As you travel Havana during your Cuba tour, you will unpack cultural highlights through the aromas of cigars, the flavors of rum, and dazzling live music and dance performances.
The popularity of Havana and the beauty of Cuba have only increased since the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. While the island has acted as a Caribbean getaway for citizens of Russia, Canada, and the United Kingdom for decades, Americans have recently uncovered the marvels of Old Havana.
The welcoming and outgoing nature of Habaneros, residents of the city, will accentuate the heritage as you experience the dynamic displays of culture when in Cuba.
Cuban tobacco is one of the world’s foremost tobaccos due to its distinct texture, taste, and fragrance, derived from Cuba’s specific soil and climate. Cigar rolling in the country remains a respected profession, with traditions passed down through the generations.
The best cigar producers in Havana pay attention to the quality of the cigar’s different parts, from the exposure of the leaves acting as a wrapper, filler, and binder, to the functions of different components, as well as working to ensure a proper point of combustion.
Like cigars, rum is a symbol of Havana, adding to the national identity and fueling the economy. Similar to wine, the soil, climate, and characteristics of the surrounding crops affect the flavors of the beverage.
Cuba has long pioneered the production of rum, from the light and crisp tastes of white rum to the glamorous styles of the richer, sweeter flavors of dark rum. Maestros roneros, or rum masters, can blend specially filtered rums with similar characteristics, such as the white rum’s smoothness, perfect for mixing cocktails, and dark rum’s great sipping attributes.
The spirit of Cuba emanates from the island’s musical culture. The roots of the classical sounds derive from influences principally from Spain and West Africa, with hints stemming from countries like France, the United States, and Jamaica.
The musical traditions of the country highlight the skill of Cuban musicians who perform with unique instruments, deep beliefs, and unlimited enthusiasm. There are many popular live music venues across Havana where visitors may embrace the musical styles of timba and groove to the beat of reggatón.
Are you intrigued to discover what makes Cuban cigars special? Do you long for a satisfying sip of authentically aged Cuban rum? Are you wanting to dance the night away to Cuban musical performances in one of Havana’s best live venues?