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Havana´s architecture, now and then

Rated 4.89 out of 5 from 45 reviews.Havana, Cuba

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Experience hosted by HabanaArq

3 hours
Includes drinks
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English, Spanish

What you'll do

So, you are interested on Havana’s history and architecture? This is the experience you need! We will start by visiting the majestic Paseo del Prado, talking about this street’s history and future plans, stopping at the most interesting buildings. Then we will delve into Old Havana, passing through its 4 main squares. I will talk a little about the emergence and urban consolidation of the city, as well as the most important buildings that have been rehabilitated, their current function and the social impact they have on the Havana's population. It will be a few hours full of curiosities, debates and reflections on the architecture of the city, both traditional and contemporary.
So, you are interested on Havana’s history and architecture? This is the experience you need! We will start by visiting the majestic Paseo del Prado, talking about this street’s history and future plans, stopping at the most interesting buildings. Then we will delve into Old Havana, passing through its 4 main squares. I will talk a little about the emergence and urban consolidation of the city, as well as the most important buildings that have b…

What's included

  • Drinks
    a cup of coffee
From $18
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, HabanaArq

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 45 Reviews
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Our name are Ailyn Penton and Camila Jiménez and we are both a cuban architects. We’ve been working among the past years at the City Historian’s Office. Currently, our work focuses on the restoration of heritage buildings, it’s a fascinating experience wich allows us to know, very closely, most of the projects that are being carried out in Old Havana. We are the right person to show you the best places of Havana, making you fall in love with this beautiful city.
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Where you'll be

Currently within the historical center there is a constructive growth, either of the state sector or of the private. On the one hand, we will know new projects that are currently being built and how their management will be, buildings that, being in full construction. On the other hand, we will visit restorations carried out by the private sector, finishing the tour with a cup of coffee at the Piscolabis design store

Rated 4.89 out of 5 from 45 reviews.

Hanna
May 2019
Wonderful experience. Ailyn is an expert on Havana and is actively involved in the renovation of that beautiful city. She gives you a rare insight into what is going on currently, the past and everything you want to know. She is very flexible depending on your interest and is easy to understand. She gets you to hidden places that make you feel very special. I loved it. Thank you Ailyn.
Wonderful experience. Ailyn is an expert on Havana and is actively involved in the renovation of that beautiful city. She gives you a rare insight into what is going on currently,…
Haley Rose
April 2019
Ailyn's tour was one of our favorite parts of the trip. I was in a group of three architects and we loved getting a professional and personal perspective on the restoration of the city and what it's like to live and work in the area. This was certainly the most educational and comprehensive tour we took on our trip to Havana. Ailyn and Yahaida were lovely to spend the morning with.
Ailyn's tour was one of our favorite parts of the trip. I was in a group of three architects and we loved getting a professional and personal perspective on the restoration of the…
Emily
April 2019
Our Architectural tour with Ailyn was the highlight of the trip. Unfortunately, Ailyn had a death in the family and was unable to make the original date, but we were able to reschedule just before leaving. She was very accommodating. I have a love of architecture and really enjoyed the combination of history and how various immigrants dictated the architecture of the city throughout its history. Ailyn is a practicing architect and works to restore older buildings into modern apartments for urban living. Not only did she give us the normal tour of specific buildings and their history, but she also personalized the tour by showing us the buildings that she is currently or has worked on in the past. We learned about the process for permitting and architectural approvals. It was really fascinating and inspiring to see the effort that is going into preserving the history of the city. I highly recommend this tour for anyone who is interested in history, architecture or preservation.
Our Architectural tour with Ailyn was the highlight of the trip. Unfortunately, Ailyn had a death in the family and was unable to make the original date, but we were able to resche…
Hendrik
March 2019
We had a really great experience with Aylin! She was friendly, very well informed about the history and architecture of Habana! Communication was perfect and beside the architecture, she also explained us many things of the Cuban lifestyle! With her heartwarming character, she gave us a perfect time starting in Havanna! 5 Stars and highly recommended!
We had a really great experience with Aylin! She was friendly, very well informed about the history and architecture of Habana! Communication was perfect and beside the architectur…
Ken
March 2019
Ailyn was at the starting point waiting for us with a big smile. It was nice to walk around with someone knowledgeable about the history of the buildings and what is going on in restoring these beautiful old buildings.
Alina
March 2019
Ailyn's tour of Havana's architecture was my favorite experience that I did while in Cuba. Ailyn was an extremely knowledgable host who was passionate about the information she shared. Ailyn's tour was so much more than just architecture - she provided history and insight into Cuba. This experience provided me with knowledge that I'm sure I wouldn't be able to get anywhere else.
Ailyn's tour of Havana's architecture was my favorite experience that I did while in Cuba. Ailyn was an extremely knowledgable host who was passionate about the information she sha…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 16 and up can attend.

What to bring

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