn't lifted the tourism ban, this cultural trip gives you the chance to stack up the perfect medianoches in a Cuban cooking class, take in the arts with the extraordinary Korimako Culture Group, and open yourself up to a world of interactions with the locals. You will stay in locally run guesthouses and get a first-hand look at some of the country's most significant historical and revolutionary sites. You'll add a rare stamp to your passport and travel to Cuba legally. Get ready to say Hola Cuba!

Hola Cuba

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Bienvenidos and welcome to the sultry capital of Cuba. Settle into your privately owned B&B in the Old City and soak up some of Havana’s faded charm. Meet your local tour leader at a welcome meeting, then head out for a classically Cuban dinner at a local paladar. Tonight ends with a bang: a famous cannon ceremony that dates back to the 17th century.

Bienvenidos and welcome to the sultry capital of Cuba. Settle into your privately owned B&B in the Old City and soak up some of Havana’s faded charm. Meet your local tour leader at a welcome meeting, then head out for a classically Cuban dinner at a local paladar. Tonight ends with a bang: a famous cannon ceremony that dates back to the 17th century.

Leave Havana behind and head east to a UNESCO designated biosphere reserve in Las Terrazas. Meet up with a local community leader and learn about the reforestation and ecological research being done here before cooling off with a dip in a nearby river. From here it’s on to Vinales, a quiet town among the tobacco fields and valleys of Pinar del Rio. Stop off at a local organic farm for a real farm-to-fork dinner.

Spend the morning learning about Cuban agriculture with a visit to a nearby tobacco farm. Get an insight as to how the communist system works, how much tobacco the farmers keep, how much produce they give back to the government and how they make ends meet. In the afternoon, learn to cook a few classic dishes in a guided cooking class with a local chef.

The journey from Vinales to Cienfuegos takes us past the Korimakao Cultural Project in Cienaga de Zapata, an area famous for its wetlands, as well as the beautiful Bay of Pigs – the spot where US-backed counter revolutionaries landed in 1961. Cool off in a nearby waterhole before moving on to the European boulevards of Cienfuegos, the ‘Pearl of the South’.

If Havana is the heart of Cuba, Trinidad would be its soul. It’s a beautiful colonial town with long stretches of white-sand beaches and has a thumping nightlife every night of the week. Take a guided tour of the World Heritage Old Town and visit a few of its best museums. Meet a local dance group and learn about the city’s Afro-Cuban roots before trying your hand (and feet) at a salsa class.

Stray off the cobbled path in Trinidad and discover the area’s rural side. After a short hike, find yourself at a waterfall outside of town and in a campesino’s simple home among the fields and surrounding farmland. For tonight’s dinner, a special bonfire BBQ at Playa Ancon is accompanied by a few tunes provided by a local musician.

It’s time to head back to Havana. But on the way, stop off at Manaca Iznaga in the Valle de los Ingenios, the centre of colonial slavery in the region, where a 44-metre tower was built to watch over the slaves as they worked in the sugar fields. Visit Santa Clara, a key city in the Cuban Revolution and the site of the statue of Ernesto Che Guevara that was built after his death. Tonight, say farewell to your group with a goodbye dinner in Havana.

There are no activities planned for today, and you are able to depart Havana at any time. Wave goodbye to the city’s warm waters, colonial palaces and vintage Cadillacs before boarding your flight back to the US. Don’t forget to set aside the CUC 25 for your exit tax, or you may end up with an unplanned extension to your vacation!

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