Heritage Travel

Cuba’s Colonial Legacies.

Heritage Travel Sponsored by Preservation Utah


October 27-November 3, 2019

Preservation Utah is pleased to announce its second Heritage Travel program, Cuba’s Colonial Legacies.

Cuba has often been referred to as a land lost in time. 1957 Chevys still cruise the streets and Havana neighborhoods display building representing over five centuries of rich heritage. The salt, humidity, and hurricanes have no doubt taken their toll on these architectural masterpieces, but time has made it more evident that the buildings are in need of serious repair. The Cuban government has been working diligently to rehabilitate these buildings, but it’s a massive undertaking that’s been made even more difficult due to the U.S. embargo.

Historic preservation has become a key strategy and innovative tool for the revitalization and sustainable economic development of distressed urban neighborhoods of Havana and rural areas in Cuba. These examples provide models for the revitalization and sustainable development of urban and rural areas in other economically challenged areas of the world, including the United States.

August 2015 marked the grand reopening ceremony for the U.S. embassy in Havana, and commercial flights to Havana resumed in August 2016. Progress in normalizing relations with Cuba is quickly being made and changes to the landscape are inevitable. Although only ninety miles of ocean separate us from Havana, it sometimes feels like we are worlds apart. However, we can find commonality with the Cuban people through our desire to preserve our architectural legacy. What will the progress between Washington, D.C. and Cuba mean for Havana’s 500 years of architectural history? The embargo has created hardship but it has also prevented modern urbanization that would have likely destroyed many buildings.

The Board of Trustees invites you to join Preservation Utah on a unique excursion to see firsthand the historic architecture and its preservation of Havana while experiencing the art, cuisine, music, and culture of Cuba’s capital city and an entire country on the precipice of change.


 Make Your Trip DEPOSIT / Donation                       Download the trip BROCHURE and ITINERARY 



Limited Availability: This trip can accommodate up to 23 travelers on a first-come-first-served basis. A minimum registration of 10 participants is required.

Registration: Registration is available starting June 1, and is open to the general public.


Payment Schedule: There are two separate payments required for this trip: 1) $500 per person donation to Preservation Utah by August 31, and 2) full trip cost payment to WorldGuest by September 27.

Deposit: A $500.00 per person deposit in the form of a tax-deductible donation is required to Preservation Utah in order to register. Checks can be made payable to Preservation Utah and mailed to Preservation Utah, 375 N. Canyon Rd., Salt Lake City, UT 84103. Credit cards can be used by visiting this page on our website and making your deposit(s). If you choose to use a credit card, your deposit will be $515.00 per person, which includes $15.00 to cover our credit card processing fee.

Trip Cost / Accommodations : Cost of the trip is $3,900 for double room occupancy and $4,290 for single room occupancy. There are five single rooms reserved for our travel group and are available on a first-come-first served basis. If no single rooms remain and you are a single traveler willing to share a double occupancy room, Preservation Utah will assist you in finding a compatible roommate from the list of registered travelers.

What Is Not Included: There are three items not included in your program cost that will be your responsibility:

1) Airfare to and from Havana,

2) Hotel accommodations and other expenses in your travel between Utah and Havana,

3) Some meals in Cuba.

Flying to Havana. At least six airlines have established regular flights to Havana since 2016, including American, Frontier, JetBlue, Silver Airways, Southwest, and Sun Country. The open commercial flight policy allows you to choose your preferred airline, flight date and time, and connection city. It also allows you to use miles or other credit you may have with an airline company. Our itinerary begins on

Travel Documents. You are required to have a valid passport in order to obtain a visa to Cuba. Our travel host, WorldGuest, will be arranging for visas to travel throughout Cuba. They are a licensed provider of educational and humanitarian travel in Cuba and have hosted numerous historic preservation organizations around the country on their trips. If you would like additional assistance for any aspect of the trip, WorldGuest can connect you to ABC Charters to work directly with them for complete booking.


Questions or Need Assistance? Call our office at (801) 533-0858



DVD/FILM - Unfinished Spaces, 2013

BOOK - Revolution of Forms: Cuba's Forgotten Art Schools by John Loomis, 2011

BOOK - Havana before Castro: When Cuba was a Tropical Playground by Peter Moruzzi, 2008

BOOK - The Havana Guide: Modern Architecture 1925-1965 by Eduardo Luis Rodriguez, 2000

PERIODICAL - Inside the New Cuba, Time Magazine Special Edition, 2015

WEBSITE - Take a tour of Havana’s Modern Architecture (Full link - http://curbed.com/archives/2015/05/01/a-tour-of-havanas-modern-architecture.php?utm_campaign=issue-36764&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Curbed)