Meet the Team

John Ahrens

John Ahrens
Founder

John has been living, studying, traveling and adventuring in Latin America since 1990, and guiding and developing tourism programs there since 1997. He speaks both Spanish and Portuguese fluently and first starting working in Cuba in 2002. Since then has found it hard to stay away from the island for any length of time. His passion is to share the uniqueness of Cuba and its culture with others and to provide an authentic experience for those who are willing.

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Clarita Derwent

Clarita Dervent
General Manager

Clarita had the travel bug from an early age, travelling to Japan at 15 as an exchange student. Since then her passion for travel and other cultures has only grown over time. She has traveled extensively to many countries, has lived in Mexico, and now calls Santiago de Cuba her second home.

Clarita is trained in The Arts, in Event & Tour Management, and Tourism. Her speciality and interests are strongly rooted in Cuban Culture and the Arts. She has worked, coordinated and performed in some of Cuba's fantastic festivals. She speaks a little of many languages, and is fluent in Spanish.

Mari Manami

Mari Manami
Finance Manager

Mari is a qualified accountant from her native city of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She now lives in Australia and has the complex task of managing all of our finances and accounts, including payments, invoicing, and book-keeping. She somehow manages to carry out this duty with an outward appearance of serenity and equanimity. She loves spending time with friends and caring for her excitable puppy, 'Theo'.

Kirenia Castaner

Kirenia Castaner
Destination Manager

Kire is the Manager for our whole operation in Cuba. She works on just about everything, from the organisation and bookings/index.htmls/index.html of tours to managing the entire local team - no small job! She also manages operations for other travel brands outsourced to us here in Cuba. She is a graduate in English and Social Science, an expert Arabian dancer, and graces us with her obvious and abundant charms. Kirenia is the longest serving member of our Admin team and without her Cuban Adventures would not be what it is today.

Sarah Arizaga

Sarah Arizaga
Sales Manager

Sarah first fell in love with the rich culture and crumbling beauty of Cuba after receiving the National Geographic Cuba edition from her grandfather in 1999. She is thrilled to join the Cuban Adventures family to help travelers plan their visit to a country that is sure to captivate their hearts as it has hers. In particular, her goal is to help U.S. travelers understand the special considerations involved in travel to Cuba. An avid (some say obsessed) traveler, if she isn't planning her next vacation from her home in California, she is trying to create the perfect packing list.

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Alan Crocker

Alan Crocker
Sales Representative

Alan and his wife Virginia live in South Australia. They have one adult son Joshua who is 37. They are semi retired and travel regularly and widely overseas each year. In 2012 a trip to Cuba with Cuban Adventures guided by Ossie introduced them to the richness of the Cuban culture and way of life and the opportunity to work for the company promoting Cuba and helping clients with questions about Cuban travel is Alan's dream job. Alan's working life was mostly spent as a teacher and education administrator and then as owner / operator with Virginia of a beach front cafe / restaurant in South Australia. His interests are travel, travel planning, cooking and sport.

Zarelys Diaz

Zarelys Diaz
Customer Relations & Custom Tour Specialist

Zarelys majored in English and French at University, and also studied Italian. Before joining Cuban Adventures, she was teaching languages at University. Proudly Cuban, Zarelys' passions are music and dancing. She loves to share her country with her travelers, and to give them an experience of the culture that is as authentic as possible. She has a charming and happy demeanour and loves to meet people and make new friends.

Kenia

Kenia
Administration & Operations

Before joining our team, Kenia studied philosophy. Unfortunately, despite this being her passion, it wasn't earning her enough money to get by. Kenia works on reservations for other agencies that send us their groups for us to deliver their services in Cuba. Kenia is a calm and very interesting person to talk to and contributes to the very positive and energetic office atmosphere.

Andy

Rioger Evys Guilarte Joubert
Tour Leader & Guide Coordinator

Born in the Easternmost region of the island, Guantanamo, Rioger (AKA Andy) is an extremely talented, talkative, jovial man with multifaceted interests and a bubbly personality. He's been working in the tourist sector for a decade and has grown both as a person and a professional; after working as a tour guide and English Language professor in the University of Havana he joined the Cuban Adventures family, which is of great benefit to all Tour Leaders and general staff. He thinks of himself as a facilitator and loves nature, croquettes and salsa. Personal motto: Do it while you still can. 

