Cuba Travel Tour with UW-La Crosse

Who should attend: 

  • Educators
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Health promotion professionals
  • Anyone interested in traveling to Cuba and learning more about the Cuban culture
Important Cancellation Information

The Cuba Travel Tour with UW-La Crosse has been cancelled per the direction of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Emergency Response Task Force. On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Chancellor informed the UW-La Crosse Office of Extended Learning that all university-related out-of-state travel is suspended until Monday, April 13, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We regret that you will be unable to travel as you had planned and hope you understand that this decision was made with great deliberation in the best interest of public health. You will be refunded the full registration fee that you paid for the Cuba Travel Tour with UW-La Crosse.

Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions or concerns: 608.785.6500 or ex@uwlax.edu

Cuba Travel Tour with UW-La Crosse
March 13–20, 2020

For decades, Cuba has remained in the American imagination as the alluring, yet distant and forbidden destination only 90 miles south of Miami, where time stood still. From salsa music and the earthy smell of cigars to the bright smiles of welcoming Cubans travelling Havana in 1957 Chevys, Cuba offers an unparalleled opportunity to witness the survival of utopia, as the only socialist nation in Latin America proudly enduring an economic embargo by the U.S. since 1960.

This 8-day educational experience into Havana will offer a greater, more nuanced understanding of the socioeconomic realities of present-day Cuba through the lens of contemporary cultural representations. Omar Granados, Ph.D.—professor of Latin American Cultural Studies and a native of Havana—will guide travelers through the city’s economic, social, political life and the island’s thriving cultural scene.

Our trip to Havana will offer opportunities to visit historical sites and museums, interact with Cuban scholars and community activists, visit a Cuban hospital, an elementary school, and a community rebuilding project in the Los Sitios neighborhood of Central Havana. Our group will travel to the region of Pinar del Río to explore the UNESCO sustainable agriculture project, Las Terrazas. Get to know a Cuban family up-close by staying in bed and breakfast style accommodations in the historic Vedado neighborhood, within walking distance to all major cultural areas in the city. Time for optional activities (salsa dancing, theater, ballet, concerts, baseball game) are included in the itinerary.