The trip below ust sold out. However, if you would like to repeat this or a similar trip, contact us at the

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​​The Center for the Study of Cuban Culture + Economy remains fully compliant with President Trump's announcement on June 16 2017. Although publication of laws will not be known for 90 days, travelers will not be able to use Havanatur, CIMEX or GAESA (military) hotels. The Center for the Study of Cuban Culture + Economy will continue to enlist private-sector providers for lodging and transportation and provide careful documentation as well as docent-led activities as it has for the four previous licenses it as held (since 1996) for all educationally-engaged sojourners registered in our program. Let us do the legwork!

See our op-ed piece here.


Follow us on Twitter at @JoeScarpaci. See tentative regulations published on June 16, 2017,  by U.S. Treasury regulationshere.


"As part of the new policy, Americans will no longer be able to plan their own private trips to Cuba, and th

ose who go as part of authorized educational tours will be subject to strict new rules and audits to ensure t

hat they are not going just as tourists."New York Times, June 17, 2017. New York Times, Julie Hirschfield Davis.


Let us organize your next educational/cultural visit to Cuba.

Stay compliant with US law with an organization that has made 82 trips to Cuba, and has introduced over 800 Americans to Cuba. Media inquiries and group travel details at: (540) 230-3143 .


​        Consider a yoga trip to interact with Cuban yogis!





​​​​​​​​​​​Cuba Revitalization + Sustainability 
Bamboo Workshop


June 21-28, 2017


Price: $2,850 from Charlotte, NC.


Limited to 18 participants
Price adjustments for different city departures

Join The Center for the Study of Cuban Culture + Economy in Cuba to participate in a hands-on workshop about revitalization, design & sustainability practices! Cuban bamboo is resilient, as are the people. We join Cuban hosts engineer Carlos Martínez and & artist Gisela R. Vilaboy, in their interdisciplinary workshop in Havana’s Chinatown to explore the uses of bamboo and re-imagining revitalization. The bamboo workshop explores how to satisfy household-product needs for seniors, toddlers, and others. The emphasis is on discovery & creativity to meet local needs with local solutions. 
Brochure - Application - Details 
No Spanish or previous design or carpentry skills are required; just an interest in Cuba, sustainability, revitalization, innovation, and re-purposing. Price includes air fare, 2-x lodging, two meals a day, readings, lectures + city & regional tours with farmers, entrepreneurs,  marketers, heads of households, artists, and Cuban youth & senior citizens. 



Let us customize a trip for your group. Popular itineraries include:

Five- and twelve-day  trips that include Havana and Trinidad (five-day) and Havana-Trinidad-Baracoa-Santiago de Cuba (twelve-day).  A lower-cost option is using Havana as a base and running a few day trips.


We can tailor travel to you needs, group size and budget. Academic conference organizers are welcome.


The Center is LLC registered in Commonwealth of Virginia and operates under a license issued by The United States Treasury for legal travel to Cuba.




Virginia Commonwealth University, College of Engineering, March/May 2016
World Affairs Council of Los Angeles, April 2016
California Poly - San Luis Obispo, March, 2016
Friends Select, Philadelphia, March, 2016
Allegheny College, February 2016
Exile Productions, Hollywood, California, June 2015
American Institute of Archaeology, November, 2014
World Affairs Council of Los Angeles, April 2014.
World Affairs Council of Charlotte, May 2014.
Cuyahoga Community College, Feb 7-14, 2014
Carnegie Museum of Science, Jan 4-12, 2014
World Affairs Council of Dallas-Ft. Worth, Jan. 4-12, 2013

Photographing and Meeting the People and Landscapes of Cuba. December 11-18, 2012. 
With Zoom Travel, Cuban Landscapes. October 2012
CUBA: Landscapes & Culture. Carleton College Alumni Association. November 2-15, 2012.


Previous clients: Corcoran Art Gallery, Yale University Alumni Association, Harvard Alumni Association, Virginia Tech Alumni Association, American Library Association, American Geographical Society, American Planning Association, Distant Horizons, and numerous family excursions

Names and Contacts from each organization available upon request.

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