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People-to-People Cuba Travel
updated: Apr 26, 2014, 1:00 PM

By Levi C. Maaia

In February, my wife Daniela and I traveled to Cuba as part of a "people-to-people" exchange program through Insight Cuba. Under the current travel restrictions imposed by the United States, U.S. citizens may only travel to Cuba for a limited number reasons. Insight Cuba and other tour operators are licensed by the United States Department of the Treasury to conduct trips for Americans which include "a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities." These licenses exclude trips that are "primarily tourist oriented" which means that our days were packed with a full schedule of activities geared toward interacting with the people of Havana.

Over the course of four days, we heard directly from students, teachers, artists, musicians, music recording executives and farmers about their Cuban experiences. I left Cuba with two full camera memory cards and many more questions than answers about this vivid, colorful yet isolated place which has been frozen in time for more than a half century.

View more photos at cuba.maaia.com


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