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Cuba – April 1 – 11, 2017
Cuba is the land where time stopped, but colourful, passionate, swashbuckling, gritty, revolutionary life goes on. Join us as we travel into the heart of this kaleidoscopic land on the verge of the most dramatic changes in its history. The tour includes visits to captivating museums, walks through the historic centres of well preserved cities, and meetings with dynamic musicians, artists and cultural figures. With veteran tour guide and travel writer Phil Cousineau as your host you will enjoy long conversations, inspiring discussions and time for journaling & sketching. Presented by Sacred Earth Journeys
Cuba is the land where time stopped, but colourful, passionate, swashbuckling, gritty, revolutionary life – goes on. Join us for our exciting journey into the heart of this kaleidoscopic land on the verge of the most dramatic changes in its history.
Our customized People-to-People itinerary will allow exploration the gritty genuineness of Cuba’s cultural carnival and enjoy personal encounters with working artists, writers, teachers, filmmakers, coffee and tobacco farmers, and ballplayers, which will reveal just how eager they are to share the heart and soul of their culture.
Along the way you will explore the sizzling nightclubs of Old Havana, breathtaking Biosphere Reserves of the Viñales Valley, the open-air museum of colonial Trinidad, and the gorgeous seaport of Santiago de Cuba. Other highlights include a tour of some of the finest museums and plazas in Havana, including the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, where the end of Spanish rule was declared in the Salon de los Espejos in 1899; live rumba music in the vibrant Callejon de Hammel, Salvador González’ artistic & cultural project; a literary pilgrimage to Finca Vigia, Hemmingway’s home in San Francisco de Paula, now restored as a museum; visits to exquisite beaches, including the famous Bay of Pigs; and dinners and authentic live music at some of the best restaurants and hotspots, including La Guarida, the restaurant made famous by the 1996 movie Strawberries and Chocolate.
To take full advantage of this historical opportunity for cross-cultural exchange, our journey will include daily contemplative time for you to journal, write, sketch, and paint at some of the most colourful and charming locations in Cuba.
Money in Cuba
The Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC) is the main currency used by island visitors. It can only be obtained in Cuba and is worthless outside of Cuba. (The exchange rate is approx. 1US dollar to 1CUC.)
US credit and debit cards don’t yet work in Cuba. American Express travelers checks can be redeemed but is difficult and not dependable.
Suggestion: Carefully evaluate daily spending needs prior to departure and bring sufficient cash with you to convert to CUCs during your stay. A minimum of $100 per day is recommended. It is better to plan to take more money than to get caught short of funds. (Please note that changing US dollars into CUCs carries a 10% fee.)