7 independent reviews for Cuba cultural tour, 9 days

Reviews for Cuba cultural tour, 9 days

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review 6 Jun 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The most memorable part was visiting the organic farm and getting to eat a delicious and huge farm to table meal overlooking the beautiful mogotes.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Bring sunscreen,a hat, and water bottle. Forget wearing jeans, only pack easily washable lightweight clothing. The humidity is killer.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I definitely feel like we supported local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Not the most relaxing vacation but a wonderful learning experience!!! Really got to experience the culture :)

review 27 Jan 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The most memorable was getting to meet people and learning more about the history of Cuba. The most exciting experience was hiking to the waterfall.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Come with high expectations and comfortable walking shoes, ready for unique experiences.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, I felt that our being there helped local people and was cognizant of environmental impacts, although I feel that a deluge of tourists may cause a negative impact in the future.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Fabulous! Our guide was very informed on any topic we mentioned. I really appreciated the fact that our guide not only knew historical facts but was able to share insights on the underlying meaning.

review 2 Apr 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Everything from the incredible music clubs to the food to the beautiful beach.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Let the vacation company do everything for you.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Our home stays benefited the local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

5 stars for a great Cuban tour guide with cool and fun fellow travelers.

review 28 Aug 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

It is hard to pick just one moment of the trip but I highly rate the tour through Havana's historical district. Daniel the guide was so informative on the restoration and history of the area I wished we had more time with him.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

The biggest tip would be to dress comfortably. There is a lot of walking and some of the terrain on excursions are very rocky and muddy.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I felt the vacation did benefit some of the local people we encountered.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

I highly recommend this tour. Our tour guide was friendly and informative. She always welcomed us to join her by telling us where she will be when it was our time to go off and explore the area on our own. The day trip guides that we had were humorous as well as knowledgeable which made the long walks more enjoyable.

review 16 May 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Many highlights to the trip, but three that stood out were the tour of Fusterlandia in Havana, learning about the Yoruba religion, and the profusion of art and music everywhere.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

If you are fluent in Spanish and comfortable just winging it, this may not be the right trip for you. For us however it was perfect: we felt like we saw and learned a lot thanks to our guide, which otherwise we would have completely missed. The pre-trip info sent out by the vacation provider was extremely helpful, so questions about tipping, toilets, line-standing etiquette, etc. were addressed in advance. Read it before you go--it's worth your time! Also, remember that Cuba is not as wealthy as the US. Our casas were invariably squeaky clean, with good food, and run by extremely nice people--but in some cases they were very basic accommodations. As one of our fellow tourists said "this is a trip, not a vacation," so just be ready to roll with it and you'll do fine. You will be kept pretty busy every day seeing things and going places. There was reasonable time to relax (it wasn't a crazy pace), but if you're looking to just flop on a beach for a week then you picked the wrong tour. Embrace all the cool stuff you'll see, enjoy meeting as many people as you can (especially if you speak Spanish), and run with it!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Tourist income is clearly a huge benefit to the economy (at least those who work in the industry). You always wonder where your money ends up, but we felt that staying in casas and eating in local restaurants got the most into the pockets of the small business owners running these places, which was very satisfying.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

We loved it, and were very happy to have gone. Our guide Camilo was a great guy, and we were all very sad to see him go when the trip was over. He did a great job keeping things on schedule, scoping out good places to eat and other off-schedule activities, and just generally hanging out with us. Especially in the US, news about Cuba is tangled up in politics, so it was nice to actually talk to some Cubans to hear their thoughts. We felt like we got a much better appreciation of Cuban culture than we had, and would absolutely recommend this operator to anyone who was interested in a this sort of trip.

review 16 Dec 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Seeing the Cuban landscape -- both natural and human -- and interacting with people.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Be patient, be flexible and plan ahead.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, to the extent we contributed to the local economy and added to people's exposure to the outside world.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Enjoyable, interesting and worthwhile.

review 10 Apr 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The beautiful plazas of Old Havana.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Allow yourself to be changed.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The homestays allowed for a deeper association with the Cuban people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Great opportunity to explore several aspects of Cuba: geography, culture, history, politics, struggles, etc.

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