The University of New Mexico's Latin American and Iberian Institute is offering a unique opportunity to experience Cuba and learn about the diversity of religious beliefs and practices on the island. Those interested should attend the Information Session on Wednesday, May 28, at 6 p.m. in the conference room of the Latin American & Iberian Institute, 801 Yale Blvd. NE.

During this seven-day non-denominational tour on Religious Diversity in Cuba (August 16-23), travelers meet with Catholics, Jews, Protestants, Santeros and others, learning about the history and evolution of religion in Cuba, all while experiencing the island and its people. The trip is open to anyone who has an interest in religion, regardless of their religious background or affiliation.

The tour will be led by UNM Professor Emeritus Nelson Valdés, a well-known Cuban scholar, who led many trips to Cuba between 1980 and 2004, and who is well acquainted with the island. Visitors will dialogue with religious leaders, visit community organizations and meet with seminary students. Churches, cemeteries and Habana Vieja, the oldest and most historical district of Havana and a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site, will all be explored.

To learn more and to register, visit the trip website or download the trip flyer and information sheet that contains information on the itinerary and costs. Complete and send the registration form  by June 11.

For more information, contact Robyn Côté (, Carlos Navarro (, or Vickie Nelson (, or call (505) 277-2961.