Tour some of the top bars in Havana
Mojito, Daïquiri, Cuba Libre… are just some of the cocktails based on rum known throughout the word and invented in Cuba. On this evening excursion you will learn to make some of these cocktails alongside a local experienced bartender as we bar hop having fun shaking, stirring and blending but most importantly tasting at some of the coolest bars in Havana. We begin at Sloppy Joe, a classic bar in Havana Vieja, the city that never sleeps, here we taste aged Havana Club rum. From there we go to Centro Asturiano to try a classic Mojito. We continue on to the rhythm of Vedado and visit the Emperador bar for a traditional Bellomonte cocktail. Taking in the panoramic views from the highest building in Habana, La Torre, we taste a typical aged Santiago Rum. Finally, we try the last cocktail of the tour but not of the evening at Bohemio, where we are entertained by the barman as he stirs up a Cuba Libre or Daiquiri. The perfect start to a great evening in “La Habana”.
Tourcuba will introduce you to your new Cuban friend. A local who will meet you and show you around his neighbourhood explaining his way of life. You’ll go to the local supermarket and green grocer to select items for a delicious traditional Cuban lunch prepared by his wife at their home. Stopping at various places along the way you will see how life is lived in “el barrio”. This is a great opportunity to truly understand the Cuban tradition of opening up ones’ home to friends and family. You’ll learn how to make the Cuban staple diet of black rice with beans “arroz moro” in the home of your new Cuban friend. After a great meal ending with Cuban coffee, who knows who may stop by to have a game of dominoes, drink some coffee or just pass the time chatting about life and what the future may bring. We try our best to match you with someone who may have similar personal interests or profession.
Learn how the Cubans of today live in a city that is slowly being restored, a city constantly crying for change, is the objective of this visit. We begin with the restoration projects being completed by the Heritage Officials who are responsible for ensuring that the cultural identity of Cuba and it’s history is kept intact. We will also explore the Havana neighbourhoods that form the social backbone of the community passing by supermarkets, shops, public health, homes, education, the aged population. As we pass through the streets you will notice the diversity in culture and religion hidden within every home and street corner. A visit to the San Rafael Boulevard where you will notice the dual currency being used to buy and sell products and have the opportunity to utilise the national currency while having a light hearted barter with one of the stall owners, let’s see who eventually wins! This tour allows the participant to truly learn about the typical life within the streets of Havana and how each neighbourhood grows within the influence of the people within it socially and economically.
This is a very informative tour explaining how the Cubans of today exist and how it has evolved during the past 57 years and how it is growing culturally and economically in todays world
Percussion instruments within Cuban music was introduced by the Africans. Its influence can be seen throughout the rest of the Caribbean and North America. Throughout this course you will learn about the history of the different percussion instruments used in Cuban music. You will also learn the traditional and contemporary rhythm’s used in every instrument. Alongside your instructor you will learn the methods particular to every instrument ending with a jamming session immersing in the rhythm of Cuban music and loosing yourself within your chosen instrument.
We will explore the richness of the architecture and influence of the different styles including, modern, baroque, neoclassic, art-noveau, art- deco, eclectic and mudejar seen amongst the different buildings and monuments in all of La Havana including, La Havana Vieja, Central Havana, Vedado and Miramar.
The tour will include visits to the many heritage structures of Havana Vieja like the Plaza de Armas and La Catedral. A visit to the Parque Central alone and you will be able to take in a multitude of architecturally defined heritage sites including El Capitolio, El Gran Teatro of La Habana, el Paseo del Prado, El Centro Asturiano, and the Bacardi building.
A panoramic drive along the well known “Malecon” or foreshore and you will enjoy a variety of structures in restoration some already restored but many more marking their time. We will pass the infamous Hotel National as we drive to Central Havana and the Iglesia Metodosta, Miquel Soto University and the Central Library of the University of La Havana, continuing on to Vedado with marvellous architectural structures like the Unviversity of La Habana, Lopez Serrano building, Focsa, and la Casa de la Amistad, antique residence of Catalina Lasa and Juan Pedro Baro. A visit to the Colon Cemetary and then ending with a drive to La Plaza de la Revolucion and National Library.
How better to understand a city than by seeing the story of how this city evolved with influences from many eras and many countries its history melded within the walls of the structures telling of its path throughout the past 600 years.
The Cuban tobacco, as said by the tobacco experts, is the best product in the world within it’s category.
The enjoyment of the tobacco in Cuba is considered part of the culture, its roots come from the religious ceremonies by the native Indians before the island was inhabited by the Spaniards.
A tobacco is not inhaled instead the smoke is drawn into the mouth in order to savour and discover a multitude of tastes, all naturally produced and married with the finest rums the island produces.
In a quiet and comfortable space an expert in tobacco tasting will explain the history of tobacco, the process and production of the different brands. He will explain the art of smoking a tobacco and how to define the odour, colour, texture, taste and aroma so you can have an understanding of what a truly good tobacco is.
How better to end this visit then in a relaxing atmosphere enjoying a quality tobacco matched with it’s perfectly partnered aged Cuban rum.
Santeria is also called the Regla de Ocha and the Lucumi religion and has its roots in the Yoruba people of West Africa in what is today Nigeria and Benin. The word Santeria can be loosely translated as devotion to the saints. Starting from as early as 1515 today it’s practiced worldwide by people of all races while official figures are hard to find, it’s commonly believed that between 75 and 100 million people in the world practice some form of Santeria today. In Cuba approximately 80% of the population practices it.
For those interested in learning more about Santeria this is an opportunity to meet with an elder of this religion who will explain in detail the history of Santeria. A consultation with the elder can also be organised but it is important to note that consultations are not fortune telling. It’s a sacred ceremony combined with prayers and petitions to the Orichas, asking for intervention and divine help. The Regla de Ocha teaches us that we, as living creatures, are made up of the same spiritual energy that exists in the world around us and links us to the divine.
For more information on Santeria please refer to http://www.aboutsanteria.com/what-is-santeria.html
El Paraiso is a slice of paradise in the Valley of Silence, located in Viñales, Cuba. It is a part organic farm or finca and family-run restaurant owned by Wilfredo and his daughters. When you enter the gates of the farm you are greeted by a couple of dogs and a wafting aroma of pork roasting at the bottom of the hill. You get the sense very quickly that it’s going to be a good day.
Wilfredo’s organic crops are planted in neat beds that lead out to one of the most dramatic panoramas in Viñales (even better than the official mirador). Without any pesticides, Wilfredo plants fruit and vegetable crops that thrive and are enough to feed his family and dozens of travelers who come to his farm every day for lunch.
Lunch is served family-style on the wrap-around porch of Wildredo’s farm house where tables are set with checkered cloths and paper napkins. His “anti-stress cocktails” are quite legendary in these parts and are the first thing to be served. They’re an herbal concoction of yerba buena, mint, basil and anise with some coconut milk and Cuban rum to taste.
Ride in a Classic Vintage Car through Habana