Who hasn't dreamed about traveling to Cuba?
Well now is the time. All but closed to US citizens for almost five decades, recent changes in US/Cuba relations have made it easier to visit the island. Some restrictions still apply and JB Journeys is excited to offer small group, legal people-to-people travel experiences.
Havana is 'frozen in time'. Havana Vieja, the old city, founded in 1519 by Spanish explorers, today is a sprawling metropolis of 2 million. Havana Vieja retains an interesting mix of Baroque and neoclassical buildings and private houses with wrought-iron balconies and courtyards, many now serving as restaurants and bars, and is the center of a vibrant nightlife. The 'newer' parts of Havana are a mix of mid-century modern high-rise hotels such as the Nacional, Riveria, and Parque Central, (built by the mafia who controlled Cuba in the 40s and 50s) and Soviet style government buildings. The architectural mix has something for everyone.
Our first tours focus on Havana, the central part of the island, and Trinidad, a 500 year old colonial city on the southern shore. Founded in the early 16th century, Trinidad was the center of the sugar trade, and its 18th- and 19th-century buildings are beautifully preserved. This is an area of Afro-Cuban culture, from the workers in the sugar mills, with its own music and culture. Havana and Trinidad are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
JB Journeys offers an opportunity to interact with the Cuban people in the arts, architecture, gastronomy, sport, history and more. So close and yet so far. Please join our first tours to Cuba during this time of historic transformation.