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Afro-Cuban Culture Guide

Rated 4.96 out of 5 from 647 reviews.La Habana, Cuba

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Experience hosted by Adriana & Jose

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

What you'll do

Explore religious syncretism in Cuba by the hand of Adriana

Are you interested in learning about the legacy of our Africans ancestor in the Cuban Culture? Are you ready to witness its influence in the daily life of the Cuban people? Then this experience is a MUST for you!
We will meet at Beyond Roots headquarter in Old Havana to share a cup of coffee and get to know each other. From there we will travel to the town of Guanabacoa, the cradle of Afro-Cuban culture in Havana. Once there we´ll visit the local museum to learn about the history of the 3 main Afro-Cuban religions. Then we will walk through the streets of our town, having a firsthand contact with the Cuban life. Finally we will meet a “Babalawo”--the highest priest of Santeria. He will cleanse us at his altar and explain us about how he looks into people’s future and gives advice based on what he sees. Additionally, we will enjoy typical Afro-Cuban food and relax under the shadow of a sacred Ceiba tree listening to emblematic music played by some members of the community, while we taste a cup of Aguardiente, the beverage used in all Afro-Cuban religious practices. After that we´ll go back to Beyond Roots store, the first and only Afro style shop in Cuba, having the opportunity to visit an space dedicated to highlighting the Afro identity in the island. You will come as a guest but you will leave being part of the community.
Explore religious syncretism in Cuba by the hand of Adriana

Are you interested in learning about the legacy of our Africans ancestor in the Cuban Culture? Are you ready to witness its influence in the daily life of the Cuban people? Then this experience is a MUST for you!
We will meet at Beyond Roots headquarter in Old Havana to share a cup of coffee and get to know each other. From there we will travel to the town of Guanabacoa, the cradle of Afro-Cuban culture in Havana. Once there we´ll visit the local museum to learn about the history of the 3 main Afro-Cuban religions. Then we will walk through the st…

Adriana & Jose's commitment to safety

This host has committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines – including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practising good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.

What's included

  • Food
    Afro Cuban Meal
  • Drinks
    Welcoming coffee, Traditional Cocktails, Beer at a local place
  • Tickets
    Payment for using a camera is not included
  • Transport
    Round Trip Transport
From ₹6,082
/ person
Sat, 8 Aug
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
₹6,082 per person
₹6,082 per person
Sun, 9 Aug
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
₹6,082 per person
₹6,082 per person
Fri, 14 Aug
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
₹6,082 per person
₹6,082 per person

Meet your host, Adriana & Jose

Host on Airbnb since 2016
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We are the founders of Beyond Roots, a project focused on providing an Immersion in Afro Cuban Culture through your 5 senses. Growing up in Guanabacoa we were raised under the living legacy of our African ancestors. Now we have an authentic passion for educating people about this misunderstood topic. We want to share with you the feeling of our community, transmit you a knowledge that has been passed from generations and show you its influence in the daily life of the Cubans from different perspectives. In this particular experience you will have an immersion in every aspect of it.
We are the founders of Beyond Roots, a project focused on providing an Immersion in Afro Cuban Culture through your 5 senses. Growing up in Guanabacoa we were raised under the living legacy of our African ancestors. Now we have an authentic passion for educating people about this misunderstood topic. We want to share with you the feeling of our community, transmit you a knowledge that has been passed from generations and show you its influence in the daily life of the Cubans from different pers…
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Where you'll be

After meeting at Beyond Roots Store in Old Havana, we will travel to Guanabacoa town, one of the strongest exponents of Afro Cuban Culture in Havana. There we will start at the local museum in order to be introduced to the Afro Cuban religions and then, visit the altar of a Babalawo where we will have a first hand contact with this beautiful culture. At the end the taxis will takes us back to the meeting point.

Rated 4.96 out of 5 from 647 reviews.

Thérèse
March 2020
I would have never done this by myself! It was a rich experience and I highly recommend this if you're curious and open-minded.
Madelyn
March 2020
This was such an amazing experience. I learned so much about Afro-Cuban culture and religion that I do not think I would have had the opportunity to do so without this excursion. I loved my tour guides, they were so kind and helpful. I will never forget this experience.
This was such an amazing experience. I learned so much about Afro-Cuban culture and religion that I do not think I would have had the opportunity to do so without this excursion. I…
Marjorie
March 2020
If you want to really know the AfroCuban history, Adriana & Jose is your team to learn from. This experience is an immersion into the AfroCuban culture and it felt like it was led by a professor. We really enjoyed the experience and the personal touches. It is a long day, so wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to learn.
If you want to really know the AfroCuban history, Adriana & Jose is your team to learn from. This experience is an immersion into the AfroCuban culture and it felt like it was led…
Réka
March 2020
Such an amazing experience with Francys, it was truly incredible. She was friendly and has a great knowledge on the topic. I recommend this tour a lot!! Thank you Francys for the unique experience, I will never forget.
Charles
March 2020
I highly recommend taking this tour. It was fascinating walking through the city and having the important history of particular buildings pointed out. The tour guide was very friendly and personable.
Dan
March 2020
This tour offers a fascinating insight into the Afro-Cuban cultural heritage, especially its religious underpinning. It was so interesting to grasp how a culture and an identity can be nested—and hidden—within another like this despite the unrelenting cruelty of the masters. We learned about the sources in Yoruba culture and the ways it gave enslaved peoples the strength to survive intact and never forget who they were. It’s a cliché but also a reassuring truth that you can steal the bodies of people but not their spirit. Thanks for sharing this with us.
This tour offers a fascinating insight into the Afro-Cuban cultural heritage, especially its religious underpinning. It was so interesting to grasp how a culture and an identity ca…

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  • Sat, 8 Aug
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    ₹6,082 per person
  • Sun, 9 Aug
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    ₹6,082 per person
  • Fri, 14 Aug
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    ₹6,082 per person
  • Sat, 15 Aug
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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  • Sun, 16 Aug
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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  • Fri, 21 Aug
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    ₹6,082 per person
  • Sat, 22 Aug
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    ₹6,082 per person
  • Sun, 23 Aug
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    ₹6,082 per person

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.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 5 and up can attend.

More tips

You can stay for a reading with the babalawo and have the perfect opportunity to take a closer look in to your future. It has an additional cost.
The experience finish at Beyond Roots store in Old Havana, a place where you can find unique gifts to share with your relatives your afro cuban experience

What to bring

Confortable shoes for walking for the streets of Guanabacoa

Sunscreen