Regular readers of this forum will remember that a month ago there was a thread regarding using guides in Havana.
As the person who started that thread I thought I should report back following my visit to Cuba and Havana.
I used Jorge, who has been much talked about on this forum. All I can say is that the service I received was first rate.
Jorge arranged for my taxi from Jibacoa and my stay at the National in Havana, both at very good rates.
He arranged for a guide to show me and my family around Havana on the first day. Unfortunately, my wife broke her leg, stepping off a high curb and twisting her ankle in Arms Square. The guide sorted us out with a hospital and the excellent Cuban health system (admittedly this was one of the hospitals authorised to treat foreigners) x-rayed and plastered my wife's leg within 1 and a half hours.
Having left my wife at the hotel, the guide then gave my son and I a very quick tour round Havana. I had done alot of reading about Cuba before we went and the guide's knowledge was first rate and really illuminated our knowledge of Cuba, Havana and life in present day Cuba.
The next day, we had to cut our tour short, because of my wife's leg. I was, however, adamant that I wanted to tour the Museum of the Revolution. Jorge himself guided us on that. He really brought the museum and Cuban history to life. I would say that without a good guide, unless you speak good Spanish and have a very very thorough knowledge of Cuban history, you will miss much of what the museum has to offer.
I think that in the previous thread I said that I did not normally use guides. But in the case of Havana and in particular the Museum of the Revolution, unless you speak good Spanish, a guide will enhance your experience much more than in most other places I have visited. There are English explanations, but they are very limited.
Just one example is that in the Museum of the Revolution the starting point is the late 1400's. I think most visitors will wonder why, when what we in Europe know as the Cuban revolution started in the late 1950's. Jorge explained the current Cuban leadership's philosophy that for them the revolution has been ongoing since the first native Cuban's first uprising against the Spanish.
In summary I found Jorge and the guide he selected to show us round Havana, to be excellent both in their work as guides and in Jorge's organisation of Hotel, restaurants and taxis. The sort of organisation which was missing in certain other elements of our holiday organised by our leading UK tour operator.
If anyone wants further details or how to contact Jorge, drop me a note.