It’s been more than half a century since Americans have been free to visit Cuba as tourists.
It took nearly a year for the Wisconsin Alumni Association to gain special permission to take UW-Madison alumni and friends to Cuba for an exclusive people-to-people exchange. But it only took a few hours for those travelers to begin to realize that this was the adventure of a lifetime.
Last April, the U.S. government reinstated limited travel licenses
to American tour groups for people-to-people trips to Cuba. Officials have since issued more than 100 licenses, provided that the entire itinerary included an educational component, whether learning about Cuba’s art, music, economy, health care or education.
As WAA begins to book travelers for its next people-to-people exchange to Cuba set for this June,
alumni travelers who took the trip in February recall their experiences in a destination that not many others can say they’ve visited lately.