By Jen Roberts
One unavoidable fact of traveling to a country like Cuba is the uncertainty of telecommunications, which is why I haven’t been able to send as frequent or detailed updates.
On Tuesday, the group left for Viñales Valley, an outstanding karst landscape on the island in which traditional methods of agriculture (notably tobacco-growing) have survived unchanged for several centuries.
This UNESCO World Heritage site is renowned for its beauty and cultural preservation.
This valley is particularly famous for its large freestanding rock formation called mogotes. The students are actively exploring this unique geography, as well as discovering how rural Cubans live.
Students are also going to visit the Cueva del Indio, which was used by the Guanahatabey Amerindians as a burial site in ancient times and as a refuge from the Spaniards for both Indians and black slaves alike.
The students are staying one more night in Viñales Valley at La Moka, an ecological hotel with trees growing up through the balconies and ceiling.
The group will be back in Havana Thursday, and I will have a more in-depth update of our time spent in rural Cuba. Stay tuned!