Lodging, private transportation and driver, airport transfers, bi-lingual guide, meals where indicated, all excursions listed, entrance fees to parks, community activities, private photography instruction, one-on-one critiques with Julia
International airfare, Cuban tourist card, drinks other than water, alcohol, snacks, guide and driver tips, camera gear.
ENTRY & VISA REQUIREMENTS
This program will fulfill traveling under the Support for the Cuban People category. You will need to check this box when you buy your plane tickets. All visas can be purchased directly through airline for around $50. You will have the option to get them sent directly to you or get them at the gate when you leave. ***regulations may change***
What does Support for the Cuban People mean? A key component of “support for the Cuban people” is interacting with locals, so include activities that provide genuine interactions. We will be staying at privately run accommodations (not government-owned hotels) eating in local restaurants, taking salsa classes, interacting with local communities and photographing the Cuban people and culture. The chance that you will be questioned is highly unlikely but you will be provided with a copy of the itinerary and schedule that you should print and take with you to the airport.
Minimum enrollment for this trip is 8 women. If minimum enrollment is not met 90 days prior to departure date then trip may be cancelled in which full payment including deposit will be refunded.
* Purposeful Nomad is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies.
* A cancellation request must be received in writing by email from participant. Verbal notice will not serve as a valid cancellation.
* Should you choose to withdraw from the program, unfortunately the DEPOSIT IS NON-REFUNDABLE (unless the program is cancelled by PN).
**Cancellation by you up to 90 days prior to departure to will result in full reimbursement MINUS deposit. cancellation by you less than 90 days will result in no refund.**
* In the event that a trip is cancelled due to inadequate enrollment, Purposeful Nomad is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets. While we do our absolute best to fill each trip, we highly recommend you buy refundable airline tickets.
Most meals will be eaten together at restaurants or the places we stay. Food restrictions and allergies can be accommodated, just please let us know beforehand.
Participants should bring their own camera gear and have general knowledge on how to use it. Each person must bring a laptop for downloading and editing. If you do not have these items please let us know. An external hard drive is also recommended for storing your images. Also some things to think about are extra memory cards, battery chargers, different lenses, cords to connect with laptop and anything else you want to bring! Just keep in mind you are responsible for all your own gear.
Unless a specific person has been identified you will be assigned a roommate and room upon arrival. Every person will have their own bed.
Unless you are purchasing the airline insurance it is a good idea to wait until departure is confirmed to buy plane tickets.
ARRIVALS- Please arrive anytime on Day 1- into Havana International Airport (HAV) We will have an airport transfer waiting for you upon your arrival.
DEPARTURES- Book your departure on Day 8- March 13th at 1pm from Santa Clara (SNU) PLEASE NOTE WE WILL NOT BE RETURNING TO HAVANA! As of writing this there are only 2 flights back to the USA from Santa Clara- an early afternoon departure (1pm on JetBlue and 6pm on American Airline.) PLEASE BIUY YOU TICKET TO DEPART AT 1PM. ***flight schedules may change***
FULL PAYMENT DEADLINE:
The remaining balance should be paid 90 days prior to departure.If you are booking within 90 days of departure, then full payment is required at the time of booking.
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE:
Here at Purposeful Nomad we do our best to ensure that every program is a success. However, in the event of something unexpected we want you to be fully protected. We REQUIRE that you purchase international insurance.
Purposeful Nomad is an affiliate partner with World Nomads but you may choose any company. Click here to purchase insurance through World Nomads: INSURANCE
Make sure you have sufficient supplies of any prescription medicine, it might be wise to bring a small personal first aid kit, including any patent medicines you prefer. You are responsible for taking all necessary health precautions before and during your trip. It is the client's responsibility to ensure they seek professional medical advice before travelling and to take all necessary health precautions and preventative measures.
