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Passport to Folk Art Trips are a life-changing opportunity to meet master folk artists in their home countries, experience rich histories and traditions firsthand, and connect with the artists that are creating a better future for their communities through folk art. Each trip includes a donation to the International Folk Art Alliance, allowing us to support opportunities for folk artists around the world.

“We toured historic sites, part of the Silk Road, mosques and madrassas, forts and other museums, but the highlight was meeting with many of the fine folk artists that come to Santa Fe for the Folk Art Market in the summer.  We saw their workshops, ate in their homes, met their families, saw how they are using the money they make in Santa Fe to expand their production, hire other folk artists, build schools to train artists, and build a better life for themselves and their communities.  It was over the top interesting, and of course, we bought amazing works of art.” Cathy Allen, International Folk Art Alliance, Board Member

2016 & 2017 Passport to Folk Art Trips


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CUBA| Passport to Folk Art Trip 2017

The Eastern Provinces, Havana

January 6 – 16, 2017—SOLD OUT
February 10 – 20, 2017–SOLD OUT


Trip Cost: $5,495 – per person, double occupancy – includes a donation to IFAA and RT airfare Miami/Cuba. $550 – single room supplement

Trip Highlights:

  • 3 days in Santiago de Cuba, a city rich in history from its founder Diego Velazquez, to Hernan Cortez, Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders, and Cuba’s national hero, Jose Marti.  We will be immersed in the art and music for which this area is so famous.
  • 3 days in the beautiful seaside town of Baracoa, where Columbus landed in 1492 and proclaimed it to be “the most beautiful land eyes have ever seen.”  Due to its relative isolation over the past four centuries, Baracoa is steeped in traditions which include a cuisine unique to the area.
  • Spend the last 4 days in Havana with all that this dynamic city has to offer including museums, concerts, dance performances and visits with our Folk Art Market friends from years past and present.
  • For more information, click here or please contact Peggy Gaustad at or 505 310-1356
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 RWANDA | Passport to Folk Art Trip 2017

Kigali, Butare, Virunga Volcanoes, Lake Kivu

September 28, 2017 | Arrive in Kigali, Rwanda
October 6, 2017 | Depart Kigali, Rwanda

Trip Cost: $7,490 Per Person, Sharing; $1,560 Single Supplement
$750 Gorilla Tracking & Viewing Permit (optional)
Based on 10 people participating or a surcharge will apply
For a detailed itinerary, more information, and to register for your trip email Jean Zunkel at

Trip Highlights:

  • Visit master weavers and social entrepreneurs, Janet Nkubana & Joy Ndungutse & the economically empowered women of Gahaya Links Cooperative
  • Spend time with potters and an all-women’s drumming group in the Southern province
  • Visit a school launched by Women for Women International, that enables women to be self-sufficient
  • Trek and view gorillas and meet former poachers who have become conservation activists
  • To learn more, click here.
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Colombia | Passport to Folk Art Trip 2017

Bogotá, Medellin, Cartegena

December 1, 2017 |Arrive in Bogotá, Colombia
December 12, 2017 | Depart Cartegena, Colombia

Trip Cost:$8,390 Per Person, Sharing; $1,100 Single Supplement
Based on 6 people participating or a surcharge will apply
For a detailed itinerary, more information, and to register for your trip email Jean Zunkel at

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the Zenu Indigenous Community, where Reinel Mendoza Montalbo and the extended 40-artist family of Divino Niño, work to preserve their culture through their hand woven black and beige hats
  • Explore the hidden jewel of Zipaquirá, the Salt Cathedral, carved 600 feet underground in a still functioning salt mine—where each of the fourteen Stations of the Cross was carved by a different artist
  • Learn about Artesanías de Colombia, an organization that preserves folk art traditions and promotes a brand of Colombian identity and culture through their programs—and have a jewelry workshops
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  • All Accommodations
  • Meals and Beverages
  • Transportation including airline tickets for countries on itinerary
  • Sightseeing and Transfers
  • English-Speaking Guides and Entrance Fees
  • Gratuities (Some gratuities on Cuba trips not included in price.)
  • Donation to the International Folk Art Alliance

**Add on trips may not have the same inclusions.

You as the traveler need only pay for:

  • International Airline Tickets (Tickets from Miami to Havana included for Cuba trips)
  • Insurance (Required on most, strongly recommended for Cuba)
  • Personal Expenses (Airport taxes, visas, camera fees, specialty beverages, etc.)

For details related to accessibility and levels of physical activity with trips, please contact your trip organizer.