Picture yourself at the intersection of an immersive journey, a global & local community, and an experiential program. 

You're at Caravan, expanding your inner + outer world.
 

 
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The Caravan experience is coming to Cuba this June 2017! Join us for an 9 day all-inclusive unique journey of a lifetime as we caravan through the exciting island of Cuba, while engaging with each other in a captivating immersive program. Think: Nature exploration, artist residence visits, cocktail & cooking classes, dancing under the stars, waterfalls hikes, beaches trips, local dinners & more!

We will curate an intimate group of 10 Cuban and 10 global purpose-driven visionaries to uncover Cuba's local secrets together all while connecting more deeply with ourselves.

 
 

What's the Program Design?

We’ve designed this Caravan to highlight the unique spirit of Cuba that is most important for a real + meaningful experience.  Each day, this exploration will begin with a specific theme that is central to life in Cuba.

For example, you’ll learn about the following modern and traditional Cuban highlights: Salsa to EDM, country tables to fine dining, Art and dance, global advancement, current and past political systems, historical movements and revolution, modern vs. traditional communication, burgeoning capitalist thought, freedom, growth, and more.

In addition to learning about what it means to be Cuban, we will facilitate conversations with each other about the spectrum of the human experience, and share our individual and national ideologies.

 
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Imagine after Caravan: Cuba, you leave with 1000+ years of wisdom and experience. That's exactly our intention. That you won't just end up taking home some Cuban cigars, rum, or some incredible selfies in the convertible of a 1950’s classic car. Instead, through Caravan, you will expand as a human by gaining access and insight into yourself and into multiple new ways of being, which you may choose to adopt and take back home.

That’s what the Caravan experience is all about: coming together to expand our individual & global consciousness. 
 

 
 

What's included in the experience? 

We’ve intentionally designed Caravan as a seamless and immersive experience from start to finish.  Here's what's included:

- 9 days, 8 nights: double accommodation in a Cuban Casa (single accommodations available upon request for an additional supplement) 
- 3 delicious locally-sourced meals per day (both at traditional Paladars & local hole-in-the walls and high-dining modern Cubano fusion restaurants) 
- Immersive Caravan workshops and curriculum
- Professional photographer + videographer to capture our whole journey  
- All excursions and activities (art walk, cooking classes, salsa lessons, horseback riding, etc)
- All transportation for 8 days (including to/from airport)
- Daily morning yoga/movement
- Support in obtaining visa
- The opportunity to connect deeply with Cuba, yourself, and a group of new life-long friends

Just purchase your international flight + a Caravan ticket and we'll take care of everything else. This way you can show up and be fully present for the journey of a lifetime! 

Price: $2850 (early bird pricing until April 15th)
Price after April 15th: $3450

 
 

Where will the journey take us? 

Although we believe the journey is not about the destinations, the ones that we’ll visit are certainly unique and worth mentioning! We will spend 8 days visiting the following cities, towns, beaches & countryside:  

Vinales: Stunning lush green valleys, mountains & vistas, Organic Farm-to-plate experience at a family-owned Cuban Farm, Caves Walks, Exploring Tobacco Country
Old Havana: Artist houses & studio walks, sunsets on rooftops, Salsa lessons + dancing, Cubano cooking & cocktail making class, classic convertible ride  
Trinadad: UNESCO World heritage city, Waterfalls, horseback riding, live music & dancing in town square, hole-in-the-Paladares (restaurants) 
Cienfuegos: Oceanside cove & beach trip

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Why Cuba?  

The Cuban soul is eclectic and electric. The culture is brimming with music, dance, art, food, politics and more. A powerful pulse and spirit pumps through its veins.  The opportunity to know and understand this stunning culture is often intercepted by politics and media from the outside, thus leading to the biggest gap imaginable between perception and on-the-ground reality.  For this reason, Caravan driven to connect those seeking to know and understand the Cuban culture from the inside, in a real and human way.

What's key about this Caravan (and all Caravans) is that it's all about having a local experience.  Along the journey we will be visiting secret hangouts & destinations to connect with local artists, business owners, creatives, chefs, and designers who are all excited to share their country with you.  In addition to this, there will be several locals joining us for the duration of the journey -- another way you can deeply connect to the country! 
 

 


We believe in: 
Experience, beyond information
Friendship, beyond networking  
Learning, beyond touring  
Participating, beyond observing  

Stories from past journeys: 

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The Caravan team made our trip to Cuba so much more seamless and authentic than it otherwise might have been (if we went on our own). Through their well-established network there, they were able help us meet lots of great Cubans in their ever-expanding group of friends there not to mention have access to great local artists' homes, and have our day- and three-day trips to incredible places such as Vinales and Trinidad planned.  Highly recommend! - Ankur F

