CubÁfrica culture and traditions

La Habana, Cuba

Experience hosted by Ronna Abel

  1. 4 hours
  2. Hosted in English and Spanish

What you'll do

We will visit different places that I go regularly in search of knowledge,spiritual aggrandizement and even fun,I repeat FUN,because religion in Cuba, although it consists of a large part that is secret,is also characterized by the wide presence of music,songs,dances and shows that make it very attractive.You will can meet places,people and incredible stories that I assure you will never forget.We will meet in cafe habana,then we will start the trip in a place(Africa's House Museum) where you can have a direct contact with the history that involves the arduous path that had to cross the traditions that our ancestors bequeathed us to be placed today as the main religious trend practiced in the country,i'll give you a precise description,but interesting about the mystery that revolves around religion(stories and legends).Then,a classic car will take us to an incredible place where you can see the influence of african traditions in the Cuban culture(music,painting,dance,vocabulary,and even Cuban's way of being)is summarized in little space(Hamel Alley).Finally,we will visit the first and only Afro-style store in Cuba,where we can enjoy a delicious canchánchara (traditional drink) while understanding the particularities of a venture dedicated to highlighting Afro aesthetics and identity on the island.At the end of the trip,you will understand why we Cubans are lovers of our roots
Other things to note
It will be an opportunity to meet new friends and a nice cultural exchange.At the end of the trip,if you wish,I can recommend different places of interest,I know the city like the palm of my hand.
We will visit different places that I go regularly in search of knowledge,spiritual aggrandizement and even fun,I repeat FUN,because religion in Cuba, although it consists of a large part that is secret,is also characterized by the wide presence of music,songs,dances and shows that make it very attractive.You will can meet places,people and incredible stories that I assure you will never forget.We will meet in cafe habana,then we will start the…

What's included

  • Drinks
    Welcoming coffee
  • Transportation
    Taxi (classic car) to move from the museum to Hamel Alley

Meet your Host, Ronna Abel

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 35 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I am a practitioner of three of the Afro-Cuban religions most practiced in Cuba today and mainly in Havana (Abakua,Santería,Palo Monte).I am constantly looking for information and stories that pass from generation to generation,and that my ancestors only dared to tell the most devoted.This knowledge,jealously guarded,I assure you will not find in any book,knowledge that I am willing to share with all those people who are interested in knowing more about the culture and traditions of this island,that without distinction of race,culture or creed,receives all visitors as their most beloved child.
I am a practitioner of three of the Afro-Cuban religions most practiced in Cuba today and mainly in Havana (Abakua,Santería,Palo Monte).I am constantly looking for information and stories that pass from generation to generation,and that my ancestors only dared to tell the most devoted.This knowledge,jealously guarded,I assure you will not find in any book,knowledge that I am willing to share with all those people who are interested in knowing more about the culture and traditions of this island,…
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Where you'll be

The Café Habana is a very nice bar-restaurant to meet each other.Africa's House Museum, in its rooms you can see objects from the era of slavery,popular religiosity as well as samples of Afro-Cuban religious practices. The Hamel Alley is currently a community cultural project linked to the Afro-Cuban culture.Beyond Roots is the first and only Afro-style store,there you can see how we try to keep our legacy alive

Rated 4.91 out of 5 from 35 reviews.

Devunta
March 2020
This is an experience everyone should take! Ronna Abel does an amazing job of throughly and carefully explaining the different Afro Cuban religions and how they are they are integral part to the Afro Cuban culture. The fact that Ronna is a practitioner of 3 of the religions himself made the experience even better! I am so glad I got a chance to experience the african museum we started at, then we went to Hamel Alley and finally visited the beyond roots store. This is experience was all around amazing. As an African American I am so proud and glad to see Black people from a different culture and nationality celebrating and educating people about their black culture. Also, Ronna is the most humble and patient guy ever. It was like having a home boy take me around havana and explain the culture to me!
Linh
March 2020
I expected to get a more in-depth understanding of the African culture influence on Cuba, but sadly didn’t really get that from this experience. We finished almost an hour earlier than the time advertised, and I think we went at a bit slow pace. The storytelling could have been a bit more organized and delivered more fluidly. I felt like I could do some reading by myself and still got good understanding of what this experience is said to deliver. The price is high for the value of the experience. Still it’s lower than most Afro Culture tours in Havana.
Jax
March 2020
Abel was very knowledgeable about cuban afro culture. It was a great experience. He was very accommodating to out 2 little ones under 2 as well.
Angelo
February 2020
The host was great speaks English and Spanish very well. Can answer any question and was very knowledgeable. I was happy I did his tour and got to know him he was a swell person. Two thumbs up for sure!
Jarrod
February 2020
Abel was very very knowledgeable and easily one my the favorite parts of the trip to Cuba. His knowledge of the practices and history of the island was mind blowing and bordered on information overload. This tour is a must do if you are coming to Cuba. I can't say enough good things about it.
Regina
February 2020
Abel y Kery fueron excelentes anfitriones, ambos dominaban el tema y se complementaban muy bien, Abel es un apasionado de las religiones Afro cubanas y tiene mucho conocimiento sobre ellas, sin duda fue un buen clavado a comprender la cultura y el por que de la tradiciones actuales.

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Guest requirements

Guests must be of legal drinking age to be served alcohol.
Guests ages 15 and up can attend, up to 8 guests total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

What to bring

Camera or some device to capture the moments that we are going to share
Your interest in knowing about the culture and traditions that characterize us
Good feelings and good vibes

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.