Murals & Mosaics 

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Immerse yourself in the life of local Cuban artists while you visit their neighborhoods. Start with the famous Callejon de Hamel, a pedestrian alley adorned with murals and frescos. Elias Asseff, Cuban historian of Afro-Cuban religions, will guide you to explore the roots of the Afro-Cuban religion along with a fabulous mix of art, music, and traditions. The Hamel open to the public and is a mix of young artisans and Cuban individuals which will provide opportunities to engage with these independent folks in their own environment.  Here you will have the opportunity to interact with self-employed Cuban artists who sell their Santero street art.

Next, meet José Fuster, also known as the “Picasso of the Caribbean,” who has decorated his home and part of his neighborhood in Jaimanitas with a kaleidoscope of intricate mosaics and colorful sculptures. This extravagant stylized area is called Fusterlandia and reminds guests of Gaudí’s work in Spain.  You will have the opportunity to explore and interact with community members as you explore the area.  Following your art engagement, take a break while you enjoy lunch at an independent local “paladar”, a privately-owned restaurant. Take this opportunity to experience the entrepreneurial endeavors of the Cuban people. After lunch, head towards the last stop of the day, as you visit the San José Craft Market. Located in a warehouse in the harbor, it was restored a few years ago and today is the largest indoor craft market in Havana. Here you will have the opportunity to interact with self-employed Cuban individuals “Cuentapropistas” who run the privately-owned open air art kiosks and sell their arts and crafts.

How you're supporting the community:

Fuster has spent over 10 years rebuilding and decorating the fishing town of Jaimanitas. His artwork has brought many visitors to the neighborhood which have allowed cafeterias and artisan shops to flourish. By visiting this uniquely artistic place you are contributing to the wellbeing of the community.

Havana, Cuba

$110 per person (Tips or gratuities are not included).

For more information, you may contact one of our agents.

This tour is a shared group tour that requires a minimum of two passengers to operate. You may be joined by other travelers. If the minimum is not met, a refund will be given. To book a private tour, please contact us at [email protected] or click here to chat with one of our agents online.

3.5 hours / Monday – Sunday

10:00 am

Tour departs from Plaza de San Francisco de Asís. For full meeting instructions, please click HERE.

  • Interactions with local Cuban artists
  • Visit 2 different artistic Community neighborhoods in Havana: Callejon de Hamel and Fusterlandia, Jaimanitas
  • Engagement with local Cubans artisans at the San José Craft Market
  • Travel under a general license, 31 CFR 515.574 - Support for the Cuban People
  • Private English-speaking guide and transportation in air conditioned bus
  • Visits to independent community art projects supporting civil society
  • Lunch at a privately owned independent local “paladar” restaurant
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • We suggest sunscreen and a hat for protection.
  • Please note that the availability of private guides is limited so please book in advance.
  • Activities are subject to change without notice and may be substituted if not available.

This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility.

  • This excursion is designed by Cuba Travel Services be in compliance with the OFAC general license for travel to Cuba for the support for the Cuban people.
  • Please note travel to Cuba according to OFAC is to be conducted in a full time schedule of activities and a traveler may want to combine experience excursions together to create a full time schedule
  • US credit cards and dollars are not accepted in Cuba. Please have local currency (CUC-Cuban pesos) with you for purchases and tips within the destination. For more information on currency in Cuba, please visit our FAQs.