Insight Cuba, a provider of legal people-to-people educational travel for Americans to Cuba, is preparing to resume its travel programs that were halted in 2003. With the White House signaling its intention to ease the travel restrictions, legal travel to Cuba could resume in the coming months.
On January 14, President Obama announced that he would ease the Cuba travel restrictions and restore the once-legal people-to-people programs operated by organizations like Insight Cuba.
In 2000, Insight Cuba began offering Americans the rare opportunity to discover Cuba through its people. Nearly 2,500 Americans traveled there legally with Insight Cuba in the second half of 2003 alone – until stronger travel restrictions between the U.S. and Cuba brought such programs to a halt.
Insight Cuba plans to operate programs similar to its pre-2003 offerings. The trips always included stays in Havana, and often included excursions to Santiago de Cuba and to the eastern and western provinces.
With the guidance and expertise of local professionals, participants were immersed in Cuban culture, visiting schools, historic sites, hospitals and farms, interacting and mingling with local community groups, women’s groups, artists, musicians, religious leaders, and more.