Below are actual comments that our travelers have made about their experience on one of our tours in Cuba.
Karel was a fantastic guide! He went over and above to ensure that all of our group had the best experience possible in a safe and hassle free manner. He was also very accommodating of his time to answer many many questions from our group which he seemed to greatly enjoy. He is a great asset to your company!
All accommodations were clean, tidy and hassle free. Breakfasts were all good with enough food and coffee to go with it The mini bus was more than comfortable for our tour group. The driver was great too (Orlando). My favourite activity was the early morning "hike" to the waterfall in Trinidad.
Perhaps the itinerary could include more time in some locations, however this would mean less time in others. Cienfuegos was only 1 night and felt this was a little rushed. Missing time in Havana due to our flight cancellation (from Baracoa) which meant we lost a day with traveling to an airport further away - not that this could be helped! And Karell did his best to fix the situation!
Aside from seeing the sights and learning more about Cuba, my favourite part of the experience was that Karell was a fantastic guide and the other people in the group made it a truly fantastic experience. Fantastic tour - will recommend to others!
It was a great way to have an authentic experience of Cuba. We were made to feel very welcome in every homestay. The breakfasts were lovely and had some of the best meals in the casas. The bus was excellent! It was very comfortable with air con and a fridge too. Our driver was Jovani and he couldn't do enough to help anyone.
Our guide Yanna was an extremely helpful and interested tour guide. She was always eager to share her knowledge and experience of beautiful Cuba. When we arrived in Havana after a lengthy arrival flight, she made sure to make us feel at our ease and to help us to adjust and adapt to our new unfamiliar surroundings. She brought us to a restaurant in the local square where we met our other tour group members and chatted about the up and coming itinerary.
Yanna went above and beyond for the tour group and was eager that we experience all we wanted to. She even brought us to visit her family in Baracoa and they made us a drink and served us snacks. It is evident that Yanna is passionate about her job and enjoys it. When she talks about Cuba and its rich history she has a spark in her eye and has lots of interesting information to share. I asked her about a club called the Cave in Trinidad and straight away she said we would go there no questions asked. We had a great night! Yanna would give us loads of historical and geographical info about Cuba while on the bus or while in restaurants but she could easily gauge when we all wanted to relax on the bus too and just take in the terrain in quietness. Also Yanna would always put the group ahead of her to ensure that they are happy and comfortable e.g. she watched our bags while we went swimming, I ordered the wrong dish in a restaurant one day and she straight away said she would swap with me, she even bought us lovely chocolate from Baracoa and fruit and gave it to us on the long bus trip. Very kind! Yanna is great fun and was always encouraging us to dance and join in which we were delighted with.
I will recommend Cuba group tours to my friends at home and just hope they are lucky enough to get Yanna as their tour guide. It was an amazing 15 nights! Thanks.
Me gusta Cuba mucho! Monica was a fantastic guide. She was well tuned to the needs of the group.
The casas particulares were great, and many very stylish. The hosts were very welcoming and the rooms were good and exceeded my expectations. Some of the hosts were also excellent cooks!
Most of the meals we had in the evenings were fantastic but some of the lunchtime stops en route were mediocre. The meals in the main casas and the paladares were amazing and included good music.
Our driver Soto was fantastic and had a great sense of humour. The flight on Air Gaviota to Habana was a nightmare - it stopped in Holguin with no prior notice and the plane did not feel safe.
My favourite activity was the Cocoa plantation in Baracoa with excellent local guide. After a long day travelling to Santiago I would have appreciated a more leisurely day. We had a very long wait for a guide to the Museum. However this was compensated by a detour to a boat trip to an island and lunch by the ocean.
My husband Paul and I want to thank Ivan, Willmar and Cuban Adventures for a life changing experience. It was everything that we hoped it would be. Fascinating, challenging, sometimes a bit uncomfortable, but always safe, enjoyable and organised.
There were some days when our faces hurt from laughing so much, our feet hurt from dancing and walking so much and our heads hurt from drinking too much. But it was incredibly interesting and left us both with a desire to learn much more about this wonderful country and its special, resilient, passionate people. Thank you Ivan, Will and Cuba it was a privilege xxx.
