We invite you to join us as we explore Cuba in 2018! On this fascinating program, we will travel on a General License from the U.S. Treasury Dept. to take friends and members of the Planetary Society on a People-to People Discovery of Cuba.
Soak up the sights and sounds of Cuba’s historic cities, fascinating natural heritage, unique culture, art and music, as we explore several of Cuba’s UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Our journey begins in Havana—a World Heritage city— where we will explore the Spanish colonial heritage of Cuba in La Habana Vieja. Havana’s old town is rich with memorabilia including wonderful music, museums, and famous fortifications.
Visit the Planetarium, commemorated in 2010, for the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s astronomical discoveries, and explore the National Botanic Garden. See where Hemingway lived and wrote, and mingle with the local people along the Malecon, Havana’s famous seashore.
Travel to scenic Vinales Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its beautiful mogotes and picturesque limestone formations.
Map of Cuba
See the monument to the historic revolutionary Che Guevara and meet with amateur astronomers in the island’s central city of Santa Clara.
Stay in the beautiful Escambray Mountains. With a local expert, look for intriguing flora and fauna including the smallest bird in the world (the bee hummingbird).
Wander through history in Trinidad’s colonial old town. Walk the cobblestone streets while listening to music, viewing local artist’s studios, and enjoying the unique charms of the 500-year- old UNESCO city.
Travel along Cuba’s coast to the UNESCO city of Cienfuegos“Pearl of the South”. It surrounds Cuba’s most spectacular natural bay. See and hear music and art thriving with a visit to big band icon Benny More Art School, and enjoy a performance by the world renowned Cienfuegos Choir.
As we travel around this amazing island, the largest in the Caribbean, we will meet with Cuban naturalists, and local experts. Throughout our journey, we will engage Cubans directly in discussions about their lives and work, culture, and traditions.
Our journey will be a rich expedition of discovery. We hope you will join us for this fascinating visit to Cuba!