Legal travel to Cuba was long a dream of American travelers, who were prohibited from visiting the island since travel restrictions were imposed in 1963. Policy changes in 1999 opened the door to legal travel to Cuba for Americans through people-to-people exchange programs, with the goal of enhancing cross-cultural relations between Americans and Cubans.
In 2000, insightCuba received its specific license from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, and pioneered the first Americans to legally travel to Cuba through its people-to-people Cuba tours.
When new travel restrictions were enforced in 2003, banning virtually all Americans once again from visiting Cuba, we remained hopeful that travel to the island would eventually resume. On January 28, 2011, and after an eight year hiatus, people-to-people travel was restored, meaning any American could once again travel to Cuba legally with insightCuba.
InsightCuba guests were the first to return in 2011 on our Inaugural Trips– a feat that attracted an unprecedented whirlwind of press from CNN, NBC, Reuters, Associated Press, and more than 200 other media outlets. For details, watch Peter Greenberg’s televised report on his trip with insightCuba.
Since our humble beginnings, we’ve sent over 13,000 travelers to Cuba, and currently offer six Signature Cuba tours, a handful of Specialty Cuba tours, as well as our acclaimed Private Cuba tours with over 250 scheduled departures through 2017. We’ve remained steadfast in our commitment to creating unique access to people and places the average tourist rarely sees.