Trip Report

People-to-People Travel to Havana, Cuba

An incredible city stuck in time, Havana is a must-visit, as long as you plan in advance and get approval to travel there!

by dorritAbout Me:Writer and Brown University student who speaks English, Spanish, and French, and loves to travel! read more

North AmericaCuba5 days / April 2019

Highs & Lows

Day trip to Viñales Valley

Aeromexico told us there was not enough room for all of us on a returning flight we had booked months in advance.

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I would have loved to spent more time exploring Havana on my own time. If I could do it again, I would add a day or two.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    Aeromexico completely screwed us over and told us when we arrived at the airport in Havana at 6 am, told us that they only had room for 3/6 of us on our flight, and the rest would have to leave on a flight leaving 12 hours later. The options for air travel to and from are very limited, so we just had to roll with it, but it ended up being quite the logistical nightmare.

  • Packing tips?

    It's very hot most of the year! Pack for warm weather, and nothing too flashy.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Best way to do it is with a private tour guide. We became very close with ours and are still in touch with him.

  • Booking details?

    Book through a travel agency. You'll need someone to help you get the right visa, and you need to have a detailed itinerary in order to get approval to enter the country.


  • Hotel Kempinski is in the heart of Havana's old city. Recently renovated, its accommodations are great. Due to the general situation in Cuba, wifi is hard to come by. While it was a pain to have to sign in and out of it all the time, it could have been a lot worse. Complimentary breakfast was provided. The quality of breakfast was mediocre; it is very difficult to get fresh produce in Cuba, so breakfast was lacking in that regard. But overall, everything was great, and the staff was friendly and very welcoming!