Trips to Cuba

CUBA  

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Tour Operator: Colibri Boston info@colibriboston.org +1 617 301 1237

Number for Cuba +53

Emergency Numbers in Cuba

Police 106

HAVANA 

Asistur – 24 h English speaking tourist information regular hours: 7-866-8527 emergency 24 h 7-866-8527

American Embassy – (+53) 7839-4100 address: Calzada st between L&M

Hospital: Clínica Central Cira Garcia Hospital Miramar Havana

Address: Ave. Lazaro e/ 18 y 20, Pya, La, Cárdenas, La Habana

Phone:+509 34 86 8761

Panataxi: 7-55 -55-55-55

Cell Phones roaming: Every participant is obligated to have Cell phone roaming turned on in case of emergency or have roaming card. If you need roaming card please contact us in advance.TMobile –offers best service in Cuba, cost is 2 USD per minute and 50 Cents per text message AT&T – and Verizon also offer roaming there.

Please call your provider and ask for Cuba roaming to be activated.

INTERNET: We have internet available in our casa, yet it is slow and mostly to download emails. Cost is 5 CUC per hour and can be shared between all travelers.

Colibri offer $50 roaming cards if your phone is unlocked. Please contact us if you need one.

CUBAN CURENCY: 

Cuba operates with two type of currency: Convertible CUC which currently is about 1 CUC = 0.85 USD and Cuban pesos. As a tourist you will be operating with CUC.

Exchanging US currency to CUC involves 10% of “punishment fee” so if you have Euros, Canadian dollar or Mexican pesos you will get a more fair rate.

ACCOMODATION:

 In Cuba we will be staying in casas particulates in Havana and Trinidad.  Your host will take care of all your needs, provide breakfast, help you order taxi if needed, show you nearest restaurant, arrange for laundry etc. It is like having a private concierge available all the time.

Accommodation:

HAVANA  CASA VINTAGE  (internet available)

Calle 22 #273 Altos e/17 y 19, Vedado, La Habana

      

 

Trinidad

      

 

 

WHAT TO BRING

Tiny bottle (6 days supply) of hand sanitizer, prescribed medication, small gifts for our hosts, cash, personal cosmetics only in travel size or samples, super comfortable shoes and light clothes, one warmer cardigan, granola bars.

PLEASE TRAVEL LIGHT!

What NOT to bring

Winter jackets, heavy shoes, high heals, parfumes, jewelry (Cuba is very safe but poor and if you loose something it is gone), heavy shoes, full size cosmetics.

goes your content

 

Call 617.301.1237  or email us info@colibriboston.org

 

SIGHTSEEING

DAY 1

Meet in Miami airport hotel. Visit to Little Havana with orientation and Cuban art talk with Agustin Gainza (a renowned Cuban artist) in Miami. Discussion on Cuba  and ongoing conflict between Cubans in Miami and Cubans living on the island!

DAY 2

HAVANA VIEJA (OLD HAVANA) – LECTURE ON COLONIAL HISTORY AND ARCHITECTURE

Close your eyes and imagine taking a trip to the past: driving in the old cabriolet, cigar in hand, waves crushing against Malecon sea wall. In the evening, mojitos at Hemingway’s favorite spot to the tunes of Buena Vista social club. We will spend a day strolling the streets between four main Colonial squares, learning about Havana’s eclectic architecture and world famous restoration project by city historian Eusebio Leal.

Plaza de la Cathedral, Cathedral de San Cristobal, Plaza De Armas, Museo de la Ciudad, Fort Castillo de la Fuerza, Calle Mercares, Rum Museum and shop.

Dinner at traditional Cuban restaurant Dona Eutimia- the best Cuban meal in Havana Vieja.

 

DAY 3

HEMINGWAY TOUR AND VISIT TO ART PROJECT “FUSTERLANDIA”

Ernest Hemingway lived in Cuba for 20 years, he wrote his famous novels here and dedicated his Nobel prize to the people of Cuba. In a fleet of convertible Chevrolets we will travel to Hemingway’s house “La Vigia” and later spectacular art project established by famous Fuster!

Evening with Salsa lesson and concert at Casa de la Musica.

 

 

DAY 4

VEDADO AND HAVANA CENTRO – LECURE ON CUBAN REVOLUTION and famous revolutionries CHE and FIDEL CASTRO

Museum de la Revolucion and Plaza de la Revolution.

 

DAY 5

VINALES and LAS TERRAZAS

Valle de Vinales: A Unesco World Heritage site with stunning limestone monoliths, mural de Prehistoria, and range of beautiful caves. We will visit local farmers, discuss Cuban Farming and have lunch on spectacular Finca Agrecologica, restaurant on the farm serving their own food.

