THE PROGRAM WILL COVER THE FOLLOWING TOPICS:
Topic 1: Summary-Included in the price
*Topic 2: Why Cuba?
*Topic 3: The cities and itś accommodations
*Topic 4: Why choose this holiday?
*Topic 5: Payment procedure
*Topic 6: Extra Costs. Other services and facilities provided.
-Contact -Vocabulary (words to know)
*Topic 7: "Festival the la Salsa" arranged by Maykel Blanco.
1-Holiday in Cuba 2021 Summary
The Holiday in Cuba is for anyone who would like to disconnect from everyday life, the internet, and follow-ups on your private and work calendar. Come and be in contact with beautiful nature, the authentic Cuban people, a tropical beach, and finally but most important, YOURSELF. Everyone is welcome, so tell your family or friends. They are welcome on board too! This Holiday is for you dancers who would like dancing with others in a new place, and for you non-dancers who like seeing others dance. Yes, because in Cuba we love to dance and all that comes with it!
Until the 11th of October
Included in the price of 19.750 DKK (Early Birds)
(shared standard double room) *for more on this please read further below
• Flight tickets with KLM t/r. We will take off the 17th of February, and will be back in Denmark the 4th of March 2021 (14 overnights in Cuba / 1 overnight travelling back to Denmark)
• Transfer to Viñales on the 17th of February
• A soda or juice, and a sandwich during our trip to Viñales
• Accommodation in Viñales from the 17th of February (check-in) to the 21st of February (check out) (4 overnights)
• Breakfast in Viñales during the 4 days stay
• Transfer back to Havana on the 21st of February
• Dance course at La Casa del Son from Monday the 22nd to the 26th of February from 11:00-13:30
• Accommodation in Havana city from 21st of February (check-in) to the 3rd of March (check out) (10 overnights)
• Breakfast during the 10 days stay
• As an extra bonus, we will have partial transportation during our stay in Havana on scheduled times from the 22nd-26th of February 2021. The taxis will be available to/from the dance classes, plus arranged group tours to dancing places and to/from the city center.
Note: This is a PARTIAL service they are not working for us full time. La Perla Experience team will arrange with the taxi drivers on specific occasions on when, and where to pick the group up. Please be aware that sometimes you need to pay for your own taxis.
• Transfer back to the airport on the 3rd of February 2021. We will be arriving in Denmark on the 4th of Mach.
Why Traveling to Cuba?
Cuba is one of the few countries in the world which still today keeps making a difference among the rest. There is no doubt that the majority feel attracted not only to our rum, coffee, and tobacco but to other less touristy things, for example, our people. In Cuba, you live day by day. Nobody knows what is going to happen “mañana” … “What you cannot do today, you do it mañana.”
We think it is a very good philosophy to disconnect from work and extremely well-planned, day-to-day activities. For those who are open for the unexpected and wanna get surprised, just go with the flow… you are welcome on the boat! Let’s have LOTS OF FUN!
Preview of an earlier Cuba-Trip
3-The Cities and itś Accommodations
We will be living in two different locations: Pinar del Rio-Viñales Valley and Havana City-10 de Octubre. The perfect combination of experiencing beautiful nature and feeling like traveling back in the 50ś! Havana an antique paradise!
Once in La Habana Airport, there will be a bus waiting for us which will take us directly to Viñales Pinar del Rio-Cuba. Close to nature and Cuban traditions you will enjoy during 4 nights the sublime Valley!
+ - Where is next Stop?
The city of Pinar del Rio, is located around 180 km from Havana city. Viñales is characterized for itś beautiful nature, especially itś majestic “Mogotes”, mountains that characterize the landscape around the area, its tobacco, and coffee plantation.
At the colorful and charming city, you can find right at the center a nice selection of “Paladares” (private restaurants owned by Cuban entrepreneurs ) that offer not only local but also international cuisine and refreshing drinks
+ - What is the average temperature at Viñales?
Average Weather in Viñales Cuba. The summers are long, hot, and wet, and the winters are comfortable, but a bit windy.
During February the weather is around 26° C and in March 28° C while the lowest temperature can be 18° C in February and 19° C in March.
+ - Where will I be accommodated?
Most of the group will be accommodated at Nenita’s place.
