Cuba music vacations

“Immerse yourself in the music and Caribbean colour of Cuba with daily classes from Cuban musicians and singers, nights out to music venues and friendly homestay accommodation.”

Highlights

Santiago de Cuba | daily music classes | percussion workshop | city tour and visit to El Morro castle| evenings out at music festival events and live venues | option to visit instrument maker | group concert

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11 Mar 2019
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Cuba music vacations

When in Cuba we encourage everyone to learn about the country, the culture of the local people and the places being visited. Our tour leaders hold briefing meetings to inform about and discuss with clients all aspects of local life. This helps to have a better understanding of the area and a deeper appreciation of the people who live there.

It is our policy to carefully dispose of all waste whilst we are hiking in national parks and on visits and tours too. We encourage our clients to explore the natural environment in Cuba, and to learn about the wide range of flora, fauna and wildlife whilst they are there. The Cuban government is a firm supporter of sustainable development, re-forestation projects and conservation and Cuba has one of the lowest carbon footprints in the world - we aim to help keep it this way during our visit.

In the cities, we encourage our clients to think about the amount of water they use for showering and washing and the use of air-conditioning units in their rooms.

We encourage everyone to stay in local homes whilst we are in Cuba so that our clients have an opportunity to meet and spend time with local people to learn something of local life. It also enables them to use their Spanish language skills, even at a basic level. Importantly, this also ensures that monies are spent at a very local level and go into the pockets of Cuban households. All our dance/music/language tutors and specialist guides are professionally trained Cubans and they are treated and paid fairly.

We support local Cuban businesses in every aspect of our trips - accommodation, transport, meals, drinks and activities - thus contributing directly to the local economy and community. We also regularly organise donations for local schools and educational projects. We recommend that clients consider donations of items such as toiletries, baby and childrens clothing, some medicines and luxuries such as soap to the families they visit and projects we support.

We also regularly provide donations to two youth theatre and drama companies in Santiago de Cuba, bringing material for costumes and stage make from the UK or buying essential items locally such as paint for props.

On our dance and music vacations, we recommend that clients bring with them any musical or dance items which they can leave for their tutors, such as shoes, strings, instruments or dancewear. On our hiking trips, we encourage the donation of appropriate items such as hiking shoes or boots, small rucksacks, water bottles, penknives and other such items for the specialist guides accompanying the tour.

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


Participating in the Cuba Music Vacation through the tour operator we used was the trip of a lifetime! Learning from, working with, and performing public shows
with a top-rated band in a foreign country is a dream come true for us. We fell in love with Cuba, its people, and its music, and we look forward to returning
someday. We'd also like to do another music vacation with this same company.

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


Study Spanish before leaving home. Practice the music the operator sends you from the band before leaving home.Listen to as much traditional Cuban (Son) music you can from sources such as Buena Vista Social Club. Take some nice music supplies for your new bandmates and other musicians you will meet (nylon guitar strings, trumpet valve oil/slide grease, picks, percussion gear, etc.) that Cuban musicians have trouble buying in Cuba.

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


Yes, because of the traditionally low wages Cubans receive, our trip (through our course fees, accommodation fees, and tips) will help them financially. For reduced environmental impact, we took intercity buses twice. For conservation support, we visited a national park (Topes des Collantes).

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


Absolutely fabulous! We'd do it again in a heartbeat!

Read the operator's response here:

Many thanks for your positive comments. We are truly delighted that you had such a wonderful music vacation with us in Cuba, and we look forward to welcoming you on another trip in the future. Be assured that all local payments in Cuba are made direct to the people you met and to others who are behind the scenes too, all of whom contribute towards the smooth running of your vacation. As you have noted, even a little bit of Spanish goes a long way in Cuba and your donation of musical items was very well received.

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