To sum up my trip in three words: awsome, educational and entertaining.
Tatiana is the perfect guide. Even though she had issues with one of the participants on this tour, she still kept it cool and she was very professional. She made my trip perfect!
My favourite parts of the tour were the visit to Finca Duaba & Finca Toa, hiking in Trinidad, swimming in the Bay of Pigs, salsa lesson and hanging out at the Steps in Trinidad.
I had an amazing time on my tour. It was really well done and extremely well organized. Everything, including my visa at the Mexican airport, was ready and waiting for me. The booking staff is very patient and knowledgeable. Several months before the trip I was in constant email with Ossie, who responded to every question. When I got to Mexico and then Cuba, there were no surprises.
The tour covered so much ground in Cuba that I don`t feel as though I missed visiting anything important. And, it also allowed for lot of free time which enabled me to go off on my own in each city to have my own experiences outside the group.
My tour guide, Tatiana, is a treasure and an asset to your company! She is wonderful and deserves the highest of praise and a raise in her salary. She was knowledgeable, professional and she was able to accommodate us our every desire...even those that were not necessarily on the tour. For example, since baseball is a huge national sport we wanted to go to a game. The next day it was arranged.
The accommodations were incredibly clean, comfortable and much more extravagant that I expected. Each and every home-stay owner was experienced, really kind and provided me with everything I asked for. Even things I didn't ask for :-) Be prepared for "ham and cheese" or "cheese and ham". It`s the main lunch cuisine. In general, the food was really great, you can get a 3 lb lobster tail for 14 cucs ($14 American). Even vegetarians eat well in Cuba. You will not go hungry.
Our bus driver was experienced with the roads. And, believe me, they can be challenging. We had a small bus (or a large van) that sat 10 people. Very comfortable. It would have been nice to spend one night and one day in Baracoa giving that time to Havana. There`s so much more to see in Havana so that city requires more time.
I would recommend your company to anyone wishing to have a wonderful Cuban experience.
I found the whole tour, including the booking process, great. I have already been recommending it to my friends and family.
Tatiana was a wonderful guide. After a few days it felt more like traveling with a friend that a guide. I don`t think my holiday would have be nearly as good without her as a guide. She went out of her way to help with everything you ask her and took as to some wonderful places i wouldn't have got to see without her.
The homestays were all lovely - better than most hotels I have stayed in! I am missing the breakfast since i have been back!!
I enjoyed all of the activities, especially the walking tour in Havana, the tour in Camaguey and the salsa lesson in Trinidad.
Thank you for an amazing 15 days!. Our tour guide Tatiana was exemplary and absolutely made the holiday for us. She listened to all the travellers in the group and made sure that everyone had the experience they wanted from Cuba, whether salsa dancing or local wildlife. She was enthusiastic, passionate and knowledgeable about Cuba. Tatiana was also patient with the group when being bombarded with questions and requests! She made sure that we experienced the best that Cuba has to offer and her business relationships were extensive and made for an easy transition on each part of the tour. Most of all, Tatiana made our Cuban experience fun and 15 days, it is safe to say, we will never forget.
The home stays were particularly friendly and welcoming. The food at the home stays and the hospitality was very good. All in all, excellent throughout. We hadn't expected the food in Cuba to be so good. Tatiana took us to some really lovely restaurants in Trinidad and Havana, but some of the best food we had was at the home stays. Especially in Baracoa where the coconut seafood dishes were delicious.
It was great that Tatiana organised private mini buses at each stage of the trip which made the journeys quicker and more flexible. The roads in Cuba do make travelling long distances somewhat challenging!
All excursions were excellent! The bici-taxi excursion in Camaguey was fantastic. Hugo was very personable and also knowledgeable and showed us a different side of Cuba. My favourite place was Trinidad. We enjoyed the nightlife there and the food was also very good. But the best thing about Cuba was the people to whom Tatiana introduced us - we really felt welcome and part of the group!
