Cuba is a paradise in the Caribbean, just 90 miles off Key West. In fact, Cuba is so close that swimmers have made it from coast to coast, even without a shark cage! Yet Cuba is the forbidden fruit for most American travelers due to the US travel restrictions and the frozen diplomatic relations in between the two countries. The discerning travelers are taken off guard when joining our people-to-people tours to Cuba. They are surprised to find a bubbly atmosphere charged with the smoke of Cuban cigars, the loud music that pours out of the windows of 1950’s vintage cars, the lively salsa dancing in every corner, and the entrepreneurial spirit of the Cuban people. Not what they have anticipated for sure! Absorb it all in a short time by the hand of the USA Cuba travel experts!
This Cuba tour travels to the following Cuban destinations:
Old Havana UNESCO World Heritage Site in Havana City
Cienfuegos UNESCO World Heritage Site in Central Cuba
Trinidad UNESCO World Heritage Site in Central Cuba
Professional Cuba Travel from USA
The US travel ban on Cuba has been in effect for nearly five decades. Full-time professionals conducting professional research in their professional areas can travel to Cuba legally. Current regulations clearly state that a person travelling to Cuba on a general license may do so "without needing to write in to OFAC for a letter of specific authorization" (quoted directly from the official OFAC regulations). Read More
Cuba Tours & Travel for US Healthcare Professionals, Medicine Professors, Students and Faculty and all those interested in learning about Cuba’s HealthCare System! From October 13 to 20, 2019.
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Authentic Cuba Travel warmly invites healthcare professionals, medicine professors, faculty and students and all those interested in getting to know Cuba’s healthcare system from US, Canada and all over the world to join this official Cuba Healthcare tour taking place from Sunday 13 October to Sunday 20 October, 2019.
Thousands of healthcare providers in North America have learned about Cuban healthcare, medicine, prevention and healing
following the blockbuster documentary SiCKO by US filmmaker Michael Moore.
This Healthcare tour to Cuba represents a rare glimpse into Cuba's medical system
for North American healthcare professionals, medicine professors, faculty and students and all those interested in getting to know Cuba’s healthcare system seeking to establish enduring working relationships with their island counterparts and
to witness Cuban medicine, wellness and health programs directly.
As you explore America’s largest and best preserved Spanish historical cores such as UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
Old Havana, Cienfuegos and Trinidad Historical Centres, you will enjoy cross cultural/ people-to-people experiences that
will remain with you for the rest of your life. You will be fascinated by the Cuban people, the culture,
and the social/political/economic structure of Cuba.
The National Health System is organized at three levels (national, provincial, and municipal), which mirror the country’s administrative structure.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Cuba provides a doctor for every 170 residents, and has the second highest doctor to patient ratio in the world.
Cuba's core health strategy is prevention. From promoting exercise, hygiene and regular check-ups, the system is geared towards averting illnesses and treating them before they become advanced and costly.
Authentic Cuba Travel warmly invites healthcare professionals, medicine professors, faculty and students, and all those interested in learning about Cuba’s HealthCare System from US, Canada and all over the world to join this official Cuba Healthcare tour taking place from Sunday 13 October to Sunday 20 October, 2019.
Take A Sneak Peak at the Cuban Destinations You Will Visit Outside Havana
Despite the setbacks of the 1990's,
Cuba's Health indices did not decline during that decade, but continued to improve. Many new innovations in the fields of
Biotechnology and Health Tourism were achieved, as well as a remarkable integration of Natural and Traditional Medicine at
all levels of care. Cuba's system of Hospitals, Polyclinics, and Family Doctors continues to reach all sectors of
the Cuban population with a variety of preventive, therapeutic, and curative practices.
Authentic Cuba Travel staff has years of experience in the Cuba travel industry and with North Americans travellers.
If you really want to conduct research on the Cuba's Healtcare system and visit the real Cuba that lies beyond the confines of all-inclusive full-packed tourist resorts,
this Healtcare Professionals Cuba tour is for you! Please, check the day-by-day itinerary below. Welcome Aboard!
Notice to US University Schools of Medicine, College Schools of Medicine, Medical Sciences Schools, Nursing Schools, and other US Academic Institutions:
In January 2016, the US Government announced further enhancements to the 12 categories of authorized travel to Cuba that previously required a specific license (this is, lengthy applications to OFAC). Now travel to the Caribbean island is allowed under a general license (this is, self-completed paperwork with no application to OFAC needed).
