Celebrate Cuba with Professor and Musician Freddy Vilches

At this time, due to the evolving guidelines and requirements by health officials, as well as entry requirements into individual countries, participants on travel programs sponsored by Lewis & Clark’s Alumni and Parent Programs Office are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior to the departure date of their enrolled program. To read more about our vaccination policy, please visit this page.

If you are interested please fill out this interest form. We will contact you as soon as the price is finalized and registration is open.

Questions, contact Andrew McPheeters, Associate Vice President of Alumni and Parent Engagement at: mcpheete@lclark.edu or 503-768-7936.

Date: May 16th to 24th, 2022

Trip Length: 8 Nights, 9 Days

Group Size: About 16 - 22 participants

Cost: ≈ Double Occupancy ~ $4,950 per person
              Single Occupancy ~  $5,550 per person

Find the full brochure here

This is an extraordinary trip to Havana with an excursion into the countryside. You will connect with Cuban citizens from all walks of life, including artists, educators and entrepreneurs, to discover the realities of this incredibly fascinating nation. Enjoy magnificent 20th-century architecture, spectacularly beautiful landscapes, an intriguing Afro-Cuban culture and a vibrant music, dance and art scene.

The journey will benefit from Associate Professor Freddy Vilches’ experiences in Cuba, and his expertise around Afro-Cuban music. The seasoned staff from Project Por Amor, an artist-run organization bringing Cubans and Americans together, will secure all participants’ Cuban Visas, assist at Havana International Airport, and provide 24-hour program management. We have developed a once in a lifetime itinerary. Alumni, parents, and friends, we hope you will travel with us!


  • Private dance and music performances and visits with Cuban artists.
  • Culinary adventures featuring traditional Cuban fare and nouveau cuisine in historic homes, on an organic farm, and dinner with a home-stay family.
  • A sunset ride in restored convertibles through “The Paris of Latin America”.
  • Excursions to Ernest Hemingway’s Cuban home, key museums, an outdoor book market, and a stroll through the Cuban tobacco-growing region.
  • Facilitated discussions with local experts regarding architecture, Afro-Cuban spirituality, economics, history, and US-Cuban relations.
  • Late night Jazz, dancing under the stars, and plenty of opportunities for exploration and discovery.

Read the full itinerary here.

Registration coming soon!


April 18-20 at the Parque Central Hotel.

April 21 at private bed & breakfasts in Viñales Valley. 

April 22-25 at the Saratoga Hotel.


Learn More about Freddy.  

Freddy Vilches joined the faculty of Lewis & Clark College as Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies in 2006. He received his PhD in Romance Languages at the University of Oregon, specializing in Latin American Literature of the 20th and 21st Centuries. More recently, Freddy produced a documentary about the Abakuá Society in Cuba, a mutualist Afro-Cuban society that has been a key contributor to the Cuban identity. Currently, Freddy is producing Conjunto Chappotín’s 70th anniversary album, one of the most important “son” bands in Cuba today. Future projects include a series of documentary films about the uses of solar and other renewable energies in Cuba.

His teaching experience covers all levels of language instruction and Latin American Literature, as well as an interdisciplinary course on Music in Latin American Cultures. He has published articles on Latin American poetry and fiction. Freddy on the Bongos