Cuba, long the “forbidden fruit” to American travelers, is available for legal travel with Small Footprint Travels.
Benjamin Porter and Myo Koongnoo Porter of Small Footprint Travels have led many tours to this enchanting island and now are pleased to offer a new tour to Santiago de Cuba and the eastern part of the island along with Speaking of Travel in February, 2020.
Founded in 1515, Santiago is famed for its colonial architecture as well as it revolutionary history, the birthplace of rum, and the Santeria religion. Come with us as we explore a less visited part of this large alluring island.
Our tour begins with a quick flight from Miami to the city of Camagüey, Cuba. It is lovely colonial gem with many parks and squares scattered throughout the city. Our private transport will take us to the small city of Las Tunas for a meeting and tour with a local journalist.
Next is the small coastal village of Gibara, where Christopher Columbus first step foot in 1492. It is now the site of an international film festival. We continue to Holguin where we will visit a cigar factory.
We continue to the lovely city of Bayamo–which predates both Havana and Santiago. It is our gateway to the lovely rural area around Bartolome Masó where we will have the option of hiking up to visit the original headquarters where Fidel, Che, and others commenced their revolt against the Batista Regime.
We’ll end our visit in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba’s second largest city. Much of Cuban music and dance originated in Santiago and we will immerse ourselves in that cultural ambiance during the three days we are there. We fly from Santiago directly back to Miami.
Visit Small Footprint Travels for more info and sign up TODAY and come along. This is going to be a trip you will NEVER forget!
Meet Benjamin Porter
“My life has been one of photography and travel. As a young boy moving from one city to the next with my family (my father was a hospital director), I met new people and explored new cities. Hence, I got the travel bug from a young age. Wanting to capture these experiences, I started photographing at the age of 10 and eventually became a photographer.
In my early 20s, I traveled for a year throughout all of Latin America. At the end of my amazing journey, I had fallen in love with the people and indigenous culture of one particular country: Bolivia—a beautiful and remote land. I have returned many times over the years, and a part of me will always feel that Bolivia is my home.
Before my professional photography career developed, I funded my camera passion by working as a merchant seaman on U.S. ships traveling the world. On one of the sailings, we docked on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, my first contact with Asia. Its mysteries, exotic nature, and culinary delicacies captivated me.”
Meet Myo Koongnoo Porter
“Born in southern Thailand, I consider myself an unflinching traveler, one who is as comfortable trekking through the mountains to visit remote hill tribes as shopping for bargains at the famous weekend market in Bangkok.
But my true love is cooking Thai food, especially teaching how to do that. In the past several years, I have offered cooking classes in the United States and Thailand.
In addition to my native southern Thai dialect, I speak the dialect of the Isan region of northeast Thailand, as well as Laotian and English. And I enjoy introducing our guests to the people and wonders of this part of Southeast Asia.”