Send 4 nights and 5 days exploring the city of Havana with CubaConnect and Wanderful. This specially curated trip will take you through different neighborhoods of the city --Centro Habana, Habana Vieja, Vedado-- while learning about daily life and the arts in Cuba. We'll travel off the beaten path to an organic farm, and we'll take a bike tour visiting the Bosque de La Habana and the Cementerio de Colón. Our group will have between 8-10 women. Please note that this is an active trip: bring your sneakers!
Please note that itinerary is subject to change!
Travelers should arrange their own flights into José Martí International Airport (HAV), planning to arrive by noon or early afternoon in Havana on Day 1. Breakfast will be provided every day including on the last day, along with an optional morning activity, and departure time is at your convenience.. Once we have a list of confirmed travelers, we will ask you for your flight information to coordinate arrivals and departures.
In order to travel legally to Cuba, when you purchase your airline ticket you will be prompted to select one of the twelve categories of permitted travel; in this case, select "Educational Activities" or "Educational Activities/People-to-People Exchange" (wording can vary).
To enter Cuba: All travelers to Cuba must have a tourist card. We will contact travelers about how to obtain the tourist card. The cost varies, between $50-$100. plus shipping.
Upon return to the United States: We will provide you with an itinerary that you can present upon return if you are asked by an immigration officer for proof of activities or about the purpose of your trip.
FOOD & WATER
We will do our best to accommodate those with food restrictions; however, please note that some foods and ingredients are not easy to find in Cuba. If you are allergic to something in particular, please look up the food/item in the dictionary, write it down, and bring it with you. We advise you to drink bottled or boiled water, which is available in all restaurants.
TERRAIN & FITNESS
This trip will be based in the city of Havana, with some activities requiring a moderate level of physical fitness. As Cuba is a tropical island, it may rain, particularly in the afternoon. Please be prepared to walk on uneven terrain, and in potentially hot, humid conditions. You may also notice that lots of locals have hand-held fans!
TOILETRIES & SUPPLIES
Bring everything that you would use at home, including all toiletries, tampons, medications, and snacks such as granola bars and perhaps a pack of Kleenex and hand sanitizer. Everyday goods that we find in the US are not readily available to buy in Cuba, so bring everything you'll need!
WHAT ELSE TO PACK?
Please note that the maximum that you are allowed to bring into Cuba is 40 lbs. Please only bring a carry-on: the wait time for checked luggage can be unpredictable. Bring at least one pair of shoes that you don't mind getting wet (or stepping in puddles!), and a small umbrella or rain poncho. Please note that at some restaurants or night spots that we may visit, flip flops and shorts may not be appropriate attire. Bring shoes or sandals to dance in, if you want to get your salsa on! If you have extra supplies or books that you'd like to bring, we can donate them to a local organization. Most expenses (save one meal) will be covered by the organizers. However, remember that Cuba is a cash economy, and American credit and debit cards do not work on the island. You can change money at the airport or at exchange houses (CADECAs); it's best to bring Euros, as US dollars carry a surcharge to exchange.
Telecommunications and internet connectivity are challenging in Cuba. You can bring your phone/device, and purchase internet cards for access by the hour. Or you can unplug for a few days! If you need to be in touch with folks at home, we recommend that you download WhatsApp or IMO in advance of the trip. You can use WhatsApp in Cuba, but you cannot download it from the island. Skype is not reliable because of bandwidth issues. Alamesa is an offline guide to restaurants, a sort of Cuban Yelp. Finally, the offline mapping app MAPS.me is incredibly useful!
CubaConnect Educational Travel and Translation Services LLC operates the people-to-people program to Cuba under a general license issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control and, as dictated by U.S. law, all participants are required to adhere to a full-time schedule of activities designed to inform, educate and promote meaningful interaction with the people of Cuba. Deviation from this itinerary, even in part, is not permitted. Per the general license requirements, this is a full-time program with many inclusions and there will be little to no free time on most days of the program.
Traveling with a friend or partner or otherwise bedmate? There is a 25% discount if you are sharing a room. However, please note that while we'll try to find rooms with two beds, the rooms may have one double/queen/king bed.
Early afternoon: Check in at lodging., and meet fellow travelers and guide.
3:30 pm Cuba 101
5 pm City tour by vintage car
6:30 pm Dinner at paladar (privately owned restaurant)