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Despite U.S. restrictions that go back more than 50 years, U.S. visits are increasing, thanks to a 2011 move by the Obama administration to allow more people-to-people trips. Besides people, those trips might include music, Hemingway haunts and the Pinar del Río province, where tobacco for Cuban cigars is grown. Tour operators with U.S. approval include Insight Cuba (www.insightcuba.com); Smithsonian Journeys (www.smithsonianjourneys.org); Elderhostel's Road Scholar (www.roadscholar.org); Distant Horizons (www.distant-horizons.com); and the Grand Circle Foundation (www.grandcirclefoundation.org).
Amanda Jones / For The Times
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