The fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, to be celebrated on January first 2009, is the cultural travel theme of a tourism package being sold by Cuban and Argentine travel agencies. The Cuban cultural and history tour will include visits to the mausoleum of Ernesto “Che” Guevara in Santa Clara and to Fidel Castro’s birthplace in Biran Cuba.
Marlene Martinez from the Ecotur travel agency in Cuba said that the tour will be filled with trips to social and political destinations along with plenty of information about the Cuban Revolution that took place from 1953 to 1959 that ultimately was instrumental in forcing President Batista to flee from Cuba by plane shortly after midnight on January 1, 1959. Fidel Castro rode into Havana on January 7, 1959.
Cuba travel agency Ecotur expects that one hundred fifty tourists will purchase tickets for the program and tour and visit Cuba between December 23 and January 3, 2009.
Cuba tour participants will travel to the beach where Fidel Castro’s boat Granma landed in 1956. He and a small group of other Revolutionaries including Che Guevara came from Mexico. This landing in 1953 marked the beginning of La Revolucion but the January 1 date is celebrated as the victory date for the Revolution.
Visitors will also travel to other historic locations but will also enjoy a couple days enjoying the Cuban beaches. On January 1, participants will attend festivities in Santiago de Cuba (where most of the Revolution was fought) in order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of La Revolucion.