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From the restaurant inside Hotel Moka at Las Terrazas
From the restaurant inside Hotel Moka at Las Terrazas
Our trips are designed for you to meet influential people in Cuba, who you can develop relationships with to make a difference after you return to the US. Our trips are entirely customized, so just ask us and we can set up the perfect trip for you!
Greg Biniowsky is the only foreign attorney allowed to practice in Cuba. He advises Europeans, Canadians, and now Americans how to invest in Cuba. He has more than 25 years of experience on the island, having consulted for the Canadian Embassy and United Nations.
Gregory presently works for the Canadian based international law firm Gowlings WLG, focusing on offering strategic advice, business intelligence, and venture options to prospective investors and companies, from around the world, who are looking at the Cuban market. Gregory will share his personal insights into Cuban society, the evolving political landscape, and the fast changing business and investment environment. He is also the founder of Nazdarovie.
Mario Otero is a young Cuban entrepreneur who holds a license from the Cuban government permitting him to act as a broker between tourists and owners of casas particulares. Mario is also a proprietor of his own bed and breakfast and during our time together he will elaborate on the challenges and prospects for this segment of the Cuban tourism industry. We will visit the casa of Dayron Robles, who represented Cuba in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing as a sprinter, as well as visiting the garage seen on the Discovery Channel show Cuban Chrome.
Dr. Carlos Alzugaray is the former Cuban Ambassador to the European Union. He is also a distinguished professor at the University of Havana, and a specialist on US-Cuban relations. He is often quoted in outlets such as The New York Times, and often serves as an unofficial spokesman for the Cuban government.
Dr. Marcelino Feal is a general surgeon at Calixto Garcia Hospital in Havana. He describes exactly how Cuba’s famous universal and free healthcare system works in practice. Dr. Feal is also an extensive writer of television shows and theatrical performances in Cuba, and will discuss his career in Cuban entertainment.
Camilo Garcia Lopez Trigo has represented Cuba at its Embassy in Canada, The United Nations in the Netherlands, and in Washington, DC. He also is involved in the National Center for Sex Education (Centro Nacional de Educación Sexual, or CENESEX. He shares his experiences representing Cuba in both friendly and hostile nations, and his views on the current and future state of US-Cuban relations.
We will visit the world famous farm of Hector Luis Prieto, and enjoy an evening of all things Cuban tobacco, from learning about the entire process, from seed to cigar, to enjoying cigars with Hector and his family at his casa. Located in San Juan y Martinez, Pinar del Rio.
Dr. Rafael Betancourt is a professor of economics at the University of Havana, specializing in the economics of tourism and the US Embargo.
For smaller groups, pending availability, we are able to enjoy an intimate evening discussing the history of Cuban rum with one of island’s industry leaders at his home in Havana. We visit his personal Rum Hall of Fame, enjoying both cigars and a lovely dinner in his home.
Dr. Hal Klepak is the world’s foremost expert on the Cuban military. Dr. Klepak is a professor at the Royal Military College in Canada, as well as an advisor to NATO. He is the author of 9 books, including a military biography of Raul Castro as well as the story of Winston Churchill’s experience in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. He grew up in Cuba in a diplomatic family and witnessed the Triumph of the Revolution as a child.
Julio Alvarez is the founder and owner of Nostalgicar, as garage in Havana that specializes in restoring classic cars to their original beauty. Julio has hosted dignitaries such as Michelle Obama, John Kerry, and has spoken in Washington, DC about the importance of supporting Cuban entrepreneurs.
The famous four squares of Havana: Plaza Vieja, Plaza San Francisco, Plaza Catedral, and Plaza de Armas. Additional square of Plaza Cristo, home to fashion brand Clandestina. Old Havana is the heart of Cuba’s tourist attractions. With its street performers, iconic history and museums, shops, and more, it is a must-see for all visitors.
Las Terrazas is an eco-community about 45 minutes West of Havana in Sierra del Rosario. Founded by Osmany Cienfuegos in 1968, this beautiful community was formed out of the mountains into homes, schools, health clinics, and now tourist facilities all dedicated to the green way of living.
Las Terrazas came under UNESCO protection in 1984 due to the success of the reforestation project. It is now home to 117 bird species, including 12 that are endemic.
Hotel La Moka, an ecological hotel with trees growing up through the balconies and ceiling, is in the heart of the town. It even welcomed former US President Jimmy Carter in 2002.
There are also more than 117 species of birds in Las Terrazas, including 12 endemic. Las Terrazas is also home to a former French coffee plantation that was run by slaves in the 19th century. Here you will find some of the most spectacular views in all of Cuba, stretching all the way down to the Northern coast at the Port of Mariel.
We take a ferry across the bay to Regla, where we visit The Lady of Regla Church, a view the cross between Santeria and Christianity. We also have the opportunity to visit Cristo de la Habana, and take photographs from across the bay. There is also a wonderful display commemorating the Cuban Missile Crisis, with remnants from an American plane which was shot down.
Famously visited by Conan O’Brien, the museum teaches us about the storied history of rum in Cuba. Yes, this includes samples during our lunch at the museum’s restaurant!
We meet Nardo Mestre, the head trainer and watch the boxers train, and learn about the history of Cuban boxing and supreme talent of the Cuban fighters. If the schedule permits, we’ll even have the chance to see a live, 4-round boxing match.
Cuba’s most famous independent clothing brand, straight from their shop in Old Havana. Against all odds and the Cuban Embargo, Clandestina became the first Cuban business to sell goods online in the United States, and is thriving as the most well-known brand in Cuba.
Perhaps the most famous paladar in all of Cuba. San Cristobal is tucked away in a working-class neighborhood of Havana, yet has hosted celebrities and presidents from around the world, including Barack Obama, Beyonce and Jay-Z, and Mick Jagger. Dinner at San Cristobal will prove to be an unforgettable evening.
A lovely seafood restaurant in the heart of Cojimar, Havana, Cuba. Just down the block of Hemingway’s haunt of Las Terrazas.
Vista Mar is located on right on Cuba’s Northern coast, this paladar provides one of the most luxurious experiences Cuba has to offer, with its unforgettable view of the water and highest-quality cuisine.
El Aljibe an open-air restaurant in a beautiful part of Havana called Miramar. El Aljibe is one of the only state-run restaurants on our itinerary. It is famous for its orange chicken over rice.
Havana VIP is a wonderful paladar in the Vedado section of Havana known best for its love for Charlie Chaplin and its paella.
Al Carbon is one of the highest-rated paladares in all of Cuba, even having been featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. Al Carbon is known for its paella.
A Soviet Restaurant on the Malecon of Havana. As seen on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, this restaurant serves authentic cuisine from around the Soviet Union. With its surprisingly good menu and a stunning view over the Gulf of Mexico, it’s routinely ranked as our clients’ favorite dining experience.
Dr. Alberto Faya is a Professor of Music at the University of Havana, and will take you throughout the history of Cuban music, from colonial times until now. Routinely considered one of the highlights of the trip.
Jorge Luis Pacheco is one of Cuba’s most well-known young artists. He has performed all over the world, and it is a privilege to welcome him on our tours.