Janet María

Janet María Lacaba Reina
Day Tour Team Manager

Originally from Camaguey, Janet moved to Havana as a teenager. She concentrates on our tours around Havana and is a veritable font of knowledge about local culture and history. Janet is an English language graduate and is a very kind and cheerful person. She takes great pride in her job and is very concerned that every visitor to Havana has a great experience learning about her home city.

Eduardo

Eduardo
Logisitics & Local Assistance

Eduardo is our youngest and most audacious team member. A self-described gym rat, he also loves to live it up in nightclubs and parties. He enjoys the love of his family and has a passion for tattoos. He is a graduate of accounting and finance and has been working with us since 2016 in accounting, insurance, and logistics and anything else we throw his way. "No Puedo" doesn't exist in his dictionary.

Ileana

Ileana
Santiago Coordinator

Lovely Ileana takes on a variety of responsibilities out of her office in Santiago. Being Cuba's second largest city and quite different and geographically distant from Havana, we soon realised that we needed a person dedicated to helping our groups with bookings/index.htmls/index.htmls, local contacts, and the latest knowledge of what is going down in Cuba's hottest city. Luckily for us we can count on Ileana who has years of experience managing cultural events and institutions in Santiago as well as representing many music groups over the years.

Dady

Dady
Trinidad Coordinator

Before joining Cuban Adventures, Dadi worked as a specialist guide in Trinidad for several years. She speaks both English and German fluently, and is a graduate from the University of Santa Clara in English Language and Literature. Her interests are many and include creative writing, with which she has won a couple local competitions. At the moment her book of poems is being edited and due to be published soon.

Gustavo

Gustavo
Logistics

Gustavo, native Habanero, is by nature a friendly and helpful person, willing to lend his expertise to those in need. He studied maintenance and repair of automotive equipment and is a professor of professional technical education. He has been working in logistics for our company since 2017.

Lisandra

Lisandra
Tour Reservations

Lisandra "Liss" discovered at an early age her interest in English, which continued to grow and fueled her independent studying until she was able to achieve fluency. She is an animal welfare and environmental advocate, and loves to cook, bake delicious treats, and spend time with family and friends. She studied Psychology at the University of Havana and has worked in our reservations team since 2010, processing bookings for several of the services that we offer.

Monica

Monica
Tour Reservations

Mónica is a cheerful girl, native of the beautiful city of Camaguey. She loves nature, poetry, music, dancing, and making friends, but her favorite hobby is reading books! Monica is trained in computer technology and has also has worked for our company in the past as a Spanish teacher. She is very smiling and kind, speaks very good English, and loves her job. Monica manages our regular group tours in particular the 8 day Original tour of Cuba, our most popular tour!

Reynaldo

Reynaldo
Tour Reservations

His name is Reynaldo, but we call him Rey. Born and raised in Havana he is certified in Advanced English. He has been working at Cuban Adventures since 2015 and is in charge of reservations for the legal tours for Americans and our speciality tours. Very hardworking, cheerful and friendly, if a bit shy. He loves gaming, watching the latest hit shows and movies, and enjoying Havana's nightlife. 

Ana

Ana
Social Media Manager

Working part-time, Ana manages our many social media profiles, ensuring that we keep active and in touch with our client base on the multitude of popular platforms in use today.

Ana was fascinated about Cuba and the similarities and differences it has with her native Brazil and wrote about these in a blog about her impressions of the Cuba that she had on her first visit here in 2011.

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Ernesto

Ernesto
Web Design Manager

Ernesto is the official nerd of our team, and expertly deals with all of our technological issues, computational problems, and website design. He is a graduate in computer science and information technology, and is one of the few Cuban's who is into rock music. Despite this unfortunate flaw we still love him.

Adrian

Adrian Barroso Nicoso
Tour Leader

Adrian is an energetic and enthusiastic person who loves increasing his knowledge and adding to his already impressive vocabulary in English. Like most Cubans he is quite a good salsa dancer and he is a very genuine and kind person.

