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What is Cuba about? #Cuba is a unique world of its own league. Friendly people & vibrant culture. Leave behind anything and everything you think you know about Cuba, and get ready to enter the country with an open mind and open eyes to attempt to understand Cuban politics, economy, and culture through the eyes of Cubans themselves as they are the ones who ultimately live through that reality day in and day out. You'll be surprised how much you have to learn. Join Anthropologie Consulting for one of our tailor-made Cuban #journeys. So much to learn! ... See MoreSee Less

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19th of June, 2017

The US-Cuba Journey Must Go On: AC Journeys’ Statement on the Announcement of the New Course of US-Cuba Policy.

Dear Friends (Agents, Travel Agencies, Current Travelers, & Prospective, Future Travelers).

On June 16th, 2017, President Trump announced what for many seemed like a reversal of US-Cuba policy initiated under President Obama. These changes seem to affect primarily American citizen’s ability to travel to Cuba. At this time, I will not get into the pros and cons of this new political and economic course, because the purpose of this statement is to clarify how your options to travel to Cuba will be impacted or not. If you have somehow been in the US-Cuba political and economic stage, I am sure you are quick to recognize that this is just one more act in this show, but it is not the climax of the US-Cuba story.

I think it is important to state that AC Journeys has always operated in compliance with US regulations with regards to its travel operations in Cuba. All of our travelers and travel programs have complied with the key components of the Department of the Treasure’s 31 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), part 515 and the Department of Commerce’s 15 CFR, parts 730-774 of January 2015, and their subsequent amendments of September 2015, January 2016, March 2016 and October 2016. These key components are:
People-to-people travel (31 C.F.R. § 515.565(b)). I am traveling to Cuba for an educational exchange not involving academic study pursuant to a degree program, that meets all the following:
(a) The exchanges take place under the auspices of an organization that is a person subject to U.S. jurisdiction and that sponsors such exchanges to promote people-to-people contact;
(b) Travel-related transactions pursuant to this authorization must be for the purpose of engaging, while in Cuba, in a full-time schedule of activities intended to enhance contact with the Cuban people, support civil society in Cuba, or promote the Cuban people's independence from Cuban authorities;
(c) Each traveler has a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities that will result in meaningful interaction between the traveler and individuals in Cuba;
(d) An employee, paid consultant, or agent of the sponsoring organization accompanies each group traveling to Cuba to ensure that each traveler has a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities; and
(e) The predominant portion of the activities engaged in by individual travelers is not with individuals or entities acting for or on behalf of a prohibited official of the Government of Cuba, as defined in 31 CFR 515.337 of this part, or a prohibited member of the Cuban Communist Party, as defined in 31 CFR 515.338 of this part.

Now, this is what you need to know about these “new” changes.
1. They remove the honor component of the previous regulation. It is no longer up to an individual to comply with the regulation. The Department of the Treasure and the Department of Commerce will require individuals to use an organization, such as AC Journeys, that is under US jurisdiction and that they can hold accountable and auditable with regards to operations in, and travel to, Cuba. You can always count on AC Journeys. This is component (a) of the previous regulation. With us, Cuba is still within your reach.
2. Travelers will have a full-time program of educational and cultural activities. This is simply components (b) and (c) of the previous regulation. At AC Journeys, we believe (our stated mission) that travel should be about bringing people together. All of programs are people to people in nature. Our programs provide our clients with an opportunity to understand the country and culture they are visiting from the perspective of the people who live through that reality. Our programs enhance contact with the Cuban people, support civil society in Cuba; and result in meaningful interaction between the traveler and individuals in Cuba.
3. Programs will have a trip study leader. Component (d) of the previous regulation. AC Journeys maintains paid staff in Cuba who accompanies all of our travelers and travel programs through their time in Cuba. In our travel philosophy, this is an important component of our program as they ensure their success. Regulated or not, we will continue to do so.
4. You will have to travel in a group. Our programs are offered to diverse types of groups: small groups, large groups, open-to-the-public groups, closed groups. In the past, before December 2014 and January 2015, there was no determined number of people required to make a group. I believe and hope that this will continue. My interpretation of the difference between individual traveler and group traveler is based on how the travel arrangements are made. The Individual traveler (say, 1 traveler or a family of 10 people) makes their own travel arrangements. The Group traveler (say, a program designed for 1 participant or for a group of 10) leaves the travel arrangements to a travel organization, such as AC journeys, that is under US jurisdiction and is accountable and auditable. I am telling you, people, leave your travel arrangements to us at AC Journeys and Cuba will continue to be within your reach.

The Department of the Treasury and the Department of Commerce are to announce the actual new regulatory policy within 30 days. As for now, AC Journeys will not make any changes to our modus operandi, simply because everything that we have done and currently do complies with past and “new” regulations. If when the new regulatory policy comes out, there is need for actual changes, you will be promptly notified.

Friends, these “new” changes are not new to AC Journeys. I personally have been in the stage of US-Cuba policy for the last 20 years. AC Journeys will continue to honor it mission of cultural and educational travel to Cuba, and being an advocate of travel diplomacy. Continue traveling to Cuba. Continue traveling with AC Journeys. We got your back!

Hope to see you in Cuba soon!

Sincerely,

Jose Pineda
President
Anthropologie Consulting
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What people are saying:

Here’s my favorite picture from our trip. (Disclaimer–I didn’t actually take this, Javon did.) I love this because I love the artwork in the picture, and the artwork that the picture reminds me of, which is all of Fuster’s work. I think the way that he has turned his art into a community project is really amazing, and it also embodies that spirit, which is so present all over Cuba, that you really don’t need money to be happy. Obviously, the Cuban economy needs to be improved, but the fact that even in such conditions people can still find ways to do things like what Fuster is doing says so much about Cuban people and culture. It’s really amazing. I also love this picture because it reminds me of the great time we all had as a group, which is something I’ll never forget.
Thanks so much for everything!
Margaret Grabar Sage, Saint Ann's School February, 2014
I want to thank you for a phenomenal week in Cuba; you created for us an itinerary that was a perfect balance of Spanish and history, or art and culture. For me, the trip was transformative–not only do I now have a much better sense of Cuba and its role in the world, but I also see the power that a simple conversation can have in overcoming barriers like those that exist between the United States and Cuba. I have already told many of my friends and all of my family that they “need” to go; and when they do, I will be sure that they go through you and throughAnthropolgie Consulting! I am attaching a photo that I took of Havana during the sunset. Every night, I was struck by how beautiful the sunset was, and by how it lit the old buildings in a golden light. It is, for me, an enduring image–and memory–of Havana. Thanks again for such a special trip–I will have great memories of it forever.
Nicholas Stewart, Saint Ann's School February, 2014

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