After President Trump’s policy change on USA Cuba travel on November 9, 2017, the General License for Educational Activities remains in place. Accredited U.S. graduate or under graduate degree-granting institutions; U.S. Academic Institutions; and U.S. Schools can organize and sponsor an educational trip to Cuba for their students, faculty and staff under the General License for Educational Activities, provided that the trip meets OFAC guidelines; and that an employee or other representative of the organization escorts the trip to make sure such guidelines are followed by all participants.
University Schools of Medicine, College Schools of Medicine, Medical Sciences Schools, Nursing Schools, Colleges and Universities and other USA based academic institutions can organize and sponsor a trip to Cuba for educational activities. The purpose of the Cuba travel should be for:
_ the participation in a structured educational program offered for credit as part of a course of the sponsoring institution;
_ educational exchanges sponsored by Cuban or U.S. secondary schools involving secondary school students’ participation in a formal course of study or in a structured educational program offered by a secondary school or other academic institution, and led by a teacher or other secondary school official are authorized. This authorization allows for participation of a reasonable number of adult chaperones to accompany the secondary school students to Cuba.
_ attendance at non-commercial academic seminars, conferences and workshops related to Cuba sponsored or co-sponsored by U.S. academic institution.
_ non- commercial academic research related to Cuba for the purpose of obtaining a graduate or undergraduate degree;
_ the participation in a formal course of study at a Cuban academic institution provided that credits will be accepted toward the student’s graduate or undergraduate degree;
_ participation in a 10-week structured educational program in Cuba as part of a course offered at the U.S. institution;
_ participation in a formal 10-week course of study at a Cuban academic institution, provided the formal course of study in Cuba will be accepted for credit toward the student’s undergraduate or graduate degree at the U.S. institution;
We take care of all details both in North America and in Cuba, including VISA and flight arrangements to Cuba's main destinations via USA ports (Miami, Tampa, New York, Los Angeles, or other) or through third countries like Canada and Mexico. Authorized US organizations can travel through a third country subject to the same restrictions and requirements as those flying directly from USA.
At Authentic Cuba Travel, we have been organizing such educational and cultural travel experiences from the United States of America for years with great success.
People-to-people OFAC General License issued by US Sponsor.
Guided tour of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Guided tour of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cienfuegos Centre.
Travel to colonial Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Travel to UNESCO World Heritage Site Sugar Mill Valley.
Tour Latin American School of Medicine, the largest in the world.
Visit to Maternity Home to learn about maternity & child care.
Tour Hospital, Che Guevara, Cuba’s premier cardio centre.
Meet with Cuban doctors, nurses and medical professionals.
Visit to the Villa Clara Medical Institute.
Visit to Che Guevara Square of Revolution and Mausoleum.
Visit to the Armoured Train Battle Monument.
Visit to community clinics and a family doctor’s offices.
Visit to the National Center for Sexual Education.
Accommodation at famous Hotel Nacional de Cuba.
GENERAL LICENSE FOR PROFESSIONAL RESEARCH
US Physicians, Chiropractors, Laboratory Technicians, Nurses, Emergency Medical Technicians, Dentists, Dietitians, Environmental Health Specialists; Medicine Professors, Faculty and students; and other Medical Professionals interested in conducting professional research on the Cuban medical system can travel to Cuba under the provisions of the General License for Professional Research.
GENERAL LICENSE FOR PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE GROUP TRAVEL
Non-medical-professional citizens from USA interested in visiting Cuba to learn more about Cuba’s healthcare system can travel to Cuba under the provisions of the General License for People-to-people Educational Group Travel issued by US organizations.
This educational people-to-people group tour is sponsored by US organizations that are authorized by the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to run cultural and educational people-to-people programs to Cuba.
Your People-to-People General License is already included in the price of the tour.
Tourism to Cuba from US is still prohibited by the US Cuba travel regulations. In other words, American visitors to Cuba cannot simply book an all inclusive “sun & beach” vacation and relax in the crystal-clear Caribbean waters of Cuba while sipping in mojitos like Canadians and most citizens of the world can. Educational and cultural exchanges in between the Cubans and the American visitors must be included in the itineraries.
During the Trump administration the General License for Professional Research and the General License for Group People-to-people Educational Travel to Cuba remain in place.
Currently, nearly 30,000 foreign students study medicine in Cuba. Of these, nearly 10,000 from 29 countries are enrolled in
the Latin American Medical School program (including students the United States), in which graduates commit
to returning to medically underserved communities to practice for various lengths of time.
