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Travel to Cuba under Support for the Cuban People category

Here is the big question on every potential traveler to Cuba’s mind these days: “can I still go?”  The answer is YES. We will explain to you how.

On Tuesday, June 4th, the Trump Administration announced immediate changes regarding US travel to Cuba:

·  An end to authorizing private aircraft and sea vessel travel to Cuba, not including air or sea cargo transport. This effectively ended cruise, yacht and other sea travel to Cuba and most private flights.

·  An end to the people-to-people travel category under which the majority of US travelers on cultural and educational trips visited the island

But there are still countless ways for Americans to visit Cuba legally. Every American traveler needs to select one of the 11 categories of authorized travel to Cuba. The broadest category is Support for the Cuban People.

Travelers are required to engage in "Support for the Cuban People" activities consistent with a full-time schedule that result in meaningful interaction with individuals in Cuba and that enhance contact with the Cuban people, support civil society in Cuba, or promote the Cuban people’s independence from Cuban authorities.

In another words, Support for the Cuban People is a great category for families, groups of friends and others to visit Cuba and see and do a lot. The trip just needs to support Cuban entrepreneurs, cultural groups and other Cubans, which Que Bola Havana tours always do.

We have compiled for you a sample list of approved activities under this license to help you get familiarized with this category and to help you plan your travel. 

  • Meeting with local businessmen, artists, tobacco manufacturers and people who own their own business
  • Taking classes on subjects like dancing, traditional music, and Spanish language
  • Meeting and engaging with musicians at a show
  • Attending art shows and learning about different Cuban artists
  • Discussing Cuban society with locals
  • Staying in "casas particulares". You can find them listed on Expedia.
  • Visiting galleries with a private art curator
  • Buying art and souvenirs

**You must retain records, like receipts and itineraries, and keep them on hand for five years.

NOTE: A traveler must avoid all transactions with a GAESA-owned (military-owned) business.

Que Bola Havana partners exclusively with Cuban entrepreneurs and private small businesses to provide activities. Our Local Experts will give you amazing and educational tours. You will be led by a professional in each field such as history, cuisine, architecture, art, religion, dance or sports. We are ready to fill your trip to Havana with unforgettable experiences thanks to our expert guides!

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The Capitol of Havana

The Havana Capitol is considered one of the most important and largest structures in the country. This distinguished site has already been declared a National Monument. The work was inaugurated on May 20, 1929, after more than three years of intense work, with a cost of about 17 million pesos.
 
Inspired by the classic Roman capitol, the site occupies a total area of 12,000 square meters, of which 10,839 are indoors, while the extension of the gardens covers 26 500 square meters. Visitors are greeted by a grand granite staircase, 36 meters wide, composed of 55 steps, which culminates at 16 meters, escorted by two sculptural bronze groups created by the Italian Angelo Zanelli.
 
An elegant and colorful dome 90 meters high is visible from different points of the city and, below it, inside the building, a diamond marks the zero kilometer of the central road. 
Also under the dome and in the center of the Hall of Lost Steps stands the Statue of the Republic, with a height of 17 meters and a weight of 30 tons. It is the third largest indoor statue in the world, surpassed only by the Golden Buddha of Nava, in Japan, and that of Abraham Lincoln in his Washington mausoleum.
 
This majestic construction became the institutional seat of the Cuban Parliament in November 2016. Although it is still in the process of being restored, it opened its doors to both Cuban and foreign visitors, so that they can admire the museum rooms.
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Welcome to Havana

Welcome to Havana

On first impressions, Havana can seem like a confusing jigsaw puzzle, but work out how to put the pieces together and a beautiful picture emerges.

 

It's Complicated

No one could have invented Havana. It’s too audacious, too contradictory, and – despite 50 years of withering neglect – too damned beautiful. How it does it is anyone’s guess. Maybe it’s the swashbuckling history still almost perceptible in atmospheric colonial streets; the survivalist spirit of a populace scarred by two independence wars, a revolution and a US trade embargo; or the indefatigable salsa energy that ricochets off walls and emanates most emphatically from the people. Don’t come here with a long list of questions. Just arrive with an open mind and prepare for a long, slow seduction.

A Great Art City

It may not be like Paris' or New York's quite yet, but the art culture in Havana is currently one of the city's biggest surprises. The creativity is nothing new. Cuban artists have been quietly challenging cultural elites ever since native-born José Nicolás de la Escalera started painting black slaves in the 18th century. Today the work of Escalera and others is splendidly displayed in the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Meanwhile, a newer, racier crew congregates for electrifying 'happenings' at the Fábrica de Arte Cubano, the vortex of Havana's contemporary art scene.

Cool Cafes & Bohemian Bars

Havana is going through an interesting stage at present. Private enterprise is showing the first flowerings of a creative spring, while the big-name brands from that well-known 'frenemy' in the north have yet to gain a foothold. As a result, the city is rife with experimentation. Here a dandy cafe decked out like a bohemian artist's lair, there a trancey lounge bar where earnest travelers sit around comparing Che Guevara T-shirts. Maybe it's something they put in the mojitos, but the face of Cuban cafe culture has never looked so good.

500 Years of History

In Havana the history is piled up like wrecked treasure on a palm-fringed beach. Except these days the colonial squares and buildings are looking noticeably less wrecked, thanks primarily to proactive City Historian Eusebio Leal Spengler, who has been piecing the place back together for over 30 years. Walk the streets of Habana Vieja and you'll quickly feel a genuine connection with the past in the imposing coastal fortifications and intimate, traffic-free plazas. Equally engrossing are the more recent leftovers from Cuba's marriages and divorces with both the USA and the USSR.

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The best cigar in the world.

When talking about Cuba, there are elements that can not be separated. Cuban cigars have become a kind of "registered brand" that identifies the Greater Antilles anywhere in the world. Although tobacco production has expanded to different regions of the world, the product made in Cuba is distinguished from the rest, mainly by its composition and flavor. Characteristics such as the geographical location of the Caribbean nation with a high relative humidity and an average temperature of approximately 25 degrees Celsius are perfect ingredients. As well, the chemical and agricultural properties of the Cuban soil make make our cigars the excellent quality they are known world round to have!
 
These special mixtures, together with the experience acquired by the torcedores and their technique to cultivate it make Cuban cigars stand above the rest. To make our cigars even more distinguished, is the existence of the variety of Cuban black tobacco, which has been produced for more than 500 years, even before the arrival of the Spaniards to the new world in the year 1492. In each Cuban province, except in Havana, tobacco is grown. In Pinar del Río, the largest amount is concentrated, with an area of around 16,000 hectares and the highest production indexes, which cover almost 70% of the national total.
 
The creation process, which is very rigorous, begins with the sowing and ends with the sealing of the container of the habanos. Then it goes through different stages such as harvesting, curing or drying, fermentation, selection, and twisting. Our pure tobacco is composed of three types of leaves, each of which has different characteristics. These many types are the stuffing, the capote or capillo, and the layer or envelope, for which the corojo type sheet is exclusively used.
 
 
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