Old Havana walking tour with Cuban Adventures
My friend Lucy and I started off our Cuban Adventure in Havana, where our orientation and main activity was a walking tour of Old Havana, or La Habana Vieja in Spanish.
First things first… as the 52nd country that I’ve visited, I had to stick to tradition and have a local beer!
After the beer and with jet lag and our long journey from the UK taking its toll (we went cheap via Madrid with Air Europa – you can get direct flights, but most go via somewhere else like Madrid or Toronto), we headed to bed in our Casa Particular.
View from the roof, complete with geckos and Dolphins… The Casa was a grand old house with the high ceiling rooms partitioned but still replete with chandeliers.
La Plaza Vieja
They created the square when the San Franciscan’s got fed up of Havana’s main market causing too much noise outside of their church and interrupting services. So La Plaza Vieja is the only square in Old Havana without a church on it!
They get a little more creative in other areas – recycling the old canon! Tour guide #1, Inti, is leaning on it.
The interior courtyard of the hotel as showcased by Giuliano.
Plaza de Armas
This lady was more interested in her book, we thought she was quite easy in the eye..
Statue of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes with the Cuban flag flying in the background. He set Cuba on the road to independence in 1868.
Castillo de la Real Fuerza – a star fort on the other side of Plaza de Armas. It reminded me of Fort St Elmo in Malta.
Random dog statues – can you see from my hair how windy Havana was?!!
The San Francisican church – now not having to compete with the market noise, but instead just the locals taking their wedding pictures outside (Inti showed us his!)
A very posh 5 star hotel on the square – we didn’t go in this one.
Catedral San Cristobel
Catedral San Cristobal was our final stop – a fine example of American baroque style
A sexy side shot!
My friend Lucy and I received our tour with 50% off as I’d entered a blogging competition to win flights and a tour. Whilst I didn’t win the competition I received 50% of the tour costs and my friends can get 15% off tours too! Just mention the discount and this blog when booking with Cuban Adventures (discount does not apply to local payments).
Jen Morrow says
So cool! Americans can finally go to Cuba, which I never thought that I would see in my lifetime. We are planning to go in the next year. I will certainly be following your advice!
Katie Hughes says
Excellent – let me know if you want any tips Jen, I’m still writing up more of my visit!
shayan Naveed says
One cannot just go to a new country and not have their local beer…na uh. Same goes for food.
And definitely one of the best ways to see a city is walking through it. Seems like a great day indeed!
Wow! 52 countries? That’s incredible. I’m only at 10 but I aspire to be just like you! I also have a tradition of trying the local beer. I would also love a rum in Cuba! So jelly because Cuba is so wonderful!
Chantell Collins says
Katie – wow I had no idea that you were up into your 50-something countries! That is very impressive! I would love to visit Cuba – we considered doing it on this trip of Central America but realized that we wouldn’t have enough time. Your tour sounds great and I love seeing the photos. Looks like you had a great time. Also – coffee mojito?!! Yes please!
Megan Indoe says
I’ve always wanted to visit Cuba too! That’s so awesome you have already gone! I dream about the day I can walk through Old Havana! I also want to try their local beer! Thanks for sharing your experience!
I loved Cuba, and luckily it does not look as if things have changed too much in the intervening years. The pictures really bring alive the spirit of Cuba, especially the music and food. I always enjoy your posts Katie!
I would love to get to Cuba as soon as possible, can I just say those prawn skewers look delish! Wouldn’t mind a Cuban rum either 🙂
Sarah from Tales From a Fork says
What a gorgeous spot for breakfast! And those bollards make it easy to spot the UNESCO sites. I love going to UNESCO sites. Wish I could go to Cuba soon!
Katie @ The Budget Backpack says
I love that you refer to UNESCO! Whenever I go somewhere new I always take a look at their lists to see if there are any sites that I should be visiting. I love the setup of old places – like, they’re centered around big community squares usually close to big, beautiful churches. Looks like a really beautiful, interesting trip.
Hung Thai says
I”m really looking forward to Cuba being opened for American travelers to just come. It’s still very restricted and entirely expensive to get down there. And the place looks amazing too!
Becci Abroad says
Sounds like you had a great beginning of your Cuba trip! I went on a similar tour with the University of Havana when I studied there. Don’t know… Havana Vieja isn’t my cup of tea. It is too polished and nice looking compared to how Cuba “really” is and how the people have to live. Thanks for sharing your experience, asere! 🙂