Under the new rules issued by the US Department of Treasury on June 5, 2019, the People-to-People group educational travel category has been eliminated. However, Backroads trips fall under the Support for the Cuban People general license category, meaning our trips remain legally licensed and we can continue to book guests and run our 2020 and beyond trips as scheduled. We’re one of the few US companies still running trips in Cuba, so if you’ve ever wanted to travel to Cuba, now is the time!
Our Support for the Cuban People tour offers an in-depth, cultural-focused itinerary intended to enhance your understanding of and appreciation for Cuban art, music, and natural landscapes and interaction with the local people. Though physical activity may be less than other Backroads trips, we’ve incorporated biking, walking and hiking as much as possible into our itineraries to make them as active as we can while still satisfying the legal requirements. Traveling to Cuba is a unique journey unlike any other.
The structure of our trips is based entirely upon interpersonal cultural 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 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.