The People-to-People Educational Exchange Program has been facilitating education-based travel into Cuba on and off since 1999. Backroads is licensed under the general license by the United States Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control to operate educational exchange trips in Cuba. For this reason, Backroads is able to offer guests a rare opportunity to legally travel to Cuba.
A Cuban tourist visa (or Tourist Card) and a passport valid for at least six months beyond your entry date into Cuba are both required for travel to this country. Backroads coordinates the visa process for you in advance and this service is included in the trip price. We must receive a copy of your passport information page and all necessary paperwork no later than 60 days prior to departure in order to facilitate to visa process and to secure your charter flight. (Note: Guests born in Cuba require a different visa process that can take much longer.)
The Cuba People-to-People Educational Exchange Walking and Multisport tours offer an in-depth, cultural-focused itinerary intended to enhance your understanding of and appreciation for Cuban art, music, and natural landscapes and the local interaction with the people. Though physical activity is limited, walking, hiking, and on the Multisport trips even biking has been incorporated whenever possible. Traveling to Cuba is a unique journey unlike any other.
The structure of the trip is based entirely upon interpersonal educational exchanges with Cubans, including musicians, organic farmers, entrepreneurs, artists, dancers, architects and other individuals who are passionate about sharing their country’s culture. We visit community projects, organic farms, artists’ workshops and other cultural points of interest. We gain insight into the Cuba of yesterday, today and tomorrow while sharing a dance or a meal with locals. And at the end of the trip, we’re confident you’ll be returning from Cuba with a deeper respect and understanding for the place and its people.