JetSet Destinations: Cuba

Since policy changes in early 2011, Cuba is now more accessible for American travelers than ever.  The treasury department is once again granting “people-to-people” licenses; not to be mistaken; it is still ‘illegal’ for ordinary American travelers to hop on a plane bound for Cuba. Although many have gotten around this by catching a flight from another country, with expanding licensing measures, typical tourists can easily visit Cuba legally when traveling with a licensed operator (Jet Set works closely with a few!).

A culturally intriguing Caribbean island that has been isolated from much of the world for centuries awaits the curious traveler.  Still stuck in the 1950’s, Cuba has a long way to go before it reaches the status of a stable tourist destination. Where hotel, dining and service standards fall short, the people, music and art fulfill.  With extremely friendly and welcoming locals, Old Havana is the vibrant and lively neighborhood that draws visitors in.

You’ll learn Cuba’s rich history by visiting the Plaza de la Revolucion, the cemetery of Christopher Columbus, the Miramar area, Morro Castle, strolling through the Malecon (great local arts and crafts market), and the Museum of Captain Generals.  Visit Ernest Hemingway’s favorite hang-outs through Old Havana including La Bodeguita del Medio where Mojitos were first “discovered” and the Ambos Mundos Hotel where he lived in the 1930’s.

Another important stop: Havana’s Club Rum Museum where you will learn everything about Cuban Rum and taste the many varieties. Beyond the streets of Old Havana, we recommend visiting Trinidad, Santa Clara, Pinar del Rio, Las Terrazas; and for the beach: Varradero, for bone-fishing and pristine, untouched waters.

Travel to this new frontier is quite affordable and we can assist with your Cuban Visa and travel Affidavit, charter flight from Miami, and all necessary arrangements.

To discover the colorful vibrancy of Cuba, please contact Lauren Maggard:   lauren@jetsetworldtravel.com

JetSet Destinations: Uganda and Rwanda

 

Fearsome in appearance yet remarkably peaceable creatures, everybody that visits the gorillas of Africa experiences the most life changing wildlife encounter possible. The spectacular African landscapes and wildlife of Uganda and Rwanda offer range of safari activities, however each is uniquely different.

Rwanda is a lush, landlocked country boasting a countryside dotted with small farms and areas of rugged mountains. Gorilla tracking around Rwanda couldn’t be easier or more of an adventure. The journey to the gorillas takes you through a series of different forests and ecosystems, past the history of the region with Dian Fossey. The hour spent with the gorillas is truly humbling. Gorilla tourism is still relatively new to Rwanda, and the protected population of mountain gorillas can only be visited with special government permits by only a few people per day. In addition to gorilla tracking, the country is home to the Nyungwe Forest, which populates many other primate species including chimpanzees.

Uganda shines with stunning greenery, deep lakes, soaring mountains and half of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas. The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is thick and the terrain demanding, but the rewards are much greater. Uganda also offers its guests ascendable volcanoes, the opportunity to connect with the Batwa, a local people whose traditions are as endangered as the gorillas, and traditional game safari experiences with a twist (the Kazinga Channel with river animals and 600+ bird species and the Kyambura Gorge, with an isolated population of chimpanzees).

When you are ready to journey to this tranquil frontier, please contact Monika Weinsoft: monika@jetsetworldtravel.com

JetSet Destinations: Bulgaria

                                                   

Located in Southeast Europe, Bulgaria is boarderd on the south by Greece and lapped by waves of the Black Sea on the east. This location makes Bulgaria a perfect addition to a Mediterranean itinerary. Bulgaria presents a perfect balance of art, history, outdoor pursuits and striking panoramas.

This often over looked destination helped preserve Bulgarian culture and language during the Ottoman rule. It boasts untouched Roman ruins, medieval forts and is bursting with museums. The town of Melnik, along the Pirin Mountains, features striking, panoramic views. However, it may be most famous for its wine. The locals claim it is “hangover-free”; a challenge each visitor should accept!

Travel to the east and you’ll find white sandy beaches where undersea relics of dwellings, ceramic pottery, stone and bone tools dating back to the Bronze Age have been discovered. Whether you prefer a bustling beach or a remote seaside sanctuary, the Bulgaria coast provides a diverse offering.

With multiple city connections via Eurorail, and an easy to navigate road system, Bulgaria makes the perfect 1-week, self-drive addition to your next European discovery!

For more information on discovering this hidden Mediterranean gem, contact Melissa Pugh: melissa@jetsetworldtravel.com