In February 2014, my wife Daniela and I traveled to Cuba as part of a “people-to-people” exchange program through Insight Cuba. Under the current travel restrictions imposed by the United States, U.S. citizens may only travel to Cuba for a limited number reasons. Insight Cuba and other tour operators are licensed by the United States Department of the Treasury to conduct trips for Americans which include “a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities.” These licenses exclude trips that are “primarily tourist oriented” which means that our days were packed with a full schedule of activities geared toward interacting with the people of Havana. Over the course of four days, we heard directly from students, teachers, artists, musicians, music recording executives and farmers about their Cuban experiences.
I have broken down the best photos from this adventure into three photo essays listed at the top of the site. Each photo has a caption and clicking on the last photo in each part will take you to the next series. If you wish to see all of the photos at once, there is also a photo gallery. The background images can be viewed in their entirety by clicking on the symbol on the top right corner of the white panel.
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Levi C. Maaia
Santa Barabra, Calif.
April 17, 2014