Overall, the entire experience was simply amazing. Tony is the consummate professional tour guide. He has obviously honed his skills over many years, and he makes it look effortless. I cannot emphasize enough how important he was to our experience. He worked like the devil, but everything appeared seamless. He was up before everyone, and never went to bed until everyone was back. Absolutely fluent in English, and had a sense of humor that kept us entertained without ever offending, he ALWAYS made it a point to seek cultural interaction with the local people.
We also had a tour guide trainee with us, Yenni, who was a delight. Excellent English skills, extensive historical knowledge and a great personality and she brought an added dimension to the tour.
The homestay's were very room had a private bath and air-conditioning. The rooms were modest, clean and comfortable (as advertised on your website) - Home stays are absolutely the way to go!
Transport: We had a 16-passenger Mercedes mini-van for 9 people plus driver, so we had plenty of room to stretch out and relax. The van was clean and appeared to be very well maintained. Our driver, Soto, was a hoot, he had an excellent sense of humor. He understood and spoke more English than he let on, and he took good care of us.
I am a professional photographer and travel blog writer, and my brother is a writer (novelist).
- You can read an article here in the Yucatan Times about the trip.
- You can view a beautiful photographic record of the trip here: Forbidden Fruit of the Caribbean
- We've traveled quite a bit over the years, and would rank Tony as possibly the BEST tour guide we˙ve ever had. Kudos to our guide Tony and his trainee, Yenni. Together, they made a wonderful trip even more perfect.
I just wanted to thank you for an incredible trip! Tatiana was a brilliant tour guide - knowledgeable, organised, and fun! She was always professional and cheerful, and I very much enjoyed her company throughout the tour.
Before the trip I didn't really know what to expect from the casas, but staying in them was a fantastic way to get to know the Cuban people. Everywhere we stayed was charming and the owners were so friendly and hospitable.
The tour had a great balance of organised (and optional) activities and free time. It felt like there was plenty of time to relax, but at the same time we seemed to fit lots in each day. The format of the tour offered just the right amount of flexibility.
For me, the highlights included snorkelling in the Caribbean, exploring the beautiful wildlife around Baracoa, and going to a nightclub in a cave!
It was an absolute pleasure to visit Cuba, and doing so through Cuban Adventures was the perfect way to experience this fabulous country.
We had a superb trip – greatly exceeded our expectations in so many ways. We felt very fortunate to have ended up in a small group (just 8 of us), and with people with similar interests – to be able to spend 2 whole weeks with people one has never met before, and to still want to be with them for every meal on Day 14 was quite special!
Valeri was simply superb, and "made" the holiday. He worked incredibly hard, going above and beyond what he needed to do. The riverbank spit-roast he arranged was the high point of the holiday. He is professional, infectiously fun-loving, and his efficiency meant that we were able to relax and enjoy every bit of the trip. Juan Carlos, our guide round Old Havana was brilliant. He talked about the realities of life in Cuba and the recent changes - could have listened to him for hours and hours! And Hugo too, in Camaguey, who also joined us for dinner on our first night in Havana – was a superb guide – the trip to the ballet school was a real highlight – even for my husband!
Staying in the Casas was another high point of the tour. We loved staying with Cubans and sharing their lives. Having a 16 seater minibus with only 8 of us in the tour group meant we each had a window seat, and the views from the bus were constantly fascinating. Our driver, Ivan, looked after us extremely well.
We felt like we'd been away for 6 weeks, not 2! We experienced so much, and it was so relaxing being so well looked after and skilfully guided. Thanks again. We’ll keep waxing lyrical to our friends, and hope that some of them will have the opportunity to experience Cuba like we did.
I loved our trip with Cuban Adventures. We booked with Clarita who was fantastic to deal with, very helpful and responsive.
