Cuba Today: People and Society: Cienfuegos to Havana

Discover the unique social and cultural heritage of Cuba as you enjoy a musical performance, converse with locals in Cienfuegos and celebrate Havana’s 500th anniversary in 2019.
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Program No. 20437RJ
9 days
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At a Glance

Welcome to Cuba: A mosaic of colorful buildings and diverse locals that comes together to form a country rich in history, culture and art. On a special journey that begins in Miami, meet entrepreneurs, musicians and business leaders who shed a special light on the country’s past and the unique traditions that have formed because of it. Alongside Cuban hosts, learn about traditional art, music and dance as you explore the vibrant cities that make this island nation so unique. Celebrate Havana’s 500th anniversary in 2019 through meaningful experiences with locals as you learn how a country shaped by so many outside influences could create such a strong sense of community.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles per day with some walking on uneven cobblestone streets.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Listen to a performance by a local music group in Cienfuegos before speaking with them about their careers as musicians.
  • Discuss urban planning and Havana’s restoration projects with a local architect before exploring the plazas of Old Havana with your Cuban host.
  • Visit an independent artist’s gallery to learn about the woodworking craft and view their artwork.

General Notes

Round-trip flight from Miami to Cuba is included. Road Scholar offers opportunities to travel legally to Cuba under the new OFAC Regulations published June 5, 2019. Following the General License category “Support of the Cuban People,” Road Scholar programs include activities intended to strengthen civil society in Cuba. Each day's program promotes independence for the Cuban people and results in meaningful interactions with the Cuban people. Questions about traveling to Cuba? Road Scholar has your answers. Learn more: https://www.roadscholar.org/cuba-travel-guide/faqs
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Ilen Chou Rodriguez
Ilen Rodriguez is one of Road Scholar’s finest Cuban educational leaders. As a bilingual professional with a wealth of knowledge on Cuba, Ilen is exactly who you want showing you the ins and outs of the country. Ilen’s expertise covers Cuban history, society and Cuba-U.S. relations.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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