People-to-People Programs Offer
Americans Legal Travel to Cuba
If you’ve been keeping up with GGT lately, you know our company Green Travel Media recently signed on as the editorial voice behind International Expeditions’ 2015 rebranding efforts. But while this post was sponsored by the company, the truth is that we’ve always been fascinated by Cuba.
As a Music Business major and Music Theory minor, I studied Jazz History and the history of African-American culture in college. I learned about how Afro-Cuban music had influenced legends ranging from W.C. Handy and Jelly Roll Morton to Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. I immersed myself in the music of Cuban bass legend Cachao, singer Celia Cruz, percussionist Tito Puente and the all-star lineup of Buena Vista Social Club.
I dreamed of exploring the rich culture that gave birth to mambo, salsa and son, but of course it was illegal for Americans to travel to Cuba back in the ’90s. But now International Expeditions is among a handful of companies permitted to offer legal trips to Cuba under the People to People program, which is licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Guided by Cuban natives, these tours allow travelers an opportunity to learn about Cuban history, culture and nature, while also interacting with local people.
International Expeditions is promoting their Complete Cuba itinerary by giving away over $2000 worth of prizes (click on the image below to enter). We were excited to get a chance to speak with one of IE’s Expedition Leaders, Ana Maria Perez, about growing up in Cuba, the evolution of Cuban attitudes towards the U.S., the richness of Cuban culture, and the wealth of natural and historical attractions the island nation has to offer.