Lex

Alejandro Capote Ferro
Tour Leader

Discovered while working as a Maître in Viñales’ most popular Tapas Bar, Alejandro (Lex) is a real treasure. His passion for all related to Cuba and the energy he puts on his tours show how much he dreamed of showing his country and all around it to newcomers. Apart from loving tamales and staying positive in the most demanding and difficult situations, we can also count a good heart and an honest friendly hand when needed, as some of Lex’s attributes. For him, nothing is impossible if you work hard and never give up on your dreams; that’s probably why he has not resigned on his dream of travelling to Japan one day.  頑張って (Good Luck!)

Alejandro

Alejandro Loureiro Muñiz
Tour Leader

Alejandro is a lawyer by profession, but he decided to leave the courts to become a tour leader when his family began to grow back in 2016. Since then his professional growth has made him one of the most dedicated members of the Cuban Adventures family. Without a doubt, he is a person with a great sense of belonging to Cuba and the team. He loves music and physical activity which makes him a talented and multifaceted professional. If you enjoy skating and cycling, there’s two of you in the world.

Alex Jorge

Alex Jorge Martinez
Tour Leader

Alex is fluent in German and English. He joined us after having worked as a specialist cycling guide in Cuba for several years. After much friendly coercion we convinced him to trade in his long days in the saddle to join us at Cuban Adventures. Alex is an extremely fun and enthusiastic person who loves communicating and meeting people from all over the world. He loves being a tour guide and showing his guests his country and teaching them about its culture and history. He doesn't smoke but is happy to light up a cigar to share with those in the group who are willing. He loves music, and is quite an impressive singer.

Adita

Barbara Ada García Prieto
Tour Leader

Before joining Cuban Adventures, Adita studied communication and hospitality. She worked for a few years in 4 and 5 star hotels in Cuba but realized that she needed something more challenging and dynamic to satisfy her adventurous personality. Adita speaks both French and English as well as her native Spanish. Her passion is to deliver the best experience for her clients that she can.

Eddy

Eduardo Alfonso Molina
Tour Leader

Eduardo is one of those people that you know once and never forget. Always helpful and ready to put you on the right track, wherever you go. He has great respect for his family and for Cuba and has learned over the years to seek magic in the little things that make life great. Having him in the Cuban Adventures family is an honor: seldom you have a grad architect for a tour leader. So, if architecture and society are two of your fascinations he is your guy.

Emilio

Emilio Martinez Valdez
Tour Leader

For many years Emilio worked as a local guide in Vinales and was a regular favourite of our tour guides who would request him for the local tours of the Vinales valley. Like many of our guides, Emilio has a background in a diverse range of areas. His first career was in law. After graduating with honours in law, he worked as a tax lawyer for the Cuban government. While at university he also studied English and French. When tourism became the main industry and activity in Vinales, Emilio took up an offer from us to work as local guide for our Vinales short stay packages. During this time he did some formal study in biology concentrating on Cuban flora and fauna and especially birds. Emilio also has an excellent knowledge of Cuban history, and along with his experience, as well as his charming and vibrant personality this made him an obvious choice to offer the opportunity of a full-time position in our guide team.

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Inti

Inti Napoles
Tour Leader

Inti has been a professional tour guide in Cuba for over 10 years and brings to Cuban Adventures a wealth of guiding experience. However it is his natural traits and personality that make him so valuable to us. Inti charms all with his lovely disposition, great sense of humour, impressive general knowledge, thoroughness and professionalism. He is proud of being Cuban, and of Cuba's culture and heritage.

Ivan

Ivan Leon Hurtado
Tour Leader

Ivan is originally from Trinidad and has been a professional tour guide for many years in Cuba. He speaks exceptional English, and as a guide there is almost nothing Ivan can not do! He loves reading and enriching his already vast knowledge of history and geography.

Karel

Karel Luis Aragu Perez
Tour Leader

Karel is an extremely friendly and caring person who applies these qualities undisguised to his role as tour guide. Before joining us at Cuban Adventures, Karel was a professional dancer. If you are lucky enough to have Karel as your tour guide in Cuba, you might get to dance with him at one of Cuba's music venues, or even a witness an impromptu dance performance.

