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Let's visit El Cobre and understand Cuba

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Experience hosted by David

5 hours
Includes food, drinks, tickets, transport
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English, Spanish

What you'll do

El Cobre village is 22 km distant from Santiago de Cuba and owes its name to the abundant copper mines present in the area. Its location, in the foothills of the Sierra Maestra chain of mountains, and more than 400 years of mining exploitation have made this village into one of the most beautiful cultural landscapes of the country. At the same time, El Cobre presents a unique setting to comprehend both Cuba's past and present.
Each stop in our journey has been designed to show an aspect of our history and our reality. We'll visit the National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Charity -the most frequented shrine in the whole island-, there I'll explain why is She our main symbol of cubanhood. We're going to peek first hand the process of crafting marian images, at the workshop of a local master artisan. We'll climb up to the Monument to the Maroon, to learn the fascinating story of a community of slaves who fought for over a hundred years in pursuit of their rights and their freedom (and conquered it!).
Afterwards, the famous religious practitioner Madelaine will open the doors of his HOUSE-TEMPLE, to help us understand the role of afro-cuban religions in our days. Finally, we'll enjoy a typically cuban lunch at the house of an authentic cobrera family.
El Cobre village is 22 km distant from Santiago de Cuba and owes its name to the abundant copper mines present in the area. Its location, in the foothills of the Sierra Maestra chain of mountains, and more than 400 years of mining exploitation have made this village into one of the most beautiful cultural landscapes of the country. At the same time, El Cobre presents a unique setting to comprehend both Cuba's past and present.
Each stop in…

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What's included

  • Food
    Lunch (cuban food)
  • Drinks
    Natural water (bottle 500 ml)
  • Tickets
  • Transport
    Round trip transportation
From ₹5,319
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, David

Host on Airbnb since 2018
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My name is David, and I'm in love with Santiago de Cuba. For the last eight years I've been studying the history and personages of this city -where my family has lived for seven generations. Now I use my knowledge and connections to help others experience the charms and secrets of Santiago. Since 2011, I co-manage the blog 'Cuba y su Historia', along with my father the historian Joel Mourlot Mercaderes. In 2016 I started working at Casa del Caribe, a very prestigious institution devoted to the study and promotion of popular-traditional culture (CPT). There, besides co-managing both its website and Facebook page, I've published articles in "Del Caribe" journal -the very first publication devoted to CPT issues in Cuba. I've also served as cultural interpreter for visitors from the Caribbean and the United States, during the last three editions of Fiesta del Fuego festival.
My name is David, and I'm in love with Santiago de Cuba. For the last eight years I've been studying the history and personages of this city -where my family has lived for seven generations. Now I use my knowledge and connections to help others experience the charms and secrets of Santiago. Since 2011, I co-manage the blog 'Cuba y su Historia', along with my father the historian Joel Mourlot Mercaderes. In 2016 I started working at Casa del Caribe, a very prestigious institution devoted to the s…
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Where you'll be

We'll visit the National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Charity -the most frequented shrine in the whole island. We'll climb to the Monument to the Maroon, included by UNESCO in its "Slave Route" project (views of the magnificent Blue Lake and the ruins of the copper mine). We'll go to the picturesque house-temple of the religious practitioner "Madelaine". A cobrera family offers its home and invite us to have lunch with them -in the shadow of a mango tree.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 10 and up can attend.

More tips

This experience is well suited for all those who like walking and interacting with the locals, as well as understanding the country they're visiting. It does not imply any alcoholic drinks. IMPORTANT: We'll probably climb around 300 steps to reach the Monument to the Maroon.

What to bring

Comfortable clothes and shoes suitable to walk

Sunscreen