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Upcoming Programs

Afro-Cuban Culture (June 27 - July 6, 2017)

Havana, Matanzas, Trinidad, Camagüey, and Santiago de Cuba

Afro-Cuban Culture Images (left) Courtesy of M. Robyn Côté. (right) Reprinted and modified BY-SA 2.0 CC © from Flickr user Stephen Colebourne.



Join the University of New Mexico’s Latin American and Iberian Institute as we learn about Afro-Cuban culture on the island of Cuba. We’ll begin the trip in Havana, travel to the towns of Matanzas, Trinidad, and Camagüey, and end the trip in Santiago de Cuba, where we will attend the Festival del Caribe/Fiesta del Fuego. We’ll learn about Afro-Cuban culture and Santería, a syncretic blend of West African religion and Catholicism. The trip will be led by Dr. Ray Hernández-Durán, Associate Professor of Art and Art History at UNM. Dr. Hernández-Durán earned a Master’s in African art history and earned a diploma from Obafemi Owolowo University in Ile-Ife Nigeria in 1992, where he became immersed in Orisha traditions and developed a proficiency in Yoruba, the ancestral language and culture of modern-day Afro-Cuban culture.

For a complete itinerary of activities (subject to change), please view the program guide. For reference, view the Information Session PowerPoint.


Program Cost: Approx. $3200.

SPACE IS LIMITED. Individuals are encouraged to reserve their space as soon as possible.


  • 9 nights’ lodging in Havana, Matanzas, Trinidad, Camagüey, and Santiago de Cuba
    • Based on double occupancy
    • Single occupancy available for $200 supplemental fee
  • Breakfast and 9 lunches or dinners
  • Ground transportation for all scheduled activities
  • Entrance fees for scheduled activities (unless otherwise noted)
  • Guided visits and cultural activities included in program
  • English translation for programmed activities
  • In/out airport transfers


  • Roundtrip airfare from US to Cuba*
  • Cuban visa (airline can help you obtain)
  • Health insurance (airline will provide)
  • Cuban airport tax (airline will provide)
  • Meals not included in the program in Cuba
  • Drinks, tips, etc.
  • Optional and/or unscheduled activities (including transportation for those activities)
  • Personal trip insurance (recommended but not required)

*Please note that summer flights to Cuba can sell out far in advance and may be subject to price spikes depending on availability. Please contact us to discuss when and how to make your flight reservations as soon as you have provided your deposit. Program fees will not be refunded if you are unable to reserve airfare to Cuba.


For complete details regarding program costs and itinerary, see our program guide. To reserve your space, complete the registration form and submit it along with the $500 non-refundable deposit and copy of your passport (which must be current through October 24, 2017). Materials should be submitted to M. Robyn Côté (contact info below). Payment is accepted in the form of personal checks (provided they have a current address and phone number); cashier's checks; money orders; and by credit card. To pay by credit card, visit our secure payment portal and select either "deposit" to pay the $500 fee or "program fee" to pay the amount in full.

Deposits are due no later than March 24, 2017, but space is limited to 20 participants and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. The full program fee is due April 28, 2017, along with signed risks and conditions form.

Information Session: For New Mexico participants, an information session will be held at the Latin American & Iberian Institute (801 Yale Blvd NE) on Thursday, March 9, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Parking is available in the Yale Parking Structure across the street, cost is $1.00 for 30 minutes.

Contacts: For questions, please contact:

  • M. Robyn Côté
  • 505-277-6843

Afro-Cuban Culture Courtesy of M. Robyn Côté