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Free walking tour - havana historical center i

Your guru: Yan
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  • Havana
  • Available in: English, Spanish

About the guru Yan

Hello! My name is Yan. I am a young graduate of the university who resides in the most wonderful city in Cuba: Havana. I consider it my home because I was born and raised here, but I have also spent a lot of time studying and preparing to do something that fascinates me: making new visitors know my magical city and being of help in case of any doubt or question for being in ... More »

Hello! My name is Yan. I am a young graduate of the university who resides in the most wonderful city in Cuba: Havana. I consider it my home because I was born and raised here, but I have also spent a lot of time studying and preparing to do something that fascinates me: making new visitors know my magical city and being of help in case of any doubt or question for being in an unknown country. At the same time I will have the privilege to meet and share with people from other parts of the planet. Join me and you will not regret my Free Walking Tour through Havana! ¡You will see that it is not in vain that it is one of the 7 wonders cities of the world! I can also help you with everything related to food, transportation, lodging, trips, etc; not only in Havana but also in Vinales and Varadero.

About the tour

Join me on this 2.5 hours walk. It is a walking tour through the Historical Center of Havana, particularly through the Four Main Squares and the streets that connect them. We will be taking a trip back in time to walk between the architecture of the colonial era (XVI, XVII, XVIII and XIX centuries) that mixes simultaneously with the daily life of contemporary Havana.

In our trip you will also have the opportunity to know about Cuba: its history, its reality, its people ...

At the end of the tour I can recommend you very good places to lunch/dinner. They have very good cuisine but also very good prices.

Also, if you want to make a stop on the way to enter a place or buy a souvenir, you can do it.

Our itinerary is flexible. It includes but is not limited to:

• Cathedral Square

• Castle of the Royal Force

• Main Square

• El Templete

• Museum of the City

• Saint Francis Square

• Convent of San Francisco de Asís

• Old Square

• Bodeguita del Medio

A very pleasant time awaits you, you will not regret it!

The official schedules of the tours are at 10:00 am, 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm, but if you want another schedule, please, contact me and ask me for availability.

If you want to complement this tour and get to know the rest of the heritage zone, you can book here:

https://www.guruwalk.com/walks/6521-free-walking-tour-havana-historical-center-ii

If you want to enjoy my free tour of Modern Havana too, you can book here:

https://www.guruwalk.com/walks/5231-free-walking-tour-modern-havana

https://www.guruwalk.com/walks/5231-free-walking-tour-modern-havana

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How to find me: In the Fountain of the Lions in Francisco de Asís Square, with a blue and white striped t-shirt. If not, with an yellow t-shirt with the sign: FREE TOUR.

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What's the price? All tours listed on GuruWalk are based on tips. Bookings are completely free of charge.

Ratings (66)

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Chris

3 days ago

Yan was very informative and knew his subject matter. he was able to fully answer any questions we put to him. the pace was pitched just right, not too not rushed yet not too stilted. yan did not just point out places and buildings of interest but related stories which brought the history to life he also told us about his own life in this diverse and vibrant city so we felt we learned about the real cuba

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Brittany

5 days ago

I had a wonderful time doing my tour with yan! this was my first time out of the us. yan is full of information and an awesome tour guide.

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Sydnye

7 days ago

Great tour! even though hurricane michael made it rain most of the day we still had a great time. lunch was so good and the rooftop bar was so much fun! i highly recommend yan as a tour guide. he is filled with information.

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Tony Procanik

9 days ago

Yan did a great job in modifying his regular tour to include some specific stops we wanted to see as an example , hemingway's hotel residence. he is very talented we would not hesitate to use him in the next very classy , smart and nice young man.

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Lori

12 days ago

Friendly, kind and informative!!

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Karla robles

16 days ago

Realmente vale la pena hacer tours con guías como yan, conocimos bastante y recorimos bastantes lugares, las recomendaciones que nos hizo fueron muy utiles fuimos tres veces almorzar a la galeza real que fue al sitio donde nos recomendo almorzar! realmente excelente!!! saludos desde costa rica!!

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MARIA ALEJANDRA MAINE

17 days ago

Excelente tour! muy interesante y muy divertido!

