In true Rustic fashion, students have explored beyond Havana and the country’s tropical coastlines since we started offering Cuba programs in 2016. Built around local interaction, hands-on learning, and engaging community exchanges, our programs here are designed to reveal what life is really like in Cuba. Participate in environmental conservation efforts or explore this fascinating country behind the lens of your camera. The country is just beginning to open its doors to American tourism, and there is so much for us to learn and experience.
We invite you to get to know this intriguing Caribbean nation. The island’s vibrant streets, lush rainforests, and undiscovered adventures will captivate even the most experienced travelers. Music and dancing are an integral part of life, and the lively beats of the island will provide a tantalizing soundtrack to your trip.
Join us for an amazing cultural exchange in the exciting Cuban cities of Havana and Trinidad. This program is tailored for those who are passionate about environmental conservation. Travel by horseback to the famous Charco Azul lagoon where a reforestation project awaits with local park rangers, sleep under the stars after a waterfall hike, get your hands dirty with local farmers while learning about their sustainable practices and experience youth culture in town with plenty of dancing, food, and new friends.
This program is designed to give students an up close and personal “through the lens” look at Cuban life, architecture, and natural landscapes. Capture life in Havana’s old city and its surrounding neighborhoods, wander the Viñales Valley on horseback, and take in the sunsets and wildlife on the shores of Cayo Levisa. Each afternoon you will have a workshop and exposition, sharing your photos with your group and guides, learning techniques that will help you develop your photography skills.