Soul of Cuba
January 14-20, 2022
7 days, 6 nights
We cringe a little every time we hear someone say, "Go to Cuba before it changes." What we would prefer to hear is, "When you visit Cuba, prepare to be changed." Tourism may not be a magic wand but it inevitably brings about a greater understanding of the people and places that make up our vast, shared planet. We take "responsible travel" seriously. Join us on a conscientious journey through the heart and soul of Cuba.
This is a one-of-a-kind adventure in Cuba. With a group of only six people you will have a truly intimate, all inclusive experience
Because our guides are local we are able to keep our finger on the pulse of a place. Because our groups are small we are able to move around with fluidity. Both of these things allow for meaningful changes to our itinerary so we're sure not to miss out on something extraordinary. This is just one of the ways in which our tours stand out.
We will travel in our own '55 Chevys artfully maintained by our dedicated drivers, who you will get to know over the course of a week together. Drivers in Cuba, as in most countries, tend to have their finger on the pulse of the nation and are a great source of information, as well as entertaining conversation.
There will be food. Not just any food, lip-smacking good food! The only way to experience the flavors of Cuban cuisine is in Cuba. Our local partner will share with us his favorite culinary hot spots (paladares) and make sure you stay fueled up on our adventure.
We will stay in comfortable, local family homes, giving you the opportunity to get acquainted with Cuban hospitality and the human spirit that continues to rise above.
A favorite quote heard on a previous tour was, "Don't try to understand my country. Just enjoy it." Cuba is full of question marks and what better way to navigate them than with a local who knows his country inside and out, who is willing to provide answers but at the same time get you to relax and just go with the flow. Vamanos!
You will be welcomed into the heart of Old Havana by a local to learn about about the city's historical significance and its cultural tapestry woven by creatives, inventors, performers, musicians, dancers, and storytellers. Havana highlights include Paseo de Martí, Plaza de Armas, Cristo de la Habana, Museo de Bellas Artes with commentary from local artist, Fabrica de Arte, Callejón de Hamel where rumba reigns, Fusterlandia, Finca Vigía, and the local markets.
We'll spend a morning in a private organic garden carefully choosing the ingredients for our afternoon cooking class. You'll learn all about what has influenced Cuban cuisine over time as we prepare several traditional dishes alongside local chefs, then we'll sit down together to share our delicious meal.
We will seek out the music and rhythm that keeps this island’s heart beating with a unique opportunity to enjoy local dance, theater and jazz. Creativity abounds in all the nooks and crannies of Havana.
Travel to the scenic tobacco-growing region of Valle de Viñales to spend the day talking with Cuban farmers about agricultural practices and slowly ramble through cigar country. We'll peer into the depths of Santo Tomás cave then off to the finca for a farm-to-table meal you will never forget. Get a good feel for life as it is lived in el campo (the countryside).
What is included
Group is limited to 6 participants so reserve your place early. If you are a group with at least 6 people and would like to arrange your own travel dates, please contact us. Tour cost is for double occupancy. There is a single room supplement.
NOTE: Our full-time schedule of activities according to Support for the Cuban People is meant to facilitate meaningful interaction between our travelers and individuals in Cuba. There will be no individually selected and/or self-directed activities on this tour.
Song: Quimbara by Celia Cruz