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Carlos

17 days ago

Tour fantástico con yan, sabe mucho de la historia del país y te da una visión íntegra de la historia de la habana. un gustazo, quedamos encantados!

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Jann

21 days ago

No puedo hablar del tour ya que la persona no estaba en el area o punto de encuentro, la cita era para las 2pm llegue a la 1:30 a 2:30pm y nunca llego.

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Mark

22 days ago

We had a different guide who i would be happy to review great this guruwalk :)

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David

25 days ago

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Jennifer

27 days ago

Yan was an exceptional tour guide. he is very knowledgeable and helpful. he taught us a lot about havana and cuban history as well as the life of cubans. yan took the time to answer all our questions and gave us unique insights into the life of the cuban people. we learned about culture, politics, and the buildings we passed. yan was extremely accommodating and flexible in so many ways. i would highly recommend him for any havana tour. if i return for another visit i would schedule with him again!

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Kelli

1 month ago

Yan is one of the best! he is so sweet and humble - absolutely fantastic at what he does. his knowledge of havana and history made our time together pass so quickly we were sad when it was over. we would look for him again when we are back in cuba. his knowledge of english was impressive. he is your guy!!

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Lidia Antón

1 month ago

Fue fantástico compartir con yan la jornada completa. hicimos los dos tours de habana histórica con él. nos introdujo en la ciudad y casi mágicamente pensamos en el regreso al pasado. toda una fuente de conocimiento y adaptado en todo momento a nuestros requerimientos. sin duda, repetiría. un placer!!!

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Jasper

2 months ago

We had an amazing tour with yan. he started of in the san francisco square and went through all of the four important squares in havana, each with their unique history and background. he went through small details and narratives that we would have missed without his excellent story telling. he also recommended us restaurants to go to as well as things to look out for. my friend and i had an amazing time with yan and we would recommend him to anyone thinking of visiting havana. wandering on your own would not come close to understanding the story of havana and the cuban people than it is with yan.

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Cristina

2 months ago

Yan nos hizo un tour por la habana vieja y nos encantó, es muy amable y se nota que le gusta lo que hace, se nos hizo muy ameno el tour y todo lo que nos contó nos parecio super interesante.

no se centra solo en la historia de los monumentos de la zona si no que puedes consultarle sobre cualquier curiosidad que tengas.

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Laura Escobar

2 months ago

La verdad es que estuvo genial, yan es un chico encantador, estaba lloviendo a mares y él esperandonos a pesar de que se nos hubiera pasado por la cabeza irnos, fuimos 8 personas, nuestro grupo de 6 y otra pareja con la que congeniamos muy bien. yan te debo una disculpa porque habíamos quedado contigo en ir al día siguiente a las 2 de la tarde pero estábamos lejos del punto de encuentro y no pudimos ir. recomendaré el tour a amigos. besos desde españa ya, has contribuído a que nuestras vacaciones sean inolvidables. besos

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Mari

2 months ago

The tour was fantastic!!!! we knew a lot of cuban history and still was very impressed with yan. we went during the hot summer months and he made sure that we were always under the shade whenever he was talking. gave us plenty of time to take photos and on top of that is a very nice and polite man. it really couldn’t have been more perfect!!! i highly recommend him.

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Maria

2 months ago

Nos hiciste pasar un magnífico día con mucho conocimiento sobre la historia de cuba y sus edificios. gracias por mimarnos en cada sombra que encontrábamos para protegernos del calor. te buscaremos sin falta cuando tengamos la dicha de regresar.

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Maria Sàrries

2 months ago

Nos gustaron muchos las explicaciones de yan, como amenizó la historia de todo un país y lo hizo de manera muy agradable. se nos pasaron las horas volando!

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Thiago

2 months ago

One of the best surprises from our visit to havana. yan was a great guide! he certainly knows and loves his city and the tour was a great mix between historical information about the sights in the city and more general information about the cuba's culture and life in the country today, which we where very interested in. despite all the tourist traps that are unfortunately everywhere in havana, this tour showed us that there are still great people like yan working hard to give us a nice experience and make us feel welcome in his amazing country. highly recommended!

