Cuba Explorer Travel
Cuba Explorer Travel
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Multi-day ToursCultural ToursHistorical & Heritage ToursEco Tours
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Cuba Explorer has helped thousands of Americans travel to Cuba legally since 1997. Our mission is to introduce our guests to the rich cultural and social fabric that makes Cuba unique in the Americas. Our visitors return home with a knowledge of the island that is only possible when you experience the vibrant people and their customs, cuisine, art, music, and history firsthand. We invite you to contact us with questions or concerns about visiting captivating Cuba.
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Tracey Jane T
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
A friend and I booked a tour with Cuba Explorer to see Havana, experience a ride in a vintage car and visit some of the rest of Cuba.

First of all, when I read around online, I was a bit concerned how complex the paperwork might be to visit Cuba as a US citizen. One big advantage of using Cuba Explorer is that they take care of all of this. They explained everything and sent me a necessary document certifying the compliance of travel with current rules. They took care of the visa and we really didn't have to do any of the work on this. So they made it very straightforward. They also sent emails with clear instructions for what exactly to do on arrival, etc.

I emailed them with tweaks to one of their standard itineraries and they tailored it to our preferences, I really couldn't have asked for better service.

When the hurricane interfered with our plans, they scrambled to rearrange some of our days and reworked things for us at no extra cost. They really put in an impressive effort to accommodate everything that was possible for us. Safety was first and then alternatives were quickly arranged at very short notice.

They really make an effort to ensure the best available hotels are used, they're flexible with plans and they never stopped communicating with us when plans had to be flexible owing to unforeseen weather.

Finally, they engaged a superb tour guide for us. The guide was friendly, informative and a pleasure to spend time with.

Overall, Cuba Explorer took all the stress off us. We would have been lost without them. We are grateful for the best possible experience - one that we definitely could not have achieved as independent travelers. We wouldn't hesitate to use them again.
Written October 3, 2022
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Sharona
Astoria, NY252 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We have just returned from a custom designed 5-day tour to Havana, and we are missing Cuba already. In November 2022, we reached out to Cuba Explorer to get a customized itinerary. It was tailored to our interests, and well planned/laid out. Communication was excellent throughout the process. Julio got back to us quickly, and even showed up to meet us at our hotel one day.

Our guide Atila was phenomenal. He is a gem of a person, and an excellent tour guide. From beginning to end, we felt safe and taken care of. We enjoyed the balance of activities and free time. Even though we had the itinerary, it was flexible. Our driver Tereza did not speak much English, but it did not keep us from communicating. She got us around quickly and safely!

The best part of the tour, was interacting with the Cuban people. Everywhere we went, the people were kind and happy to talk with us. We cannot stress enough how safe we felt at all times. We had a few evenings to go out and explore on our own, and we had no issues.

We loved walking around the city with Atila and learning about the rich history of the island. We also enjoyed the trip out of the city to Viñales. This are of the island is lush and breathtaking. We stopped at a few places, including a zip line experience, lunch at a farm to table restaurant, and a visit to a tobacco farm where we saw how cigars are rolled. Even got to try one out!

There are so many wonderful memories that we have from this trip. We wholeheartedly endorse them to help you plan your trip, and we look forward to returning to Cuba and seeing more of the island. When we do, we will be working with Cuba Explorer.They are now part of our family. Mamay!
Written April 1, 2023
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Travel bug
Bayou Vista, TX15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Just returned from the "Weekend in Havana" trip with Cuba Explorer. I highly recommend. They are extremely helpful in providing all the info you will require prior to travel. Our guide was amazing. We visited old Havana, two forts, the Hemingway House and not only visited Fuster's residence but got to actually meet the artist. The hotel and government business locations only accept Cuban pesos but Canadian, Euros and US were widely accepted to purchase goods at trade markets. If you can travel with carry on. Currently Cuba has no tax on food and medical supplies so families from the US fly with lots of baggage and boxes. The Cuban people were extremely friendly and very helpful. It is definitely on our list for a return visit. Many of the old buildings have been beautifully restored and riding around in the 50's cars was fun. It is definitely a trip you should consider
Written May 3, 2022
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We really like your suggestion to bring humanitarian gifts when you visit Cuba. It is true these items can enter the country easily, and they are needed and gratefully received by the people. You made a big difference! Team Cuba Explorer.
Written June 29, 2022
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Ellen V
NYC150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
We chose Cuba Explorer from the three companies we were considering for our 1-week visit to Cuba. Based on the pre-trip professional and rapid responses from Karina and team and flexibility with designing the itinerary for our private tour (3 friends), we chose this company. So glad we made our decision to work with Cuba Explorer!

Our guide Atila was fantastic - not only was he able to share with us historical facts about Cuba, but also insights of how Cubans live today. While for the most part we followed our itinerary, there was room for flexibility based on both what we were interested in and our mood at the time. We added in salsa lessons and a visit to a synagogue. Our stays in casas paticulares were really nice as were all the restaurants that were included. The view over the water from the restaurant near Cienfuegos on our way to Trinidad was particularly memorable.

