CUBA: TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST TRAVELERS

"Traveling to Cuba with El Camino gave me an experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life.  They took me through the heart of the culture as I celebrated with the country's most precious element......the People. For that, I will always be grateful!  I can't wait until my next travel experience with El Camino!" - Chandra H.

"Traveling to Cuba with El Camino gave me an experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life.  They took me through the heart of the culture as I celebrated with the country's most precious element......the People. For that, I will always be grateful!  I can't wait until my next travel experience with El Camino!" - Chandra H.

"Cuba was my second trip with El Camino - and as usual, I left the island with a bag full of memories and my heart full of love. It was exactly the experience I wanted and so much more. I got to learn about the culture and people while making my little impact on the lives of those I met along the way. I met people of all ages that not only taught me a thing or two about the island but also about myself. I realized that even a world traveller like me can have misconceptions about a culture. Traveling with El Camino has humbled me! It's not only a travel experience tailored to make the world a better place, but also to make you a better person for it. El Camino has made me part of a diverse community of (often women!) travelers that are on a mission to learn and love. And for that I'm so grateful." - Darah G.

"Cuba was my second trip with El Camino - and as usual, I left the island with a bag full of memories and my heart full of love. It was exactly the experience I wanted and so much more. I got to learn about the culture and people while making my little impact on the lives of those I met along the way. I met people of all ages that not only taught me a thing or two about the island but also about myself. I realized that even a world traveller like me can have misconceptions about a culture. Traveling with El Camino has humbled me! It's not only a travel experience tailored to make the world a better place, but also to make you a better person for it. El Camino has made me part of a diverse community of (often women!) travelers that are on a mission to learn and love. And for that I'm so grateful." - Darah G.

" When I travel, I crave adventure, deep conversations, and the chance to step away from the chaos of everyday life to appreciate the moment. Most tours haven't matched up to my travel expectations, but when El Camino started offering tours to Cuba, I suspected this trip would be different. The activities, food, lodging, and (most importantly) companions came together in an alchemy that made for a unique, intimate, and memorable experience. Everything was curated thoughtfully and beautifully documented by our photographer, Val. I experienced a culture full of life, creativity, and passion and saw beautiful buildings and architecture. I only wish I could have stayed much longer. If you're thinking about booking a trip with #elcamino, DO IT! It's a great chance to travel with your friends, but also the perfect group to join if you're a solo traveler. " - Meggie C.

" When I travel, I crave adventure, deep conversations, and the chance to step away from the chaos of everyday life to appreciate the moment. Most tours haven't matched up to my travel expectations, but when El Camino started offering tours to Cuba, I suspected this trip would be different. The activities, food, lodging, and (most importantly) companions came together in an alchemy that made for a unique, intimate, and memorable experience. Everything was curated thoughtfully and beautifully documented by our photographer, Val. I experienced a culture full of life, creativity, and passion and saw beautiful buildings and architecture. I only wish I could have stayed much longer. If you're thinking about booking a trip with #elcamino, DO IT! It's a great chance to travel with your friends, but also the perfect group to join if you're a solo traveler. " - Meggie C.

"Cuba. A land before time. Where do I start about this magical place.  Thanks to El Camino Travel I was able to experience this fantastic island devoid of most tourist traps and get one of the most auténtico trips outside of staying with friends.  Being that Cuba still has lots of restrictions I wanted someone else to do the proverbial “dirty work” and El Camino delivered.  We stayed at a local casa, saw the sights of Havana (old and new), danced the night away at a local salsa club, drank with the ghost of Hemingway, and saw Cuba through the eyes of our guides, who live in Havana.  We got to meet local artists and ate super fresh food and made so many great memories. Best of all was our photographer Valeria, who not only took such epic photos but allowed us to really get immersed with the locals and focus on creating memories.  There was a good balance between scheduled activities and free time to get out and do our own thing.  There are not enough words to describe this trip, but trust me GO, and cross Cuba off your bucket list of places to travel.  If you want a trip that allows you to truly experience a people and culture look no further than El Camino travel. " - Jessica B.

"Cuba. A land before time. Where do I start about this magical place.  Thanks to El Camino Travel I was able to experience this fantastic island devoid of most tourist traps and get one of the most auténtico trips outside of staying with friends.  Being that Cuba still has lots of restrictions I wanted someone else to do the proverbial “dirty work” and El Camino delivered.  We stayed at a local casa, saw the sights of Havana (old and new), danced the night away at a local salsa club, drank with the ghost of Hemingway, and saw Cuba through the eyes of our guides, who live in Havana.  We got to meet local artists and ate super fresh food and made so many great memories. Best of all was our photographer Valeria, who not only took such epic photos but allowed us to really get immersed with the locals and focus on creating memories.  There was a good balance between scheduled activities and free time to get out and do our own thing.  There are not enough words to describe this trip, but trust me GO, and cross Cuba off your bucket list of places to travel.  If you want a trip that allows you to truly experience a people and culture look no further than El Camino travel. " - Jessica B.

