There are lots of museums, great restaurants, bars and clubs you can visit while in Havana.
In Havana accommodation in is at 'Casa Jakera', a licensed Casa Particulare in the atmospheric heart of Old Havana. Casa Particulares are government licenced ‘private homestay’ accommodation whereby Cubans are permitted to rent out one or two bedrooms in their home to paying guests. However, the licensing regime has recently been extended to include larger hostel style accommodation. Our hostel falls under this latter category.
Accommodation in our Casa Particulare is in shared same-gender dorm rooms with other program participants. All rooms have air-conditioning, but bathroom facilities are shared. There is lots of comfortable indoor and outdoor space including spacious roof terraces where you can enjoy hanging out with your new friends or chilling on your own to enjoy the cool breezes and great views of the streets below in this truly unique location.
Couples or friends booking together are automatically upgraded to a private room with an ensuite bathroom. Paying a single room supplement you have the option to stay in another nearby Casa with your own room and private ensuite bathroom. Either way breakfast and lunch are served at our main Casa and this is the hub of program activities. This is also where the Spanish lessons take place as well as group discussions, planning meetings and impromptu social gatherings.
In Trinidad you will stay in a beautiful colonial house, on a cobblestone street less than an 8-minute walk from the main plaza. Built in the early 19th century, features include light and airy spaces and thick walls that offer a cool respite from the heat outside. There is a very pleasant enclosed outdoor courtyard. Accommodation is in shared rooms with another student of the same gender. The room has an en-suite bathroom.
Private rooms are also available at an extra cost. However, sharing a room with another student will give you a chance to practice your new found Spanish skills as well as forge new friendships.
Should you wish to book additional nights at a Casa Particular, this can be done via your travel advisor at a rate of 40 EUR per night per person in a shared room, or 50 EUR per person per night in a private room.
Your arrival transfer is included. Local transportation during the program is at own cost.
If you combine a 3 or 4-week stay in Havana and Trinidad, please note that transport between Havana and Trinidad is NOT included in the price. You can take a bus which takes around 4 and a half hours. The cost is approx. 35 USD in each direction and you book and pay for this locally.
Breakfast and lunch are included and served at Casa Jakera.
To ensure maximum flexibility and to achieve the best rate of exchange, it is recommended that you bring some cash – ideally USD or EURO.
Although ATM machines are widely available throughout Cuba the exchange rate is not so good – you will be shown where/how to change money into local currency during your ‘welcome camino’ after you arrive. Only government owned business accept card payments.