Hidden Havana Tour
Delve behind the facades of Havana’s urban veneer and discover stories, secrets and hidden beauties that will astound and inspire. A bespoke holiday with Esencia Experiences is your gateway to these mysteries. We’ll introduce you to artists, writers, musicians and historians who can spotlight the capital’s rich and growing cultural life. Capture the permanent and witness the ephemeral with Esencia’s guides on our ultimate insider tours.
Spend an afternoon with an avant-garde artist in their studio and learn what drives their work. Attend a private view of a gallery show and meet other Havana-based artists who, year on year, garner more international recognition. And behind-the-scenes tours of the Havana Biennial Art Exhibition will ensure an understanding of the visual vocabulary of this growing Latin American art show.
Walk the streets with novelists and filmmakers who have captured Havana on paper and screen. Discover little-known filming locations and secret corners of the city that have inspired stories, settings and characters. Marvel at the richly textured urban fabric of the city with a historian who can unravel and interpret the architectural timeline, from the city’s foundations in 1519 to its post-Revolution communist monuments. And gain access to hallowed buildings normally closed to the public.
Explore Cuba’s rhythmic roots with Havana’s maestros of creative sound and dance, and unscramble the secret origins of mambo, rhumba, salsa and timba. Visit the district of Alamar where Cuban hip-hop was born, and the Buena Vista barrio that triggered the 1990s revolution of Cuban musical musings. While touring the sights of sounds, hope for a spontaneous shindig of salsa or timba or whatever frequency is being mixed up on the street. After dinner, limber up and learn some moves from our salsa-savvy pros, then let loose to lusty Latin beats on Havana’s hottest dance floors.
These are a mere few of the historical, musical and cultural secrets that await you in Hidden Havana, discoverable with Esencia’s bespoke Cuban holidays. Treat your body, mind and palate to a stay in a lavish luxury hotel of your choosing, and with the help of our Cuba connoisseurs, unearth the hidden gems of the island’s world-famous capital.