Cuba People-to-People Educational Exchange
- Legally travel to Cuba with Backroads on this special People-to-People Exchange
- Enjoy performances by musicians, dancers and other artists
- Learn about Cuban private enterprise from budding entrepreneurs and talk conservation with national park naturalists
- Exchange ideas with participants in community art projects
- Every moment of this special itinerary is packed with memorable interactions with the local people
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From Historic Havana to the Rural Provinces
Some places in the world are worth the wait. The romantic, rumba-infused Republic of Cuba is one of those places. Join Backroads for an eight-day People-to-People Cultural Exchange program on this enigmatic Caribbean isle. Learn about its culture and history through meaningful interactions with community members, business leaders, artists and educators. Experience the land from the perspective of farmers and naturalists. And delve into Cuba's rich traditions of music and dance. Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy every imaginable occasion to interact and connect with the Cuban people.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
Educational Active TravelIn order to adhere to the U.S. government requirements for travel to Cuba, this trip does not allow for the degree of flexibility we build into all other itineraries; as a guest, you will have a full schedule of enriching people-to-people educational exchange activities. Our exchanges allow for some walking, but the overall level of physical activity is much less than on other Backroads Walking Trips.
Accommodations & MealsThe hotels on this trip run the gamut when it comes to quality, size and comfort. While they are the best available, the quality is generally not on par with Backroads' lodgings in other destinations.
Due to the limited supply of goods imported into Cuba, meals can feature many of the same ingredients, and limited variety. We recommend that you drink only bottled water and consume fresh fruits and vegetables that have been peeled and/or cooked.
Shuttle TimePlease note that our busy yet compelling schedule involves a substantial amount of time spent in the shuttle to add variety of scenery and regional depth.
Itinerary ChangesWhen traveling abroad, things don't always go according to plan. Particularly in Cuba, itinerary changes or shifts mid-trip are quite normal. In the event of a last-minute change to the scheduled activities, your Backroads leaders will do their best to ensure they are addressed, with the ultimate goal being your utmost enjoyment of the trip.
Days 1-2 History & Arts of Old Havana Join an expert architect for an informative walking tour through historic Habana Vieja (Old Havana) Converse and share personal accounts with locals about the city's conservation efforts, view restoration firsthand and engage with the people doing this important work During a cultural exchange session with members of a community art project, gain perspectives on the role of the arts in community development and learn about influential Cuban art and dance Examine Cuban religions with locals who practice Santería, a fusion of West African, Caribbean and Roman Catholic beliefs.
Days 3-4 Agriculture, Ecology & Private Enterprise in Las Terrazas & Artists in Havana Visit a sustainable community within the Sierra Rosario Biosphere Reserve, where you'll meet naturalists who offer an in-depth presentation on the community's history and reforestation project Learn about the coffee industry at Cafetal Buenavista, a restored French coffee plantation Gain insight into Havana's innovative Organipónico de Alamar, an organic urban farm cooperative Visit Hemingway's old stomping grounds in the quaint fishing village of Cojimar, thought to be the inspiration for The Old Man and the Sea Enjoy a cultural exchange in a private home studio with Cuban independent artists to discuss self-expression in society and the challenges of being a working artist in Cuba.
Days 5-8 Venture eastward to Matanzas, Cienfuegos or Villa Clara At privately owned and operated restaurants, or paladares, engage with our hosts on topics such as private enterprise and Cuban food specialties Explore the rural side of Cuba, meeting locals in small towns and engaging with them about daily life outside the island nation's capital Would you like to danzón? Learn the steps from dancers who explain the significance of one of Cuba's most important musical styles Join expert naturalists to get a closer look at the flora and fauna of Cuba's interior Visit with grassroots community groups and organizations working to enhance the role of music and the arts in rural areas.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
This trip was everything that I wished it would be and more. The local guides were great. They were interested in showing us their country and having us leave with a sense of what Cuba and its people are all about.- Waxhaw, NC
My husband and I absolutely thought our trip to Cuba through Backroads was fantastic, educational, informative and enlightening. We cannot say enough positive things about Backroads as well as our trip.- Upperco, MD
This was a first-ever trip with Backroads, and our leaders rose to the occasion -- taking every unpredictable occurrence in stride and ensuring a smooth, warm and wonderful experience for all of their guests. They are extremely hard-working and truly gifted.- New York, NY
Meliá Habana, Hotel Saratoga or Iberostar Parque Central
Havana (4 nights) With modern amenities and sweeping views. (pool)
Meliá Marina Varadero, Hotel Barcelona or Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad
Varadero, Remedios or Trinidad (3 nights) Comfortable accommodations selected for their proximity to People-to-People exchange venues.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick any open date in next year's lineup for your group of 8 or more except for trips departing during the last two weeks of December, where a 16 guest minimum is required - just book by December 31st of this year. Call us for date availability.
Pricing for Private Trips
|8 - 9 guests $6,098 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests $5,198 pp dbl. occ.|
|10 - 11 guests $5,798 pp dbl. occ.|
For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.
Trip Activity Level
This People-to-People Exchange includes city street walking on cobblestone and uneven pavement with stairs combined with dirt paths. To fully enjoy this trip, you should be comfortable walking for several hours.