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2017 Cuba: A Bridge Between Cultures

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12 Days from only $4595 including international airfare from Miami

Havana • Cienfuegos • Trinidad

Courtesy Paul Wegschaider
Cuba - Lost in Time

Let the rhythms of Cuba captivate you in this music-driven video, highlighting everyday scenes from across the island.

Courtesy Diego Vivanco
Havana Bikes

In Havana, more than just the cars are vintage. Learn how locals rely on (and strive to maintain) their 1950s bicycles.

Courtesy of Peter Wisdom and Ian Cross
Planet Food: Cuba

Explore Cuba like a local, finding traces of European and African influences at every corner.

Courtesy of David Conover & Paul Villanova
Travelogue: Havana, Cuba 1931

See what life in Havana was like before the Batista regime in this 16mm film footage from 1931

Courtesy of David Conover and Compass Light Productions
Malpaso: A Cuban Dance Project

Meet the members of a Cuban dance company.

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Beat the Crowds to Cuba
Visit this country on the brink of extraordinary change in 2017

Raul Izquierdo

Born
Santiago de Cuba
Resides
Cienfuegos and Havana, Cuba
Languages
English, Spanish, and French
Hobbies & Interests
Reading, producing music, design, and writing
With us since
2011

Life was relatively easy for me as a kid growing up in Santiago, as Cuba’s economy was still sponsored by the Soviet Union. Even though my parents had good jobs in Havana, I was very well taken care of by my grandmother and aunt in Santiago. In 1996 I began working as a tour guide and I love my job—explaining my country to visitors, connecting them with my fellow countrymen, and creating bridges between different people with different cultures.

Many people I have led through Cuba just come here to take pictures, but Grand Circle Foundation participants know better. They are experienced travelers who know that if you really want to get to the soul of a country, you have to talk with the people. And to have life-changing experiences, you have to be willing to know the truth—good, bad, or ugly. What helps me connect with them is my commitment to show and tell the truth. I remember one Grand Circle Foundation participant who had been born in Cuba but left the island when he was 14 years old—he hadn’t been back in 51 years. I took him to his old house and neighborhood. He was so grateful and I watched as his childhood memories came flooding back to him through many tears. It was very powerful and it also helped me to better understand my own childhood and my country’s history.

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