Rob Sequin | Havana Journal
Cuba Birding, History and Culture Trip
Rocky Mountain College in Billings Montana is offering the general public the opportunity to travel to Cuba in a recent post from the Billings Gazette with the title Public may travel to Cuba with RMC professor.
The public is invited to join Dr. Jennifer Lyman, professor of environmental science and studies, who will lead a birding, natural history and culture tour of Cuba, Feb. 24 through March 3, 2012.
Lyman will escort the tour, which includes stays in four-star hotels in Havana, Cienfuegos and Trinidad, accompanied by an English-speaking guide versed in nature, history and culture. Cost of the tour, which includes air transportation to Cuba and luxury coach in Cuba, is $3,695 per person, double occupancy ($500 single supplement). The cost includes hotel accommodation and many meals.
The two-credit trip is for RMC students, but public participants may join the tour for an additional $95 audit fee. For this trip the first deposit is due Oct. 17 (1/2 the amount) and the remainder due Nov. 26.
I think someone should tell the college that this is illegal.
Although OFAC is issuing new people to people licenses, no academic, religious, non-profit or any other type of organization or company is legally allowed to offer Cuba trips to the general public especially with such a vacation type agenda as listed in the Billings Gazette article. Also, one has to wonder why the College is flying out of Cancun and not the United States.
Openly and publicly promoting illegal trips to Cuba by any organization is not good for those companies and non-profit organizations that are licensed to offer Cuba trips, tours and/or travel services.
An email was sent to the email listed in the article but no reply has been received at this time.
Cuba Trip Itinerary
DAY 1 — Friday, Flight from Billings to Cancun, Mexico
DAY 2 — Saturday/Arrival in Havana
DAY 3 — Sunday/Exploring the city of Havana
DAY 4 — Monday/Ernest Hemingway house / urban organic agriculture
DAY 5 — Tuesday / Las terrazas eco-community-birdwatching
DAY 6 — Wednesday / Boca de Guama / Crocodile reserve / TAINO village / cienfuegos
DAY 7 — Thursday/CITY OF TRINIDAD DE CUBA
DAY 8 — Friday / TOPES DE COLLANTES / HAVANA