As part of International Expeditions' people-to-people Cuba travel experience, guests visit the eco-community of Las Terrazas, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. While in the planned community, we make a stop at Cafe de Maria for a cup of locally grown coffee. From the outdoor terrace, guests can gaze on the Cuban countryside while sipping cappuccino with a famous face or a signature iced coffee drink.

But the real highlight of the stop is spending time with the face behind Cafe de Maria. Maria, now retired, lives in an apartment above her cafe which is now run by her family. She is eager to invite you into her home for a visit and patiently listens as you practice your Spanish. Through the eyes of this woman who has seen the world change so much, IE guests glimpse into everyday Cuban life.