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Social Impact Adventure

Day 1

A ferry ride across Havana Bay will bring you to a tropical oasis with the best view of the city. The Rincón del Cristo Agroecological Farm is a community project that incorporates reforestation on the hill to protect from meteorologial events, and also includes medicinal plants, fruit trees, and environmental education for community youth. 32 trucks of garbage were removed from the area before it was transformed into a green space. Now, in over a hectare of their oasis, you can observe a great variety of plants and crops as well as interact with some of the workers, who will tell of their experiences on the farm, the work they do, the benefits that this project has brought to their lives, and plans for the future. For any interested participants, they can facilitate volunteer work experience or arrange exploration to other areas in the community or Morro-Cabaña complex, including off-the-beaten-path experiences such as the “Shark Cave”. Inquire locally. Che Guevara’s former house, now a museum, is also adjacent to the entrance to the finca. Experience lunch overlooking the bay including some products harvested or made right on the farm. Return to Old Havana and check into Madero B&B, just steps away from the ferry dock. This will be your home for the next 3 nights. Dinner is reserved on your behalf at Jibaro’s restaurant, a small but innovative restaurant within easy walking distance of your B&B in the San Isidro neighborhood. We love their mocktails and upcycled décor.

Day 2

Cuban Cooking Classes are on the menu today. You{ll be traveling in style in a classic car. Once you arrive at the restaurant in the fishing village of Cojimar, embark on a 3-block neighborhood walk to visit a local grower (and their supplier) of herbs where you can learn of their production process, vermiculture, and select the herbs you’ll use in their kitchen and bar. A chef-led presentation in the restaurant’s patio will offer you an introduction to Cuban cuisine and its origins. English translation can be provided in-house by a restaurant employee. Kitchen demonstration of the preparation of some traditional local dishes including ropa vieja (shredded beef), plus lobster & shrimp enchilado (in tomato sauce). Cuban Bartending 101: the house bartender will teach you how a Cuban mojito’s made, and then you’ll undertake making your own version of this minty cocktail, one of Cuba’s 3 signature drinks. The experience is topped off with an opportunity to savor the flavors. The staff will provide a bread service (accompanied by several of their own sauces), ajiaco (Cuba’s national dish, a root vegetable-based stew), rice, salad, beans, yucca (taro root), and the beef/lobster/shrimp dishes that you learned how to prepare in the kitchen. Round out your palate and this educational excursion with a national brand beverage, your choice of several typical Cuban desserts, traditional coffee, and aged rum to finish of the meal. Local course fee (including meal service): $50 CUC/person. After lunch, stop at the Alamar Agricultural Cooperative, where you can learn what’s happening in urban gardening, the Cuban organic agriculture movement, vermiculture and explore the extensive plot including vegetable crops, their community market, ornamental plants and fruit trees. Continue to visit the Jardin de los Afectos where you can discover how a local creator transforms recycled scrap materials into art, trying to return lost values, making the most exotic plants of human nature grow. Exchange with this exceptional creator of street-inspired art, born in the essence of existence. WoWCuba will reserve a table for you tonight at Chef Ivan Justo in Old Havana. You might want to try a local bike taxi to get there (it’s right by the Museum of the Revolution).

Day 3

Transfer by classic car to an agricultural farm located 30 minutes from Havana. Your guided farm tour will include a visit to a cave in the town, horseback riding, and a game of dominoes, among other favorite Cuban pasttimes. Experience a typical Cuban lunch made with local products from the farm. Free afternoon to explore Havana and its cultural opportunities. Tonight you’ll have a table reserved at one of our favorite private paladar restaurants, San Cristobal. Chef/owner Carlos achieved considerably notoriety with a visit from Obama in 2016, but he was on our radar long before that!

Day 4

Breakfast and check-out from Madero B&B to bid a fond farewell to your hosts and Havana.

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Prices from

$816.60

USD/person in double occupancy

$1521.84

USD/person in single occupancy

Discounts may be available for groups & alternative accommodations or evening restaurants may be substituted upon request. Please inquire.

Optional price reduction

(excludes 3 evening dinner reservations)

 

$794.10

USD/person in double occupancy

$1476.84

USD/person in single occupancy

Discounts may be available for groups & alternative accommodations or evening restaurants may be substituted upon request. Please inquire.

Includes (per person)

  • 3 nights prepaid accommodation at El Madero B&B in Old Havana
  • Dedicated bilingual guide service X up to 6 hours/day (Days 1 & 2)
  • Dedicated classic car with driver X up to 8 hours (Day 2)
  • Ferry to/from Casablanca (Day 1)
  • 3 breakfasts (Days 2, 3 & 4)
  • 2 lunches (Days 1 & 3)
  • Spend the Day on my Farm excursion includes transportation, guide activities & lunch
  • Entrance & visits at Jardin de los Afectos, Alamar Agricultural Cooperative, Finca Agroecologica Rincon del Cristo
  • Cooking Class reservation
  • 3 evening dinner reservations (a la carte meals payable locally)
  • WoWCuba administrative fees

Local Payments (per person)

  • Gratuities for guides, restaurants, domestics, etc.
  • $50 CUC for cooking class at El Ajiaco (includes lunch)
  • a la carte dinners
  • additional transportation