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Maurice

Maurice Llanes del Rio
Tour Leader

With over ten years of having graduated from the University of Havana as a German interpreter, Maurice is a proactive member of the company's 'active' team. Cycling, athletics, and walking are some of his common activities, and out of them he has made his own gravitational center. If you are looking for an tenacious man who can do everything in an organic and willing way, without a doubt that is him. He has also proudly participated in every possible marathon in Cuba and has been a member of the Cuban Runners club since 2019. He is our star cyclist.

Natalia

Natalia De La Cavada
Tour Leader

Natalia has been venturing the globe and roaming far from her native Spain ever since she was old enough to travel. Luckily for us she has decided to spend a lot of this time in Cuba. You won't ever regret having Nata as your tour guide in Cuba.

Due to her outstanding work over a number of years for us, Natalia has been selected as the designated guide for our only comfort class tour - Essential Cuba.

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Olexis

Olexis Santiago Díaz
Tour Leader

After suffering through a year of compulsory military service, Olexis decided that studying languages might lead him to a life more enjoyable and meaningful than tough and endless military training. Lucky for us he decided to do so! After excelling in his English studies, he also spent some time teaching English at university. Apart from his experience and language abilities, Olexis brings with him an abundance of energy, enthusiasm, and joy to his work.

Orledis

Orledis Oliveros
Tour Leader

Kindness and empathy are two of the greatest Orledi’s attributes. He learned English on his own and improved it through movies and series while he was working as a flight attendant for some years before starting to work for Cuban Adventures. He has the greatest stories about his homeland ,Baracoa, and really embraces newcomers as new friends as he shares the beauty and controversy of Cuba. He is curious about everything meaning good talks are always welcome.

Osmany

Osmany Gonzalez Tocabens
Tour Leader

Apart from tour guiding, Osmany has a background in sports and journalism, as well as languages and translation. Before restarting his tour guide career in 2015, Osmany worked as a sports journalist for a international news agency. This worked involved translating between Spanish, Italian, and English. He also speaks French, demonstrating his obvious talent for languages. A native to Havana, Osmany loves any type of sport including adventure sports and nature tourism, such as scuba diving and trekking.

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Rainer Companioni

Rainer Companioni
Tour Leader

Rainer has a jovial character and a very unique English accent. He possesses an innate power to help others and lead with indestructible joy. He can speak German fluently and has diverse talents although he could be the only Cuban who does not consider salsa a stronghold. He has an enviable spiritual strength, as well as a highly polished sense of humor that he puts at the service of the company to make us feel honored by his presence. He loves riding his bike and as well as his FIAT126 “Panchito”, a Polish-soviet version of the VW Beattle that has remained in Cuba as relic of the post-Cold War years.

Piniella

Roger Piniella
Tour Leader

Piniella is Roger's surname. Before coming to work for us at Cuban Adventures, Piniella was a first rate diving instructor. He brings his energy and enthusiasm for adventure and discovery to his work as tour guide. He loves meeting people from all over the world and getting back to the water or into nature whenever he can.

Tatiana

Tatiana Silvente Duran
Tour Leader

Tatiana also comes from the beautiful Cuban province of Baracoa, where she excelled as a local guide for several years. Before that she worked as a teacher and studied English and literature. She has a very charming and laid-back nature along with a wicked sense of humour.

Valeri

Valeri Viera González
Tour Leader

Valeri is a graduate in English and Education. Before joining Cuban Adventures Valeri worked as a passenger assistant at the International Airport. Being from a rural part of central Cuba, Valeri is an honest, earnest, hard working, and extremely likable person, who brings these qualities to his job as a guide.

Willmar

Willmar Rosales Caballero
Tour Leader

Willmar is a graduate of economics, and his level of English language is excellent. Willmar is very passionate and knowledgeable about many subjects: he loves arts, music, architecture, history and nature. He guides many of our specialist tours in Havana and is an absolute fountain of information! When he is not working as a guide, Willmar spends his time dedicated to dog training & dog breeding.

