Hailed by National Geographic as “One of the world’s leading authorities on Cuba travel and culture,” Cuba travel expert and news personality Christopher P. Baker is available for magazine assignments, media guest interviews, speaking engagements and as a cruise lecturer & tour leader
“I give you props. I said, ‘Get me a Cuba expert’ and you over-delivered!”
CNN TV anchor and SIRIUS XM Radio host Michael Smerconish to his producer
Christopher P. Baker has visited Cuba more than 200 times during three decades, currently spends approximately half of each year there, has led more than 100 “people-to-people” tours to Cuba, and has met Fidel Castro and a pantheon of Cuba’s other leading cultural and political leaders. He is intimately familiar with the island’s culture, society, history, politics, and economics and has traveled Cuba end to end numerous times
AUTHOR, JOURNALIST & PHOTOGRAPHER
Christopher has authored eight travel books about Cuba, including the best-selling Eyewitness Travel Cuba, Moon Cuba, and National Geographic Traveler Cuba guidebooks, the coffee-table book Cuba Classics: A Celebration of Vintage American Automobiles, plus the literary travelog Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro’s Cuba (winner of the Lowell Thomas Award ‘Travel Book of the Year’ and the North American Travel Journalist Association’s ‘Grand Prize’).
His more than 100 self-illustrated feature articles and news reports about Cuba have been published in scores of magazines, newspapers, and online outlets as diverse as Caribbean Travel & Life, CNN Travel, National Geographic Traveler, New York Magazine, Playboy and Robb Report.
Christopher has addressed the National Press Club, National Geographic Live!, and World Affairs Council, among other prestigious organizations, speaking on Cuba. His is also a former faculty member of Cunard Cruise Lines and Holland American Cruise Lines and has given dozens of lively presentations about Cuba aboard cruise ships and at venues throughout North America.
He is available as a public speaker. See below to request Christopher’s availability or send an invitation for him to attend an event.
NEWS PERSONALITY: RADIO, TV & MEDIA INTERVIEWS
Christopher has been profiled in USA Today and has been interviewed about Cuba travel on ABC, Al Jazeera, CBS, CCTV, CNN, Fox TV, MSNBC, NPR, SIRIUS XM Radio, and dozens of other radio and TV outlets. He is thoroughly versed in all aspects of Cuba, including travel, culture, politics, economics, U.S.-Cuba relations and social and political issues.
He is available for radio, TV and other media interviews as America’s most quoted Cuba travel expert and guest news personality.
(READ MICHAEL SMERCONISH’S STORY OF VISITING CUBA WITH HIS FAMILY ON A TRIP ARRANGED AND LED BY CHRISTOPHER P. BAKER)
TOUR LEADER & CRUISE LECTURER
Christopher has led more than 120 tours to Cuba, including almost 100 such tours for National Geographic Expeditions. He has also led many photography tours on behalf of Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Lumaria Workshops, and Jim Cline Photo Tours. His many customized tours to Cuba have included for CNN’s Michael Smerconish, the Children’s Cancer Foundation, and the UCSF-Fresno Medical Center.
In 2013 he led the first group motorcycle tours of Cuba for U.S. citizens since the Revolution. A keen adventure motorcyclist and motojournalist, he arranges and leads motorcycle tours of Cuba for U.S. citizens using BMWs and Harley-Davidsons, including on behalf of Edelweiss Bike Travel, Bob’s BMW of Maine, and the BMW Riding Academy of Turkey.
Christopher has lectured on dozens of cruises throughout the Caribbean and South America, including Cuba, on behalf of Cunard Cruise Lines and Holland America, Noble Caledonia’s MV Serinissima; and Lindblad Expeditions.
He is available for hire, including for individuals and private groups wishing to travel to Cuba legally under the Treasury Department regulations permitting travel for “Support of the Cuban People.”
CUBA TRAVEL INDUSTRY CONSULTING
Christopher has assisted many organizations in their successful applications to receive OFAC licenses for people-to-people travel to Cuba, including Austin-Lehman Adventures, Backroads, Classic Journeys, National Geographic Expeditions, MotoDiscovery, Travcoa, and YMT Travel, among others.
He offers consulting services regarding US travel restrictions, Cuba travel, and Cuba itinerary planning.
CUBAN SOUL DOCUMENTARY
Christopher is currently partnered with actor/director David Soul in production of a cinematic documentary–Cuban Soul–relating to the restoration of Ernest Hemingway’s recently rediscovered 1955 Chrysler New Yorker.
Christopher prepares customized ‘people-to-people’ tours and itineraries on demand. His clients have included Air Journeys, CNN’s Michael Smerconish, and the Children’s Cancer Association, among others.