At Casa Nenita, you will feel the incomparable “calor del guajiro” and taste the typical homemade coconut and guava marmalade with homemade, fresh cheese. Nothing better than this! Nenita’s place is situated close to the center of Viñales town, and close to all well-known Viñales Valley’s attractions, local restaurants, and bars.
Her dedication makes us always come back. There always feels like being at home!
PS: The Casa Particulares in Cuba is the closest version to Airbnb. Private houses rented by Cubans owners.
+ - What to do at Viñales?
Some examples are:
-Visiting the Tobacco and Coffe Plantation.
-Visiting Mural de La Prehistoria.
-Visiting Cueva del Indio, are some of the activities you could do at the Valley.
Amenities at Nenitas'
+ - Where is next Stop?
Havana, Cubas Capital, and one of the most popular cities you must visit when traveling to Cuba.
During the 50′ Havana has been some of the American citizens’ favorite destinations. It was the scenery of good entertainment, nice and fun dance and night clubs, exclusive casinos, and cabarets like the well known Tropicana and Parisien, that played good music and where people had lots of joy!
Today, many agree that the city of the soul has become even more popular. Many want to see it before it changes too much! Today the private sector is booming! More entrepreneurs in different sectors are taking initiative and starting up their own business which are delivering good results.
Come and experience Cuba, Havana, and Viñales with us, we are locals!
+ - What is the average temperature in Havana?
Average Weather at Havana Cuba: At Havana, there can the Sun Shine almost the whole year! The summers are hot and winters are short, comfortable, humid, windy, and mostly clear. In February and March, the highest temperature goes from 25° C to 28° C while the lowest goes from 17° C to 20° C
So put on your luggage enough of t-shirts, when going dancing you may need some extra ones!
+ - Where will I be accommodated?
Most of the group will be accommodated at Casa Rosa and Casa Teresa
In Havana City, we will keep working in collaboration with Casa Rosa. The house is situated 20 minutes by car from the city center (for reference Parque Central) on the highest point of the city. There, you can be amazed by the beautiful 360-degree view of the centuries-old Havana town. On top of that, you will get surprised by the good service provided by the owners and their staff, that just leave you with the feeling of wanting to come back. Then there’s the cafeteria and gardens that complement the property … It cannot be better!
If the group gets bigger, then we also rent part of Casa Teresa, which is just in front of Casa Rosa. The standard is the same as at Casa Rosa so don’t worry you still have access to Casa Rosa and enjoy breakfast together with the rest of the group.
+ - What to do at Havana?
Some examples are:
-Classic Car Ride.
-Go Tour at the old part of Havana.
-Experience the must fun Paladares.
-Taste a good Mojito.
-Visit Callejón de Hamel and Fabric of Cuban Art, are some of the activities you could do at the legendary city.
Amenities at Casa Teresa
Some of Our Dance and Cultural Workshops
4-Why choose this Holiday?
A-Because of our background, because we are locals, because we love planning your Holiday. We believe we are the perfect link for arranging your trip to Cuba. We were locals, and at the same time, we got to get better the Nordic culture and how to accommodate it more and more every day, on every trip we arrange. We try doing what we are best at – helping you live in the moment, creating FUN every day whenever possible, and creating an experience to remember when you come back from our Holiday.
We can’t say that we know everything there is to know about Cuba, but our knowledge is enough to make your stay smooth and feel like at home. Experiencing a city with a local guide will make your holiday more authentic. Besides that, we speak the language and have good insight of the culture, local people, customs, and traditions. In this way, we will provide you with a more personal, custom-made experience from beginning to end.
We try planning the trip to the best possible detail, so you get the best of our experience and do not need to worry about too many things in this new and different place. We not only plan the trip… we also travel with you!
B-Because of the possibility of having a great Cultural and Dance Experience with the locals, and experienced teachers from LA CASA DEL SON. The good humor, and the contagious, positive energy they have every time they are teaching make them special, not to mention their incomparable “tumbao”!
During the trip, we will do our best to make you feel comfortable and at home! Moreover, you will experience the charm of the Cuban culture, second to none, and get a better understanding of Salsa among other Cuban dances.
C-Because everything is arranged for you. The Holiday in Cuba 2020 has been put together with the intention of offering something different for you dance lovers of all levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced) and adventurers. We want you to be part of something unique and memorable!
