Tesca Travel

Tesca Travel specializes in small group travel to Cuba that highlights the country’s incredible music, dance and art. Each trip is led by a professional U.S.-based artist with years of expertise in Cuban arts. Participants connect with Cuban people on a personal level and experience an authentic side of Cuba that few tourists ever encounter.

Tesca Travel offers one to two public tours annually, which are limited to 12 individuals each. Additional trips are available throughout the year for private groups of ten or more.  For more on private group travel, please click here.

All public and private programs engage with Cuban artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs to create an experience that is real, meaningful, and fascinating.

Doug Little

Tesca Travel was founded by musician and composer Doug Little. Fluent in Spanish, Doug offers an artist’s insight into Cuba’s culture. He has coordinated group tours to Cuba for organizations such as theAmerican Composers Forum, the Chicago Children's Choir, and Pilates-Underground. As an independent guide he as worked for Project Por Amor and Putney Student Travel. He has also crafted individualized Cuba itineraries for Grammy-winning professional musicians and world-class photographers.

Doug has performed professionally with Tito Puente Jr., Nachito Herrera, Chuchito Valdés, Grammy winner Mayito Rivera and Latin Grammy nominee Tiempo Libre. Doug's additional credits include multiple recorded CDs, several major grant awards, and shows in Europe, Asia and throughout the United States. Doug has traveled to Cuba since 2002, studying extensively with master Cuban musicians, dancers, and historians. He has established relationships with major Cuban artists and performers as well as the institutions that showcase their work.

In 2015 Doug’s Minneapolis-based salsa orchestra Charanga Tropical became the first American group to ever perform at Havana’s International Danzón Festival. Doug and his band toured to the island, performed both in concert and on national Cuban radio, and recorded their CD In Cuba at the at legendary EGREM studios, where the landmark Buena Vista Social Club album was made. 


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