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This was a terrific trip; we enjoyed it thoroughly and would certainly go again.
“We appreciated the care in preparation that was done on our behalf and how we were engaged during the trip. There was enough structured time and enough free time for us to have a variety of experiences. ”
It was a fantastic experience for all of us. We would definitely go with you again on our next trip – to the eastern side of Cuba.
“Mario was wonderful. His energy and enthusiasm couldn’t be matched. ”
Wonderful times in Cuba. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.
“I thank Espiritu Travel for setting up this reasonably priced and enchanting tour of Cuba.”
Form our first contact, to meeting our smiling guide at the Havana airport to getting off the plane arriving back in NYC, we had a wonderful experience.
“Karin, you contributed to the good feelings we had going into the trip. You were supportive when we wanted to postpone due to the hurricane and offered constant help be it with restaurants, hotels or transport. It certainly makes me want to go back again to this interesting country and you will be the ones we call.”
It was a memorable experience.
My husband and I usually do our own travel plans; so, going on a tour arranged by someone else was new for us. We could not be happier with what Espiritu Travel arranged for us.
“It made it possible for us to interact with many Cuban people while learning about the history and culture (art, architecture, music, religion, food, and literature) of this beautiful country. We have traveled through Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico, England, Canada and the US. We were enchanted by the friendliness of the Cuban people. We felt that we became friends with many Cubans. We would recommend this trip to anyone. It was an adventure, and it was spectacular!”
My husband and I had a wonderful time and fell in love with Cuba and the people.
“This was a wonderful trip! Karin, you did an amazing job of putting together an itinerary that kept us busy non-stop, but with a lot of variety. We enjoyed spending the overnight in Vinales – the scenery was spectacular, we loved exploring the cave and horseback riding. Overall, the trip was a great mix of history, culture, music, activity and Cuban experience. ”
Everything I wanted in such a short trip.
We have to say that the trip was excellent.
“The places that you had on our itinerary were WONDERFUL, the people were terrific, and the Casas and restaurants exceeded our expectations. We fell in love with Cuba and can’t wait to go back!”
Overall, the trip was wonderful. Oscar certainly made our trip as wonderful as it was. He is a wonderful face to your company!
We had an amazing time in Cuba.
“The company did an amazing job. It was so nice being driven around, shown the sites and taken to delicious places to eat. It made the trip so easy for us and we had a blast. We also really enjoyed the housing . ”
We had a wonderful time on our trip to Cuba
“As far as Carlos and his expertise, we could not be happier with his performance and you have truly found a local gem in him. The two homes we stayed at were fantastic. Very generous people. Great hosts!”
Thank you, Karin for providing us with excellent customer service from the very beginning. I would encourage people to come and visit Cuba now and not allow fear nor doubt to get the best of you.
“We loved the open communication and the reassurance every step of the way. We stayed in lovely casas, had an awesome tour director, and enjoyed our holiday immensely. Never did I feel unsafe or fearful at any moment. I also want to share an unforgettable story: One afternoon during our free time in Havana, I was crossing the street while wearing flip flops and I accidentally stubbed my toe on a rock. The top of my toe was sliced open and there was blood everywhere. Luckily, two strangers ran to me to provide help and they accompanied me to a clinic to have my toe bandaged. This shows how genuine and helpful the Cuban people are!”
We had an absolutely fantastic time. We are already recommending your travel services to our friends.
“The tour was exactly what we were looking for: immersive, educational, and an optimal blend of guided sight-seeing with freedom for exploration. The accommodations were lovely, and the itinerary exactly matched our intentions.”
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We walked a lot and felt very safe.
The trip overall provided the best, most diverse, and eye-opening experience I’ve ever had. I can’t wait to go back to Cuba and I would recommend Espiritu Travel to anyone who asks!
“We were able to experience the Cuban culture and get a feel for day-to-day life while participating in fun excursions like horseback riding, zip lining, swimming in El Nicho falls, or sharing a meal with our house family in Trinidad. It is difficult for me to even pinpoint a “favorite” part of the trip because everything we did was so enjoyable and unique. I will never forget this trip – the people we met, the experiences we shared, and the knowledge we gained is unmatched by any other trip I’ve taken.”