Yaima

Yaima Janet Zerquera
Tour Leader

Yaima is as charming as the beautiful city of her origin - Trinidad. Yaima has come to us through a more normal path of developing as an outstanding local guide in her home city, before training with us to be able to guide tours across the whole country. For many of our guides part of the joy of their work is being able to travel to different areas of Cuba, which is a country of much more cultural and geographical diversity than what many visitors might first imagine.

Yanet

Yanet Cabrera Martin
Tour Leader

Yanet is an extremely hard working guide who takes on his task of guiding his groups with admirable energy and enthusiasm. Yanet's indefatigable qualities no doubt have something to do with him growing up in the countryside in Cuba, where the need to fully apply oneself to ones duties is often a matter of survival. His country origins also gave him his valuable qualities of honesty and earnestness.

Yanna

Yanna Cruzata Quintero
Tour Leader

Yanna comes from the far eastern corner of Cuba and the town of Baracoa. She is a very cheerful and positive person and enjoys meeting people from all corners of the globe. She comes from an artistic family and loves to dance to pretty much any sort of music. Yanna is happiest when helping others and is eager to share her knowledge and experience and to show people the beautiful side of Cuba.

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Yraida

Yraida Salles Espinosa
Tour Leader

Yraida can come across on first impressions as stern and pensive, however soon after you get to know her, you realize that she is one of the most lovely people you'll ever meet. She carries out her guiding responsibilities with great pride and earnestness.

Yummet

Yummet Vallin Sosa
Tour Leader

Yummet is an extremely impressive person and one of our most accomplished English speakers. Before coming to work for us at Cuban Adventures, she started her professional career as a university professor teaching English. Her mastery of the language led her to working as a aviation pilot instructor for Cuba's national airline, the language obviously being an essential component of the pilots' skill set.

Yummet also speaks some French and has a profound knowledge of Cuba's history and its Afro-Cuban religions. Her other admirable attributes are her faultless reliability and tireless enthusiasm.

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Dani

Yusdani Hinjosa
Tour Leader

Dani comes from Baracoa - Cuba's first capital city and favourite destination for many of our travelers who have taken our tours in Cuba. A computer engineering graduate, he worked for 3 years in a software development company in Havana. However, having done quite well in his English studies, on returning to his family Baracoa, he saw the potential for a more fulfilling career as a tour guide. He gathered a lot of experience working as a local guide in Baracoa and waited several years to be selected for Cuban Adventures. He has been relishing the opportunity ever since.

Raydel

Raydel
Accommodation Coordinator - Havana

Raydel is a crucial member of our team. He is the owner and manager of Casa Obrapia - a standard setting guesthouse in Old Havana. Apart from being guest friendly and extremely practical, we believe that it is one of the most stylish in all of Cuba. Raydel also manages the reservations for our guesthouse accommodation in Havana for our custom groups. Raydel's vast network of contacts, interpersonal skills, outgoing nature, and positive attitude towards a challenge, makes this task look must easier than it is.

Roy

Roy
Accommodation Coordinator - Havana

Roy is in charge of selecting guesthouses in Havana for us, and coordinating the Havana guesthouse reservations for all of our regular groups. With well over 600 guesthouses in all of Havana, this is by no means a simple job. Roy's training in information systems helps in this complex task, as well as his calmness, attention to detail, and willingness to work hard.

Roy is a shy and serious character as well as being very honest. We are grateful for his dedication to the task.

Jorge

Jorge
Accommodation Coordinator Assistant - Havana

Jorge assists Roy in organising the Havana guesthouses for our groups. He is a very friendly and charismatic person and he uses this charm to help him keep the guesthouse owners happy most of the time, despite all the complications that are frequently thrown his way.

Away from work Jorge dedicates himself to caring for and bringing up his daughter.

Dainier

Dainier
Accommodation Coordinator - Camaguey

Born under the brutal light of the Caribbean, in central Cuba where the sun burns the brightest, Danier developed into a powerful narrator of firm prose. Art critic and self-taught photographer, graduate in Sociocultural studies. Gregarious and happy. Typical Cuban storyteller, weaving unforgettable tales. He works with us as a casa coordinator in Camagüey, making this destination a unique experience.