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Izaskun Brun Zabalza

2 months ago

Nos encantó!! yan es un gran conocedor de la historia y cultura cubana, y fue un placer disfrutar con él la tarde por las 4 totalmente si duda repetiríamos

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Carla Moreno

2 months ago

Estuvimos con yan todo un día, visitamos por la mañana la habana moderna y por la tarde la habana vieja.

fue un día estupendo gracias a yan, con un humor excepcional, una persona fantástica y un guía excelente. recomendamos su tour puesto que conoce a la perfección toda la historia y curiosidades de la habana y es totalmente sincero contándonos todo lo positivo de la ciudad pero también aquello que no es tan positivo. además nos recomendó un sitio estupendo para comer.

¡gracias yan!

saludos desde españa.

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Pablo Martín Martínez

3 months ago

Nuestro tour con yan fue increíble! destacar la individuazacion del tour su gran conocimiento sobre la ciudad. recomendable 100%. la persona más encantadora de la habana que conocimos en toda la semana

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Noelia

3 months ago

Volvimos de cuba hace justo una semana, y no quería dejar de recomendar este tour y sobretodo a yan. súper abierto y comunicativo, puedes preguntarle cualquier cosa, el tour es muy interesante te ayuda a conocer la historia y cultura de cuba, así como su realidad actual. yan quiere que ames la habana tanto como el y te ayuda en todo lo que puede desinteresadamente, no te trata como a un turista y eso es lo mejor, te aconseja para no caer en los típicos lugares para turistas. nos encantó el tour y conocerle.

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Otilia Garcìa

3 months ago

El tour fue muy interesante, aprendimos mucho de la historia de cuba, desde la arquitectura hasta el menor detalle de los lugares q visitamos, es uno de los lugares más bellos que hemos visitado. y no hubiera sido igual sin la ayuda de yan y el amorcito que siente por ese país. felicidades yan transmites de manera increíble tu sapiencia y el amir por ese lugar. esperamos regresar a cuba y encontramos con otro tour en tu compañía. saludos desde méxico

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Chris Moore

4 months ago

Informative tour of the city. tour guide provides lots of details about life in cuba and the history of the country.

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Mary-Gerardo

4 months ago

El tour fue espectacular, muy informativo y el guru yan una persona espectacular. todo nuestro apoyo y cariño para yan. totalmente recomendable.

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Sheneice Woodley

4 months ago

Amazing tour! yan really knows his city we learned alot and will be back to do tje old havana tour

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Eric

4 months ago

Yan was a down-to-earth, warm, and very knowledgeable guide for us. he seemed to know every little nook and cranny in havana, down to the smallest of details, which made our trip to cuba that much more interesting. he also gave us very honest tips and advice which were useful for the rest of our trip. overall, his warm personality and interesting story gave our trip to cuba a much more genuine feel, and i would highly recommend yan for anyone looking to experience cuba and meet great people in the process.

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Nataly

4 months ago

I loved yan, he is a great person! he is sentimental and lovely regarding his city! we truly admired the tour! best memories and great attitude and that discovers or wooden pavement and coral church i will never forget! nataly

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Brian

4 months ago

Fantastic. yan was very personable and informative. a great guide!!

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Enlai

5 months ago

The tour was a great introduction to havana! yan was super nice and patient. he brought us to all four squares and gave us the lowdown on cuba's exciting history. there were only two of us so it was very flexible. we even sat down for a beer and listened to the wonderful cuban musicians who play throughout the old town. yan has very convenient timings for those who arrive in havana in the afternoon. it was excellent.

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Bruce

5 months ago

Yan had a very easy going personality. he was well informed and shared some small known facts about old havana that we may not have gotten from other tours. i really appreciated yan hospitality.

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Jessyka

5 months ago

Amazing tour! i had yan for three days and i couldn’t have hoped for a better guide and now friend. he’s a great man with great knowledge and love for his city. he was of great help beyond the tour as well. he organized for someone to pick me up and back to the airport, he made sure i was happy every step of the way. he adapta his tours to your desire. personally, i wanted to see as much of havana in the time frame i had and he accomplished that! he brought me to local places for meals, made sure i had the most for my money and thought me so much about the history of the country. he also is available to travel around cuba to other cities with you if that is your desire. i recommend him to everyone and i hope you all have the same amazing experience as i did! he even surprised me with places and things to see i had researched or even knew existed!!! thank you my dear friend :)

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Andrea

5 months ago

Great tour, yan was really informative and friendly!

