Field Trips for La Habana, Cuba
You are encouraged to participate in the included program field trips. In addition to the including program field trips, you'll also have field trips as part of many of your courses and have numerous informal activities that expose you to the local culture as well.
The programmed field trips and activities are an integral part of the intellectual and cultural experience and are included in the program fees. These excursions include walking tours, museum visits, and guest lectures coupled with cultural activities and meals to provide you the opportunity to interact with Cubans and learn firsthand their perspective of our common histories. Individual courses have field trips, performances, or outings built in to complement what you explore in class. These, too, are also included.
Dates and exact locations are at the discretion of the Resident Director and they vary. Common destinations may include the following.
The day trip to Viñales, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, includes visits to a tobacco plantation, a burgeoning activity center, and site of the earliest surviving coffee plantations in Cuba. the trip will help you experience the full range of Cuba's agricultural history, present tourism economies, and natural beauty.
Playas del Este
Playas del Este i sht ehome of Havana beaches. Just 18 kilometers east of the city of Havana, beautiful beaches stretch up the north coast for more than 20 kilometers. These beaches are favorties of the local habeneros.
About an hour west of Havana is the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve, declared a reserve by UNESCO in 1985. Centuries of timbering and subsequent harvesting for charcoal led to the deforestation, erosion, and infertility of this once lush area. Similar to the Agrarian Reform laws, the people were provided with housing and employement. In return, they were tasked with replanting the area's forests. Today, the 61,775 acre reserve is one of the world's greatest reclamation projects.
Santa Maria del Mar
Santa Maria is the most famous beach in Havana. It is characterized by its lack of residential areas unlike other beaches, with only some isolated houses. It is located along a coastal strip with abundant sand, vegetation that protects it, and crystalline water.
Varadero Beach is a popular resort town in the province of Matanzas, making it an ideal location to consider the tourist economies of Cuba in the past, present, and future (and enjoy the beach!). It is one of the largest resort areas in the Caribbean, with over 20 km of white sandy beaches. Transportation, accommodation and breakfast are included in the program fees for this trip.
Old Havana and Universidad de La Havana
Old Havana is the city-center and one of the 15 municipalities forming Havana, Cuba. It has the second highest population density in the city and contains the core of the original city of Havana. Explore Old Havana and visit Universidad de La Havana, the oldest in Cuba and one of the first to be founded in the Americas.
Finca Vigía was the home of Ernest Hemingway and has now been turned into a museum. Hemingway lived in hte house from mid-1939 to 1960. It was here that he wrote much of For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea.