Hola Cuba!

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait! Although my teams in Europe could always arrange Cuban hotels and guiding, the political situation didn’t offer us a legal avenue to arrange trips for our clients.

I’m thrilled to share one of my favorite firms whom I have worked with for 12 years is now offering private trips to Cuba. Always seeking the best partnerships to manage our clients on the ground, I am now completely confident to offer private Cuba to our clients.

I will repeat the maxim: good things come for those who wait. The Cuban infrastructure wasn’t prepared for the onslaught of the tourists now, thus we encourage you to plan 6 months in advance for a trip to Cuba.

We would describe these visits as People to People Journeys, always encouraging our clients to meet locals and absorb customs and culture in every visit to a foreign land.

The few five star hotels are located in the major cities, however we also have access to quite a few private homes in Havana and other rural areas.

Flights for the moment are out of Miami, however that could change within a year.

A brief look at the possibilities for a visit to Cuba:

In addition to the more common requests for activities like baseball and the ballet, their team is in the process of launching a family multi sport trip and a more off the beaten path trips that go out into the provinces.

Music & Dance

Alberto Faya: professor of music takes us through history of Cuban music with a group of his private performers

Cuban Jazz (out and about or private orchestra) + salsa (demo or lessons) + Afro-Cuban

Afro-Cuban drumming lessons with Cuban masters

Cuban Flamenco troops: similar to Spanish but Caribbean/ Cuban rhythms

Compas: unique merging of Spanish dances with the Afro-Cuban rhythms and contemporary dance through new aesthetic codes, in which the female dancers not only dance, but also use percussion, using any element at hand: drumsticks, castanets, heels, wood slipper, claves, chequers, and percussive chairs.

Ballet (National) and also rehearsals and also ProDanza (Laura Alonso who is the daughter of very famous Alicia Alonso)

Afro-Cuban National Dance company https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_rCFYknChA

Contemporary and Modern dance (watch rehearsals)


Tango (performance or lessons)

Salsa (performance or lessons), Rumba, or Son


Customized art tour to see a wide variety of artists from emerging to very established/ famous/ at top galleries around the world.

Many of the galleries have no signage and you need appointments and personal connections.

Some of the galleries are actually extensions of people’s homes (eg: I went to super famous photographers basement studio)

Wide range of artists from emerging artists, to women’s collectives, photographers, established artists (for serious collectors), painters, sculptors, and more. Havana is one of Latin America’s epicenters for art. We have specialized art curators that we work with that can take us around to all of the private galleries.

Active & Nature

Mountain biking in Vinales: tons of levels options and incredibly scenic. Go through the local villages and then through the valleys of magotes, which are limestone mountains.


Snorkeling to see super awesome coral reefs (did you know Cuba is an archipelago of 4,000 islands?)

Meet with local farmers in the beautiful Vinales valley

Birding in Zapata peninsula

Meet with scientists and conservationists

Hiking in Topes de Collantes (close to Trinidad)

This is one of Cuba’s largest National Parks with one of the biggest waterfalls

Academic & Religion

Professors, economists, authors/ writers, journalists, architects, visit to the local synagogue, talk with a Santeria expert (this is the Afro-Cuban religion).

Why wait?

Cuba Collectible Artists – Mari Claudia Garcia Ruiz

I recently met with two lovely young artists who were traveling the states to exhibit their work in a few shows. Mari Claudia Garcia Ruiz and her cousin Lisandra Garcia Lopez. Well educated and traveling the states via local gallery owners and living on cash, as they aren’t allowed to have credit or bank cards.Maria Claudia Cuba ArtistWe were excited and enthralled purchase their art and discuss their lives and passions over a casual dinner. I was so impressed by their sense of adventure, traveling alone on buses and planes in a land of high technology, so opposite of their homeland. Also impressed with their individual creativity. Each has a very distinctive style. Slightly provocative and a personal statement of their values and environment.Maria Claudia Art workSharing some recent work of Mari Claudia and her statement piece on the works.

“Object used to coerce during…” from the series “From consumption to communication and viceversa” (bronze, lead, acrylic, velvet and wood)

Artwork composed by two bronze and lead knuckle-busters with the following engraved phrase: “A CLEAR VOICE CANNOT COMPETE WITH A STRONG ONE”. From Mari Claudia: The phrase exists; I have only varied the word order to change its meaning and talk about power relations. The piece was displayed in a way similar to a museum work piece trying to make people think it was a real object from past times.