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Michael

5 months ago

We had a great time in havana cuba. guide yan is very knowledgeable about history and current situation of cuba. we have gained so much information about havana from a local point of view. we highly recommend guru tour to everyone.

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Nastja

5 months ago

Excellent tour! we highly recommend yan as he has great knowledge of both the history and presence of the city. yan is bright and intelligent and aside all the great insights we had from our tour walk, he also helped us to find a place to stay and gave us all the necessary advises we needed for the time spent in havana. he is amazing in all aspects!

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Al

5 months ago

Yan is a very good tour guide. a wealth of educational information for each point of interest that we stopped at. friendly and spoke english very well. i would definitely recommend his tour to everyone going to cuba.

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Joaquin

5 months ago

Excelente tour, yan sabe explicar muy bien y generar interés en quien lo escucha, transmitiendo el gran legado cultural que tiene una ciudad fascinante como la habana

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Fred Camilleri

5 months ago

A very relaxed & informative speaker who as a local gave you an impressive picture of havana’s history to today.

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Nisi

5 months ago

Yan fue muy amable y siempre estuvo atento de que comprendiéramos todo. fue un placer haberle conocido y que nos haya guiado en esta experiencia única.

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Kim

5 months ago

During our walking tour, yan shared incredible history of cuba. in each square, yan highlighted the architectural beauty of buildings, significance of the area and culture of the cuban people. he was very open to our questions and quite knowledgeable of every subject he addressed. he was certain to specify points of interest, smart places to purchase souvenirs and tips for our stay. we wanted a guide who spoke english and could convey a deeper understanding of havana - yan certainly was the man for the job!!

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Tara Hinson

5 months ago

We loved the tour. yan was knowledgeable and we learned so much about cuba’s history. we recommend this tour for anyone who is planning a visit. thanks again yan!!

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Sandra Lerma Martín

5 months ago

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Diane

6 months ago

I we waited until 2:15, yan did not show up. very disappointed!

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Ellen

6 months ago

Yan ist ein großartiger tourguide. er liebt seine stadt und kennt sie gut. egal, was wir gefragt haben - yan wusste die antwort. sein englisch ist wirklich sehr gut und er ist bemüht, die tour so informativ wie möglich zu machen. er ist ein total ruhiger und angenehmer zeitgenosse, mit dem man gern durch die gassen schlendert. obwohl wir die stadt schon gesehen hatten, haben wir viel gelernt über die stadt, aber auch über die geschichte kubas und über die menschen dort. unbedingt machen!

for those who don't speak german:

i can recommend this tour without reserve. yan is a knowledgeable guide who loves his job and his city. the tour is very well organized. yan is a quiet and very decent guy who is fun to roam the streets with. whatever we asked - he knew the answer. don't miss out on an opportunity to hear about the city from a local!

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Luiza

6 months ago

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Elder

6 months ago

Yan es un ser humano increíble con una cualidad especial, su sencillez. yan conoce del tema y te guía según tu interés. es un caballero, respetuoso y un gran padre de familia. tuve la suerte de conocer a su esposa y evidenciar la persona íntegra que es.

el tour está concentrado en la habana vieja, alrededor de cuatro plazas, las principales y fundadoras de la ciudad. su tour es excelente para iniciar los primeros días en la habana, puesto que te muestra la ubicación en el espacio.

lo más importante es que no solo se obtiene un tour sino se obtiene un gran amigo.

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SILVIA

6 months ago

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Isabel e igor

6 months ago

Yan es un guía excepcional!! nos encontramos por la calle cuando ya había terminado su jornada y como no teníamos más días en la habana no dudó ni un momento en realizar el tour para nosotros aún sin reserva. le gusta lo que hace y eso se nota. aprendimos un montón, fue muy interesante!

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Gabriela laborie

6 months ago

Jan nos canceló en último momento y no pudimos tomar el tour. le agradecemos que nos contactó con otro guía pero para el tour de las 2pm (en lugar del de las 10am).