We can absolutely recommend this company for your visit to Cuba.
Written February 6, 2024
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Newton C
Missoula, MT2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
If you are curious about Life in Cuba beyond what you are shown and told by conventional sources, here is your chance to experience this beautiful country and people firsthand. Starting with Julio @ Cuba Explorer and their associates at San Cristobal you can be assured of an immersive authentic experience you will never forget. We chose the Havana and Vindales tour and besides Lobster for dinner every evening, among other Cuban delights, we were white gloved through the rich history of the island, its capital and a vibrant lush province to the west. Ivia our host was spectacular as she brought to life the story of Christopher Columbus, falsely claiming he found the Indios and the eventual outcome of the Treaty of Tordesillas and Siglo de Oro from the 1400s to the 1950s. The lessons of History sprinkled with Art, Architecture, Religion, Culture and a chance to interact with everyday Cubans will be revealing and counter intuitive to what you might have imagined. Along the way there were many sumptuous meals, walking through historic Plazas, a bike tour, horse back riding, a thrilling zipline, snorkeling and amazing Music and musicians. Dollars were easy to use at every stop with almost double the exchange rate than at official counters. US issued Credit Cards could not be used. With a small investment in Babel, Google translate and in-person Spanish instructions from our Host Ivia we were never at a loss for words. There is much more to explore, and we will definitely be back with Cuba Explorer leading the way.
Written November 28, 2023
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Jay B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Our trip to Cuba was wonderful! Going with Cuba Explorer gave us a combination of the standard tourist activities as well as activities outside the normal visitor experience. Our guide, Atila, was great. He was able to adjust what we did based on the situation and our desires. His English was superb. Part of our trip was to do some birding and he has a knack of being able to spot birds in trees, in the air and then take the time to make sure that we saw them.

Everything that Cuba Explorer said they would do, was done. They were also able to adjust our itinerary when we asked for it.

We really enjoyed the Buena Vista Social Club show with lots of Cuban music. We enjoyed our time alone to wander the streets of Havana and our side trip to Veñales.

Written April 7, 2023
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Philip L
New York City, NY229 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Business
I've been bringing groups of artists and art lovers to Cuba for 8 years and have never considered working with anyone but Cuba Explorer. I've had groups of as few as 8 and other groups as large as 35 and each time I felt secure that the details would be handled. And they always were. I've been working with Marcel in Havana, and Sairi in Florida and hope to continue doing so. In my business developing ongoing relationships with service providers is the most important factor that must pass the test of time.
Written January 31, 2024
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Rae B
Indianapolis, IN3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
My husband and I took the Wild Cuba Adventure tour and loved every minute of it. Cubaexplorer made everything easy and the itinerary was packed with fun interesting activities. The guide was so knowledgeable and felt like a friend by the time we left. The tour had just the right balance of planned activities and free time left for exploring on our own. I really appreciated the lovely clean air conditioned hotels after a busy day of bike riding, horseback riding or enjoying the beach. Oh, and the food was top notch! Each restaurant was a gem, whether it was in Old Havana or the valley of Viñales. I can't say enough good things about this company. I can't wait to return to Cuba.
Written June 13, 2023
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junew156
Saint Louis, MO13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The agent, Julio, helped us customize our itinerary went over and above to include all the experiences we were hoping to have. The guide, Jorge, is a wonderful human and always had a smile on his face. He was anxious to meet our needs at all times, as was the driver Lazarus. Cuba was an amazing time and we saw and learned so much about the people and history. Expressions through art and dance along with the food, drink and cigar industry were all so interesting to experience. For Americans, the hotel options remain scarce although the Gran Aston is available and as first class as any. We were on the go at all times, and although exhausting for our 95 year old mother (?), we didn't miss anything! The culture and energy of the people is amazing to see. It was a memorable and rewarding visit!
Written May 7, 2024
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Sherpa49746118108
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
We were a group of 4 who spent Christmas 2023 in Havana, Cuba with the assistance of Cuba Explorer. We chose this tour company because they were always promptly attentive to our questions and unpretentious in providing the information that we asked for. Getting and completing the necessary regulatory applications and paperwork for Americans to travel to Cuba went very smoothly with their guidance. Cuba Explorer was accommodating and flexible in helping create our travel itinerary and provided us with ample free time to explore on our own. A special thank you to Karina for your kind attention.

We were greeted by our amazing guide Mairelys and driver Lázaro upon our arrival at the airport. They were both with us during the scheduled tour until they drove us back to the airport 6 days later and we appreciate having had the continuity in guide and driver. Mairelys is a true ambassador and a wealth of knowledge about Cuban history and culture. She is also a warm and delightful woman with a lovely sense of humor. We learned a great deal about Cuba under her tutelage – its history is rich, the culture is vibrant, the people warm and welcoming, and the landscape is beautiful.

We chose a non-luxury itinerary for our trip because we wanted to see more of the complicated country that Cuba is, than what we may have experienced otherwise. As such, the hotel and the meals provided were more than adequate, and a few meals were rather spectacular and memorable. Our hotel was located a taxi ride away from Old Havana. In hindsight we would have preferred being in Old Havana, so our only regret was that we did not inquire about whether there was any choice in hotel location, but this has no bearing on our overall satisfaction with Cuba Explorer and our trip to Cuba.
Written January 5, 2024
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