Vaccinations: Be an informed traveler! Ultimately it is up to you to consult a physician. We are here to help but can not legally provide medical advice. Here are some great websites:
MONEY & TIPPING:
PLEASE BRING USD CASH. Make sure the bills are crisp and clean with no tears or writing. No checks or credit cards are accepted in Cuba. We will exchange money in banks and exchange houses. Your local guide will assist with this upon arrival. Tipping in restaurants is customary between 10%-20%. If you feel moved to leave a tip in your casa it is always appreciated. Generally a few dollars a night is fine. For driver and local guide a tip of 5-7$ per day per person is a normal rate but again, at your discretion.
Cuba has 2 currencies: the Peso Convertible, CUC and the Peso Cubano. The CUC is the currency used by most tourists. We recommend bringing USD cash to exchange at official exchange houses as some ATM's will not except US cards. Most everything is included in the trip cost but you should budget for anything extra like souvenirs, tips and alcohol.
The atmosphere is pretty casual and there is no need to bring any formal dress. It can be hot and humid during the day while cooler at night. The key to maintaining your comfort is to bring ample layers and protection from sun, wind and insects. You can check out the weather in Cuba here:
Less is more and leave valuables at home!
Passport + 1 copy
Cuban Tourist card
Any prescriptions or medications you need
Bug spray (Deet or Picardin recommended)
Reusable water bottle
Small backpack or day bag
Wallet/money- USD cash
Beach cover up
Assortment of t-shirts, shorts and tanks tops
Windbreaker or light weight rain jacket
Flipflops/Teva/ or similar water sandals
Long pants and socks for optional hiking/exploring
Sneakers-/comfortable walking shoes
Sundress for dinner or fun clothes for salsa club
Sleep mask/ear plugs
Travel alarm clock
Personal first aid kit
Energy bars like Luna. Cliff, Kind bars
Nuts or other food items you wish to have
Camera & lenses
Laptop for downloading & editing photos
External hard drive
Extra Memory Cards
Any cords or adaptors you need
What requirements do I need to travel to Cuba?
Visas, tourist card and letter will all be provided and we will be traveling in compliance with the "people to people" requirements. Our itineraries satisfy all the requirements set forth by the USA to travel to Cuba.
Is it safe for women to travel Cuba?
Yes! Cuban people are generally very welcoming and accommodating. The government welcomes tourism and has gone to great lengths to ensure safety of foreign visitors. In fact, tourism is now a vital part of the growing economy. We will be with group almost all of the time in addition to having a local guide, driver and private van. Like most countries in Latin America it is not uncommon for men to cat call or whistle. Generally this is pretty harmless and best to ignore.
Do you have a payment plan for this trip?
Yes! After paying the deposit for the trip, you can chose to pay the remaining balance in 3-5 installments up until 90 days of departure.
Where should I fly into?
Please fly into Havana (HAV) and out of Abel Santamaria Airport in Santa Clara (SNU)
What type of clothes should I pack?
A more concise packing list will be sent along in your trip packet. Bring layers. It can be hot during the day and cool and windy at night. Comfortable yoga and workout clothes, stuff for the beach and swimming, informal wear for the daytime and a rain jacket of course.
Do I need international travel insurance?
Yes. International travel insurance is required. We are affiliates of World Nomads and find their quotes to be some of the best! You can purchase it right HERE.
What is the weather like in Cuba?
The weather in Cuba is sub-tropical which means warmer days and nights cooled by the winds from the ocean. Cuba gets lots of sunshine and a year-round average temperature of 78 degrees!
Will the group be together the whole time?
Groups travel together at all times in a private van with driver and guide. There are specific days where you are allowed to wander into town or just hang out.
Can I drink the water?
No. It is not recommended to drink tap water. We will have big jugs of filtered water. Having said that, please bring a reusable water bottle as most hotels and tourist destinations offer refilling stations.
Do I need to speak Spanish?
It is certainly not a requirement but always fun to try! Every group has a bilingual guide so there is nothing to worry about.
Is there internet?
There is no free wifi in Cuba. Access is limited and restricted. There are however wifi hotspots that you can connect to throughout most cities. You can connect when you buy a prepaid internet card.