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Embedded scholar and guide, Dr.Joseph Scarpaci, aims to show travelers from various walks of life the many nuances of the shifting Cuban culture and economy. Move beyond tourist-guide description  to critical and interdisciplinary thinking. Nearly 90 trips to Cuba since 1990 have allowed Dr. Scarpaci to introduce nearly 900 Americans to Cuba. 

Our docent-led programs draw upon award-winning scholarly research to engage, enlighten and enliven guests in Cuban culture and economy. No random tour guide comes between you and the Cuban people and their built and natural environments. Incredible simultaneous interpretation. 

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Smithsonian Magazine  May 2018 quotes Scarpaci extensively on historic preservation in Havana.


Fidel Castro, 1926-2016.  See Joseph Scarpaci's media statements on the economic implications of Castro's death at The Daily Press and on local CBS and NBC affiliates.

CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF CUBAN 

CULTURE + ECONOMY

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Small is beautiful. Go in small groups to Cuba

 <---The topics on the left are a small sample of the customized travel we offer. With just eight travelers, we'll craft you an affordable itinerary. See what you want, when you want it , and with whom you wish to travel!  We stay at BnBs.

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Our center welcomes all inquiries for group trips of various time spans and destinations. We prefer small groups --8 - 16 are ideal-- and we move around in small air-conditioned vans and by foot. By staying in B+Bs who are used to curious gringoes, we keep costs affordable. No 30-passenger buses pulling up to local sites/homes on our trips!

Trips of various themes are available to explore the Cuban landscape, art and artists, creativity and innovation, architecture, private-sector employment, birdwatching & culture. We travel in small groups, and prefer about 10 travelers. That lets us stay in B+Bs that have been vetted and are clustered in the same building and/or neighborhood.