Discover Cuba’s Past & Present
We want to share the authentic and soulful Cuba you’re yearning for. On our Cuba trips you’ll go beyond the crumbling promenades and colorful beaches with educational exchanges that encourage cross-cultural dialogue. You’ll chat with a renowned jazz musician about life as a Cuban performer; walk the streets of Centro Havana with a leading academic; dive into the ocean conservation efforts in place alongside University of Havana’s marine science researchers fighting to protect it; and gain insight on what it takes for Cuban and American families to put dinner on the table. From the buzzing rooftops of Havana down to the Garden of the Queen’s thriving underwater web of life, you’ll be humbled by the passionate locals, astounding natural beauty, and stubborn paradoxes of a people constantly poised for change.
MEET THE PEOPLE OF CUBA WITH ABSOLUTE TRAVEL’S CUBA EXPERTS
For many, Cuba’s mystique lies in the novelty of seclusion. Perhaps even more intriguing is its reputation as a time-capsule nation—a kaleidoscope of cruisers from the ‘50s, resplendent buildings in romantic disrepair, a heady brew of spontaneous music singing through the streets…need we go on? However, speak to someone who has experienced Cuba and they’ll tell you these descriptions hardly scratch the surface.
The best way to grasp Cuba’s intricacies is through interactions with its people. Your custom Cuba journey will invite you to delve into the heart of Cuban culture and everyday life through enriching dialogues with Cuban painters and athletes, ballerinas and professors, writers and students, conservationists and scientists.
Your gateway to Cuba is Havana—a veritable torrent of life. Everywhere you turn there is activity, inspiration, and questions lying in wait. Here you will have a chance to exchange ideas and recipes with our favorite chefs and discuss the challenges and joys of running a successful paladar, or family-run restaurant in Havana and the United States; you’ll speak with notable lawyers, economists, and social scientists about international relations, legal systems, and higher education in both of our countries; and you will have the chance to compare and contrast ideas with expert historians and students regarding our historical, architectural, and artistic contributions.
Beyond Havana, the surprisingly pristine, multi-lane roads lead through the otherworldly mogotes (limestone knolls) of Viñales to palm-dotted towns, natural meccas, and a chance to exchange ideas with everyone from farmers to philanthropists. Nature lovers and scuba divers will be thrilled to explore and dive into Cuba’s underwater world—a natural treasure that is literally next door, and a rare marine ecosystem that’s vibrant and exploding with life. Our travelers will have the chance to discuss how this rare protected marine area, Jardines de la Reina, gives hope for the regrowth of the ocean’s forests and the creatures that live there with Cuban fisherman turned committed conservationists Cuban marine scientists.