We were in Cuba for 10 days. One of the most important things for me for this trip was being able to visit the Cuba National Ballet either as a performance or more desirably, in rehearsal. I'm a choreographer and this was a main reason to visit Cuba. This tour company was the only agency that said they could make that happen. They not only arranged it, it happened to be a fantastic full company rehearsal. Then since they knew about my and my husband's interest in dance and the arts they made that a key point of the experience. I can't say enough about the wonderful encounters we had with dance performances and meeting artists. Everything went smoothly. If there was any issue what so ever, it was handled immediately and without fuss. We felt completely taken care of and that our interests and needs were very important to them. The guides went above and beyond their role. One helped us find the home of a friend who had to leave Cuba 50 years ago. The guide then followed up and found a long lost relative as well. It was a touching and emotional experience for all of us. This I will never forget. This was not a vacation as much as it was a trip to learn and immerse in another culture. This trip was that and then some. We went to places that tourist never go and that was only possible through the tour company who has in-depth knowledge of Cuba and also because of their incredible team of guides.
There are many. Being able to observe the National Ballet of Cuba in rehearsals at their studios. Watching an African Dance performance. Finding the home of a friend who had to leave Cuba 50 years ago then meeting a cousin of hers. (this arranged by our guide) The cooking class but that was special because it was in their home and we got to spend honest one on one time with people who live there. Visiting artists in their studios. Visiting the Arts center in Cienfuego and watching an amazing music teacher giving a guitar class. (We later went out and bought a guitar for her for future students and it was a very touching experience when we gave it to her) The incredible lunch we had in the country side and meeting the family who owned this humble restaurant.
We really like to be in the middle of things so I would say making sure that we were really in the center center of towns visited. We only had 10 days but maybe we should have added a couple more to have more free time on our own.
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