Vamos a Cuba February 2018

salsa dance

salsa dance

Join a small group of like-minded friends for an unforgettable 9 days in the “Back in Time appeal of Cuba”

Theme: Music, Dance and Culture     

Dance class with René & Christie

Music and Dance in Cuba: 

Come and soak yourself in the rich, intoxicating Caribbean music.

Let your body express the delight of Cuban music, a delicious blend of African music with its African drums and percussions and European melody with its passionate Spanish Guitar.

Salsa, Regueton, Cha cha cha, Mambo, Bolero, Son, Latin Jazz, Timba, Guaguanco…

Dance classes

Several dance group classes are included in the price.

 

9 days – 2018 -February 16th –  25th  

Your travel organizers enjoying this journey with you:

Marta and MayaJoëlle met on the dance floor of AMC’s (Asheville Movement Collective) Sunday morning dances. They recognized their friendship through a similar way of moving through space. They have been contemplating offering a Kindred Voyage to Cuba for some time… and Voilà !

Dancing Blue Ridge Mtns

Dancing in the Blue Ridge Mountains

 

Marta & MayaJoëlle

Marta & MayaJoëlle

Moved by the Mountains

Moved by the Mountains

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marta Martin :

Born in Habana, Cuba, Marta Martín traveled to the United States in her late teens. She facilitates ecstatic dance waves, teaches Bellydance, nutrition, cooking, Spanish and English as a Second Language. Her love and passion for the earth inspires her in the garden where she grows food organically. Marta’s vision is to teach by example the love and acceptance of all people and cultures.

 

 

 MayaJoëlle : Click here or see bio on upper right side of page

MayaJoëlle Blue Ridge Parkway

MayaJoëlle on Blue Ridge Parkway

 

 

When: 9 days – 2018 – February 16th – 25th  –

 

Where: Havana, Valley of Viñales and a two days relaxing escape at the Beach

Habana Vieja Cuba

 

*It is well worth spending much time in Havana (really, it is Habana) in order to impregnate ourselves with this unique atmosphere of this town where time has stopped

We will explore different neighborhoods: Old Havana, Vedado, Playas del Este…

*A two days relaxing escape at the Beach

*A couple of days in the beautiful country side of Viñales where we will hike, explore caves, botanical gardens, and  enjoy a most unforgettable farm to table meal while savoring an unique ‘anti-stress’ cocktail and delighting in stunning views

Warm your winter bones in the delicious waters of the Caribbean

 

 

Vamos a Cuba

                            Vamos a Cuba

 

¿Por que? ¿Por que no? Let us discover, learn, explore and meet new friends

 

Group size : Maximum 8

The Valley of Silence

Cost: $2500

– Ask MayaJoëlle or Marta about our discount for 2 or more family members and/or discount for friends signing up together –

Reserve and deposit of $500 – First come, first served

Included in price :

-Airport transfer to and from our home in Havana

-Welcome dinner

-Share of large home rental or casa particulares

-Share double room (Supplement of $200 for single room)

-Opportunities to join in morning meditation, chanting with MayaJoëlle

-Transport to the beach and two nights accommodations near the beach

-Transport to the Valley of Viñales and accommodations

-Experienced local guides

Street Music

Street Music

-Dance group classes

-Music and dance outings and experiences

-Breakfasts and a minimum of 5 meals (alcoholic beverages not included) including welcome diner and farm to table dining experience in Viñales

-Some healthy food available at our home

-Walking tour of Old Havana, Visit to Che Guevara Memorial

-2 days exploring a Beach

-2 days exploring the Valley of Viñales

-Many other surprises…

 

 

               Kindred Voyages for Kindred Spirit

 

Our warmth filled hostess

A message from MayaJoëlle:

Before I visited Cuba for the first time last year, I was under the impression that tourists were barely able to connect with the people of Cuba. Last year, I co-organized with Marta a group to travel to Habana.  To my surprise, we were able to stay in private homes, booked through AirBnB.  I also discovered that the Cuban people are now able to start small businesses and connect with visitors while improving their quality of life. During our visit we observed, first hand, the creativity and  spirit of community of the Cuban people.