Cuba Vieja

 

 

LAS TERRAZAS

Founded in 1968, Unesco Biosphere Reserve was the first eco-village, and today includes a boutique hotel, artist studios and coffee plantation ruins. Enjoy this day of learning about Cuban art, hiking, bird watching, artist studio visits and locally grown coffee ending with a swim in a emerald river at Banos.

 

DAY 6

BAY OF PIGS and TRINIDAD

We will stop at Bay of Pigs with a history lesson on American invasion back in 60’s. Than head to photograph picturesque Trinidad. Lecture on sugar industry.

 

 

DAY 7

Departure from Cienfuegos!

Cuba’s Perla del Sur (pearl of the south). Cienfuegos is a beautiful city with elegant French architecture and a stunning water front. Surrounded by Sugar Cane plantations it played an important role in Cuba’s major production.To explore Cuba incredible geographical location and oceanography.

ACCOMMODATION

We will be staying in a beautiful, casas particurales and Cuban Hotels.

Casas: Cuban bed-and-breakfasts. Stunning colonial villas or modern apartments with lots of character. These casas are privately run and support local people.

 

 

 

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TESTIMONIALS

Endorsement from Marc Frank, US correspondent (Reuters, ABC News, Financial Times), author of Cuban Revelations: Behind the Scenes in Havana

Sylvia,

It was a pleasure to meet you and talk with your group of visitors in Havana. You are both charming and knowledgeable on Cuba, and your fellow travelers were so diverse, intelligent and curious. I do wish you success in your future Cuban endeavors, most of all for the experience it will surely bring your clients and secondly for the excellent company it will deliver to Cuba.

Marc Frank, author of Cuban Revelations: Behind the Scenes in Havana

From our travelers

Hi Sylvia,

Before too much time goes by, I wanted to take this opportunity to again thank you for the incredible trip to Cuba.

While Cuba is a fascinating country, it wouldn’t have been nearly as wonderful without your commentary, creativity and enthusiasm.

I was so utterly impressed with your knowledge of Cuba’s history, your remarkable ability to navigate the Cuban bureaucracy, and your unending flexibility and willingness to make our requests come to fruition. I don’t think that there was a detail that you didn’t attend to. Add to that your wonderful sense of humor, sensitivity and great spirit – and you are hard to beat! I would follow you on any trip you plan knowing it would be just as exciting, informative and fun as Cuba was. On a more personal note, I loved getting to know you better and to share morning breakfast conversations. What a treat! Stay well. Both Bill and I look forward to travelling with you in the future.

Fondly,

Gail Grossman

Hello Sylvia,

I cannot thank you enough for the opportunity to be part of the wonderful trip to Cuba. I cannot believe all that we were able to experience in such a short time. I feel much more well informed about Cuba than I did before this trip and am now a big fan of Che Guevara thanks to you!
Thank you again for the experience of a lifetime,
Gail Griffin

Hi Sylvia, as I am sitting here in my office looking out at the rain and cold weather, I cannot help but think back to last week and the wonderful opportunity for all of us individually and collectively to learn more about the Cuban people, their country, their government and observe their way of life. It was enriching and enlightening for me and certainly raised a number of thoughts about how we might seek to develop more relationships with the Cuban people and potentially their government. Of course both the US and Cuba are in a state of transition and so our relationship building may take some time but we are a bit smarter as to the interests of the Cuban people and their country thanks to your guidance and support along our tour through this most interesting country. We have also talked about how skilled you were in guiding our group through this learning process and how resourceful you, Jorge and Joelle (not sure about spelling). Your support and guidance made this trip a very special one for me and I am sure for all of the members of the group. 

Bill Kiernan

As a recent participant on a Cuba Study tour thru UMASS BOSTON guided by Sylvia Rozwadowska of Colibri I have nothing but high praise for her and Colibri’s preparations and follow through for all phases. 
As a frequent foreign traveler who avoids group tours I can say I was pleasantly surprised by her ability to cater to those folks who needed more guidance while leaving us solo types to explore as we wished. 
The local contacts she made for guide and driver were excellent. The accommodations were far from spartan yet allowed people to soak up local flavor through the Cuban equivalent of Bed and Breakfasts. 
Finally as on all trips, both solo and group, unforeseen logistical problems arose which Sylvia handled with professional competence and aplomb. 
Kudos to Colibri overall and Sylvia Rozwadowska specifically. 
A huge note of appreciation and thanks.
Joe Marrone