CUBA TODAY: SANTIAGO
7 Days, 6 Nights
SANTIAGO DE CUBA is Cuba’s second largest city and, in the opinion of many, the most sensuous!
Global Arts has created a one-week tour that begins with a panoramic bus ride with stops at the Heredia Theatre, San Juan Hill, the Antonio Maceo Revolution Square, the Saturnino Lora baseball stadium, and Palacio de Justicia, among other sites.
A walking tour of Santiago’s central city includes visits to the Casa de Diego Velazquez, the oldest house still standing in Cuba, and the Barcardi Museum. And, no visit to Santiago is complete without a visit to the Moncada Barracks, scene of the first and failed attack of the revolutionary forces against the Batista dictatorship, converted now to an elementary school, the largest in Eastern Cuba.
The tour includes visits to the artsfilled Vista Alegre community, home to several of Santiago’s most important cultural institutions: the Caguayo Foundation for the Applied and Monumental Art; Casa del Caribe, dedicated to the study of Caribbean life; the Fernando Ortiz Cultural Center, sponsor of the annual International Conference on African and Afro American Culture; and, Taller Aguilera, one of Cuba’s most important printmaking studios.
We’ll visit local artists in their studios and homes, and explore the city’s nightlife, including “Iris,” Santiago’s premier jazz club. The program includes a drive beyond the city into the town of El Cobre to visit the Church of the Virgin of Charity, patron saint of Cuba, and then on to the route of the slave and the Monument of the Cimarrón (Runaway Slave). In Santiago, the most African of Cuba’s cities, we’ll enjoy a performance of an 18th century dance by the La Cotumba Frances society, then participate in a discussion about the Haitian cultural presence in Santiago.