We had a wonderful experience. We learned a lot about current life in Cuba and much about its history. We also got a feel for how Cuban people live, both in Havana and more rural parts of the country.
He was always on time and had us where we needed or wanted to be at each destination. When he wasn’t guiding us himself, he arranged for excellent local guides in Sancti Spiritus and Trinidad.
As you know, the arrival of our bags was delayed by several days. We are very appreciative of the time and effort Carlos spent communicating with airport personnel and ultimately with our bags getting delivered to our Casa in Trinidad. Without Carlos’ assistance and diligence, we don’t know when we would have received our bags. For this, we are very grateful.”
If you can’t tell, I loved it. Cuba somehow kept a piece of my heart, and that has everything to do with the “real Cuba” and people to people method. So you have a fan in me.
“I found Espíritu very professional, thorough, and reliable. I needed a company that would think of everything for me since I was completely unfamiliar and somewhat out of my comfort zone with politics, etc. Once I understood the commitment to the people, the land, etc. I was convinced it was the right agency for us. ”
Trinidad Walking Tour: Carolina
She was so nice! She knew all of the history and sites and explained it very well. She also shared a lot about every day life and showed us the non- touristy neighborhood and explained some of the citizens concerns & realities there. Horseback riding and hiking was awesome and the guide was great fun!”
The family is lovely. The home is clean & comfortable and the interior details are charming & beautiful. I also especially enjoyed the glimpses into real life in their home.
I found the life outside their home so interesting to watch. I’d spend a few minutes on the balcony every morning just observing the neighborhood going about its day. A fascinating study of its own! I also felt quite safe walking in that neighborhood at night, and the family was helpful with directions & suggestions.
Casa Groning in Trinidad
Great accommodations here as well. The home was large and open and typical of Trinidad’s Spanish architectural style. It felt very authentic. We chose to have dinner there (twice) at Carlos’ recommendation. Lovely! All of the staff was helpful and cheerful and made us very comfortable.”
We will continue to recommend Espiritu Travel at every opportunity
“The excursions (hiking and horseback riding) were very good. The guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and funny. We were very happy to spend two days with him. Sadly, we don’t remember the names of the Trinidad city tour guide or the Cuban park ranger at Sendero Enigma de las Rocas, because both were excellent.”
Oscar was a fantastic guide. Always on time, smiling, joking, teaching us to dance and taking good care of us
“Our experience on the 9-day trip to Cuba was extraordinary. They delivered all what was included in the package and above.”
We are seasoned travelers and we used other travel agencies providing for small groups before. So we have a good comparison of what Espiritu Travel offered (in their favor). Highly recommended!”
We were able to do almost everything on our itinerary and then some
“The trip was fantastic. Vinales was gorgeous!”
I would definitely go back now that I know how it all works
“We all loved Cuba! I would definitely go back now that I know how it all works. I have never felt so safe in another country. I could see no evidence of a criminal element everywhere we travelled.”
We met many wonderful people and learned an immeasurable amount about Cuba’s history and culture
“Five stars! We met many wonderful people and learned an immeasurable amount about Cuba’s history and culture.”
I thought the trip was an unforgettable lifetime experience
“I thought the trip was an unforgettable lifetime experience.”
We are still reeling from all that we got to experience
“We loved the people of Cuba and the diversity of this tour. From the mountains to the beach and all the historical places, we are still reeling from all that we got to experience.”
“Overall the trip planned by Espiritu was flawless and customized to our requests. We had a couple requests not in the itinerary and Espiritu accommodated our requests exceptionally. Traveling to Havana can be challenging, but the expertise of Espiritu made this a trip of a lifetime with no complications. The meals, itinerary, accommodations and communication throughout the process were commendable. We will definitely consider traveling to Cuba again and look forward to having the experts at Espiritu arrange our next trip to be as outstanding as our first trip. ”
“Very good. A lot was packed in, almost to the point where it felt a little overwhelming. Would be good to build in a little discretion, so if as a tour we want to spend more time doing X rather than Y, the Tour leader can help facilitate that.”