Lily

Lily
Accommodation Coordinator - Cienfuegos

Lily is our casa coordinator in Cienfuegos. She is a homemaker who loves to cook, and is an excellent hostess. Although she is past her girlhood days, to know her is to feel as though a small child is fluttering around you, with her infectious smile and her bubbly personality. Everyone loves her and she loves her city and its people.

Chacon

Chacon
Accommodation Coordinator - Santiago

Student and lover of Cuban History, excellent dancer, meticulous in his work, adept at analysis, Ruben is passionate about economics and internal control in management. Native Santiaguero, he is well respected and adored by many in the cultural sector for his work as a cultural promoter and manager within the musician's labor union. A romantic at heart, he is known to write and recite love poems on occasion.

Papito

Papito (Soroa)
Accommodation Coordinator - Soroa

"Papito" is our lodging coordinator in rural Soroa. His interests are construction, sports, and studying politics. He is practically a chef and loves to cook with fresh ingredients from his small organic farm. He also enjoys helping little kids learn ABCs, 123s, and all about the world around them.

Alejandro

Alejandro
Accommodation Coordinator - Trinidad

"Trinitario de pura cepa" A true Trinidadian, Alejandro is a computer scientist by profession. He is in charge of managing our reservations in casa particulares in Trinidad. He is proud of Trinidad's storied history as being the third oldest city in Cuba. He manages more than 60 bed & breakfasts for our company and we appreciate his organization, responsibility, and devotion to making sure that our travelers have a good experience in his hometown. Alexx, as his friends call him, is a warm and friendly guy, a team player always willing to help out. We are grateful for his everyday dedication as casa coordinator.

Fernando

Fernando
Accommodation Coordinator - Vinales

I graduated with a degree in Informatics Engineering from the University of Informatic Sciences in Havana. During my time in school I learned systems development and after graduating I did freelance work as a systems developer, but was called back to my home in Viñales by the allure of its natural beauty. I started running my own business renting rooms and eventually started working for Cuban Adventures as a casa coordinator in 2017. I like programming, playing sports, dancing, and nature, particularly the 'mogotes' of my lovely Viñales. 

Lenin

Lenin
Accommodation Coordinator - Varadero

Lenin was born and raised in Santa Marta, near the Varadero peninsula. He is passionate about the history of Varadero and has a vast knowledge of the area. Lenin is friendly, cheerful, and always willing to help out and to share his love of Varadero and its nearby hidden gems. Lenin is in charge of managing our reservations in casa particulares in Varadero. He has a degree in electronics with a speciality in instrumentation and automatic controls, communications technology, and has taken sales and advertising courses.

Dayana

Dayana
Day Tour Guide


Before joining Cuban adventures Dayana was a professor at University .She is originally from Camaguey.She is graduated from English and Education.She is focused on her job, reliable and charismatic.She offers tours in Havana and shows her clients the best of her knowledge , cultural background and personal experiences.She loves reading adventures books and watching fantastic series.

Lazaro

Lazaro
Day Tour Guide

Lazaro originally from Camaguey more specific Sierra de Cubitas is graduated in English and Education.He worked as a teacher in Preuniversity school before joining Cuban Adventures.He loves Culinary arts and he is a great chef.He enjoys cooking for his family and friends.He is very friendly,hardworking and charismatic .He takes people on tours around Havana city.

Marcos Antonio

Marcos Antonio Rojas Silvente
Day Tour Guide

Marcos also from Baracoa has a personality tailor-made for tour guiding. His natural charisma and enthusiasm, ability to listen and communicate makes him a joy for our tour participants as he shows them to his favorite places around Havana. Marcos started guiding for us on our Comida Cubana food and culinary experience, and made the tour such a success!

Armando

Armando
Day Tour Guide

Born in Havana, Armando has always been in love with his city and country. He graduated as a Computer Engineer but his passion for people, Cuban flavors and culture, led him to become a Tour Leader and Photographer. Thus, he has the opportunity to share his knowledge and insight into the history and local culture of this magnificent island, either through the lens of his camera or as a real-life experience on a tour.

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