Umass Faculty-led trip to Cuba

March 2020

Led by Prof. Sheila Fesko and Prof. Kaitlyn E Siner

If there are any important updates regarding safety and travel regulations for Cuba, they will be immediately updated in this page. We also encourage our participants to enroll in step.state.gov

Tour Operator: Colibri Boston

info@colibriboston.org

Sylvia +1 617-301-1237   Jorge +53 5-344-2776

Emergency Telephone Numbers

Country Code for Cuba +53a

Police 106

Asistur English speaking tourist information. 7-866-8527 (regular hours), 7-866-4121 (24h emergency)

American Embassy (+53) 7-839-4100 Address: Calzada St between L&M

Hospital: Clínica Central Cira García Hospital in Miramar, +509 34 86 8761

Panataxi: 7-55-5555

Itinerary

All our trips to Cuba are safe and legal.
The itinerary is carefully designed to meet the category: “Support for the Cuban people”.

Day 1
March 14th
HAVANA
All day
Arrivals in Havana 4:30 PM (JetBlue from Boston at 12:17 PM)
Check- in to casas and welcome drinks and orientation, money exchange
Dinner at Paladar San Cristobal (where Obama had dinner)
Evening with live music

Welcome to Havana! A magical city full friendly people and warm weather. Our driver will pick you up at the airport (holding a sign  Colibri Boston) and take you to the casa where you will be greeted by our hosts. You will have the opportunity to exchange the currency. In the evening we will head to Paladar San Cristobal – one of the famous restaurants in Havana that once hosted President Obama, Beyonce and Jay Z and over 20 other presidents. We will shake hands with the legendary owner -Carlos Cristobal.

Day 2
March 15th
HAVANA
8-9 AM
Breakfast at casa
Morning
Architecture tour of Old Havana with focus on colonial history of the City
Visit to all four squares: Plaza Vieja , Plaza de La Catedral , Plaza de Armas , Plaza de San Francisco , Calle Obispo , Calle Mercaderes , Capitolio and Parque Central, Bacardi Building , Ambos Mundos Hotel (Hemingway room), Theatre Alicia Alonso, Floridita (Hemingway bar)
Lunch at
Mama Ines – run by chef Erasmo that cooked for Fidel
Afternoon
Lunch at Il Rustico – Cuban first authentic Italian restaurant
Visit the
Museum of the Revolution with discussion on Cuban revolution and its leaders Sunset ride in convertible cars via Malecon with stops at Universidad de Havana, Plaza of the Revolution , Havana Forrest, Fusterlandia (art community)
Evening
Dinner at Mediterráneo
Live music
Day 3
March 16th
HAVANA
8-9 AM
Breakfast at casa
Morning
Professional meeting related to higher education
Afternoon
Visit to Muraleando community project
Lunch with Muraleando community
Evening
Conversations at Cuba Libro with Cubans
Dinner on your own
Day 4
March 17th
VIÑALES
7 AM
Breakfast at casa
Morning
Drive to Viñales
Viewpoint Los Jazmines
Visit to tobacco farm, drying houses, cigar rolling lesson
Lunch with guajiros (campesinos) at the farm
Afternoon
Hike through the Valley of Silence dotted with yuka, tobacco and coffee plantations
Evening
Dinner and sunset at Balcone del Valle
Drive from Viñales to Las Terrazas
Day 5
March 18th
LAS TERRAZAS
8 AM
Breakfast at Las Terrazas
Morning
Visit artist studios: Lester Campa, Ariel, Henry Loma
Visit to old coffee plantation with discussion on Cuban coffee industry
Coffee tasting at Café de Maria
Afternoon
Visit to Cafetal Buena Vista
Lunch at Buena Vista
Drive from Las Terrazas to Trinidad
Evening
Dinner
Day 6
March 19th
TRINIDAD
8 AM
Breakfast at casa
Morning
Playa Ancon
Afternoon
Historic tour of Trinidad and free time
Evening
Dinner on your own
Day 7
March 20th
CIENFUEGOS
7 AM
Breakfast at casa
Morning
Drive to Cienfuegos for 10 am meeting at University of Cienfuegos
Lunch
Afternoon
Tour of Cienfuegos, drinks and Sunset at Punta gorda
Evening
Dinner
Day 8
March 21st
HAVANA
9 AM
Breakfast at casa
Morning
11 am departure to Havana Airport
3 PM
Departure for flight to Boston (JetBlue departing 5:30 PM)

Cuba Suggested Packing list

  • Passport and visa card
  • Cash (only crisp new bills)
  • Prescribed medication
  • Sunscreen (travel size)
  • Hand sanitizer (travel size)
  • Backpack
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Comfortable shoes (one sneaker, one sandals)
  • Summer clothes
  • Hat
  • Ear plugs
  • Personal cosmetics (travel size)
  • Bathing suit and beach towel

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