“I have used Espiritu two times and recommended them to my nephew for his trip. The first time, we had two couples for ten days, the second, I asked Karin to find me a language school in Havana and weekend diving opportunities for three weeks, and my nephew had only time for a 4 day weekend of culture and music. Each time I found Espiritu to be responsive, willing to customize, and completely accommodating. Their on-the-ground tour guides and drivers are superb. Knowledgeable, professional, and honestly spoken. And flexible to the whims of the their tourists.
I’d use them again and will definitely recommend Karin and crew to others.(Incidentally, I did take one other trip to Cuba with another company, so I have a slight basis for comparison).”
“I loved lunch on the water, trip to the mountains, coffee plantation, lunch at the farm, lakeside visit of Polo”s home, the artist neighborhood, the markets, the tobacco cigar factory, hotel National and old Havana! The food was fantastic! Bravo it was a great overview. ”
I am fortunate to have traveled a lot! And Cuba is special. The overall the trip was great and eye opening. I really enjoyed learning about and seeing the history of Cuba in the buildings, cars and people.
” I’ll say this… the trip exceed my expectations. I am not referring to Cuba it self… I am referring the to the travel accommodations the hosts and our tour guide Addy. I will recommend your service to my most critical acquaintances.”
We returned yesterday from out trip to Cuba. We have traveled all over the world and have had many exciting adventures on our own, with Road Scholar, O A T, Cruises etc. and this trip ranked at the top for me.
“I would not change one thing about our trip. The places we stayed in, the things that we did, the places that we ate, our guides and the wonderful Cuban people that we met all made for a perfect experience.”
Excellent and we would recommend Espiritu Travel.
We enjoyed every second!
“What an absolutely stunning place was Viñales! The scenery was breathtaking….my only regret is that we had more time there. It was a short whirlwind of an adventure there and we enjoyed every second! My friends and I had an amazing time and my boyfriend and I are already talking about scheduling a trip so he can go.”
The trip was well planned and nicely organized.
“It was great to see Havana before it commercializes. And we are sure it will.”
Loved it! Cannot wait to return, but for longer!
Very rewarding and enjoyable.
It was a great experience.
“Karin, thanks so much for all your help.”
I have worked and travel with tour guides across many countries, Espíritu Travel’s guide is by far the best.
“I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed this trip. It was absolutely wonderful. Everything was perfect, meeting my expectations.”
He is truly one of the nicest, most genuine, most charming, and kindest human beings I have ever had the good fortune to know. Thank you so much for placing my family in his capable hands during our recent trip to Cuba.”
This was one of the most exceptional vacations we have taken!
“I wanted to let you know how much I loved the Uncovering Cuba trip! Paul and I have done quite a bit of international travel and this was one of the most exceptional vacations we have taken!You organized such a varied, interesting, fun-filled, adventurous week and it all unfolded seamlessly for the most part. We had so many opportunities to hear music, explore, see (and buy) art, and go deep into the rural/jungle areas. It was also such a pleasure to meet and get to know some of the Cuban people.”
We were very happy with our trip and would recommend it.
“We were very happy with our trip and would recommend it to anyone that wants to see Cuba.”
As I said to a colleague, if you open your heart to the Cubans, they open their hearts to you.
“Thank you, Karin, for all you efforts to make this an extraordinary personal trip – especially at the time of Fidel’s death. As I said to a colleague, if you open your heart to the Cubans, they open their hearts to you.”
Our guide is now our friend 🙂
Being in Cuba during the week of Castro’s death was fascinating!
“Overall I was very pleased with the itinerary and staff.”
Our trip was such a great learning experience and we so enjoyed the hikes and seeing the islands beauty.
I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed this trip. It was absolutely wonderful.
“I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed this trip. It was absolutely wonderful. Everything was perfect, meeting my expectations.”
It’s been a couple weeks since we left Cuba, and I am still absorbing and digesting the wonderful experience I had there.
Great experience and I would highly recommend it.
I want to tell you how much I enjoyed the Hello Cuba tour.
“Thank you Karin for this wonderful chance to experience Cuba. I am referring interested friends to you for future tours.”
It is obvious, Karin, that you and your team in Cuba have been deligent in designing a fabulous way for Americans to experience Cuba. It will be great if more and more can also benefit from your expertise.
