|Cubans love their 1950s era cars and keep them running--|
because new cars are very hard to get.
For more than 50 years Cuba has been off-limits for U.S. visitors (unless they were willing to come in through Canada, Mexico, or other countries, which could be a bit risky). But in 2012 travel restrictions were loosened, so tour companies and universities were allowed to organize trips to this mysterious island country. While restrictions are still in place for individual tourists, it's now possible to travel on designated people-to-people, cultural, or arts tours.
|Vinales Valley is green and beautiful, an agricultural region.|
If you're curious about Cuba--and possibly considering a visit--read my article in Arizona Highroads for a more complete description of the tour I took through International Expeditions in March 2013.
|Tourists--mostly from Europe or South America--enjoy Cuba's|
|In rural areas, most Cubans do not have cars, so they travel|
by horse and cart.