Romey was a fantastic guide and I can't recommend him highly enough. Our group was only 3 people, so together we were like a little family travelling around. We did so much stuff that we would never have been able to do without our guide. He went out of his way to cater the tour to our interests. He knows people everywhere and so we were able to have experiences with people and places that we would never have had without his input. We met his friends and family in his home town of Camaguey. My partner is a musician, so our guide organised a jam session with his cousin and other friends at his aunty' s house! A once in a lifetime experience to hang out and play music with a Cuban family. It was relaxed and casual, and our guide looked after all our transport and accomm seamlessly. He also took us to some great restaurants and just looked after us beautifully.
Homestays were a fantastic way to stay in Cuba. By far the best food can be found in the casas - especially the 3 Ana's in Santiago! Rooms were always clean, with air con, towels, bathroom etc. Slightly dodgy showers on occasion but you get that everywhere! Breakfasts were great at the homestays - fresh fruit, bread, cheese, juice, coffee, tea. Some amazing meals at the casas and restaurants owned by casa families. I am vegetarian and they always catered for me in abundance! Some truly memorable meals!
We used a private mini van for a couple of trips and then the Viazul for the rest. The Viazul was excellent - such a great and organised system in what is otherwise a pretty crazy country! All excursions were great! We did so many great excursions and day trips. Our Guide was really flexible and told us what each town had to offer and then we would decide what we wanted to do. Loved the day of historical and cultural sightseeing in Santiago, loved the big walk to the white beach in Baracoa. We didn't feel like a group of tourists being lead around, it was more like travelling with our Cuban friend.
I truly hope we will see Romey again one day and wish him all the best with his farm. Thank you to Cuban Adventures for an unforgettable trip!
We have just completed the above tour and feel compelled to write to you re same. Firstly your company operations are excellent - from the first enquiry to the final taking of the tour all communication was clear, on time and followed through. We prefer to travel independently and had reservations about a group tour. All aspects of our tour were fantastic. We were lucky to have a group of 7 who gelled and were flexible. We were fortunate to have every arrangement happen without incident. However and most importantly we had the services of Ossie - our guide our organizer our helper and our friend. Ossie is outstanding and we want to give this feedback to you direct. He is well organized, very approachable, sensitive to the needs of the individuals in the group, has an excellent rapport with the hosts and the locals and made our tour informative, social and fun. He is very proud of Cuban Adventures and carries out his duties with perfection and sincerity. He has an excellent knowledge of the history of Cuba and its heritage and really engaged us with the culture. We were fortunate enough to meet Ossie's family having seen photos of them and hearing all about them. We leave Cuba with a greater understanding of its history, an appreciation for its music and dance culture but most of all a respect and admiration for its people who live a suppressed and totally different lifestyle to any we have experienced and still smile, are friendly and helpful and accepting of their lot.
Thank you to you and your excellent company for providing us with the opportunity to visit this beautiful country and leave it safely and completely humbled.
Virginia and Alan Crocker
Dady was a fantastic tour guide and, by the end of the two weeks had also become a good friend. When I was left stranded in Cuba by the Icelandic volcano, she went so far above the call of duty (ensuring that I had places to stay and people to look out for me) that she is now a legend among my friends in the UK!. A particular "Thank you" to Juan Carlos, our driver, who was lovely to us and did his best to speak English to me. The use of casas was my main reason for choosing this tour. I'd have loved to have had more time in Santiago but the 2 weeks don't allow for it and I think the tour is well paced due to the length. I met many of your tour guides on this trip and they are definitely the greatest strength of your tours. I'd just like to use this opportunity to comment on the fact that Sergio, whilst not my tour guide, deserves some serious kudos for looking out for me when I got stuck in Cuba, particularly as it was his week off. Many thanks.
I loved my two weeks in Cuba and have not stopped raving about it to everyone I know since. Cuba was even more fun and fascinating than I expected, and this tour made it very easy to fall in love with everything about Cuba, without doing any of the hard work!. Our tour guide Jorge was great and never stopped working, whether it was getting us on the road early in the morning, or getting us out of the night club (also early in the morning), and dealing with all the things that may not always go according to plan, because that's also part of being in Cuba. But what I'll remember the most were the people - the families that invited us into their homes (and farms!) for Christmas and New Year , the people who run the marvelous B&B's and provided delicious dinners, the random people we met who were artists or salsa dancers or teachers or hitchhikers or served ice-cream in shops! And the marvelous mix of people from around the world that I got to travel with, all so interested in Cuba and wanting to get under its skin - it's not easy to do anywhere as a tourist but this trip really let me do much more than just scratch the surface. I've written some more impressions about Cuba on my travel blog that covers 23 years of my travels around the world - www.redheadtravels.com.
