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Explore the African Diaspora

May 21-28, 2018

See Cuba as it truly is...from the moment you step onto the ground, you’ll be swept up in authentic Cuban cultural experiences! Deepen your understanding of the traditions, spirituality, community, and arts that came to Cuba through the African diaspora. Through extensive, daily interaction with dancers, musicians, historians and scholars, a culture that has survived centuries… will come alive!


  • Build historical understanding of the African influence on Cuban culture and life over several centuries

  • Engage with academics & historians, specializing in the multiple branches of Afro-Cuban ancestry:  Yoruba, Congo, Arara, and Abakua, as well as strong Haitian & Jamaican traditions

  • Enjoy personalized dance or music workshops from friendly, knowledgeable professionals who will help you feel the Cuban rhythms with the greatest of ease... whatever your level of experience!

  • Immerse yourself in the dance and music of the island, from the Afro-Cuban roots to the Salsa of today, observing breath-taking performances, and getting behind the scenes to meet the artists.  

  • Experience Cuba’s natural beauty as it connects to the Orishas of the Yoruba Pantheon, accompanied by experts in Afro-Cuban traditions...from the ocean and the river, to the forest and the mountain.

  • Open exchange and dialogue with Cubans who share some of the same interests as you … learn directly from them about their every-day lives, opinions, and goals for the future.

What's Included
  • Shared Accommodation in ocean-side hotel in Havana
    • Single upgrade available upon request
    • Roommate matching may be available, however the single supplement is payable if a roommate match cannot be arranged.
  • MetaMovements Letter of Certification/Travel Affidavit
    • Certification that all activities fulfill the visa requirements set forth by the United States
    • Certification that all activities comply with current regulations put forth by both the Cuban & US Governments
  • Luxury motorcoach and personal driver for all transportation, including airport transfers  (for those who arrive by the pre-designated time)
  • All meals, except for 3 “paladar” dining experiences (to explore the cuisine in Cuba’s blossoming private dining industry.
  • Pre-tour briefing & program orientation
  • Welcome reception
  • On-the-ground support from expert Cuban guides and friendly Cuban hosts
  • Full time daily schedule of activities, that fulfills U.S. requirements
    • Daily immersion in dance, music & arts!
    • Visit important historical locations including Old Havana and other UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as urban and rural Cuban living environments
    • Meet celebrated artists and view their art, in their home studios and at local crafts markets
  • Cultural Exchange with locals including fellow dancers and musicians
  • Engaging Tours -- get off the beaten path and see Cuba through the eyes of our local team
  • 24 hour emergency assistance available during the trip
  • Translation for non-Spanish speaking travelers
  • Opportunities to customize your program, by signing up for private lessons or other add-ons
Not Included
  • Flights
    • Some travelers prefer not to worry about arranging their flights.  Let us do that for you!  If you choose, MetaMovements will research, select and purchase flight on your behalf.  You will then be invoiced for flight & fee with your land package. ​
    • Otherwise, MetaMovements will advise you on the recommended arrival & departure times.
  • Visa
    • ​MetaMovements will advise on current visa regulations. Where available, MetaMovements can arrange the visa on your behalf.  You will then be invoiced for the visa & fee with land package. 
  • Cuban Health Insurance
    • Typically included in the cost of your flight​
  • Single Supplement - $400 
    • This option arranges a single room in all the accommodation throughout the tour.
    • Room shares may be possible but the single supplement is payable & will be added to the final invoice if a room share cannot be arranged.
    • Tips & Gratuities
  • Optional Activities
    • Additional food and beverages, and activities (outside of program).
  • Spending Money​
Program Details & Registration Deadlines
Trip Dates: May 21-28, 2018 (7 days/6 nights)
Deposit: Place a $500 non-refundable deposit
Application: Complete your application below!
Register by 4/18/2018
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