To ensure the preparation of your trip runs smoothly, we have arranged it in collaboration with Risskov Travel A/S to book your flight tickets, visa, and transfers. With our accommodations, to provide you with a memorable stay and with La Casa del Son, an enjoyable dance course!
No excuses for you not to chill and be happy!
6-Example of Extra Costs
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
Amount of 12.850 DKK shall be paid after receiving confirmation to guarantee your place.
From the payment of 12.850 DKK, 5.665 DKK (refundable only in case of Force Majeure) should be sent as the first installment to La Perla Experience’s account. DKK 7.185, – shall be sent directly to the Travel Agency Risskov Travel as soon as our travel Agent contact you, and let you know their payment procedure.
The balance sent to Risskov Travel may increase if you purchase extra services. These extra services can be, for example, travel insurance, health and cancellation insurance, changes in your name, travel date, or extensions of your flight ticket. PLEASE make sure your insurance also covers cancellation in case there happens anything besides a Force Majeure, including a pandemic. In case you do not have a Travel Insurance, we encourage you to ask our travel agent to assisting you with it. Be also aware that the cost of the extra services depends on how long in advance you order them. Therefore, we advise you to book all the extra services as soon as you book your holiday.
The rest of the balance EUR 925 (app. 6900 DKK) shall be paid upon your arrival in Cuba to cover direct payments to the B&B in Viñales and Havana, Dance School, and the partial transportation services in Havana.
Every participant will receive a T&C form once you have signed up for the trip specifying the payment terms. Once we have received your payment, you will receive a confirmation of it from La Perla Experience together with your invoice. You will also receive an invoice from Risskov Travel with the final price depending on the services purchased.
NOTE: The Holiday in Cuba 2020 is a collaboration of La Perla Experience with the following providers: Risskov Travel A/S Reg.no.:2121, Cubanacán Tours, Casa Nena, Casa La Rosa, and La Casa del Son Dance School.
A new experience not to be missed!
Topic 5: Example of extra costs:
-La Perla Anniversary Gala Party! This year we are having our 5th Anniversary and the idea was celebrating with you in Cuba. Unfortunately, the trip got to cancel because of the Coronavirus, but next year we go for more fun! You should get ready for a delicious night. Full of nice experiences, good food, live orchestra, and we will do our best for creating with you the happiest and funniest Latino atmosphere. More information will follow. Dress Code: SEXY LATINO-DRESS TO IMPRESS!
-“Festival de la Salsa” in Havana from the 22-28 of February 2020: As an extra bonus to your dance holidays, you can buy a full pass concerts ticket to the Festival de la Salsa. There not only Cuban orchestras will be playing but also some international ones. More information here:
–Private Classes at La Casa del Son from 20-25 CUC (128-160 DKK per hour). Please be aware this is an approximate price.
-Lunch and dinner during the 15-days including the 3rd of March. You can calculate around 75 -260 DKK on a meal per day. (It also depends on what you would like to eat and drink, and for how much)
-Taxi, one-way for example, is 105 DKK during the day (one person) or share taxi (4-5 PAX). The whole taxi could be up to 200 DKK. Very late at night, it can be up to 260 DKK for the whole taxi (4-5 pax). The price of the taxi depends on the distance, and at what time of the day you take it.
-Entrance to nightclubs from 40 DKK to 170 DKK, when it is a good orchestra. The wardrobe is usually included in the price.
–Travel- health insurance including health insurance. PLEASE contact a professional company to advise you on what type of insurance will fit you best. La Perla Experience is not providing this service.
-Laundry services 7 DKK / Pcs.
Other Services and Facilities provided:
Vocabulary/ Contact (words to know)
“What you cannot do today, you do it Mañana”: Meaning that you should be open to surprises. We want you to let go of control and take things as they come. Cubans love to improvise, and sometimes the best experiences come from there. So, as we mentioned before – go with the flow!
Hasta luego: See you tomorrow
Mogotes. Big elevations like mountains. Generally, you can find them in tropical regions where it rains a lot like in Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
Veguero: Is the person who works with tobacco
“Calor del guajiro”: Guajiro is the Cuban noun given to a person who lives/works in the countryside of Cuba. The guajiros are extremely friendly. With them, you feel welcomed.
La Casa Particular: Private Home
Tumbao: When we talk about tumbao, we are not only talking about rhythm, but of the sensual way someone moves, walk or dance.