New Year in Cuba, Jan 2-8, 2018 (Havana, Viñales, Mayabeque; with daily yoga)

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.


The Afro-Cuban Experience:

Co-sponsored with the Virginia Tech BMEN. June 8-15, 2018

Explore cross-national issues of race, music, and culture. An opportunity for mentoring rising undergraduate students. 


Birdwatching in Cuba, February 10 - 18, 2019

$3150 includes r-trip airfare Charlotte-Havana-Charlotte. Includes all meals, guides, and interpretive travel and translation/interpretation services. Vists to Soroa, Viñales, San Diego de los Baños, Zapata and Havana. Space for

one traveler as of July 19.  Limited to just eight travelers. 



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.




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Food Sovereignty, Cultural + Resilience

March 4-11, 2018

Virginia Tech, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

More information: Dr. Kim Niewolny, niewoly@vt.edu 


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Consider a yoga trip to interact with Cuban yogis!


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.  

June 16, 2017 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, Julie Hirschfield Davis.​​​​


Recently COMPLETED Trips

       Cuban Artists + the Creative Process,April 26 - May 3, 2019

            Limited to 9 travelers; space left as of October 29. $3,200 all inclusive r-trip CLT-HAV, all meals, ground transportation, B+B lodging (vetted). This is  behind-the-scenes insight into  at how artists, curators, sculptors, jewelers, ceramists and others approach their work in the exploding and

talented world of Cuban artistry. Lodging in Havana whole time; day-trip to Matanzas, the 'Athens of Cuba.'