If you have a trip already planned to Cuba, both girls are receptive to sharing their art work with my clients and friends. Please message me for contact details.

Mari Claudia sells her art directly in her studio and also at Avistamientos Gallery. http://www.cubartecontemporaneo.com/avistamientos-gallery/ 10 Johnson street between Mayía Rodríguez and La Sola, Santos Suárez, 10 de Octubre Havana, Cuba CP 14700

Amnesia b“Amnesia” (C-print.)

Five photographs made of five marks on animal skin. The dates represent key moments of human development, from a technological point of view. This artwork places the idea of “evolution” and makes a reflection about our cultural model, what we know, and how we know it.

“Re-constitution” from the series “From consumption to communication and vice versa” (paper, ink, acrylic, stainless steel and zinc)

Artwork made from the current Constitution of the Republic of Cuba. I have rewritten all the pages using a pen, over the same printed text, and made a new book that transmits a different energy and a stance with respect to the law.

Artist Statement – Mari Claudia García Ruiz

I have developed my work around the concept of communication. Language – written and oral- acquires an outstanding role, for I understand that it is defining for relations established in life and art.

Trying to understand the social order, and the structures that make us behave as we do, can be disturbing at times, and bring about reflections about power, culture, and lexicon, as a form of expression and social behavior. I am interested in the subject’s conduct as a being developing collectively, where our ideas about “the cultured” and “the moral” play an important role.

My work is not always addressed to a specialized audience. That is the reason why I am interested in the object and its social dimension. Working mainly with existing objects, give me the possibility of modifying them, in order to camouflage them within reality itself.

Personal Exhibitions

2013- “Zoom”. Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales (CDAV). Havana, Cuba.

Some collective exhibitions

  • 2014- “Sans Serif”. Kesselhaus. Berlin, Germany.
  • 2014- 6th Cuban Contemporary Art Salon (SACC). Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes

Visuales. Havana, Cuba.

  •  2014- “Pan y circo”. Ballet Faculty Ruins (actually known as Circus Ruins). Arts University. Havana, Cuba.
  •  2013/2014- Itinerary exhibition “Feminine voices and poetics. 1990-2013”. Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, SOMArts. San Francisco, United States of America.
  •  2013- International video art festival (FIVAC). Camagüey, Cuba.
  •  2012- “Layers”, XI Havana Biennial. Arts University (ISA). Havana, Cuba.
  • 2012- Exhibition at Riera Studio, collateral to XI Havana Biennial. Havana, Cuba.
  • 2012- Opening exhibition of Galería Avistamientos. Havana, Cuba.
  • 2011- “Cripsis”. Arts University (ISA). Havana, Cuba.
  • 2011- “Torbellino II”. Havana Gallery. Havana, Cuba.
  • 2011- “Sotto Voce”. Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales (CDAV). Havana, Cuba.
  • 2011- “Ático”. Luz y Oficios Gallery. Havana, Cuba.
  • 2010- “Emplazamiento”. Mariano Rodríguez Gallery. Havana, Cuba.
  • 2010- “Viene el lobo (el verdadero loop)”. Factoría Habana Gallery. Havana, Cuba.
  • 2009- Exhibition and sale at the “La Bodega de Paquito” Project, organized by
    artists Sandra Ceballos and Samuel Riera. Grocery store at Cerro Municipality. Havana, Cuba.
  • 2009- Exhibition of the “Los Nuevos Fieras” Workshop, collateral to the 10th Havana Biennial. Guayasamín Museum.
  • 2009- “Cambio y Fuera”, collateral to the 10th Havana Biennial. Arts University (ISA). Havana, Cuba.
  • 2007- “Efecto acción y reacción”. Carmelo González Gallery. Havana, Cuba.
  • 2004- Collective exhibitions “Ron-Pan-Fila 1” and “Ron-Pan-Fila 2”. José Antonio Díaz

Peláez Gallery, San Alejandro Arts Academy. Havana, Cuba.


  •  2013- Creation Scholarship Havana Cultura sponsored by Havana Club International.
  • 2012- Creation Scholarship Estudio 21 sponsored by Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes

Visuales (CDAV).

Some collections

Avistamientos Gallery. Cuba.
C de Cuba. Spain.
Several private collections in England and United States.