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Experiencing Cuba with the Caravan team: I was a traveler, and not a tourist. I wanted to explore the art, food and drink, and culture of Cuba, and they ensured I see both the "must-see's" as well as the off-the-radar/local's experiences. From large warehouse art fairs, to intimate artist studios. From exclusive trendy nuevo-Cuban restaurant and bars, including stories from the owners, to local off the grid traditional cuisine (Hello Ropa Vieja and "Gas Station" beer-can flan). And possibly some Piña Coladas and mojitos in between.  To top it off, you could see and feel the team’s care for and connection with people of Cuba, which made all of the difference.  I cannot wait to visit Cuba again! - Jessica D

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I can't say enough about the experience they created — it was so wonderful I went back again two months later. My first trip to Cuba was during the mourning period of Fidel Castro's death.  Instead of what may have been a horrible trip due to mourning of Fidel and tours, restaurants and bars being closed....it was amazing.  The team quickly shifted gears and found locals and other guides to help us for the week.  We toured galleries, went to tiny bars where the music still played, enjoyed the history and food of delicious restaurants and traveled to the sea for some coastal style life.  All in all the team was amazing...they set expectations from getting on the flight to Havana, changing money, food, connecting us with locals they knew so we could see a non-touristy life...and even meeting artists where they helped all of the group negotiate and buy art that will forever be in our homes.  - Debbie G.

 

Meet the Caravan: Cuba Team

 

90% of our team is Cuban and 100% of us are truly looking forward to share Cuba with you!

 

Asya Azar
Caravan Leader
Asya Azar is a social entrepreneur driven to design experiences and products that expand personal, collective and global consciousness. Before founding Caravan, Asya created Reset in Bali, led Hive (a global leadership program) in San Francisco, managed a tech accelerator and filmed a mini-documentary in India, and helped organize a TEDx in Iran. Before, she was a photographer and traveled to more than 50 countries. Asya studied at UCLA where she founded and directed innergy the largest wellness & conscious living organization on campus.

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Liza Gershman
Caravan Leader
Liza Gershman is an award-winning photographer and writer, and seasoned world-traveler. Passionate about food, people, and culture, Liza has had the opportunity to photograph and write in more than 43 countries and 46 U.S. States during her career. Liza teaches workshops, speaks, and writes articles on photography for Canon USA, and has photographed 12 cocktail and cookbooks for numerous publishers in the US, including Random House. She calls Cuba her second home and is thrilled to share its soul with you!

 
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Yosenil
Cuba Culture Expert
Yos has more than 17 years of tourism experience including: a spanning mastery of 8 languages and a 12-year study of Hospitality and Marketing in Belgium. He has returned to his Havana roots to share the country with the world. Yos will be with us the entire week and is excited to guide us through Cuba.

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Alejandro
Photographer & Videographer
A fresh and excited member of Cuba’s youth, Allejandro will share with us what it is like to live on the cusp of change. Allejandro is a talented photographer and videographer and will be with us for the duration of the trip to document our Caravan.

Claudia
Caravan Caretaker
Claudia has spent her career bringing tourism to Cuba. With higher degrees in Hospitality from the University of Havana, Claudia adds interest and fun to everything that she does. She is a true asset to this trip and you will certainly get to experience her fantastic dancing skills!

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Marie, Abel & Ray
Cuban Artists

This trio will guide us through some of Havana’s most interesting homes, where we will meet with local creatives including painters, print makers, and sculptors.

Marie is a multi-award winning published author whose work appears throughout Cuba and Spain. Her Stories feature a cast of unlikely Cuban characters, including her real-life mother, the last Duchess of Cuba. Abel is a talented writer whose love & knowledge of local music is an asset to this Caravan. Ray is a talented Cuban illustrator who works with ink and quill. He owns one of the art galleries we will visit and is excited to share his passion about the Cuban art scene. 
 

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Tony
Cuban Philosopher
A young 70, we are blessed to have the company of Tony who will talk with us about life pre, during and post-revolution. Tony’s perspective is a true gift for the Caravan community and his experience living through the many faces of Cuba is something that must be heard to believe! 

 

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Mileen
Ballerina for Cuba National Ballet
Maileen graces the stage as she dances for the National Ballet, and we are grateful to have her join us throughout the week to share about Cuban dance culture. Maileen will take us to some of Cuba’s hottest dance spots. Get ready for fun!

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Lancelot
Cuban Art Expert
Lancelot’s work has picked up critical acclaim in both Cuba and Internationally. This year he was featured at Art Basil, Miami, and has a solo exhibition in Panama at a prestigious gallery.  Lancelot’s dual Cuban-American citizenship makes his perspective unique and you can easily see this crossover represented in his large, bright, provocative art. Lancelot is an expert on Cuba’s changing art scene, and will join us for libations, meals and wild tales.

Mike
Caravan Commander
Mike will be our Caravan commander and general muscle man on this journey. He also has a keen knowledge and interest of the sports of Cuba. 

 

I want to join this Caravan. What are the next steps? 

1. Apply by clicking here or going to this URL: http://bit.ly/2nj6yKN
2. Wait for your application to be reviewed (accepted applicants will receive an email in 48-72h)
3. Purchase your ticket & get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!

Price: $2850 (early bird pricing until April 15th)
Price after April 15th: $3450