Following recommendations on this forum, we contacted Jorge by e-mail (email@example.com) before we went to Havana. He was fabulously helpful, responding to my many enquiries and making suggestions and recommendations to suit our plans. We stayed in Havana for 6 nights at a Casa Particular recommended by Jorge. The casa was clean, safe and well located - the host, Emilio, was charming and helpful. We ate out 3 nights but 3 nights we ate at Emilio's as the food was so much better than the restaurants, and we never managed to eat everything! We also had 5 days of Salsa classes, 2 hours per day, with Natasha & Gilberto - again recommended by Jorge- and they were fabulous! we both have left feet, and they were so patient and funny - it was a great experience (and we can nearly dance now!). We also had a local guide, again, recommended by Jorge, who was very open and showed us the sites on our walking tour - if there is anythng you need for your Havana trip- Jorge is a great contact.
Even though Jorge was not available to lead our tour, he met us at the Casa when we first arrived, and he was there to see us off on our last day and to check that everything had been satisfactory for us. I cannot recommend him highly enough.
Carol & Gary - in Havana 24th September - 30th September 2006