Anne – Traveling September 2017
Just wanted to let you know what a great time we had on our recent trip. We totally enjoyed our guide Pedro and driver Brito. Both kept us entertained and found good places to shop, eat, drink and shared some of the local customs with us. The casas were all comfortable and clean (and air conditioned) and the drinks at Casa Alta in Havana were the best and were served in a great rooftop setting.We ended our stay in the incredible new Kempinski hotel in Havana- very deluxe and a modern reconstruction of an old building. The countryside was incredibly beautiful, especially Vinales and Topes de Collantes. Getting out and biking and hiking in those areas made a nice contrast to the cities of Havana and Trinidad. We felt totally safe there. I know my family was freaking out about the embassy situation, but it did not concern me at all. IF it turns out to be anything, as I am not working at the embassy or staying at the same places, I don’t see how it could possibly affect me as a tourist. In the areas we visited there was very limited and patchy areas where a few trees had been downed by the hurricane so in most areas that also did not affect us. It was a totally fun trip and thank you for arranging this.
Joy-Dawn – Traveling Oct 2017
We have traveled independently, extensively, worldwide, so I have dealt with many companies like yours. The Educational Adventures Company is really top notch. Y’all should be very proud of your company. Quick response times, good ideas and help, but, most importantly, you LISTEN to your customers. I really appreciate that quality.
Rick July/August 2017
Let me say that our whole group had an absolutely fantastic time in Cuba. Everything was perfectly planned and Barbara was beyond compare. We were able to get everything done that we wanted and then some. The itinerary could not have been better for our needs and we have all returned home with a piece of Cuba in our hearts.
Thanks again for setting all the arrangements!
Dennis – July 2017
I want you to know that the Cuba experience was the best travel experience ever, for me. And Rekha seconds my thinking. Yaniel was exceptional, and Casa Madero was nothing short of fabulous. Thanks so much for putting it together.
Randy – July 2017
Thank you for the email. We had an amazing experience in Cuba!! We were blown away by the beauty, history and culture of the island, and we owe much of our experience to our guide, Orlen Riopedres Olivares. He was the perfect combination of teacher and ambassador, and had a way of making us feel comfortable and at home. By the end of our trip we considered him not only a friend, but family. We also had a great experience with your organization. When we were concerned about the current administrations announcements regarding Cuba, TEAC was prompt to answer our questions and calm our fears. Specifically, Sara was a rock star! We are already recommending Orlen, Sara and TEAC to our friends and family that want to visit Cuba! Thank you for helping us arrange the trip of a lifetime and we look forward to planning our next visit!!
Marty – June 2017
I wanted to tell you that we had an excellent trip. Much of that was due to Roberto’s guiding. He was able to help us understand layers of complexity in the culture that we never would have been able to see . . . maybe even if we spoke fluent Spanish, which we do not. He was unfailingly helpful and flexible, and shares our love for and interest in nature, which made a big difference in our experience.
I also want to say how much we enjoyed Noemi and William’s casa particular in Trinidad. They are both such warm and welcoming people that anyone would enjoy staying there.
We will certainly recommend TEAC to our friends.
Thank you for a very rewarding experience. Five stars.
Miguelina – June 2017
The trip was awesome. The tour guide was excellent. I had a great tome and highly recommend it. I especially love the authentic car ride on the last day. All of casas particulares were amazing. The host were nice and very accommodating. I have nothing negative to say. Everything was amazing. I would definitely recommend your tour company to everyone I know.
Julie – May/June 2017
I wanted to let you know what a wonderful experience I had in Cuba May 26 – June 4, 2017. Educational Adventures was everything I expected plus more. Starting from booking the trip, your office was accommodating and answered all the questions that Therese and I had. There really wasn’t any questions that we had left before our departure except have much spending money we should bring. Two very excited travelers departed the US looking for an adventure and we weren’t disappointed.
