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Karin Eckhard

I'm one of the co-owners of Espíritu Travel. Although born and raised in New Hampshire, USA, I have had the fortune to live in places as diverse as Vail, Colorado; Salzburg, Austria; London, a small village in England and many years in Madrid, Spain. I started Espíritu Travel with my partner because we wanted to create trips to Cuba that was more than just old cars and cigars, to really get to know Cuba culture and history as well as enjoy it's natural beauty. We added Spain to our destination offerings, it seemed the natural next step since my partner is Spanish and we lived for many years there. Espíritu Travel has offices in both the US and Spain.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"We specialize in trips to Cuba and Spain and in both counties we have our offices and can create all manner of trips, active as well as cultural trips. Within that context we are able to create unique exp"

How did you get involved in travel?

"I got involved in travel by chance when I saw a job advertisement for a reservation agent at an international tour operator. I applied, got the job and three days later I was answering phones (80 per day) to sell trips around the world. One minute I was discussing a trip to Japan, the next hiking the Inca trail. It was a steep learning curve but I loved it. Within 3 months, I took a trip to Peru and nine months later I was promoted to operations specialist for Latin America. I loved the work and loved working in this aspect of the travel industry and I still love the work.....20 years later. During those twenty years, I have worked in various roles in the tourism industry, hotels, travel companies, in addition, I hold both a masters degree in international tourism development and conservation. I also spent a couple years working as a consultant in sustainable tourism before launching my own travel company. I have traveled extensively, 45 countries to date including visiting Cuba over the last decade 11 times. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Traveling to Cuba for the first time more than a decade ago and thinking that I just arrived to one of the most unique countries! "

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Convertible classic car taxi on Malecon, Havana, Cuba; copyright Christopher P Baker. All rights reserved.
Planning Your Visit to Cuba

Vibrant and fascinating, Cuba was once the forbidden fruit for U.S. tourists. As of 2011, every citizen is once again legally permitted to visit - but there are still a few hoops to jump through before hopping on a plane. From getting a tourist visa to booking accommodations, here's what you need to know before planning your safe and legal trip to Cuba.