“Thank you, Karin and Mario, for the fabulous adventure you provided Gayle, Stephen and me to learn about Cuba”
I cannot wait to return to Cuba. I appreciate everything that you did to help to guide us with planning our trip and especially with making the adjustments due to hurricane.
“Again, thank you for helping me to have a wonderful cultural experience. I will definitely be returning to Cuba! I will definitely be using Espiritu again and requesting either of the Jillian’s.”
The tour was excellent! I would highly recommend it to anyone.
“Thank you for all your help – it was a fascinating and enjoyable trip, very well organized from start to finish. Nothing but good things to say about the trip from start to finish – it exceeded my expectations in every way.”
I would highly recommend Espiritu Travel to friends and co-workers (and already have).
“Uncovering Cuba was a great tour and an unforgettable experience. I didn’t want to leave. We’re back from our amazing vacation in Cuba! They were very considerate regarding any changes to the itinerary. Prior to any changes being made to the itinerary, the guys talked through it with us, providing us with the different options/ pros and cons of each option so that we can make the decision ourselves. We always went with their suggestions and everything worked out great!”
I feel so fortunate to be able to visit and I look forward go going again as soon as possible.
“What a wonderful time we all had, Thank you to you and your fabulous team for putting this tour together.”
This trip was one of the best.
“We only had 2.5 days to actually sightsee. During that short time, we were able to learn quite a bit about Cuban culture, experience the delicious food (especially the mojitos), and got to talk to many locals. It was overall an enjoyable tour and hopefully I will get the chance to visit again in the future.”
“The trip was amazing. Lisandro was one of the best tour guides I have ever had.
We didn’t think it would be that awesome!
“We chose Espiritu because of a seeming cultural sensitivity in its approach and its focus on local accommodations with Cuban hosts. Our expectations in these regards were exceeded. The trip was a good balance of set activities and flexibility to accommodate our needs and interests. The selected restaurants were very good. Again, expectations exceeded. In fact, the ultimate compliment from my young adult children who traveled with us – they thought the trip would be awesome but didn’t think it would be that awesome!”
“Life-changing. As predicted, our time in Havana was challenging, thrilling, and deeply, deeply rewarding. We did our best to come with open minds, ears, and stomachs, and we were not disappointed on any of those counts.”
We HIGHLY recommend this tour
“Our trip was awesome. The itinerary was extremely interesting and diversified. So many, wonderful memories. I am delighted and so happy we took this tour. We HIGHLY recommend this tour.”
the trip was unique, fascinating and beautiful.
“It was an amazing trip! I had been to Cuba before but this trip was so much different. There is so much in Cuba, it was as if it was my first time again. It was a surprise trip for my husband and we both agree that the trip was unique, fascinating and beautiful. We have troubled all almost everywhere in the United States and to some interesting parts around the world and this trip to Cuba has become our favorite destination. We can’t wait to go back. We had an amazing trip. For a long weekend we saw a lot!! Our only issue was that we didn’t want to leave.”
Everything was beyond our expectations.
“We absolutely loved the trip, everything was beyond our expectations.”
We loved every single minute of it :-).
“We are entirely indebted to you for the organization of such a fabulous trip… We loved every single minute of it :-)”
On a scale from 1-5, we’d give our tour lider 100 stars!!.
“Overall the trip was beyond our expectations. From our tour guide, to the accommodations to Karin’s responsiveness and planning, we could not have had a better and more educational trip.”
The beautiful nature of Cuba is endless.
“Our trip overall was life changing. I had the opportunity to talk directly with Cuban families and every day Cuban people. I was expossed to different points of view in how life is living in Cuba. The beautiful nature of Cuba is endless.”
Great. All in all was an excellent trip.
“Great. All in all was an excellent trip.”
We had a lovely trip and enjoyed the amount of flexibility.
“We had a lovely trip and enjoyed the amount of flexibility we scheduled in. We went out by ourselves to many music venues. Overall, we thought it all a blast. We thought it fairly priced as well.”
I have been traveling for over 20 years and this is the most wonderful trip ever.
“I have been traveling for over 20 years and this is the most wonderful trip ever. Very well organized and there was not one time I was alone. Karin was the best she was in touch and guide us every step of the way.”