Cuba Bound with Journeys International

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School children in Cuba.
School children in Cuba.

As relations between the United States and Cuba continue to normalize, an increasing number of travel companies are creating tours that allow Americans and other foreign travelers to visit the island. One of the companies traveling to Cuba, Journeys International, is offering a new Rhythm of a Lively Land itinerary with two departure dates in 2016— Feb. 9 (a women’s-only trip) and March 22.

Trip leader Joslin Fritz utilizes her fluency in the Spanish language and Cuban culture to guide guests around the cities of Havana, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad. There, they’ll have the opportunity to chat with local artisans, young entrepreneurs, social welfare program managers, and arts associations’ leaders about their daily lives, including their businesses and unique histories.

During the 10-day itinerary, guests are also introduced to fruit vendors at a neighborhood farmers’ market, a bodega (a small grocery store) manager to discuss Cuba’s ration system, and the headmaster of a school. There will also be time to take in the natural landscape of the Caribbean island on a tour of Topes del Collantes National Park. Journeys’ co-founder Joan Weber and destination specialist Lene Miller join trip leader Fritz on the February and March 2016 departure dates, respectively. For more information, call (800) 255-8735 or visit