CUBA RISING
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Cuba Rising creates all-inclusive, bespoke programs for individuals and organizations looking to peel back the many complex layers of modern-day Cuba. All-access to non-access places, haggling alongside locals in open-air markets, learning how to cook abuela's legendary black beans, and having nitty-gritty conversations about U.S. - Cuba relations with former ambassadors and prominent Cuban economists. It’s all part of the immersive Cuba Rising experience, tailored to your personal interests and desires.


You’ve talked about seeing the “real Cuba” before it changes.

Now is your chance.


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WHAT TO EXPECT

A CUSTOMIZED ITINERARY

The first step to planning a legal, US State Department approved ‘Support for the Cuban People’ itinerary is understanding who you are and what you want to gain from a trip to Cuba. Trips can be as topic-specific or as general as you like. The smaller your group, the more intimate our settings can be. Once your needs and interests are understood, a customized itinerary will be created.


IMAGINE…

• Talking baseball with neighborhood habaneros, as you learn how to play dominoes on an impromptu sidewalk game.

• Discussing emerging markets with top Cuban economists.

• Over a shared bottle of Havana Club rum and Cohiba cigars, you become a mentor to young Cuban entrepreneurs and soak in knowledge about the island’s idiosyncratic private sector, as you share your own professional experiences.

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A LIBRARY OF INSIGHT BEFORE YOUR TRIP BEGINS

The opportunities to ask questions are endless.

Before your trip you’ll receive a personalized list of recommended books, articles, and movies so you can thoroughly enjoy and understand the experience we’ll have together. Cuba is complex. It’s difficult to dissect in a short amount of time. Having historical and cultural context will lead to a more enriching experience.



 

TESTIMONIALS

Hannah was our secret weapon in Havana. She introduced us to people and places that became the cornerstones of our trip. We owe the success of our visit to her connections and expertise.
— Michael Parets, Film Producer
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You gave us the gift of understanding Cuban life, and we came away with a totally new impression. You taught us so much about the system and the way of life...
— Bev Seiford, Senior Partner, Dannemiller Tyson
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My trip to Cuba was one of the richest cultural experiences I’ve ever had. Hannah was a trustworthy professional during the planning process, but walking around Havana, she was a local, familiar with an astonishing number of people and places all over the city. Even my short trip felt immersive. Havana is not a city that reveals itself easily, but Hannah was an intuitive translator who helped me appreciate the complexities and beauty of Cuban life.
— Lenny DeFranco, Staff Writer, SevenRooms
Hannah Berkeley Cohen is not only razor-sharp smart and savvy about Cuba, its society, and its political culture; it’s as if she is also more Cuban, somehow, than almost anyone I have ever met, without ever losing her invaluable outsider’s perspective.
— Jon Lee Anderson, Journalist + Author + Staff Writer, The New Yorker
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Filming in 2016 for The New York Times’ 36 Hours video series was challenging, so we were very lucky to work with Hannah. Her on-the-ground knowledge helped open the doors for us to film some of the best spots in the city.
— Alexandra Garcia, Senior Story Producer, New York Times
 

Your Guide

HANNAH BERKELEY COHEN

 
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Hannah Berkeley Cohen, journalist and creator of Cuba Rising, has been living and working in Cuba since 2011, contributing to media outlets such as The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, VICE, and others. She uses her wide-ranging network and experience to gain full access for both news organizations and travelers looking to dive headfirst into the social and political complexities of Cuba.

Her passion is encouraging curiosity from guests who are interested in delving below the surface, and bracing for the unexpected. 

Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Hannah started calling Havana home at age 20, after participating in a study abroad program through the University of Pittsburgh. In 2015, she covered the visit of Pope Francis and the re-opening of the US embassy in Havana, as well as the visit of President Obama the following year. In late 2016, she reported live for ABC News the death of Fidel Castro.

Before her passion projects in Cuba began, Cohen headed the creation of the first women-led IT knowledge center in rural Bangladesh, and worked with Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus to create literacy and microfinance initiatives for Bangladeshi women.

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