With Alain, our great guide

I loved discovering some fascinating places in Havana and in the countryside of Cuba, enjoying the daily warm sun in February. Most of all, the connections we experienced with the people of Cuba deeply touched my heart. Every day, we had direct and indirect contact with the people of the Island. Their warmth, aliveness and simplicity enchanted me. While I loved the numerous opportunities to use the little Spanish I know, we encountered people everywhere who speak decent English. We were able to learn much about their lives and they about ours. To my delight, I didn’t experience the secrecy I was expecting months before.

We participated in dance classes, yet my favorite musical and dance moments were happening spontaneously in the streets and in restaurants while we ate, or in a small town where over 90 % of the public was local. Viva Cuba!

I am ready to go back, with Marta. Are you?

TO REGISTER:

  1. Contact either MayaJoëlle: 1 828 242 9084, Email ahjoiedevivre@gmail.com or Marta: 1 828 301-4135 Email: 1dancingmarta@gmail.com. Number of this Cuba trip travelers is limited!!! Reserve your spot now.
  2. You can either send a check at “Kindred Voyages P.O. Box 85 Swannanoa, NC 28778” or, if you prefer, you can request via email, to receive a Paypal invoice for the deposit.
  3. Pay your nonrefundable $500  deposit to confirm your space (First come, first served)
  4. Remaining balance of $2 000 will be due by December 15th 2017.

 

Habana Cuba

 

Playa Santa Maria del Mar

Playa Santa Maria del Mar

Habana vieja

Practical info:

(More info will be given to Kindred Voyagers as they sign up for this particular journey)

Flights:

Flights are not included in the price. New direct routes are now open from Fort Lauderdale, from Orlando and from Charlotte to Havana..

Legal requirements: More info after you sign up

Valid and up to date Passport

Evidence of travel insurance

 

A sweet moment in Habana

Money matters:

Ask your Credit Card bank for their Cuba policy. Cuban Banks will charge 10 % for exchanging $ for CUC

Electric Current

110/120 volts with American-model plug

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s go for a ride

 

Mountaine joining locals musicians

 

 

 

 

 

 

May we? ¿Porque no?

Colorful people in Havana

Fresh fruits for breakfast

Top farm to table dining experience in Viñales

Jose Marti Memorial

 

 

                                               Kindred Voyages for Kindred Spirits

THE DETAILS OF FINE PRINT: *Prices do not include airfare. Accommodations are limited to 10 people. Reservations are available on a first come, first served basis and require a non refundable (Unless trip has to be cancelled for unforeseen reason) $500 deposit to hold the space. Full payment of tour is due by December 15 2017 to guarantee space. Single travelers that do not wish to bunk in a room with another traveler will be charged an additional $200 service fee for a private room. No refund is available on or after travel dates have started.

 

Testimonials:

A lifetime dream fulfilled.

While I do not consider myself a traveler, my desire to visit Cuba over rode my airport stress challenges. My root desire to visit the country originated from our government’s restrictions, and the many stories of our past association, both good and bad with Cuba.

Cuba is a beautiful country, with friendly and welcoming people. The itinerary set up by Marta (who was actually born in Cuba) and MayaJoëlle, could not have provided a more varied experience. Havana was our starting and staging point where we spent many days exploring the city and becoming acquainted with the lifestyle of the locals. One of our day journeys took us to the country side to explore Viñales and the valley of Viñales. Everyone was so pleased with their experience in Viñales that MayaJoëlle felt it would be worthwhile on future trips, to spend a few days in the area.

The final leg of our journey took us to the beach at Varadero, about two hours drive from Havana. While this area is more oriented toward tourists, I found it to be a pleasant experience and more accommodating to someone like my self who does not speak Spanish.

All of our lodging was through AirBnB, which certainly gave us the cultural experience and a deeper connection with Cuban natives. I consider this to be a highly recommended experience.

Eddie Twigg 2017

Eddie Back in time