Obama and Castro shake hands in the spirit of Nelson Mandela

I WAS THRILLED THAT President Obama showed the right stuff and shook Cuban leader Raúl Castro’s hand during the memorial service to Nelson Mandela. Mandela, who embodied the very essence...

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National Geographic Expeditions announces new 11-day tour of Eastern Cuba

National Geographic Expeditions has announced a new 11-day Cuba tour: ‘Eastern Cuba: Crossroads of History & Culture’. I’m thrilled to have been asked to lead the first of five trips...

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How bad is the recent cholera outbreak in Cuba, and should you go?

A full year has passed since the first reports of the first reappearance of cholera in Cuba in decades, yet it appears that the island still hasn’t contained the outbreak,...

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help end the travel ban to Cuba for U.S. citizens

In 2011, President Obama liberalized travel to Cuba for Cuban-Americans, students and religious travel, and created a new category–People-to-People–that permits ALL U.S. citizens to participate in “educational exchange” programs. But...

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world’s foremost Cuba travel expert, Christopher P. Baker, is available for speaking engagements, media interviews, magazine assignments & as a tour escort

Author of six travel books about Cuba, Christopher P. Baker has visited Cuba more than 70 times during three decades and has met Fidel Castro and a pantheon of Cuba’s...

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La Colmenita–Havana’s endearing children’s theater group–spreads message of love

Without a doubt, the seminal highlight of this past year leading people-to-people tours of Cuba for National Geographic Expeditions was my introduction to the children of La Colmenita. This amazing...

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Cuban porn star stirs ruckus

Now that my “Cuba & Costa Rica” blog is no longer being published, here’s a blog post from last year that my editors at Moon.com wouldn’t publish… Many a traveler...

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