Whether for business or pleasure, all those who travel to Cuba will be able to learn about its charms, its immense culture, and live new adventures. In addition, they will be able to enter its beautiful nature and socialize with its people.
There are many ways to explore Cuba and we like to travel to Cuba in a different and creative way to enjoy authentically Cuban experiences.
From our travel agency specialized in Cuba we approach the local population through their cultural, artistic and professional initiatives to offer innovative experiences.
Our objective is none other than to awaken your emotions and show you the great human, cultural and heritage wealth of Cuba, and also to support local initiatives that we understand to be unique, due to their attractiveness, innovation or social depth.
We are travel designers, curators of tailor-made experiences by that, we mean that we listen to all proposals about those interests or hobbies you have, or those places you are craving to discover in Cuba, and we will study and design your trip accordingly, fitting your budget as well.
We will always look for the right collaborators within our wide network of specialized local suppliers who will make you feel very well cared for and guided.
In our different and alternative trips to Cuba, we will care about contact, dialogue and learning with Cuban people with matching hobbies or careers as yours, to add to all the spots you will discover.
This will make the experience of traveling to Cuba even more unforgettable!
What trips, thematic routes and specialized guided visits do we organize to Cuba?We have extensive experience in traveling around the island, so firstly we always suggest our most popular circuits and from there we will include all the specialized thematic activities that you are interested in doing.
We already offer many thematic guided city-tours where while you enjoy the main tourist attractions, we put you in contact with local groups dealing with the most diverse matters, from architecture to gastronomy, or art, music or even graphic design and crafts.
We are not typical at all, we like to innovate and design new routes.
And if your passions do not fit in any of these specialized thematic tours, then we will design new routes for you, we have the resources and experience to do it, and we also love challenges!
Private routes and personalized tours for all types of travelers
For example, you can be architecture professionals or doctors who attend a Congress, but you are also interested in dance, music or nature and adventure tourism.
At CubaUnique we start from the fact that Cuba is unique and diverse at the same time, and that's exactly how we like to prepare your trips: unique and tailored to your needs, although full of variety and surprises!
1 Adventure and nature routes in Cuba
For lovers of nature, adventure and ecotourism, who prefer to spend more time exploring the mountains, valleys, rivers, beaches and other natural beauties of the Cuban geography, we also have multiple and interesting experiences and circuits in Cuba.
Are you fond of caving, hiking, climbing, fishing, bird watching or adventure tourism in general, or do you just like to enjoy a beautiful natural landscape?
Our most adventurous expert guides will lead you by the hand through unique spots to enjoy nature in Cuba. to share, for example, your passion for exploring new routes and endemic species of Cuban flora and fauna.
If you are fond of diving, we recommend the best diving spots on the island or why not, dive near to a wrecked ship @Havana.
2 Historical, heritage and architecture routes in Cuba
Actually, Cuban history and cultural heritage are regularly included in each and every one of the excursions and city-tours that we organize from our travel agency to Cuba.
Either in the most popular tours such as Old Colonial Havana or Modern Havanaor in other more specialized topics, the basic idea is always to get a deeper insight of Cuba, while enjoying your hobbies. That is why we are always open to all kinds of personalized requests.
As an actual example, Ana y Miguel, a young Spanish couple contacted us to organize their honeymoon in Cuba. They wanted something different, to enjoy Cuba and its people, but at the same time to learn about the history of the Cuban revolution and all those destinations and spots that were important. somehow back then.No sooner said than done! The result was an interesting tour of the entire island of Cuba which you can see in greater detail in this blog post Unique honeymoon in Cuba
We also arrange interesting architecture tours, where guided by specialists on the subject, you will discover colonial and more modern constructions, both in more important cities such as Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad or Santa Clara, and in the less explored ones –but equally seductive at an architectural level– such as Remedios or Camaguey.
3 Creative routes of Cuban art and crafts
Art is in the DNA of Cubans. Therefore, if you are passionate about art, it is almost obligatory in Cuba to explore galleries, workshops and studios of local artists.
And that is precisely what we do, we organize routes where we show you the overview of visual arts in Cuba, both from a more institutional vision of art and from more alternative and independent proposals.In short, it is about knowing about the creative process of these artists from the inside, talking with them and enjoying good art.
And for starters, we give you some tips about what to see about art and architecture in Habana.
Cuban crafts have a very solid trajectory as well, so we can't help but recommend a tour of artistic quality craft projects.
Projects that range from urban communities to artisan workshops to learn about artisan production techniques from the inside.
4 Creative routes of fashion design and Cuban goldsmith
In recent times you can find, especially in Havana, spaces dedicated to the commercialization of proposals of design made in cuba, aimed at a contemporary client, local or foreign, who is interested in the history behind the piece and its creator.
We propose tours where a local designer will guide you through the most outstanding trends and the most avant-garde proposals within the panorama of cuban design.
In Cuban design it is common to find the use of recovered materials and alternative procedures, fused with artisanal processes that fascinate today's costumers.
Routes where we value visual proposals as complementary as the fashion design and goldsmithing, with cutting-edge initiatives that are currently leading the design scene in Cuba.
In this link we leave you some brushstrokes of fashion brands that are standing out in current cuban scene.
Stay tuned because we will keep on discovering new interesting brands little by little!
5 Creative routes of graphic design, graffiti and industrial design
Especially within our guided tour of graphic and industrial design in Havana it is interesting to take a tour of the traditional method of serigrpahy, since a large part of the Cuban posters remain faithful to the influence of the heyday of the Cuban poster -60s and 70s-.
Within this group, the designers of cuban posters stand out, assuming communication with a quite poetic perspective. You should also visit the Higher Institute of Design (ISDI), the Artefacto Design Gallery or the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC).
