Eastern Cuba: Culture in the First Cities
March 14 - 21, 2014
Explore the other side of Cuba: the “Oriente” or East, home to unspoiled countryside, soaring mountains, 500-year-old cities, distinctive culture and warm, welcoming people. Discover Santiago de Cuba, Baracoa, Cayo Granma and El Oasis, interact with locals and learn about Afro-Cuban music and dance from the artists who know it best. Discuss day-to-day life in Cuba with a traditional agricultural community. Learn about the Cuban education system from students, teachers and professionals.
For a great armchair tour of Havana’s wonderful historic homes, check out Great Houses of Havana by author and architect Hermes Mallea.
March 14 U.S/Santiago
Depart Miami, arrive in Santiago; Scenic driving tour of the city; lecture & introductory remarks followed by dinner
March 15 Santiago
Meeting with representative from City Historians Office; Walking tour of Santiago’s Historic District; Visit Congo de Hoyos, neighborhood children’s performance project. Dance performance; Meet with artists and revolutionaries, Miguel Angel Botalin and Jose Aguilera; Lecture; dinner
March 16 – Santiago
Meet this morning with Carlos Lloga for a discussion on Afro-Cuban religion and culture; Depart for El Oasis, a community of artists; Lunch at Playa Siboney(La Rueda), former house of Compay Segundo; Return back to Santiago, Visit Teatro Heredia to view a rehearsal of the Ballet de Folkloric Oriente; Dinner
March 17 – Santiago to Baracoa
Depart hotel for Cementerio Santa Ifigenia; mausoleum of Jose Marti; Eternal Flame for the Fallen w/ changing of the guard; Lunch at La Lupe Restaurant, riverside restaurant; Continue to Baracoa; Dinner
March 18 –Baracoa
Visit Fuerte Matachin, and meet historian, Alejandro Hartmann; Baracoa walking tour; Visit Nengon Kiriba, traditional agricultural community for dance and cooking demonstration with lunch; Visit the local Casa de la Cultura for a panel discussion with the center’s directors; attend a children’s performance; lecture; dinner
March 19 – Baracoa to Santiago
Visit Finca Duaba; Lunch at Rancho Toa; Depart for Santiago
March 20 –Santiago
Lecture/discussion; Visit the Church of the Holy Trinity; Embark on a ferry ride to Cayo Granma and speak to local fisherman; Walking tour of the island to interact with locals and see the community; Ferry ride back to mainland; Panel discussion with members of Case del Caribe; Visit Tumba Francesa; Cocktail & Farewell Dinner
March 21 – Return to Miami
Check out of Hotel and depart for airport
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