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 FROM FORT LAUDERDALE

11:05 AM       Departure from Fort Lauderdale

12:45 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 checkout

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

11:30 PM       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 Rancho Club

                        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

12:00 PM       Lunch in downtown (included)

2:00 PM         Meeting with the Institute for Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP)

4:30 PM         Visit to San Pedro de la Roca Fortress

6:00 PM         Rest and evening on your own


Tuesday, May 2

9:00 AM          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

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

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

Evening         Optional activities 


Wednesday, May 3

9:00 AM          Visit to a factory and cooperative

12:30 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

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 Hotel (included) 

3:00 PM         Plenary sessios

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

13:00 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 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)

                        Farewell party                    


 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

1:45 PM         Departure to US


OPTIONAL EXCURSION TO HAVANA

Sunday, May 7

4:30 AM          Hotel check-out

5:00 AM          Transfer to the airport

6:00 AM          Check-in at the airport

8:30 AM          Departure to Havana

10:00 AM       Arrival in Havana – and short drive tour

12:00 PM       Lunch (included)

2:00 PM         Check-in at Hotel Vedado

4:00 PM         Tour of Vedado downtown

Visit the John Lennon Park, drive by the Christopher Columbus Cemetery, visit to the Revolution Square and the Anti-imperialist Tribune José Martí, drive by the University of Havana, Hotel Nacional and Malecón

6:00 PM         Return to the hotel and rest


Monday, May 8

9:00 AM          Departure

9:30 AM          Walking tour in Habana Vieja. Explore the historical and oldest district of Havana; walk along Obispo, Mercaderes, Plaza San Francisco, Plaza Vieja, Plaza de Armas, and the Cathedral    

Return to the hotel and rest

12:30 PM       Lunch at El Templete (included)

3:00 PM         Visit to the Museum of the Revolution

5:00 PM         Cultural activity with Okan-Tomi at Alba Theater, a grassroots company that explores and reworks Afro-Cuban dances and music traditions 


Tuesday, May 9

9:00 AM          Discussion on Economic Changes in Cuba with        Dr. Rafael Betancourt Economics Professor at the San Gerónimo Havana University and CEO of Havanada Consulting firm which focuses on sustainable development projects and social enterprise initiatives in Cuba

11:00 AM       Visit the Organic Agricultural Urban Cooperative of Alamar meet with managers, specialists and workers

12:30 PM       Lunch at El Ajiaco (included)

3:00 PM         Visit to the Callejón de Hammel and meet with muralists and painter Salvador Gonzalez Escalona

                        Learn about the cultural street and community project                      

4:00 PM         Return to the hotel

7:00 PM         Dinner (included)


Wednesday, May 10

Hotel check-out

                        Transfer to the airport

Check-in at JetBlue Flight

                        Departure to US

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