"I went on the Nicaragua trip in 2015 and as soon as I saw spots for Cuba open up I booked immediately (like frantically at my desk at work). I figured especially in a place so new to U.S. travelers, El Camino would bring a totally unique level of cultural immersion and really ensure that we were supporting local communities through responsible tourism. Now that I'm back in NYC I cannot stop telling everyone how incredible this trip was - partially because I want to go back immediately, and partially because I think everyone I know needs to meet the incredible Cubans that we did and experience such a vibrant, welcoming place. Hats off to El Camino on this one!" - Becky W.

"I went on the Nicaragua trip in 2015 and as soon as I saw spots for Cuba open up I booked immediately (like frantically at my desk at work). I figured especially in a place so new to U.S. travelers, El Camino would bring a totally unique level of cultural immersion and really ensure that we were supporting local communities through responsible tourism. Now that I'm back in NYC I cannot stop telling everyone how incredible this trip was - partially because I want to go back immediately, and partially because I think everyone I know needs to meet the incredible Cubans that we did and experience such a vibrant, welcoming place. Hats off to El Camino on this one!" - Becky W.

"Much like Cuba understands its cadence, El Camino tapped into this pulse and pulled all of us into its groove and we rode the wave for several days. Cuba is this amazing collage of art, not just in its galleries or artists’ homes, but on its graffittied walls and its cuisine and people, its cigar-tinged air and the exhaust fumes from old Buicks and Oldsmobiles. There is no way we would have been able to truly saturate ourselves and see Cuba on this level had we planned this ourselves. Don’t take the trip solely based on the enviable Instagram-worthy images provided by the in-house photographer (though, where else are you going to have that built into your trip?); go for the stories that you bring home and the adventures that will keep you smiling each time theybrush across your memory banks. You know those enviable insider guides on all the different places you want to explore around the world, the ones that show you the places that tourists can’t even access but the writer hasa friend showing them their favorite haunts around town, meeting the guy who makes the best conch salad on the island and the woman who grows and roasts coffee beans on the plantation that’s been in her family for three generations? That’s El Camino." - Daniella D.

"Much like Cuba understands its cadence, El Camino tapped into this pulse and pulled all of us into its groove and we rode the wave for several days. Cuba is this amazing collage of art, not just in its galleries or artists’ homes, but on its graffittied walls and its cuisine and people, its cigar-tinged air and the exhaust fumes from old Buicks and Oldsmobiles. There is no way we would have been able to truly saturate ourselves and see Cuba on this level had we planned this ourselves. Don’t take the trip solely based on the enviable Instagram-worthy images provided by the in-house photographer (though, where else are you going to have that built into your trip?); go for the stories that you bring home and the adventures that will keep you smiling each time theybrush across your memory banks. You know those enviable insider guides on all the different places you want to explore around the world, the ones that show you the places that tourists can’t even access but the writer hasa friend showing them their favorite haunts around town, meeting the guy who makes the best conch salad on the island and the woman who grows and roasts coffee beans on the plantation that’s been in her family for three generations? That’s El Camino." - Daniella D.

"Cuba was one of the most interesting trips I have ever been on. I was hoping for an authentic exciting trip to celebrate my 30th. Between the food, the cigars, and the salsa it was everything I could have hoped for and more. You truly get to experience Cuba for everything it has to offer. It's filled with welcoming friendly people eager to show you "their" Cuba. They were enthusiastic to share their story and provide a great understanding of the history of the country and what it is evolving into. I made many great memories with new friends. I encourage everyone to visit Cuba for themselves...and of course the awesome classic cars." - Spencer T. (This was Spencer's third El Camino trip)  

"Cuba was one of the most interesting trips I have ever been on. I was hoping for an authentic exciting trip to celebrate my 30th. Between the food, the cigars, and the salsa it was everything I could have hoped for and more. You truly get to experience Cuba for everything it has to offer. It's filled with welcoming friendly people eager to show you "their" Cuba. They were enthusiastic to share their story and provide a great understanding of the history of the country and what it is evolving into. I made many great memories with new friends. I encourage everyone to visit Cuba for themselves...and of course the awesome classic cars." - Spencer T. (This was Spencer's third El Camino trip)