Cuba's development of maternity homes has contributes greatly
to the improvement of infant health. The maternity homes, staffed with an around-the-clock nurse,
houses expectant mothers with high risk pregnancies. There are approximately 209 maternity homes throughout Cuba,
one per each municipality.
The Ernesto Guevara Cardio Hospital organizes the Cardio Medicine Congress, an event that draws key medical professionals related to cardiology from doctors to nurses to policymakers to discuss Cardiovascular diseases, from genes to complications and treatment.
Every night a cannon shoot rumbles at 9pm so called
"El Cañonazo de las 9", a custom, kept from colonial times, signaling the closure of the city wall doors. Night after night
hundreds of people attend to this tradition of Havana.
In the mid-1980s, Cuba created a system of neighborhood doctors’ clinics. One doctor is responsible for a catchment area of a couple of city blocks. They get to know their patients well. If somebody has a problem, they can see the doctor in the clinic that day.
Guided walking tour of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Trinidad’s
Historical Center, a perfect relic of the early days of the Spanish colony with beautifully preserved streets and
buildings with hardly a trace of the 20th century anywhere.
Day 1. Sunday 13 October 2019. Hello Cuba
Arrival at "Jose Marti" International Airport in Cuba's capital city.
Meet your Authentic Cuba Travel tour guide and bus driver.
Group check-in. Breakfast is complimentary from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Day 2. Monday 14 October 2019. Havana
Morning: visit to Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina – ELAM (Latin American School of Medicine). Established in 1999 and finance by the generosity of people of Cuba, ELAM is the largest medical school in the world with a current enrollment of over 10,000 students from over 29 countries.
All its students are from outside Cuba and mainly come from Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa. The school also accepts disadvantaged students from the United States. Tuition, accommodation and board are free, and a small stipend is provided to students.
Lunch at La Mina restaurant.
Afternoon: visit to a Maternity Home. Since Cuba places special emphasis on maternity and infant care, expectant mothers with high-risk pregnancies or other special needs can stay at a maternity home where an on-duty nurse lives and is available 24-hours. The most common reasons for going to a maternity home are the need for additional nutritional supplements, the risk of carrying a low-weight baby and carrying twins.
Followed by guided walking tour of Old Havana, UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visit to Square of Arms, ancient military parade ground for Spanish soldiers and surrounded by impressive buildings such as Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, Palacio del Segundo Cabo, the seat of the second authority of the island, Castillo de la Real Fuerza (the second oldest fortress built by the Spaniards in the West Indies), and others.
Continue walking tour onto San Francisco Square, one of the oldest in the historical quarter.
Visit to Plaza Vieja, the only civic square of colonial times. Notice it doesn't have a church or government building around. Here we will visit important institutions for visual arts.
Visit to the Cathedral Square, the most beautiful and private 18th century colonial plaza of Cuba, named after the masterpiece of Cuban baroque architecture: the Cathedral of Havana built by the Jesuit order.
Free time in the famous handicraft market of Old Havana where you can purchase all sorts of crafts and souvenirs by local artisans.
Evening: enjoy Afrojazz, Cubajazz and Sonjazz at Club La Zorra y El Cuervo, Havana’s most famous Jazz club. The club features great performances by island bands and soloists! (optional, not included)
Day 3. Tuesday 15 October 2019. Havana- Santa Clara- Cienfuegos
Morning: departure to Santa Clara, capital city of the Cuban province of Villa Clara. It is located in the most central region of the province and almost in the most central region of the country.
Santa Clara was the site of the last battle of the Cuban Revolution in late 1958, led by Ernesto Che Guevara. Guevara's column first captured the garrison at Fomento. Then, using a bulldozer, Guevara's soldiers destroyed railroad tracks and derailed a train full of troops and supplies sent by Batista. After taking the city of Santa Clara, Batista fled Cuba less than 12 hours later.
Visit to Cardio Hospital, Ernesto Che Guevara. Named after argentine physician and revolutionary guerrilla, Cuban official, diplomat and national hero, this hospital is Cuba’s premier cardio centre. Meet with doctors and tour the facility.
Lunch at Los Caneyes hotel.
Afternoon: visit to the Villa Clara Medical Institute. The Institute trains doctors from Cuba and all over the world. They regularly host elective students from Canada, but few so far from the UK.