And without a doubt, it is unthinkable today to talk about graphic design and not mention the Cuban Graffiti and take a tour of interesting urban art and street art projects such as San Isidro: Art District, an open-air gallery full of colors and dynamism with a vocation to become a SoHo of contemporary art in Havana.
6 Cultural routes of music, salsa, ballet and Cuban rhythms
Cuban artistic talent is recognized worldwide, therefore, if you are amateurs or professionals of music and dance, you will also find a lot of attraction in a thematic trip dedicated to these arts.
Discovering Cuban art schools from within; chatting with musicians and dancers; visit the headquarters of some of the classical or contemporary dance companies which are most globally avowed.
You can discover music in Havana and assist a rehearsal of a jazz music band, or the assembly of a choreography by Mi Compañía (a contemporary dance company founded by the Spanish based in Cuba, Susana Pous). These are just some of the many experiences that we include.
In this type of thematic trips we include visits to special corners such as the Callejón de Hammel, where you can learn more about religion and folklore in Cuba from ritual dances and rumba.
Of course, if something characterizes Cuban dance is salsa, its flavor and more traditional rhythms have transcended borders.
You will be able to discover Cuba through salsa, or just join the route of Havana and salsa where from the hand of a professional dance teacher, you will enjoy Cuban rhythms such as rumba, salsa, mambo, son or cha-cha ...
7 Gastronomic routes in Cuba
We love to discover traditional Cuban cuisine for you, and that is why we include it in all our organized trips to Cuba.
To that purpose, we always offer our travelers a Restaurants and leisure Guide updated by provinces with our best selection of paladares and restaurants in Cuba.
We know the most exclusive places where you can enjoy not only food, but also the coolest panoramic rooftops in Havana.
We also know the more humble restaurants where to get a good, nice and cheap bite.
If you have a more arty side, we recommend restaurants / art galleries in Cuba which will also be a feast for your eyes.And if you are a true gourmet tourist or a passionate foodie, let yourself be accompanied by an independent guide and chef from a well-known Havana paladar to discover the Cuban culinary art on our route Gastronomy in Havana
8 Routes and photographic trips to Cuba
Cuba is an Island out of time, clinging to this suggestive magical realism to be captured from behind the camera lens.
A unique and extremely picturesque island due to its contrasts, colors, styles and the way the sun shines on its old ruined buildings and palatial mansions, vintage tuned cars, lively streets, symbols, smiles, its green lightful nature and its turquoise seas….
At CubaUnique we prepare suggestive and exciting photographic safaris for expert photographers, in complete itineraries of 10-12 days to discover many of its most charming spots and enjoy the best views of the island.
If you are just an amateur, you can join our photographic tour around Havana, where a photographer and professor from the School of Creative Photography of Havana will accompany you to discover the most photographic spots of the city.
9 Solidarity routes and trips to Cuba
Many travelers want to immerse themselves in the social reality of Cuba and want to get involved in community projects that allow them to live with its people and in some way contribute to helping them.
There are different ways to be a solidarity tourist in Cuba and contribute helping a little. A very simple way is by visiting socio-cultural community projects.
In our guided tours in Havana, we include stops in very interesting local projects, for to the impact they have achieved in improving the conditions of the inhabitants of their environment and in promoting arts and culture.
Urban and cultural projects which are also very picturesque places well worth a guided visit. For example, the aforementioned San Isidro Aurban Art District, Callejón de Hamel, Fusterlandia, Colón Cultural, Proyectongo, Muraleando or ArteCorte.
Another way to be a solidarity traveler is to travel supporting small Cuban entrepreneurs, the network of private entrepreneurship that is taking off in Cuba.
10 Routes with local Cuban flavor: rum, tobacco, cigars and Afro-Cuban religion
Cuba is known worldwide for its rum and cigarsIt is a well worth fame, as it has been the result of years of experimentation and hard effort on the part of professionals in both branches.
If you are interested in learning more about the history of these two essential products of the island's economy, we organize special tours where you can talk and learn with sommeliers or tours with Habanos experts with a lot of experience.
Taste, for example, 5 Habanos brands to live unforgettable experiences in Havana.
Combine thematic tour about rum in Cuba with gorgeous culinary experiences in which you will taste typical dishes of Cuban cuisine.
Western Cuba is the cradle of the famous tobacco plantations where the raw material of Cuban cigars is grown. We like to include excursions through the tobacco fields of Viñales in our tours, so you can enjoy peasant farms where they will show you they grow tobacco plant and they will offer you a traditionally home-made coffee.
The presence of strong African traditions in Cuba is undeniable. African-based religions, , practiced for centuries in Cuba, have merged with myths and beliefs of aborigines and Spaniards to give rise to their very own folklore and religion.
Don't miss our tour of Havana & afrocuban religion to discover the interesting universe of Cuban Santeria, its ancestral ceremonies and its practice in today's Cuba.
11 Tourism of cultural events and business in Cuba
Every year in Cuba there are a multitude of interesting cultural events as well as sport events:
Also specialized congresses on Medicine, or professional events such as Havana International Fair (FIHAV), among others.
At CubaUnique we organize all the details of your trip and combine them with the best selection of leisure activities so that, during your stay on the island, you and the people who accompany you, can enjoy the many attractions of Cuba.
And if you are on a business trip in Cuba we can offer the same, because, who said that work and pleasure were at odds? Nothing like drinking a mojito after a meeting or relaxing in the afternoon lying on the sand of a Cuban paradise beach, don't you think?
We suggest some of our most popular organized tours , and, if it is not what you were looking for, we will design your personalized trip, and above all, we suggest that you follow our tips to live the authentic Cuban culture and enjoy your passions with our specialized themed routes.
Article written by Gabriela Rodríguez, independent Cuban guide.
Video produced and edited by Javier Ernesto Hernández-López.