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Cuba Adventure for Women

A People to People Educational Adventure

Culture, Caves, Reefs and Waterfalls

April 26th-May 5th, 2018

 

    email Kim Powell at bluewaterventuressc@gmail.com  to join our next trip roster

 

* we maintain a group size of no more than 12 women to offer a unique and exclusive experience

 

 

Photo by Kim Powell

Welcome to Cuba!


We are extremely excited to offer another People to People Educational Adventure to Cuba, an archipelago island country located in the northern  region of the Caribbean Sea, just 103 miles south of Key West. Considered part of Latin America, the shores of Cuba are also bathed by The Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. From the moment we arrive, we will begin learning about its vast natural resources and rich cultural traditions.   During our 10 day educational tour, we will be joined by local guides who will share their intricate knowledge of Cuba's rich history and ecological wonders.

 

Our colorful itinerary will include visiting several UNESCO World Heritage Sites where we will meet with local architects and conservationist eager to  educate us about these highly treasured areas. 

We will spend a day visiting markets, cobblestone streets, cafes, plazas and historic sights of Habana as we inhale the exotic aroma of this capital city frozen in time.

 

Each day we will meet kind and welcoming Cuban people, including local farmers who will educate us about their organic farming techniques.

Nightly, we will have conversations with our Cuban guides and hosts at private homes where we will spend our evenings. We will share, converse, laugh and dance on roof top terraces that offer stunning views.

Our trip will   provide adventurous outings as we hike through tropical forests, waterfalls and caves searching for some of Cuba's endemic species including the world's smallest bird, the bee hummingbird that weighs less than a dime!

We will snorkel over vast coral gardens learning about the delicate balance of this fragile ecosystem and the challenges that coral reefs are facing on a global scale.

 

Photo credit by Roman Cahero

 

Now is indeed the time to explore Cuba as travel restrictions are redefined in 2017 and beyond.  The ease that US citizens have experienced traveling to Cuba over the last few years has become more restrictive again.

Cruise ships and other forms of mass tourism are beginning to bring changes to a once sheltered and rarely visited corner of the Caribbean, at least by their neighbors to the north. We seek people who are open minded, flexible, adventurous and eager to learn about the fascinating culture of our neighbors and their extraordinary natural resources.

 

Our group travel experience falls into "People to People Travel, one of the 12 categories of legal travel to Cuba for US citizens.

The US Treasury Department has defined people to people travel as "intended to enhance contact with the Cuban people, support civil society in Cuba, or promote the Cuban people’s independence from Cuban authorities, and that will result in meaningful interaction between the traveler and individuals in Cuba."   We are extremely excited to connect with our Cuban hosts and learn in depth about daily life in Cuba.

We will learn first hand about the joys, challenges and struggles the Cuban people are faced with living in one of the world's last remaining socialist countries.

As of November 9th, 2017 Individual Travel to Cuba is no longer permitted.


Payment schedule, cancellation policy and travel insurance may be reviewed at Deposits and Trip Insurance. We now require trip insurance which is an affordable way to protect your investment. Please review our trip insurance recommendations before sending your deposit. Purchase of trip insurance is typically required within 15 days of making an initial trip deposit.

Before sending a deposit, please email your interest and check trip status.


TRIP DATE: APRIL 26TH-MAY 5TH, 2018

 

    email Kim Powell at bluewaterventuressc@gmail.com  to join our next trip roster

 

2017 TRIP COST

7-8 guests: $3950     9 Guests: $3775   10 guests:  $3600

Trip Cost includes all in country transportation, all activities as described in the  10 day itinerary, all meals, in country fees and permits, museum and cultural entrance fees, Salsa dance lessons, bilingual interpretation, naturalist guide services, and 9 nights of lodging. The above trip cost also includes a $250 tip to our Cuban Guides as well as tips for our Cuban hosts, drivers as well as donations to museums and speakers. We do suggest that if you enjoy some local musicans, that you will consider a few dollars as tip to show your appreciation.

 

The price does not include airfare, $85-100 tourist card for travel to Cuba, $25-30 Cuban required accident insurance that may be billed into your airline

ticket, mandatory trip insurance purchased in the US, personal alcohol or activities not described in the itinerary.

 

If you take a look around, you will see that out trip price is lower than virtually all other US operators offering a People to People Tour. After our first trip in November, our price increased by only $100 (and we built the $250 tip into our 2018 price).

FLIGHT INFORMATION can be reviewed at Getting to Cuba

A complete package of information, most of which can be found on the website, will be sent to you before our trip departure.

Please give me a call or send me an email if I can be of any other assistance.

Very Sincerely,

Kim Powell, MRPA
Owner, Operator & Naturalist
Blue Water Ventures
phone & fax: 831-459-8548
www.bluewaterventures.org
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127 Mason St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060