Spring '17 trips to Cuba

 Cigar-rolling demonstration in Vinales

Cigar-rolling demonstration in Vinales

 A tobacco farmer gathers crops in Vinales, Cuba

A tobacco farmer gathers crops in Vinales, Cuba

 Jumping into a swimming hole in El Nicho, Cienfuegos.

Jumping into a swimming hole in El Nicho, Cienfuegos.

Join me in Cuba this spring for an unforgettable trip to my favorite Caribbean island. Now that travel there has become much easier, Americans are scrambling to visit this vibrant island seemingly stuck in time.  However, the US government has threatened to change new open travel guidelines, which would make travel to Cuba much more difficult. We should lobby our government to support the Cuban people by making travel to Cuba more open and to end the trade embargo.

Join me to explore Cuban culture, history, food, music, and to get to know the kind, generous, and endlessly optimistic Cuban people. 

 Zip lining over the "canopy" in Vinales

Zip lining over the "canopy" in Vinales

 Posing it up at one of El Nicho's waterfalls in Cienfuegos

Posing it up at one of El Nicho's waterfalls in Cienfuegos

Some sample activities include:

- Ride in a classic American convertible

- Swim in crystal clear water and lounge on white sand beaches

- Visit the hottest night clubs, art galleries, and theaters

- Explore tobacco plantations, secret swimming holes, and caves!

- Zip line across valleys in tobacco country!

- Bike through the streets of Old Havana

- Stay at the homes of local families

- Scuba dive and snorkel in the infamous Bay of Pigs

- Go horseback riding to hidden waterfalls in the forest

- Attend guided Havana tours focusing architecture, mob life, or Santeria/Afro-Cuban religion

- Longer and shorter trip options available

***For bike-focused trips, we will drive between cities and rent bikes to ride within the cities. Cuba is not yet set up for long-distance bike trips unless riders bring their own bikes, gear, and any equipment needed along the way. Bike shops are few and far between and are often very poorly stocked. A goal of the bike-focused trips is to also collect donated bikes and bike parts in the US to bring and donate to the Cuban people.

 Breakfast at our casa in the Bay of Pigs

Breakfast at our casa in the Bay of Pigs

 Riding the scuba/snorkeling bus in the Bay of Pigs!

Riding the scuba/snorkeling bus in the Bay of Pigs!

 Riding in style to a beach day

Riding in style to a beach day

Testemonials

Here are some references from previous group trips & travel consultations:

"Many people love to travel but few are actually good at it. Cassandra is one of these rare specimens that can pull it together wherever she's at. With a sense of adventure and also a keen idea of how to relax, she is capable of maneuvering in many situations. Cassandra is also completely bilingual in Spanish and English, which means she can help you achieve a truly unique experience - not just the touristy stuff. With her help, I was able to make the most of a week-long escapade to Cuba and I hope to be able to travel with her soon."

- Megan Frye, editor of Savoteur (Mexico City). May, 2016

"EscapingNY customized a special travel plan for me focusing on an in-depth, authentic Havana experience. During my short stay, I made many interesting local friends, biked off-off-beaten paths, and learned about Cuban culture. I'd highly recommend EscapingNY to anyone interested in really getting to know a country. Thanks again!"

- Wei C., (New York City), July 2017

"I joined one of Cassandra's 10-day group tours and had an absolutely amazing time and I can't say enough good things about the trip. As I'm vegan and haven't used my Spanish since college, I had concerns about visiting Cuba alone but Cassandra speaks Spanish fluently and ensured we enjoyed vegan meals in every city, which gave me great peace of mind. I went snorkeling in and cycling around the Bay of Pigs, admired colonial architecture in Havana, Cienfuegos and Trinidad, and met many genuinely, lovely open-hearted people in every city. I so much enjoyed meeting a variety of Cubans from different walks of life to learn about their daily life and culture."

- Susan, New York City, February, 2017

"Zip lining and scuba diving were great, I enjoyed the trip very much! We would not have done this many activities if we had gone on our own. Thanks!"

- Mei C., New York City, April, 2017

"I traveled with Cassandra for 10 days and had an excellent time. We went on a flamingo-watching boat ride in a nature preserve, jumped off waterfalls in the jungle, cycled through Old Havana, visited several beautiful beaches, and went salsa dancing in a hot nightclub built inside a cave. I had limited expectations of Cuba because I don't speak Spanish and I'd never traveled to a "non-westernized" country. My expectations were absolutely exceeded. Cassandra opened my eyes to much more adventure and culture then I was ever expecting."

- Amy M, New York City, December, 2015

 Mini bike tour through Old Havana

Mini bike tour through Old Havana

 Havana bike tour visits Che Guevara at Revolution Plaza

Havana bike tour visits Che Guevara at Revolution Plaza

 Plaza de Armas in Havana

Plaza de Armas in Havana

 An artist painting on the street in Cienfuegos before giving us a tour of his gallery

An artist painting on the street in Cienfuegos before giving us a tour of his gallery

 Visiting a painter in his studio in Cienfuegos

Visiting a painter in his studio in Cienfuegos

 The classic car that took us around the island.

The classic car that took us around the island.

 Classic car in Vedado neighborhood of Havana

Classic car in Vedado neighborhood of Havana

 Epic cave kisses are possible but not guaranteed!

Epic cave kisses are possible but not guaranteed!