HASSLE-FREE CUBA TRAVEL! You tell us the dates you want to travel, and whom your fellow travelers will be—we’ll do the rest! We also offer scheduled expeditions. We have successfully conducted our popular 10-day CUBA HEALTH CARE programs for the past six years. Although our December expedition is full, there are still spaces available for February 23, April 6, and May 11, 2018. Our maximum group size is only 14 travelers.
In spite of what you may have read recently, Cuba is a safe and friendly country, and it is beautiful. Cubans love interacting with Americans, and actively follow our culture—music, movies, television, sports, etc. Hurricane season is finished for the year, and President Trump’s new guidelines do not affect our travel groups. The so-called “acoustic phenomenon” has turned out to be just another unverifiable distraction created for political/economic reasons. No other country in the world, including Canada, has issued any travel advisories for Cuba visitors.
Hola–we are Carlos, Mercy, and Jim. We are passionate about Cuba and its people. We met in Havana in 2003. Carlos and Mercy were professionals who also worked in the Cuban Travel Sector. They had visited all parts of Cuba while working as travel guides and tour managers.
On later trips, we got together and eventually became good friends. They made suggestions and helped me arrange my own group programs. So after a discussion with a representative of O.F.A.C./U.S. Treasury Department, I (Jim) began leading my own groups in 2012. Carlos and Mercy eventually relocated to the U.S., but last year they returned to their homeland to see their families and observe the remarkable changes happening in modern Cuba.
The three of us now offer Cuba travel consulting services. Each of us can facilitate and lead groups traveling to any part of Cuba. Our focus is to take Americans (and others) on unique, reasonably-priced expeditions where they will experience this beautiful country, meet with locals on a people-to-people basis, and help them understand the complicated situation involving Cuba and the United States Government. Our perspective is middle-of-the-road. We work closely with Cuban agencies and pay particular attention to the confusing, ever-changing regulations regarding Americans visiting Cuba. We sincerely believe that our prices are significantly less than for other comparable expeditions.
Our core program allows visitors to see and experience most sights first-time visitors would expect to see. In addition, we’ll visit various health care venues, such as clinics, hospitals, a nursing school, a medical school, and the Ministry of Health. Non-medical travelers are welcome to come along, but they also have an option to substitute venues with another focus, such as art, music, ballet, architecture, education, etc. Our programs provide specific itineraries approved under the new guidelines of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Click below to hear a brief message from Carlos and Mercy
Our scheduled programs are listed below: For more details, click on “Expeditions/Our Expeditions.”
*Cuba’s Health Care System–10 Days/9 Nights: December 8-17, 2017 (FULL); February 23-March 4; April 6-15; May 11-20, 2018. (NOTE: Raul Castro is scheduled to step down from the presidency on February 24, an historic day for our February group to experience.)
We have also developed custom trips based on the schedules and interests of various groups. Your group would have the same Cuban guide, driver, and bus for your entire expedition. We can also arrange conferences, weddings, and family reunions—all designed with the new guidelines in mind.
Beginning in November 2017, it has become more complicated to visit Cuba as an individual. We also believe you should consider making your first-time visit as part of a travel group. There is just too much to see and do on your own, especially if your time is limited. Traveling in a small group will provide enough structure to efficiently see the highlights, while providing enough free time to pursue individual interests. If you would like to organize your own group and select your travel mates, we can offer you a substantial discount. You get to choose the dates.
For more information, click on “Expeditions/Our Expeditions” or click the link below:
Thank you for your interest in visiting Cuba.
Sincerely—Mercy Moreno, Carlos Santiago, and Jim Lewis
MERCY: MecheMesa1028@gmail.com CARLOS: CarlosCubaTravel@gmail.com JIM: JamesLewisRN@hotmail.com
Office (U.S.) : 530 477-6322
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