Modern Cuba culture holiday, Hip Havana

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28 Oct 2019
£949
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11 Nov 2019
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09 Dec 2019
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Modern Cuba culture holiday, Hip Havana

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

On our trips we strive to be environmentally-friendly in every way. In this itinerary, aside from the classic car tour of Havana any vehicle transfers, all the activities you will be taking part in are practically carbon free.

During this itinerary you will visit Las Terrazas biosphere reserve, Cuba’s first ever self-sufficient community dedicated to the research and protection of the local ecosystem. Included in the price of your trip is the entrance fee to Las Terrazas, which goes directly to the community’s ongoing environmental initiatives.

On this tour you will be staying in local casas particulares (homestays), which produce far less waste than big hotels and consume much less energy. We'll also be supporting small business by eating in private paladar restaurants.

Although it is necesary to purchase bottled water, this is recycled by our staff as we distribute empty plastic bottles to people who use them for a wide range of household purposes. No plastic gets thrown away.

Community

We believe that Cuba’s most attractive quality is its people, and we like to give our clients as many opportunities as possible to interact with Cubans. You will be staying in casas particulares (homestays), where you will get the chance to better understand the realities of daily life in Cuba. Not only this, but when you use a casa particular, your money goes straight into the local community, rather than into the pockets of multinational corporations. You will be eating at locally-run restaurants, paladares, where profit goes straight back into the community.

During the itinerary we will visit a number of social enterprises which will allow you to gain an understanding of the creative industries that are forging Cuba’s contemporary identity. You will visit Clandestina, local graphic designers; a hip hop group called Obsesión; a music recording studio; and a second hand bookshop/creative space. We will also take some salsa lessons at a dance studio established by a group of enterprising young teachers.

Our guides are very proud of their country and will take every opportunity to further your knowledge of Cuba´s rich culture – both historical and contemporary. Highlights on this trip are the Bellas Artes museum in Old Havana and the Santeria museum in the working class neighbourhood of Regla. On the last evening we will go out to a multi-faceted arts venue that showcases Cuba’s up and coming artists and music groups. The entrance fees to these sites will support the protection and promotion of Cuban art and cultural heritage.

We discourage hand-outs to beggars and instead give our clients the opportunity to make donations to appropriate organisations during their travels. Your guide will be happy to advise.

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