We had the best time. The itinerary was excellent, the casas great and we were extremely lucky to have wonderful travel companions but the main reason the tour was so successful was YOXANDER! We could not have asked for a better tour guide. He was always enthusiastic, funny and informative. Despite working very long days he was always happy and nothing was ever too much trouble for him. His knowledge of Cuba was immense. I now feel I have a deep and accurate understanding of what it is like to live in Cuba. He was also incredibly conscientious - when we had the opportunity to go snorkelling I was keen but deep down I was very frightened. He sensed this fear and was never more than 20 foot away from me for the whole afternoon. I think most guides would have enjoyed themselves rather than ensure I had a wonderful time. To sum up Yoxander made our trip to Cuba a magical unforgettable adventure.
This was truly the best holiday I have ever had. My only regret is that I could not speak Spanish. I know this would have enriched my experience but still I have an awesome awesome time and I hope to return to Cuba one day. It is funny how I called other people "tourists" and did not see myself as such. I felt like I was there visiting my friends and less like an outsider looking into other people's lives. John & Oswaldo were an absolute delight, their courtesy, knowledge was a great inspiration. Thank you!
We would like to congratulate Cuban Adventures for their excellent choice of tour guide in Enelio. We really enjoyed Nell as the leader of our tour. Nell was extremely enthusiastic and proud of his country. He comprehensively understood its political and historical heritage and made it relevant for all of us. I loved discussing politics with him and he always listened before replying. What a brilliant individual for the job he has.
I truly loved Cuba, and I would wholeheartedly recommend your organization to others who want to make the trip. Tatiana was fantastic! very reliable, and consistently enthusiastic, engaging, communicative - always pointing out little interesting bits of info and showing us typical Cuban foods, plants, customs, etc., which consistently enriched whatever we were doing. She was unfailingly open to questions and ideas. She arranged for us to attend a baseball game in Camaguey, took us to a few typical farmhouses where the residents graciously fed us and let us see their surroundings, she also brought us to hear local music everywhere. I had brought some medical supplies to donate, and she made sure we stopped at a small-town clinic to see how doctors' offices are set up and for me to leave the donations where it might be needed. She also brought us to visit a well-known local artist's gallery. This is a wonderful experience and truly enables you to connect with the Cuban people in a way that tourists who only go to resorts can never do. Your organization should be a model for other Responsible Tourism efforts - congratulations!
Thanks to Cuban Adventures for a wonderful time. I would highly recommend them if you are looking for a company to show you the real Cuba. Special thanks to Natalia our tour guide, and all of the wonderful people I travelled with. Cuba - what a beautiful country! Only a few words are needed to sum up my experience there: gorgeous scenery, gorgeous people, gorgeous seafood and music, music, music, music, music everywhere, and lots of dancing. Oh, and did I mention music! Here is the web page I made about the tour ... http://cubausamarch2009.shutterfly.com/cuba
I LOVED it! It was one of the most rewarding experiences. The highlight of the tour was living with local families and understanding what Cuba is really about. And it was a huge plus traveling with a local tour guide.
Yoxander made the trip for us. His insight, sense of humour, pace setting of the trip, local knowledge, organisational skills, and just getting things done even when the unforeseen happened ie when in Barracoa and we had to transfer from the bus to a jeep because of floods. He really has tireless energy, putting in 18hrs days to accompany us to clubs in the evenings. One other unique point, no other tour guide has troubled themselves to see us off to the airport on the day AFTER the tour had finished. A great touch as there is always anxiety about taxis turning up! At the time it seemed a leap of faith to book a trip via and English office of an Australian company who subcontracted it to a Cuban agent. It did work well though and enquires were always dealt with efficiently, promptly and in a friendly way.
