New and unique itinerary, Rhythm of a Lively Land, offers intimate encounters with Cuban life.
USA – Journeys International is excited to announce an expansion of its 60+ travel destinations with the addition of Cuba. During this 10-day trip, travelers will soak in the cities of Havana, Cienfuegos and Trinidad, talking to locals about their lives, their businesses, their arts and their histories. Visitors will see the natural beauty of Cuba as well, by exploring Topes del Collantes National Park outside of Trinidad. The two departures are scheduled for spring 2016-February 9 (women’s-only) and March 22.
“Journeys trips are designed hand-in-hand with trip leader Joslin Fritz, who is fluent in Cuban language and culture and has personal connections to bring our travelers deeper into the community,” said Robin Weber Pollak, President of Journeys International. “Journeys travelers to Cuba will meet local artisans, young entrepreneurs, and social welfare program managers. They will unpack the complexities of US-Cuba relations. They will try to understand the many layers of Cuban society with input from diverse personalities. On Journeys trips we don’t just try to see a place; we form relationships there.”
While the new Cuba trip has a plan and structure, it also recognizes the need for flexibility. Weber Pollak added, “Travelers should expect the unexpected on a trip to Cuba. Spontaneity is the norm, and huge cultural festivals can happen with little notice. In the spirit of the local expression, “asi es Cuba,” (such is Cuba…).”
This unique itinerary includes many intimate encounters arranged especially for our small group, including:
- Visit a school and talk to the headmaster after enjoying a performance by the students.
- Chat with fruit vendors at a local farmers market.
- Meet with a flora and fauna expert.
- Discuss Cuba’s ration system with a bodega manager.
- Visit young entrepreneurs to learn what it’s like to run a business in Cuba.
- Meet with leaders of social welfare and arts associations.
In addition to trip leader Fritz, Journeys staff and directors are joining each departure as well:
- February 8-18, 2016: women’s-only trip with Journeys co-founder Joan Weber
- March 22-31, 2016: with Journeys Destination Specialist Lene Miller.
Photo caption: School children in Cuba.
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