Cuba: Its Culture & Its People
December 7 - 14, 2013
Travel to Cuba with the National Trust and take part in an immersive People-to-People experience. During our specially designed nine-day program, you’ll learn about this enigmatic island nation’s fascinating culture through firsthand contact with Cuban artists, musicians, students, teachers, environmentalists, and others who are eager to exchange views with you on Cuban contemporary life. Explore the World Heritage site of Old Havana, where you’ll learn about the ongoing preservation of the city’s architecture. Meet artists and writers and experience Ernest Hemingway’s legacy as well as authentic Cuban rumba rhythms. You’ll meet with Afro-Cuban spiritual leaders, park rangers at a bio-reserve, and traditional farmers. This People-to-People Cultural Exchange is permitted by a license from the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control.
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For a great armchair tour of Havana’s wonderful historic homes, check out Great Houses of Havana by author and architect Hermes Mallea. click here
Study Leader Information
Throughout your program, enjoy lectures and informal commentary with your Local Expert who will add depth and insight throughout your stay
December 7 - Depart from Miami International Airport on a charter flight to Havana; informational
briefing with introductory remarks by your Educational leader; welcome dinner in Old Havana.
December 8 - Presentation & discussion from a representative from the City Historian’s Office; Walk through UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Havana viewing the city’s Colonial architecture
and historic squares; explore Habana Vieja and Calle Obispo; meet with Miguel Coyula, a representative from UNEAC Commission on the City, Culture and Architecture, discuss the
city’s preservation efforts
December 9 - Explore Havana with an architect & see examples of restoration projects; One-on-one discussion with students and staff in a group setting at University of Havana; visit Instituto Superior de Arte, one of the country’s most outstanding examples of post-revolution architecture
December 10 - Visit the Cementerio de Colon, walking discussion with a specialist; Corona cigar factory with an expert guide; visit an organopónico, an urban organic garden, learn about Cuba’s emerging agricultural sector; Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, a private foundation which supports both art & theater projects, converse with both local Cuban artists & from other countries who have, come to Cuba to absorb styles & share ideas with the local art community
December 11 - Depart for the culturally rich city of Cienfuegos, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Learn how the local architecture reflected the prosperity of sugar, tobacco and fruit trading; attend a musical performance of the Choir of Cienfuegos & gather for a discussion with the choir members
December 12 - Depart for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trinidad, orientation walk by a city historian, visit with business people who live & work in the historic buildings
December 13 - Visit the fishing village of Cojimar, which was the inspiration for Ernest Hemingway’s famous novel, The Old Man and the Sea. Visit Finca Vigía, Ernest Hemingway’s home, learn about the 12-acre property that contains original furniture, artwork, personal memorabilia, & other objects collected by the author, dicuss the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s involvement in past and present preservation projects underway at the house; farewell reception
Please email National Trust Tours for questions about this program. Be sure to include your mailing address if you are requesting a paper copy of the brochure for this program.