USAC encourages every student to particpate on the tour; however, it is optional and has an additional fee. You will sign up for the tour on your Course and Tour Registration Form. The fee includes bus transportation, boat ride, guide, breakfast, lodging (double occupancy), and entrance fees to parks. Destinations may change at the Discretion of the Resident Director.
The following are possible destinations, view term calendars for specifics. Due to continually evolving COVID-19 regulations some tours and field studies may or may not be available during the term you choose to study abroad.
The Tour typically begins in the historical city of Cienfuegos. The city is dubbed La Perla del Sur (Pearl of the South) and Cienfuegos literally translates to "One Hundred Fires." Nearby is the colonial city of Trinidad, a one-of-a-kind, perfectly preserved Spanish colonial settlement where time has stood still since 1850. On the way we will stop to enjoy the beautiful Cienaga de Zapata, home of numerous areas designated for environmental preservation, and visit the famous Museo de Playa Giron. In April 1961, Playa Girón was one of two landing sites for seaborne forces of about 1,500 armed Cuban exiles during the Bay of Pigs Invasion.
We will visit the Valle de los Ingenios and take a train ride to Manaca Iznaga to enjoy the beach at Penísula Ancón. We will explore the city of Trinidad and enjoy La Casa del Alfarero. While in Cienfuegos we will take a tour of the city, visit three museums, and take an excursion to Guanayara. The last two days of the six-day trip will be spent in Cayo Santa María and Cayo Guillermo, with visits to Playa Pilar, the beach named after Ernest Hemingway's cabin cruiser. The island provides the setting for the climax of Hemingway's last novel, Islands in the Stream. After a stop in Santa Clara to visit Che Guevara Mausoleum, the tour concludes in La Habana.
Summer and Winter Programs:
Preferred Minimum GPA: 2.5
Enrolled in a degree seeking program
Approval from home university
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