- Santiago de Cuba
- Available in: Spanish, Russian, English
About the guru Stoycho
I am a Bulgarian teacher with PhD in philosophy. But it happened so that I worked as a sailor on a cruiser ship doing around the world cruises so I had the chance to visit 81 countries. I found my love here, in Cuba, in Santiago de Cuba. I married my love and for seven years settled in Santiago, the cradle of the hot tempered Cuban music and hot tempered Cuban revolutions. ... More »
I am a Bulgarian teacher with PhD in philosophy. But it happened so that I worked as a sailor on a cruiser ship doing around the world cruises so I had the chance to visit 81 countries. I found my love here, in Cuba, in Santiago de Cuba. I married my love and for seven years settled in Santiago, the cradle of the hot tempered Cuban music and hot tempered Cuban revolutions. And here is my assistant - My name is Osmani Diaz Mena. I am from Santiago de Cuba and I am 26 years old. I grew up in the historical centre of the city, playing at and enjoying the best and most interesting parts of the city. I graduated the Universidad de Oriente - Automatic Engineering. I like to share the culture and history of my city with the different people coming from other countries and to learn about their own. Dear visitors, From March to October I will be in Bulgaria so it will be Osmani Diaz that is going to attend you. I honestly think that his performance will be better than mine. Enjoy your time exploring the views and sounds of Santiago.
About the tour
Why pay $$ to the cruise lines for a visit to the vibrant Calle Herredia. Come and learn about the area for free with the option of entering one of the clubs for a much less (tip for the tour + entrance + drink) than what cruise ship excursion charges. Note that due to the size of the clubs we will have more of a limit on the number of people who can join this tour.
Evening Free Santiago Musical Tour itinerary:
It really is impossible to fix a route – one group is performing this night in one place, the next night is somewhere else...
1. Pick up from the port in front of the Passenger Terminal.
2. Walk to the heart of the musical center of Santiago de Cuba Calle Herredia (about 15 to 20 minutes leisurely walk)
3. Tour the streets to hear the sounds and feel the vibe: see the famous clubs e.g. Casa de la Trova, Salon del Son, Patio de Dos Abuelos, Iris Jazz Club ...see and hear from the outside.
4. Stop and go into one of the clubs within the 2 hour window (note: cover charge and drinks for the clubs are not included). Typical charges are: 5 CUC entrance fee and 3-4 CUC for a cocktail .
There are good performances of Cuban music also in the patios of UNEAC and ARTEX and other clubs along Calle Herredia.
At the end of 2 hours for those of you who would like to continue we can say goodbye and you can stay or continue to explore the area on your own. I will give you direction how to get back to the ship.
For those who wants to return to the ship I will walk you back to the Passenger Terminal. Santiago is relatively safe for a big city however I understand that it may be unsettling walking at night in an unfamiliar city even for only 15 to 20 minutes.
*** IMPORTANT ***
Internet services is very poor in Cuba. We don't have constant access to the Internet. Sometimes it can be 24 to 48 hours or more before I can get on. Please make sure I have your reservation. We need to exchange messages on Guruwalk to confirm.
Note that I also offer a fully guided Musical tour for the entire evening for cruise passengers and for those who are on land tours to Santiago de Cuba. The tour can be extended to as late as you like.
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