XXXV FESTIVAL OF THE CARIBBEAN FIRE FESTIVAL

Highlights: 

The Festival of the Caribbean or “Fire Festival” is the space of greatest concentration and diversity of popular cultures and traditions of the peoples of the region, where the exchange and defense of their identities takes place at the same time, constitutes a space so that solidarity, diversity, friendship, and hope are expressed.

The wide cultural plurality of the Caribbean peoples, both islanders and continental are joining together for 7 days in Santiago de Cuba so that the music, the shows, the colorful traditional costumes and the most intrinsic of our cultures, regardless of language, are mixed in an indissoluble amalgam, transforming the city as if by magic in the capital of the Caribbean peoples.

For the people of Santiago de Cuba, happy and indefatigable and for the friends that visit us will be the Fire Festival DEDICATED TO 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TRIUMPH OF THE CUBAN REVOLUTION, the ideal space for the encounter and exchange of cultural diversity and identity of our common sea.

Culinary Tour Of Cuba

 

 7 Days / 6 Nights

 Havana-Viñales

 

Highlights: 

Whether this is your first trip to Cuba or one of several trips, there is something here for everyone to enjoy. This is a unique opportunity to join a small group to not only see Cuba but to learn about Cuban food and drinks. Learn about Cuban ingredients and how to prepare some dishes and cocktails (as well as eating  and drinking!) We will meet with chefs and people in the food industry from production to preparation.

 

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Cuba for Photographers Tour

 

 

Havana, Vinales, Las Terrazas, Matanzas, Varadero. 

Tour Highlights:  Since the Cuban Revolution in 1958, Cuba has been a mystery and off limits to Americans. Now it is possible to legally visit the island and partake in the wealth of photographic opportunities offered by this unique island. This trip will be geared to not only photographing the best-known sites in Cuba but also offer opportunities for street, night and landscape photography. We will visit museums, artists’ studios, meet other photographers and engage in activities that will afford incredible photo-ops. Time will be left for you to explore and shoot on your own. Although this is not a “seminar,” advice will be available from the whole group of photographers from all sorts of skill levels, as being collegial and a cooperative effort.

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Writers, Artists & Film-Makers Tour

Holguin, Bayamo, Santiago, Baconao, Santiago, Havana

Highlights: Our WAFM Tour is specifically tailored for travelers that are interested in Cuban art, literature, & film. Our tour begins in Eastern Cuba, in the city of Holguin and ends in the capital city of Havana. The 9-day tour will explore what it means to be an artist in Cuba, and how artists in Cuba express themselves via their art. In Cuba, art is an integral part of the culture, and its part of the educational curriculum instilling a life-long love of art in almost all Cubans. Meet with artists, writers, film-makers, craft artisans, and more. Visit art schools and interchange with students and professors. No stone is left unturned in this tour. If art inspires and elevates you, then this is the program for you!

 

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LGBTQ & the Study of Sexuality in Cuba

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8 Days / 7 Nights

Havana, Cienfuegos, Villa Clara, Havana

Highlights: Learn about the achievements and challenges in the ongoing struggle for the equality and acceptance of the LGBT community in Cuba. Alongside Cubans, participate in the Day Against Homophobia in Cuba and explore the history of LGBTQ rights in Cuba, as well as the current struggle from the Cuban perspective. Meet and exchange with CENESEX, a leading institution worldwide in Sex Education, visit the cultural project El Mejunje in the city of Santa Clara, visit a community project focused on the empowerment of transgender youth through film and dance, and take part in a roundtable discussion at Casa de las Americas about the current status and future of the LGBTQ community in Cuba.

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Mi Gente y Mi Cultura Cuba Tour

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8 Days / 7 Nights

Havana, Matanzas, Varadero, Havana

Highlights: The Cuban Diaspora is one of the largest communities in the US. Many Cuban have not seen their homeland since they left decades ago, while many Americans born of Cuban descent have never visited their ancestral home. Marazul was primarily founded with the mission of reuniting Cubans in the US with their families in Cuba. This program is a testament to our mission, and it’s a great way for Cuban-Americans to reconnect with their roots. Embark on an 8 day tour of the island and take part in a unique itinerary designed to introduce Cuban culture and society to first time visitors, while also allowing for time to reconnect with family locally. Enjoy a weekend in Varadero and bring your Cuban family along! Visit art galleries, museums, community projects, theaters and so much more! Interact with Cuban’s of all walks of life to truly learn what life is like on the island. Above all, our itinerary will allow for participants to meet with family members or to visit their parent’s or relatives old neighborhoods in Havana, Matanzas and Varadero.  The perfect Cuban family reunion!

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Ethics and the Revolution

8 Days/7 Nights

Havana/Cienfuegos

Highlights: Explore the ethical underpinnings of a socialist society and learn about the ways in which Cubans deal with the individual vs the collective in areas including, but not limited to the Revolution itself, Social and community projects, health, education, discrimination, urban planning, and religion.

 Learn about the historic literacy campaign, Meet with leading members of the Federation of Cuban Women, Visit the eco-community of Las Terrazas, Experience the city of Cienfuegos and interchange with a local artists’ project, Discuss urban planning considerations with expert and world-renowned Miguel Coyula with the Office of the City Historian, and so much more.

Social Worker’s Tour to Cuba

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8 Days / 7 Nights

Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Havana

Highlights: From community projects to social institutions, Cuba is famous for its public health system and social work. Exchange with your Cuban counterparts in all areas of social work while getting to know Havana and the eco-community of Las Terrazas in Pinar del Rio. The program led by a specialized bilingual Cuban Guide with a background related to social work. Throughout the program meet with professors and counterparts from the Cuban Society of Social Workers, visit a socio-cultural project that uses dance and film as methods of social empowerment and outreach to under-served communities, meet with the Federation of Cuban Women and visit their cooperative project focused on women and children. Enjoy a visit to the eco-community of Las Terrazas and swim in the San Juan River, enjoy a performance & meet the members and directors of a special children’s theater project designed for at-risk youth, and so much more!

Please note that all of our programs can be coordinated on different dates. If there is a program you like and you want to change the dates of travel, please contact us and we will assist you with the customized request. ***All itineraries are subject to change.

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