About Us

Why travel to Cuba with Espíritu Travel?

A bit about us

So who are we?  We are a team of people who knows Cuba inside and out, you can trust that you’ll get expert recommendations.   And we’re passionate about detail and service. Combine these, and you have our one simple purpose – to encourage and indulge your curiosity about this enigma island and to ensure that your trip to Cuba is a once in a lifetime.    We know that it’s incredibly important to spend your time off well and we understand how every moment counts.   We are here to plan your trip so you don’t miss a single thing – down to the last sunset along the Malecón.

The difference

You won’t see any groups or tour buses with our trips. Everything we do is customized, led by the needs and desires of our clients. Even more, when you arrive in Cuba, your trip is exclusively handled by Espíritu Travel’s team Cuba.  We believe that working directly with Cubans and small businesses not only creates a more immersive and enriching experience but has a positive impact for the wider communities.

An unforgettable connection

Our five-star guides bring Cuba to life through their personal stories and life experiences. These personal experiences allow you to really understand the daily life of the Cuban people. They are all about showing you the real Cuba- to discover things you won’t find out about any other way.   In their safe and capable hands, you can be assured you’re being well looked after from start to finish –  you may even end up with a friend for life.  

Every detail with local expertise

The Espíritu Travel team in Cuba who are devoted to making sure your trip is seamless and jumping in to resolve any mid-trip issues.  It is Cuba after all and sometimes things happen beyond our control and when they do, our team is there to make sure you can still enjoy your day while we are working hard behind the scenes to get you where you need to be.

What’s in a name?   

Espíritu, clearly comes from the word spirit which we believe captures the essence of our company.
The spirit of traveling:  A sense of wanderlust and to explore beyond one’s comfort zone.
The spirit of friendship:  Friendship that knows no border.
A kindred spirit:  Having a deep connection to someone or even a place.
That’s the spirit:  To be vivacious to embrace spontaneity.
In good spirits:  To be in a good mood.
A free spirit:  one who is not restrained by convention or obligation; a nonconformist.

Positive impact travel

At Espíritu Travel we are passionate about Cuba, as is natural we want to help to maximize the benefits that tourism can bring to Cubans. Positive impact travel does not mean having to compromise on the enjoyment of your trip or the quality of your accommodation. We strongly believe that our trips should directly benefit the communities we visit whenever possible through the principles of sustainable travel; minimizing environmental impacts and optimizing community benefits, without sacrificing comfort or the character of your vacation. In a place like Cuba, where sustainable tourism is practically unheard of, it is no easy task but we believe that slowly this will change and we hope to be a part of that change.

Who is behind Espiritu Travel to Cuba

Karin Eckhard

Company CEO

I’ll be the first to admit it, it is time consuming and challenging to plan a complicated trip. No biggie if you want to just head to the beach and chill out for the week but if your idea of travel is spending ten or fourteen days exploring a country, there are a lot of things to consider. We all have busy working lives and limited time or insight to research and plan a complicated travel experience, but yet still have a desire to make the most of each day.
We want to make each day of your trip count so that you don’t miss a thing. We’re inspired by our own desire to make each trip perfect and our passion for service that’s creatively shaped around individuals.

Marina Courtaut

Senior Travel Consultant

I am Spanish by birth but my father is from France so my heart is always divided. My passion for traveling came from my parents, who have shared their trips around the world with me. Since then, I haven’t stopped, always looking for authentic experiences that help me understand the culture of the place I visit. I have had the opportunity to live in the state of Michigan, in Amsterdam and in Paris, and I have traveled through many of the corners of the world and in my country Spain, the cradle of the Flamenco Art.

Can you think of a better way to live adventures than traveling? When we travel we open our minds to new experiences and learn new cultures by making the destination we visited our home for a short time. My job as part of the Espiritu Travel team is to ensure that after your trip, you will always remember that destination as another one of “your home”. I am passionate about designing trips that include the highlights of Spain and Portugal, including small places that go beyond the conventions and show the authentic culture of the destination.

Carlos González

Espíritu Travel Manager in Cuba and professional tour leader

Carlos is one of our fantastic tour leaders/guides but his main role is as Espíritu Travel representative and manager in Cuba. He has been working in the tourism sector and guiding for more than 20 years and despite his many duties as our manager in Cuba, he still loves nothing more than to showcase the country he loves to visitors from around the world. He was born in Holguín in the eastern part of Cuba, lived in Havana for many years and now calls Trinidad his home. Originally he worked as a lawyer before deciding to become a professional tour guide. If anyone can show you the real Cuba, it is Carlos, personable and never shy to share his knowledge (and opinion!) about Cuba with you.