Isla de Juventud, Cuba

Jan 04, 2018 - Harmony V

We woke up today anchored at Siguanea Bay and after breakfast we headed towards Modelo Prison, which was home to Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, and eight of their comrades who were captured at the first attempt to overthrow the Batista government. They were imprisoned for 18 months and then expelled to Mexico. The Modelo Prison was also the place where the manuscript for “History will Absolve Me”, the famous book by Fidel Castro, was written. We then visited the large buildings that housed thousands of prisoners.

After the visit to Modelo we continued our journey to “Casa de Maternidad”, located in Nueva Gerona, the capital and principal city of Isla de Juventud. Here our guests interacted with doctors, nurses, and pregnant woman who are at risk and therefore under the care of the clinic’s personal. After this visit we traveled to the center of Nueva Gerona and visited the local art school where kids performed and interacted with all our guests, then enjoyed a walk through the main avenue. After lunch at La Isla Restaurant, we boarded our buses and headed back to the ship.

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Fabio Amador

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Fabio Esteban Amador is an archaeologist and explorer and a host of the National Geographic Mundo television series Mysteries of the Underworld. Originally from El Salvador, Fabio Esteban studied fine arts at the Art Student League of New York and the School of Visual Arts. Following his dream to become an expedition artist, he then studied archaeology at Rutgers University and went on to earn Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Mesoamerican archaeology at the State University of New York, Buffalo. His doctoral research involved excavating and mapping ancient Maya settlements in the Yalahau region of the Northern Yucatan peninsula, seeking clues into how these early societies expressed their identity through art and iconography.

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