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Phillip

6 months ago

Awesome tour. yan really knows his stuff. there were only two of us, so it was like our own personal tour. he spent more than hours with us, sharing cuban history and talking to us about daily life for citizens. i would highly recommend taking this tour to see the fantastic city of havana.

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Jose M

7 months ago

Estuvimos en el tour dirigido por yan y lo recomiendo completamente. nos hizo un recorrido por la habana vieja, contando la historia de los diferentes monumentos y curiosidades de los mismos. ademas le preguntamos sobre otras cuestiones y nos atendio en todo momento.

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Julian David

7 months ago

Yan es una excelente persona ademas la manera en la que dirigio el tour estuvo muy bien, muy recomendado.

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PABLO JUSTO

7 months ago

Hicimos el tour con yan el día 14 de marzo como primera toma de contacto con la ciudad de la habana. visitamos los principales lugares y nos dio buenos consejos para el resto de la isla. nos gustó mucho. tour muy recomendable.

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Rogeiris

7 months ago

Yan was awoseme. he had so much patience with my friends and i. he is friendly, smart, and very kind. he answered all the questions my friends and i had. we had a lot fun with yan and we learned so much about cuba's history. i hope in god that he keeps growing because he is a great example of hard work and dedication.

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Rusty

7 months ago

I took the free walking tour with yan rosell in february. i was with two friends and we were very lucky to have a “private” tour of sorts with yan. we had actually booked with another guide but yan took his place! i think we ended up better off. the tour was great and so personal. yan answered a lot of my questions! i had so many. our tour went well beyond the time we were told because yan was so personal. at the end of the tour we needed help finding a money âmbio and an atm machine. yan was so awesome! he walked us personally to each spot. this added extra time to the tour that he didn’t have to do, but i believe becaise yan is such a good person he would have done that for any group! i highly recommend you book your walking tour with yan. i have traveled to 35+ countries and meaty do walking tours where ever i go! yan’s tour was easily in my top 3!

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Foteini

7 months ago

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Trent

8 months ago

We had a very wonderful tour of old havana with yan rosell zimmerman on feb 22nd and want to recommend him highly! he was very generous with his time and knowledge, he customised the tour to our interests, and he was very enthusiastic and proud of the city and its history. we felt very blessed to have encountered him in person and booked our tour after a short chat the day before. our expectations were far surpassed with yan - 5 stars!

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LUIS PASAMAR

8 months ago

Yan, nos realizó el tour el pasado 9 de febrero y fue estupendo. me apunte al tour en ingles, y su fluidez es muy buena en ambos idiomas, y sus conocimientos sobre los lugares que visitamos muy extensos. muchos detalles, ameno y agradable, lo recomiendo totalmente a todo el mundo que visite la habana, y si puede ser con yan. genial persona que hace muy bien su trabajo. luis pasamar

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Daniel

8 months ago

Yan did a magnificent job! his knowledge about history of the city is incredible. any question we asked him he had an answer. tour was interesting, we could talk about present times and compare it to the history. he speaks very well english and showed us at the end very nice local restaurant. highly recommend him as a guide! next time we visit havana we'll contact him! thanks yan!

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Silvia laboreo

8 months ago

El tour con yan fue fantástico. nos permitió conocer un poco más el origen y la evolución de una ciudad tan fascinante como la habana en un agradable paseo por sus plazas más importantes. además, yan iba intercalando esa información con datos culturales, sociales, políticos y económicos sobre cuba. muy recomendable, sobre todo para ubicarse en la ciudad los primeros días.

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Ina

8 months ago

I really enjoyed this informative and interesting tour. yan not only knows a great deal about his city's history but he gives a very personal touch to his tour, and he is willing to answer all kinds of questions you might have about cuba. we were so happy with him that we booked a second tour with him in vedado.

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Ana Brito

9 months ago

I loved the tour! yan is an amazing and lovely person. i could learn a lot about the history of havana with him. it was an incredible experience.

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Rose Miller

9 months ago

Great tour, yan is a very nice young man and know very good habana cause he was born there. he is also a trusted person with university education . habana a unforgettable place . thank yan.

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