Thanks for a wonderful tour with Cuban Adventures. It was a great way to travel and our tour guide Tatiana did a brilliant job. We had no transportation issues, all family stays worked fine and were really nice. Excursions we did very interesting and we got good guidance from Tatiana. The tour made life easy for us, allowed us to come in close contact with the local population by living under their roof, thus my daughter Anais and I had a great time. Inspite having a bad stomach due to parasites. The International Hospital in Trinidad was extremely efficient. The consultation and the laboratory analysis took 1 hour 15 minutes. After I new what I had and was given appropriate treatment.
The trip was great. So well organized and thought of. Jorge did a tremendous job trying to keep everybody happy. It was sad to see in what kind of economic misery people live there. A very educational experience. Helps me to re-evaluate my life in general. Thank you.
I loved staying in casas particulares as you are able to have much more of local interaction and it gives u a feeling (especially due to the friendliness of hosts) that u are a part of family. The conditions were superb. I loved Baracoa the most, the smell of the ocean, the ambience.. everything all together makes u feel like in Hemingway's old man and the sea. My tour guide Jorge was a professional tour leader and a great person too. He has a wide knowledge about his country and is eager to share it with anyone that is interested. He was always there when we needed any help or suggestions and was accompanying us in our activities although he didn't have to. At the same time we had the possibility to decide what we want to do, with no feeling of being forced. It was great of him to take us to uni in Santa Clara, introduce us to his family and friends, as well as spend additional time with us also after the tour finished. I also met Roger, Nadia, Darien and Yoxander - you have great guys there in Cuba! :) I really appreciate your fast response to my inquiry as well as organization of everything although it was very last minute.
Thank you for showing me the BEST HOLIDAY......EVER! I've been on a lot of good holidays in 2008 (ahem!!!!) but this was definitely my fave. Was there in September 2008 and hurricane Ike, or no hurricane, a fantastic time was to be had. Couldn't have been possible without the most fantastic tour guide ever, Tatiana, on our trip. Cuba is such a fantastic country to visit and see and trips such as these are made all the more special by having such an excellent tour guide. Having Tatiana and Soto (our driver) as guides, I can only think that I got a good feeling for Cuban people, food, drink and culture but that doesn't mean I won't be back for more at a later date.
This trip was well organized where it was needed with transportation, accommodations and tours. It was also great in terms of flexibility, with the ability to stop, explore and interact with Cuba (its people and interesting places) when the opportunity presented itself.
Johnny ("El Canguro") is the best tour guide I ever met! I think he was born to do this job... He is just great dealing with people, he cares a lot about the needs / wishes of the group and although it seems sometimes that everything is a chaos, he manages to get everything in place, solve the problems and help you to experience the real Cuban experience! It was just fantastic to play dominos with the old guys in the suburbs of Santiago and to dance and sing with the locals in the pena in la Havana and then go to the Malecon to continue with the singing!
The tour was the best that Karin and I have done. I really liked the way it was organised, the country and its people. We loved the organic garden in Trinidad. Hope to be back some day. Do you organise tours to Colombia and Bolivia?
This was our first organised trip and we enjoyed it thoroughly. We were fortunate to have an excellent tour guide whose knowledge of Cuba, combined with his laid back but professional attitude, enhanced our experience. The trip covered so much of the country and gave us better overall appreciation of Cuba than we could have done on our own.
Brilliant tour, couldn’t have asked for more! More than any other trip I have done in the past, we had opportunities to interact with the local people. We learnt a lot about the Cuban way of life. Best tour leader I have ever had by far. He really made the trip for us organising fantastic activities like a walk to the waterfall in Trinidad, music clubs at night, street party at Santiago and 1959 convertibles in Havana. I was very impressed with the standard of accommodation. Even the casa de particulars were excellent. I really enjoyed 3 nights in Trinidad, Santiago and Baracoa, it was ample time to get to know a city.