Between history and mystery: Free tour of the Columbus Necropolis

Duration: 1h and 30min
Languages: English, Spanish
Registered on September 05, 2023

La Caminata is more than a free walking tour project: it is an immersive journey through the heart and soul of Cuban culture. We are a handful of young guides committed to providing an unforgettable experience for every traveler. As you walk with us, you will not only explore the historical landmarks and hidden gems of our beautiful city, but you will also immerse yourself in the rich palette of colors, flavors and traditions that define Cuba.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

The Colón Cemetery is located in Vedado, an emblematic neighborhood of Havana . With an area of ​​56 hectares, it is one of the largest cemeteries in Latin America. There are more than 50,000 funeral properties, where more than 2 million people are buried. Due to its historical and cultural relevance, it is considered the third most important cemetery in the world and was declared a National Monument of Cuba in 1987.

This is a Catholic cemetery that reflects the Latin roots of Cuban culture. However, the visitor will be able to verify the presence of pantheons related to Masonic, Protestant, Afro-Cuban practices and others of singular origin. We will witness a valuable artistic heritage, appreciating a wide variety of styles ranging from neoclassical to art deco and modernism . A true open-air museum.

Built between 1871 and 1886, the Colón Necropolis is closely linked to the history of the Cuban nation, witnessing key moments in its history and housing the remains of iconic figures in art, politics and sports, whose legacy is essential to understand who we are. There will be no shortage of myths and legends that surround this cemetery in a halo of mystery and fascination.

A walk through its streets full of memories and tributes will undoubtedly be an enriching and moving experience. The Columbus Cemetery will be presented to us as a silent but imposing testimony of life and death. In addition to being a site of spiritual and religious significance, it is also a space where the art, history and culture of Cuba are intertwined.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    4JG2+F79, Havana, Cuba
    4JG2+F79, Havana, Cuba
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    I will be in the parking lot in front of the Gate of the Colón Cemetery (Corner of Calzada de Zapata and Calle 12, El Vedado neighborhood. I will wear jeans and a black t-shirt.

  • 1
    Entrance not included
    Portón Cementerio Colón
  • 2
    Free admission
    Avenida Cristóbal Colón
  • 3
    Outside visit
    La Milagrosa
  • 4
    Free admission
    Capilla Central
  • 5
    Free admission
    Avenida Obispo Espada
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Cuartel Noroeste
  • 7
    Free admission
    Cuartel Suroeste

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Jesica Patricia 09 Apr 2024
Buenos Aires

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Travelled alone - Apr 2024
Fue tan espectacular y maravilloso el tour que superaron enormemente mis espectativas!!! Víctor es muy profesional, me introdujo no solo las curiosidades de tantas tumbas y personajes importantes, sino que también explicó mucha historia, cultura, y leyendas interesantes. Hicimos un recorrido exhausto del cementerio y nos divertimos mucho! Un placer conocer a un guía tan excelente! Lo súper recomiendo!!!
David 29 Jan 2024
San Francisco

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Travelled in group - Jan 2024
We are so happy we chose Victor for our tour of the Necropolis Colon in Habana. Victor is charming, well educated and he speaks perfect english. He prepared well for our tour and provided us valuable information in an interactive format, not only on the cemetery and its inhabitants but also about life in Cuba. Victor even walked us to the National Hotel to continue our personal touring for the day. It was a great day.
vitória 28 Sep 2023

you are a great tour guide and i could see all the wonders of cuba, thank you so much for the tour :)
Celine 28 Sep 2023

Sin lugar a dudas una experiencia maravillosa. Nunca había conocido el cementerio de Colón desde la perspectiva que tuve el placer de conocer gracias a mi gurú Víctor. Sin dudas una experiencia encantadora que con gusto volveré a repetir. El tiempo se fue volando lol, definitivamente debo repetir.
Eduardo 27 Sep 2023

Fue muy interesante y curioso. Realmente conocimos detalles únicos de ese lugar. Nos habló sobre leyendas y mitos del cementerio
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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