Exploring the Island's Past, Present & Future

      Ho
      Heart of Travel
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      101 reviews
      Dec 28, 2023 - Jan 3, 2024
      Group size: 6 - 12
      Exploring the Island's Past, Present & Future
      Caribbean

      Heart of Travel
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      101 reviews

      Dec 28, 2023 - Jan 3, 2024
      Group size: 6 - 12

      About this trip

      Click here to view a detailed version of this 7-day/6-night itinerary. 


      Please note that why travel to the island IS legal for US citizens, using the name of the country on the trip description page can cause problems for our third-party payment processor. Therefore, we will be referring to the country as "the island" on this page and its people as "the islanders". By clicking the link above you can view a more detailed and uncensored look at our itinerary!


      The island is easily one of the most unique and interesting destinations to visit in all of Latin America, if not the world. While you may come here looking for answers, you're more than likely to return home with even more questions. The island's vibrant culture is reflected in its art, music, dance, food, drink, and overall energy. However, it's important to recognize the struggles that islanders have been facing for years, with their fate in the hands of an oppressive government and the outdated US embargo. 


      In recent years, islanders, both on and off the island, have been raising their voices and demanding change on the island. The government's response to the July 2021 protest was a direct violation of human rights as they censored citizens,  reduced access to resources such as the internet and electricity, and wrongfully imprisoned civilians for peaceful protest and personal expression. The decision to resume tours to the island was not taken lightly, but we eventually decided it was ultimately in the best interest of our local operators on the island to resume tours to the island and continue with our mission to educate people about the island.


      Heart of Travel's trip gives you the opportunity to hear a variety of experiences and perspectives directly from islanders as we discuss the island's history, politics, economy, and current events. All of the activities on our trip are designed to support small, privately owned businesses and individual freelancers. We will not be staying in any government-owned hotels or eating in government restaurants and we will get absolutely as much of every cent possible directly into the hands of civilians and not government-operated businesses. 


      Our island tours immediately immerse you as you settle into your "casa particular" owned and run by a local. From there you will jump into learning about the island's historic and cultural past and present while traveling throughout both urban and rural parts of the island. Our in-country host families, local guides, and drivers look forward to sharing the real island with you! 

      What’s included

      • 6 nights accommodation
        Private room + bathroom inside casa particulares
      • 16 meals
        Includes one beverage at each meal
      • In country transport
        Ground, air, water as indicated on itinerary
      • Entrance + guide fees
        For all activities included on the itinerary
      • 24/7 access + support
        Provided by bilingual Heart of Travel Tour Leader

      What’s not included

      • International airfare
        To/from the island
      • Travel Medical Insurance
        Required, usually included in flight. We will provide assistance
      • Tourist Card/Visa
        You can purchase at airport on departure day or in advance online. We will provide assistance
      • Meals not stated
        Any meals not indicated on itinerary
      • Trip insurance
        Recommended, not required
      • Tips
        To local guides

      Available Packages

      7 day / 6 night: Double Occupancy

      Per person price when booking a double occupancy spot for a 7-day / 6-night trip. 

      $2,350
      Deposit: $750
      7 day / 6 night: Single Occupancy

      Per person price when booking a single occupancy spot for a 7-day / 6-night trip.

      $2,750
      Deposit: $750

      Available options



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      Ho
      Heart of Travel
      101 reviews
      The Heart of Travel was born out of a deep-rooted love and passion for travel, art, history, food, nature, culture and adventure as well as a call to give back to the communities and people that had already provided us with so much. The travel industry has long been bombarded with double decker tour busses, beach front resorts and cruise ships, often at the expense of the local communities. As a response to this failing system, we began a boutique travel company that allows clients to explore new places in an authentic and non-touristy way, offering travelers a more intimate and unique experience all while removing the stress and hassle of researching, planning, bargain hunting, reserving and more that goes along with planning a trip or vacation.

      Reviews

      I had a wonderful trip in Cuba. I enjoyed the variety of cultural activities, the food, the learning experiences and the warmth of the Cuban people. I enjoyed seeing the rural area (Viñales) and the beach as well as the days in Havana.
      By Elizabeth M for Exploring the Islands Past, Present & Future on Feb 25, 2024
      KB
      I had a great time on this trip to Colombia. Everything was organized so well by Heart of Travel — it was my second trip with them. They have a knack of having unique excursions and experiences in the itinerary. Being my 31st country, I was very impressed with the flow of the itinerary, including a little bit of free time so that we could enjoy our surroundings, which was important to me as a solo traveler. I also made some lifelong friends on the trip from the other travelers, as well as our impressive Heart of Travel hosts and local guides.
      By Kim B for Enchanting Pueblos & Transformed Barrios in Colombia on Feb 23, 2024
      NG
      This is my second trip with Heart of Travel and it was absolutely perfect! The HOT hosts and the local guides, along with the planned activities and meals, made this such a memorable experience. We felt very connected to the people and culture, and did not want to leave Colombia! Thank you HOT for the memories. We cannot wait for our next trip with you!
      By Noel G for Enchanting Pueblos & Transformed Barrios in Colombia on Feb 23, 2024
      Well organised private transport from Guatemala City airport to Antigua. Easy to book, reasonable price and the driver was waiting with a name board as agreed. Recommended
      By Andrew W for Airport to Antigua: Pick-up/Drop-off on Feb 23, 2024
      HP
      I loved this trip! I greatly appreciated how our guide went above and beyond. The knowledge and expertise of all the guides we interacted with was on point. I loved working with a marine biologist to release baby sea turtles. The groups was small and friendly. I hope to see everyone again in future travels!
      By Heather P for Marine Expedition on Guatemala’s Pacific Coast on Feb 20, 2024
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      Heart of Travel is the best for magical and ethical vacations! Chelsea and her incredible team first won me over in Guatemala in 2023 as they planned a beautiful trip that allowed us to see and experience so many different places, people, and things. A helicopter ride, a volcano hike, spa day, meeting the most badass Mayan weaver!!, a once-in a lifetime sunset tour in Tikal - done. I'm still trying to get over this trip lol. They knocked it out of the park again in Cuba for NYE! Chelsea and the spectacular Paloma had us dancing multiple nights away, eating the BEST food, and seeing ALL the sights while also giving us ample opportunity to support the Cuban people and educating us on why that is so important. You will leave their trips with new memories, new friends, and possibly, some new perspectives. Do it!!!
      By Amber S on 08 Feb, 2024
      KL
      Words can’t begin to express the way this trip impacted me! Every single person we met was so amazing, so kind, and truly opened their hearts and lives to us! Cuba, you have left an undeniable mark on my soul… Your people, your colors, your food, your history… Thank you for sharing this world with us! Cannot wait for our next trip! We love you 🥰
      By Krista L on 24 Jan, 2024
      I just returned from a two week trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos. The trip was an incredible balance of learning, discovery, and recreation. Both the local guides and the Heart of Travel coordinator, Chiva, were excellent!!! The accommodations, food, and itinerary were fantastic. I will definitely travel with Heart of Travel again.
      By Lina A on 27 Jun, 2023
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