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Murals & Mosaics
Immerse yourself in the street art of Havana and celebrate the diversity of Cuban culture. Discover three different local neighbourhoods where inspired local artists have transformed their communities into artistic hubs of creativity.
Service are OFAC compliant under the general license “Support for the Cuban people” 515.574
Take an inspiring journey to three different neighborhoods where visionaries have used art to unify and beautify the community and combat social problems. This tour gives you an opportunity to see some of the coolest community art projects and interact with residents whose lives have been changed thanks to the dreams of their artist neighbors. Be sure to bring your camera to capture these unique urban masterpieces!
Barber’s Alley, a community project started by Papito el Peluquero, a barber whose dreams were to transform the “ugliest street in Havana” and to provide job opportunities to underprivileged youths in his community. His success is evident in a street that now bustles with art and private businesses, and his hairdressing school that has trained many a young Cuban to make a living in the trade. The success of his project even caught the attention of Obama, whom he met during his 2016 visit to Cuba.
Fusterlandia, in the fishing village of Jaimanitas, was the vision of artist Jose Fuster, “the Picasso of Cuba”. A successful international artist, he returned to his home with the vision of turning his house into a mosaic homage to Spanish architect Gaudi. His whimsical murals and generosity to his community inspired others to expand his work throughout the neighborhood, where you can now see brightly colored mosaics adorning houses and public spaces.
Muraleando is a neighborhood cultural program in Lawton promoted by a group of local artists directed by Manuel Mario Diaz Baldrich to provide different workshops and activities for children, teenagers, and the elderly including music, dancing, theater, painting, ceramics, and sculpture work out of recycled materials. The creativity born of these classes manifested in murals and found object art throughout the neighborhood. Here is where we’ll be treated to a special lunch and music performance by some of the neighborhood’s talented residents.
This is a great opportunity to make a donation if you’d like to bring art supplies (pens, pencils, paints, brushes, etc).
- DURATION: 3.5 hours
- MEETING POINT: La Gargola Guesthouse, 82 Calle Cuba (between Cuarteles and Chacon streets), first floor (up the stairs, blue door)
- START TIME: 10:00 A.M.
- AVAILABILITY: Monday to Sunday (Does not run on Cuban public holidays)
- FINISH TIME: 1:30 P.M.
- FINISH POINT: La Gargola Guesthouse
- LANGUAGE: English or Spanish
- CHILD POLICY: Child friendly experience
- INCLUSIONS: Professional English-speaking guide, transportation on tour, activities as noted, lunch, drink
- EXCLUSIONS: Transportation to/from meeting point, food and drinks not specified above, tips/gratuities
WE ARE HONEST AND OPEN - Each tour is guided by one of our expert local Cuban tour guides who can also explain to you some aspects of the Cuban society and culture and tell you about life in Havana. Our local Cuban tour guides are honest in their answers to any questions you have about Cuba and it’s people, history, and politics.
We run these small group tours and shore excursions of Havana every day. There is a set departure time for each tour, and you join a group of up to a total of 12 participants with one of our local Havana guides.