Afro-Cuban Religion Tour
There are some people that may tell you there are practitioners of black magic at work in Havana. You may see them on the streets, African women dressed completely in white against an immensely colorful backdrop where they call out to you asking to read your fortune. But, they are a true representation of Cuba and bring to the streets the complicated affair of religion. Explore one of Havana's sub-cultures not often seen by tourists when you journey to Callejon de Hammel, a central part of Afro-Cuban gatherings.
A religious experience awaits you on this trek into history as you are introduced to local customs, folklore and beliefs. Learn about the Afro-Cuban religions from a knowledgeable, local insider as they explain the similarities to voodoo. Expect this to be one colorful, eclectic and unconventional religious pilgrimage!
There is so much more to Havana than what meets the eye, come along for what could very well be one of the most interesting cultures in the city. On this very unique tour you will gain an understanding of the various syncretic Afro-Cuban religions practiced widely in Cuba, as explained by your English-speaking expert in the field.
Your local guide will walk you through parts of central Havana and into the homes of some devotees of the various religions where an experience unlike any other you may have had awaits. But, that is all we can tell you right now, who doesn't love a bit of mystery?
Your cultural tour starts and finishes in the spectacular Callejon de Hammel - a small and colorfully decorated alley in central Havana, created by local resident Salvador Gonzales Escalona.
Sit and enjoy a cool drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) while you soak up the atmosphere of this famous alleyway, decorated with scrap objects like bathtubs, hand pumps, and pinwheels, and has now become a cultural focal point with workshops for young Cuban children to learn painting. The artist appealed to the government to transform this area with vibrant wall murals and recycled materials, creating an artistic space that would educate the community about African culture and heritage, which included the practices of Santeria.
Please Note: Travel is authorized under a general license, 31 CFR 515.574 - Support for the Cuban People.
All guests must complete a mandatory form for the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury (OFAC). A valid passport is required for all guests to travel to Cuba. We recommend guests review the passport requirements of travel to Cuba from their home country and that the expiration of your passport be greater than six months from the date of your voyage. A link will be provided to you with the form upon booking your excursion, and full details will be provided with your electronic ticket.
Reviewer: Wendy Livingston
Our tour guide was terrific. She was so enthusiastic about her culture and she was able to share it with us in a meaningful way. We enjoyed seeing the Alley and the dance presentation. The tour of Salvador's home was fascinating and added another dimension to our tour. I would give this tour an A+.
This was a very educational and reflective tour. I really enjoyed it.
Reviewer: Gwen Mckinsey
Tour was very informative and hands on. It was just not long enough! our tour was at 2:00pm and the ship left @ 4:30pm. Not sure if it was planned that way or a coincidence!