Transfer to Havana. During the drive our travel staff will introduce themselves and give you some important information about Havana. Brief stop in Plaza de la Revolución to see ministries, monument to José Marti, and the colossal famous image of Che Guevara.
Arrive at the Iberostar Hotel Parque Central and check-in to your rooms. We will be staying in the most popular 5-star luxury hotel located in the area of greatest cultural activity next to Cuba’s capitol. This Spanish hotel is surrounded by theaters, restaurants, bars, museums, music venues, hotels and cafés.
DAY 2: FRIDAY, APRIL 12 | OLD HAVANA
8:30 am ~ Breakfast at the Hotel. Enjoy a generous spread of eggs made to order, coffee, tropical fruits, cheeses, fresh juices, pancakes, potatoes, breads and pastries. This full-buffet is open daily from 7:00 - 10:00 am.
10:00 am ~ Overview of Havana with Wilfredo Benitez. We’ll begin our day at the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba with a multimedia presentation by Wilfredo Benitez. General Manager of the Ludwig Foundation, Wilfredo is an expert on the historical development of Havana. He will give a glimpse into the history of Cuban architecture, from the Colonial era to 1950s modernism and today. This will deepen our understanding of the city while we explore its many neighborhoods throughout the week.
11:30 am ~ Old Havana: Opening of Habana Bienal in Habana Vieja. The newly renovated Plaza Vieja is the site of several art venues, a beer hall, an espresso café, and restored residences in colonial buildings. At the Centro del Desarrollo de Arte Contemporáneo, curator Gretel Medina will guide us through an exhibition of contemporary Cuban art at the cutting edge. We’ll walk around Plaza Vieja, through its boutiques, museums and markets. We’ll see contemporary photography at la Fototeca de Cuba. We will continue down Calle Los Mercaderes to la Plaza de las Armas, the nexus of the colonial government. Our Cuban guide will give us a history of the city’s settlement. We’ll then continue to the Plaza de la Catedral where we will make a stop at the Taller Experimental de Grafica. Yamilys Brito, director of the Taller, will give us a little tour, and people can buy inexpensive prints produced by the resident artists.
Photography by Project Por Amor