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Callejon de Hamel

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Experience real rumba

On Sunday at 1 p.m., there is a rumba performance with dancers and drummers. If you want to see... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
susanaquerida
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Vancouver, Canada
Beautiful Artsy Street

Lots of interesting art pieces. Some small souvenir stalls. The people were friendly and helpful. A... read more

Reviewed January 7, 2019
karen19020
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Bensalem, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A very cool place to explore and see music! I loved the art made from piano parts, bathtubs, and other reclaimed materials in addition to the murals.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Laura J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked through Callejon de Hamel as part of our private tour. Nice little street with a couple of cafes and galleries. Met Salvador Gonzáles Escalona (photo with review). We did not find people hassling us for CD's as mentioned below. A few people asked...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On Sunday at 1 p.m., there is a rumba performance with dancers and drummers. If you want to see the real rumba, which is very coquettish, this show is it. Callejon de Hamel is a reconstruction of a tumbledown alley. One artist started to paint...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is really nothing to see. What you see in any picture is better. You fell intimidated. People come after you all the time. Avoid it.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank seasonedvisitor
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is a must see on Sundays for their performance of Cuban rumba and other Afro-Cuban art forms. There is so much to see by way of art and the performances were engaging. Lots of cute little shops to buy souvenirs from. There's also...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Hala A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped here to admire the artwork on the walls in this "alley way". There were children playing and taking pictures with us and there were a few restaurants and places to buy artwork in here as well. It is definitely worth your time to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Tracy R
Reviewed January 7, 2019 via mobile

Lots of interesting art pieces. Some small souvenir stalls. The people were friendly and helpful. A short walk through from one end to the other

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 13, 2018

Impossible to walk around the place without the "guides" trying to sell you something .... For Cubans, Hemingway was everywhere and could not be different in this place

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank jeroen46
Reviewed November 16, 2018

Callejon de Hamel is an alleyway filled with Afro-Cuban art, murals & sculptures created by the artist Salvador Gonzáles Escalona. The colorful artwork is shown on the sides of buildings, walls & throughout the alley. The art is made from bathtubs, metal, mosaic tile &...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 9, 2018

So most people visit this place on Sunday when there is music and dancing and a ton of tourists. We happened upon it on a week day. WAY better if you don't like tourists. Someone will snag you to guide you through. Worth a visit...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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miles2happiness
September 6, 2018|
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Response from F2581HOguillermor | Reviewed this property |
It is an Street opened at any time but from 9 to 5 workers from Callejón helps the tourists which arrive looking for information. Every Sunday at the beginning of the afternoon 12:00 they organise activities.
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ViChefy
August 13, 2018|
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Response from Janet N | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I heard Sunday was a good day too. Not sure they do it other days of the week.
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jeaniemherron
July 15, 2018|
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Response from Sedgwall | Reviewed this property |
I doubt it will be on the walking tour, since it's a bit out of the way. They only do their presentations on Sunday. You might see some indications of Santeria just walking around the city, though. Ask your guide.
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Martiinc
Lucca, Italy
Restaurants in Callejon de Hamel (0 Replies)
Hi! Is there someone that can recommend me a good restaurant along the Callejon de Hamel? Thanks! =)
January 12, 2011|
leffertslady
New York City, New York
Guide/tour for Callejon de Hamel (3 Replies)
I have sent an email to Intrepid regarding their tour, no answer. Do you know any local guide that can walk us around, introduce us to people and local businesses of the neighborhood? Does any other tour company offer the tour?
March 19, 2017|
Response fromisacastaneda|
Ok. S...I've been to Cuba twice a year for the past 4 years. I always have a great time. I have made some friends over time, and this is the best way to get around. I usually just pay someone 50$ for a week of showing me around. I also cover the food expenses. Ideally, you should budget $100. But that's being SUPER generous. Be sure to not overpay and be on the lookout for SCAMMERS. When do you plan on going? I'm heading out after the 16th of April, maybe we can grab coffee around Habana :-)...More
Nicole
New York City, New York
3 Night Havana Itinerary Help (16 Replies)
Hello, I am an American heading to Havana for a 4 day/three night weekend in May staying near Obispo and would appreciate some help. 1) In your opinion, is it worth doing a day tour (would be a Friday or Saturday) to Varadero beach and visit caves on the way, or just go to Santa Maria beach and stay closer to Havana? 2) I've heard a lot about FAC but was disappointed to hear it will be closed in May. Can anyone recommend any good night life in May? Since I'm only going for one...More
April 14, 2018|
Response fromjoann p|
Niki, All the late night action is in Vedado. La Rampa area stirs up later in the evening. I always suggest for folks to stay in Vedado instead of Old Havana, especially if they are looking for late nightlife, but it looks like you all set. Such a short time do not bother going all the way to Varadero, you will find the local action very fun, and not so filled with tourists on the nearby Santa Maria beach... There's one nightclub you will want to hit for sure, Sosoa, it is on the border of...More