National Geographic Expeditions introduces Colombia trips

I’m thrilled to announce that National Geographic Expeditions has announced the launch of an 11-day Colombia itinerary: “Discovering Colombia.” Even better, I’ll be leading three of the five slated departures...

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A Merry Cuban Christmas

                  There’s a good reason that Cubans have never seen Santa, and it’s not because he couldn’t get a visa—nor that it’s...

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National Geographic Expeditions announces new 11-day tour of Eastern Cuba

National Geographic Expeditions has announced a new 11-day Cuba tour: ‘Eastern Cuba: Crossroads of History & Culture’. I’m thrilled to have been asked to lead the first of five trips...

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How bad is the recent cholera outbreak in Cuba, and should you go?

A full year has passed since the first reports of the first reappearance of cholera in Cuba in decades, yet it appears that the island still hasn’t contained the outbreak,...

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National Geographic publishes fourth edition of my NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER COSTA RICA guidebook

Today I received a box with ten copies of my latest book for the National Geographic Society. Well, I should say the latest edition of my NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER COSTA...

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help end the travel ban to Cuba for U.S. citizens

In 2011, President Obama liberalized travel to Cuba for Cuban-Americans, students and religious travel, and created a new category–People-to-People–that permits ALL U.S. citizens to participate in “educational exchange” programs. But...

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La Colmenita–Havana’s endearing children’s theater group–spreads message of love

Without a doubt, the seminal highlight of this past year leading people-to-people tours of Cuba for National Geographic Expeditions was my introduction to the children of La Colmenita. This amazing...

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Cuban porn star stirs ruckus

Now that my “Cuba & Costa Rica” blog is no longer being published, here’s a blog post from last year that my editors at Moon.com wouldn’t publish… Many a traveler...

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