Cuba: April 29 – May 7, 2017

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Celebrate May 1, International Workers Day, in a massive rally in Cuba’s most exciting cultural city, Santiago, and then attend an international gathering against foreign military bases in the very city where the US has a military base and a horrible prison on Cuban soil: Guantanamo. We will have some very special guests on this trip that will make it a particularly unique gathering. Cost: $1,500. Participants need to make their own JetBlue reservations.

Tentative Itinerary (subject to change)

For more information contact Yvette, yvette@proximitycuba.com.

Saturday, April 29

8:00 AM          Check-in at JetBlue Flight 2033

11:05 AM       Departure from Fort Lauderdale

12:35 PM       Arrival in Holguin

Money exchange at the airport -snacks and water provided

Transfer to Hotel

3:00 PM         Check-in at Hotel Pernik

4:00 PM         Orientation meeting with local coordinators

5:30 PM         Dinner at the hotel (included)

Evening         Optional cultural activities


Sunday, April 30

9:00 AM          Hotel check-out

9:30 AM          Departure to Santiago de Cuba (2-hours drive)

11:30 AM       Arrival in Bayamo – drive tour

12:30 PM       Lunch in Bayamo (included)

2:00 PM         City tour in Bayamo – Visit a cultural center

4:00 PM         Continue driving to Santiago de Cuba

5:30 PM         Check-in at Hotel San Juan

                        Dinner on your own and rest                       


Monday, May 1

6:00 AM          Departure for the May Day Parade

Attend the parade and rally to celebrate the International Workers Day

9:00 AM          Meeting with the Institute for Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP)

11:00 AM       Visit to San Pedro de la Roca Fortress

12:30 PM       Lunch in El Morro (included)

2:00 PM         Walking tour in Santiago de Cuba downtown

Visit Parque Céspedes, Catedral of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, the former City Hall and Casa Granda Hotel

4:30 PM         Rest and evening on your own


Tuesday, May 2

9:00 AM          Participate in the Meeting for Solidarity with Cuba

12:30 PM       Lunch (included)

3:00 PM         Overview of the current situation in Cuba with representatives of the University of Oriente

5:30 PM         Return to the hotel

                        Dinner on your own

Evening         Optional activities


Wednesday, May 3

9:00 AM          Visit to the Cemetery Santa Ifigenia, resting place of well-recognized artists, heroes of the Wars of Independence and many other important national and international figures

See the change of guard at José Martí and Fidel Castro´s resting places

10:00 AM       Visit to a cooperative

12:00 PM       Lunch (included)

2:00 PM         Visit to the Casa del Caribe and meeting with specialists on Afro-Cuban religion and Culture

Cultural activity

4:00 PM         Return to the hotel

                        Dinner on your own

Evening         Optional activities


Thursday, May 4

8:00 AM          Hotel check-out

Departure for Guantanamo (2-hours drive)

Arrival in Guantanamo - Check-in at Hotel Guantanamo and Event Registration

Lunch at the hotel (included)

2:00 PM         Opening session at the Medical Sciences School of Guantanamo

                        Welcome and greetings by the President of the Cuban Movement for Peace and Sovereignty of the Peoples (MOVPAZ), Silvio Platero, by the Presidente of the World Peace Council, Socorro Gomes and the President of the local government Dr. Nancy Acosta

4:00 PM         Plenary session

7:00 PM         Dinner at the hotel (included)

8:30 PM         Visit to a Defense Committee of the Revolution (CDR) and interact with community members at the Villa Toa residential quarter


Friday, May 5

8:30 AM          Continuation of the work in plenary

                       Projection of documentary “All Guantánamo is Ours”

by filmmaker Hernando Calvo Ospina

                       Presentation of papers and special interventions by participants

1:00 PM         Lunch in the hotel (included) 

3:00 PM         Plenary sessions

7:00 PM         Dinner at the hotel (included)

8:30 PM         Peace Concert in downtown of Guantanamo


Saturday, May 6

8:30 AM          Flower offering to Mariana Grajales in the Revolution Square

9:00 AM          Plenary session for approval of the Final Declaration of the Fifth International Peace Seminar and for the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases

10:00 AM       Presentation of the book “Naval Base in Guantánamo. United States versus Cuba” (in Spanish) by a group of Cuban authors

11:00 AM       Performance of the ensemble La Colmenita de Guantánamo

1:00 PM         Lunch in Hotel (included)

3:00 PM         Departure to Caimanera - Cuban territory bordering the illegal U.S. Base

Welcome by authorities in Hotel Caimanera

Observation of the Naval Base from the vantage point

5:30 PM         Mass rally with a reading of the Final Declaration of the event to the people of Caimanera, in the local park.

6:30 PM         Return to the city of Guantánamo

8:00 PM         Farewell dinner (included)

9:00 PM         Noche Guantanamera cultural activity            


Sunday, May 7

7:00 AM          Hotel check-out

7:30 AM          Drive to Holguin airport (3.5-hour drive)

11:00 AM       Check-in at JetBlue Flight 2032

1:45 PM         Departure to US


Important Information

Hotel Pernik

Jorge Dimitrov Avenue, Holguín

(53)24.481039

Hotel San Juan

Siboney Highway Km 1 ½, Vista Alegre, Santiago de Cuba

(53)22.687200

Hotel Guantánamo

13th North St. between Ahogados y 2 Oeste St., Guantánamo

(53)21.381015

 

Jesús García (Guide)         5.263.7320

Rodrigo González                5.848.3343

Jessica Rodríguez              5.324.7438

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