I hope you’re enjoying your travels! If you’d like to visit a new destination, perhaps one that has been off limits to Americans for years, you’ll want to read on to learn about the Cuba cultural exchange you could have in Havana, Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba.

Havana

Cuba’s colorful capital is known for the Spanish-influenced architecture of Old Havana, historic castles, fortresses, and more. When you visit the Plaza de la Revolucion, Havana’s largest square and Cuba’s current administrative center, you’ll see that it’s dominated by the José Martí (national hero) Memorial. Connect with a local guide and tour the massive baroque-style Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón.

Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos is a coastal city and the center of Cuba’s sugar, tobacco, and coffee trades. Take a walking tour and you’ll see a remarkable collection of French-influenced Neoclassical buildings which have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stop into a market, pharmacy, and local ration store, and meet residents and learn about Cuba’s country-wide ration and dual currency systems.

Santiago de Cuba

Cuba’s second largest city is home to Carnaval, the Fiesta del Fuego festival, and many famed artists and musicians. Head to the Santiago city center and see and discuss the Casa de la Trova, Parque Cespedes, or the Catedral de la Cuidad with local residents. Visit the projects and meet locals who are working hard to improve their communities and enrich the lives of citizens through the arts, food, and culture.

Who’s Ready to Travel to Cuba?

U.S. citizens can travel to Cuba as long as their trip falls within one of the 12 categories, such as educational activities, family visits, professional experiences, and more. I booked a cruise with Fathom: Impact + Travel, one of the first cruise ship companies approved for round-trip travel between the U.S. and multiple destinations in Cuba. I’m looking forward to my trip! Adios!