What makes "Hot Cuba Travel" unique?
We offer travel experiences with a difference in our guided and sometimes custom planned tours. We love the pulse of the island of Cuba so we design itineraries balancing local culture, history and nature – sometimes staying in cities, rural areas, and historical places. We visit the “must see” attractions, and then take you off the regular path to see lesser known sites and meet with the local people. Over the years friends and contacts have allowed us an inside look at the Cuban culture of today and its amazing past.
We explore its colonial history, statues and architecture. We can point out battlegrounds and sites, and marvel at the apparent past wealth that is still evident in every step we take you on. You will meet Cubans in all walks of life and see where they work and live. Depending on the tour you choose you may visit a ranch, an organic farm, a school of music, have a Q & A session with a doctors, teachers, farmers, or visit a a cigar factory and see how their famous Cuban cigars are grown and rolled by hand with some of the same employees for centuries. We live with Cuban families that prepare meals in their homes and offer Q & A of their lives in Cuba. Prepare for a trip of a lifetime !
son of Cuban immigrants, first traveled to Cuba in 1996, with at least 3 trips a year since taking multitudes of friends and family to the Island. The trips became missions bringing in medical supplies donated by US doctors and has resulted in him building a network of friends that are doctors, engineers, farmers, businessmen and people from all walks of life. His specialty is the cigar industry with one of his favorite places being Pinar Del Rio and the Alejandro Robaina farm.
Charley was lucky enough to become friends with the family and to meet the father, before he sadly passed away last year. He said Alejandro was a kind and simple man. Charley is very close friends with the the son, Carlos and the grandson Hiroshi.
Charley loves Cuba, the people, ambiance, culture and the food. It takes him back to his families roots in Cuba. For him every guided tour to Cuba allows his travelers to embrace a powerful culture and people with a country rich in remarkable history. He loves Cuba and will hopefully settle there someday. He is fluent is Spanish and has a vast understanding of Cuban society and its important sites.
videographer and photographer, began his Cuban adventures in 2000 traveling with professors doing research and as director of “The Gulf Stream Challenge” a cultural sports exchange with U.S. athletes by invitation from Marina Hemingway Yacht Club. (event 2013 www.GulfStreamChallenge.com) He began capturing video of his travels and is releasing Fall 2012, “Viva Cuba!” a non-political cultural documentary. ( see videos page)
He has built a network of friends and professional contacts in his travels across most of the island while exploring cultural and historic sites, artist communities, sporting events, churches & religious groups, schools, hospitals, national parks, biospheres, scuba diving and cigar growing regions. He has a passion for meeting people and a natural ability to finding interesting places, Cubans and cultural activities. As a guide he is knowledgeable and experienced, dependable and intent on making sure you have a good time. He insures everyone comes away with a great experience from Cuba. He believes cultural exchange is key to change in the U.S. policies towards Cuba. "Once you experience the real Cuba you will also love Cuban culture and its people, seeing the need for opening relations and travel."
award-winning fine art photographer and veteran traveler to Cuba with twenty-four visits since 1999. He leads unique group tours to witness the incredible vitality of Havana's arts community. His travels have resulted in recording the changing nuances of the city's stunning architectural splendor while at the same time personally engaging the city's painters, photographers, curators, and other arts professionals through intercultural collaborations.
His personal experience that drives forward this network of connections developed after conducting photography field workshops to Havana, finally developing art and architecture tours assisted by some of Havana's best-known arts professionals.
Presenting far more than just another visual exploration of Cuba, Charles offers an intimate view of Havana's museums, architectural history and restoration efforts as well.
lifetime resident of Havana, is a licensed tour guide and is one of our preferred professional associates in Cuba. He is an experienced and dependable translator and prides himself on being friendly and helpful to all travelers. Jesus is a self-taught artist and aspiring still photographer with an amazing knowledge of Cuban history and society. He is personable and funny, at times explaining Cubans love to laugh. He wants every traveler to have the best experience in Cuba because he is so proud of the country and he knows word of mouth allows him to meet so many people from around the world, all seeking to experience the real Cuba. You can spend hours talking with him and days meeting his vast number of professional friends being artists, musicians, historians and business owners. He really has a deep love for his country, Cuban culture and and his family. He enjoys meeting people, teaching everyone about the country and is very personable.
long-term Habanero, guide, driver, translator and videographer , brings to our tours a reflective sensibility and a readiness to disclose an inner view of Cuban culture and society in all its many fascinating contradictions. Working extensively with visitors of many different nationalities, Juan's quiet and natural ease accommodates individuals or groups perfectly during any mode of experiencing Cuba, whether this is motor touring out of the city, ferrying across the Harbor to the El Morro fortress, during evenings introducing musicians , in a theater performance with tourist & Cuban dignitaries or on the streets doing walking tours deep in the compelling El Centro district. His intelligence, attention to detail when working with foreigners, wrapped in his friendliness makes him an wonderful ambassador of Cuba.