Tuesday, November 27, 2018

July Trip to Santiago and Guantanamo

July Trip to Santiago de Cuba
and Guantanamo

(Optional Extension to Baracoa and Holguin)

Enjoy the Caribbean’s Biggest Carnival    

Learn about Cuban and US History

Photo by Kelly, Compass and Camera travel blog
Read her post about Carnaval

Saturday  July 20   Evening flight on American Airlines from Miami to Santiago (hotel or bed and breakfast)

Sunday July 21  The Spanish Legacy    Basilica del Cobre (Cuba’s patron saint) and Morro fortress; orientation presentation at Museum of Carnival; attend opening night of Carnival

Monday July 22  The Independence Wars and US Intervention   Maceo Memorial honoring a leader of the mambisi independence struggle; discover US supporters like Clara Barton of US Red Cross and Dynamite Johnny O'Brien; memorial at San Juan Hill to Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders;  museum of the Cuban-Spanish-American war for the local side of the story; swim at the beach with a Spanish wreck; dinner at seaside seafood restaurant; carnival fair in a neighborhood

Tuesday, July 23  The Revolution   Biran, the large plantation owned by the father of Fidel and Raul Castro; Moncada Barracks museum (site of the failed first stage of the Cuban revolution); gravesites of independence leader Jose Marti and Fidel Castro; dinner at Terrazas La Caridad, a paladar that also roasts its own coffee; traditional Cuban music or carnival

Wednesday July 24  Cultural Focus   dance class at Artex; Asociasion Cubana de Artesanos Artistas and Casa de Diego Velazquez; light lunch on roof of Casa Granda; ceramics museum;  presentation at Centro Cultural Africano on slavery and its current impact; performance by Café Caliente; roast pig dinner at Centro; traditional Cuban music or carnival

Thursday – Friday, July 25 - 26 Guantanamo  origin of Cuba’s traditional music, including Tumba Francesa and the Museum of Changui; discuss the history of the Guantanamo base with university specialists and UNEAC; meet the people of Caimanera, the Cuban town adjacent to contested US territory

Saturday, July 27   Visit La Gran Piedra; return to Santiago; personally explore the city; attend final night of Carnival; midday Sunday flight from Holguin to Miami  on American Airlines or Jet Blue 

[Optional extension   Sunday - Thursday, July 28 – August 1

Visit Baracoa and Holguin; coconut and cacao production; sites of landings by Columbus and Dynamite Johnny O’Brien with arms and soldiers for the mambisis; Taino indigenous grave site and village; Banes, United Fruit company town; enjoy the beach; midday Thursday flight from Holguin to Miami on American Airlines or Jet Blue (or travel independently by bus to Camaguey, Sancti Spiritus, Trinidad, Cienfuegos, Bay of Pigs, Matanzas, Havana and/or Pinar del Rio)

John McAuliff, Fund for Reconciliation and Development   director@ffrd.org    917-859-9025

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