Visit to Ernesto Che Guevara Square of Revolution and Mausoleum, where the remains of Che and 16 of his men killed in action in 1967 in Bolivia rest in peace. This is a memorial complex featuring a large square, used for parades and large rallies, a monument now emblematic of Santa Clara, and a mausoleum crypt with an exhibit displaying artefacts, photos and memorabilia of Che, an extensive view of his life and work.
Visit to the Armoured Train Battle Monument, the site where guerrilla forces commanded by Che Guevara defeated reinforcements sent in an armoured train (tren blindado) by Batista's army in 1958. The monument site includes original armoured boxcars with displays of photos, armaments and artefacts inside, and a bulldozer used by the rebels to derail the train.
Evening is free to enjoy hotel amenities, and the lively streets of Cienfuegos' Punta Gorda neighbourhood. How about live Cuban popular music at Casa de la Música– a great opportunity to dance with Cubans and your tour companions.
Day 4. Wednesday 16 October 2019. Cienfuegos
Morning: visit to a community clinic and a family doctor’s office. We’ll talk about localized health problems and learn about preventive care.
In the mid-1980s, Cuba created a system of neighborhood doctors’ clinics. One doctor is responsible for a catchment area of
a couple of city blocks. They get to know their patients well. If somebody has a problem, they can see the doctor in the clinic that day.
Visit to Palacio de Valle upon arrival. This architectural jewel originated as a home for trader, Celestino Caceres, who later gave it as a wedding present to the Valle family who added to it (in a Mughal Style with carved floral motifs) a stunning Carrara marble staircase, cupped arches, bulbous domes and delicate arabesques.
Lunch at Palacio del Valle restaurant.
Afternoon: guided walking tour of Cienfuegos Historical Center.
We will visit neoclassical buildings around Paseo del Prado and the main Square Jose Marti such as:
The Tomas Terry Theatre, completed in 1895 and named after a sugar baron from Venezuela who arrived in Cuba with no money and made his fortune by buying sick slaves for a low price, to later nurse them back to health and reselling them.
This money was invested in a sugar estate that brought him the wealth to build several outstanding buildings in Cienfuegos, including this theatre, with materials specially brought over from Europe.
The Casa de la Cultura, home of another wealthy sugar baron, stunning mansion in neoclassical style.
The Cathedral built with the donation of wealthy families like the Lebrancs, the Albis, the Terrys. Inside you find the reproductions of the 12 Apostles in stained glass imported from Paris. Also the original machinery of the clock tower was built in France. Still in place and working.
We'll also visit the elegant art gallery Galería de Arte Maroya and review its impressively displayed collection of paintings, sculptures and antiques.
Return to hotel.
Day 5. Thursday 17 October 2019. Trinidad
Today we journey on to the historic city of Trinidad.
Guided walking tour of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Trinidad’s Historical Center, a perfect relic of the early days of the Spanish colony with beautifully preserved streets and buildings with hardly a trace of the 20th century anywhere.
Visit to the Architecture Museum (Casa de los Sanchez Iznaga), housing the most representative samples of the city's architectural development in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Visit to Museo Lucha contra Bandidos, former home of the San Francisco de Asis convent.
Visit to Museo Romantico, overlooking the Trinidad main square. It has an excellent exhibition of romantic style porcelain, glass, paintings and decorative furniture which belonged to the Conde de Brunet and other Trinidad notorious families.
We will stop at a mirador (lookout) over the Sugar Mill Valley, where the sugar barons used to have their countryside mansions and mills. This site is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Trinidad is well known for its pottery makers. We meet with a family that has been passing the tradition for generations: the Santanders.
Free time to wander the streets of historical centre or enjoy the beach.
Return to Cienfuegos city.
Evening is free to enjoy the hotel amenities, and the lively streets of Cienfuegos. How about live Cuban popular music on steps of Casa de la Música– a great opportunity to dance with Cubans and your tour companions.
Day 6. Friday 18 October 2019. Trinidad- Havana
Morning: early departure to Havana City.
Lunch at El Aljibe restaurant over arrival (optional)
Afternoon: visit to CENESEX (Centro Nacional de Educación Sexual / National Center for Sexual Education) for a meeting with Dra. Ada C. Alfonso.
This organization and its founder Mariela Castro Espín campaign for equality and dignity for lesbians, gays, transsexuals and transgendered people. In particular CENESEX leads in the areas of HIV/AIDS awareness and support services, and gender and sexuality counseling.
Check in at the Melia Cohiba Hotel or Iberostar Habana Riviera Hotel.
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