This is one of the few trips I have taken where the taxi driver was actually waiting for me when I got off the plane. He took us straight to exchange money and off we went. We arrived at our first destination Casa Alta Habana and were greeted by an extremely nice man (don’t remember his name). When we were shown our room the first thing we were told was
”I’m not sure if there will be any water”. Therese and I are both seasoned travelers and know to go with the flow. Quick note
we had water the whole time. All of our accommodations were simple but clean and that is all I need.
what can I say? He is the most lovely man I have met. Not once did he make us feel as if we were his clients and he was just doing his job. He treated us as family, welcomed us into his world and shared so much with us. He truly seemed as if he wanted to spend his time with us and never was put out. We weren’t able to do a few of the activities that were planned (museum and waterfall), but I didn’t care. We improvised and had a wonderful morning at the beach playing in the water and attempting to get a tan instead of the museum and we went to an orchid garden instead of the waterfall . Anything we were interested in, he said we could do. His patience with shopping for the perfect t-shirt surpassed my patience. It was a true pleasure talking, laughing, sharing stories, pictures, dancing and eating with him. You have a gem in Yohandro and should be proud to have him represent your company.
I was surprised at how rich in culture and tradition Cuba is. I had no expectations going in so I would be surprised at every turn. Vinales was beautiful and had a blast hanging with Yohandro and Maiko (our taxi driver). The hike with Robin was breathtaking as well as informative. I think the hike was the highlight of my trip because to me hiking as about the scenery and the calmness that it brings within yourself. It is therapeutic in a way that is hard to explain. Las Terrazas was so peaceful, tranquil but forward thinking at the same time trying to preserve the land.
I can’t say enough about the food! I LOVED it. I met a couple from Italy who said they were tired of eating Cuban food and I was in shock. I couldn’t get enough of it. Luckily, I was with people who like to eat also. I will admit the servings were huge but I gave it the old college try to eat what I could fit into my body. We even found a gelato shop where I was able to get my sweet tooth taken care of. I came home a bit heavier than when I arrived but all is good.
All the people I met seemed very happy and welcoming. It always amazes me how the ones who seem to have the least are the happiest ones. It puts things in perspective on how you live your own life . I feel that I can take some lessons from this trip and apply to my own life.
I have recommended your company and Yohandro to two different friends since I have returned home. I know if they do travel to Cuba, they will be treated with the same kindness and respect that we were treated with. Thank you so much for an amazing trip!
Terry – May 2017
We are three days back from our 8 day visit to Cuba and still basking in the glow of what a great time we had. It was wonderful. My wife and I are putting it in the category of “adventure” rather than “vacation”. Once we decided to make the journey, your company made the trip seem as if we were on cruise control from getting our green card to paying for the trip and everything that came after. I don’t want to know how the sausage was made but for our end everything was seamless. The airport pickup went without a hitch. The B and B in Havana was perfect. Good location. Alex met us when the cab stopped and got us situated in our room. They are very creative with the use of space. The rooftop breakfast was a great way to feel part of the city.
I can’t say enough good things about our guide Roberto Arcia. He was prompt, informative and thorough and you could tell he cared. He did a wonderful job of telling us about Cuban culture and history. When we went to the waterfall in Trinidad Roberto was a walking dictionary on the flora, fauna and animals. All our B and B accommodations were very good but I must say the B and B in Trinidad was a home run!! William and Naomi have created a “get away spot” that blew us away when we walked in. It was like a boutique hotel. Being “laid back” but “hands on” may seem like an oxymoron but they did a great job of making us feel at home and part of the family. As the trip wound down the level of service remained constant.
The ultimate compliment I can give you is….we will come back!!!! If you need to use us as a reference for people in the Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey area…please do.
Christina & Andrew – July 2016
Let me start by saying your company and Locally Sourced made this trip possible for us and I will certainly recommend you to some other friends, family and colleagues who are considering a trip to Cuba.
In particular, the casa we stayed in in Havana (My Proud Havana) was exceptional. The AC was COLD, the room was clean and comfortably furnished, breakfast was lovely and the owners and staff were kind. It really did feel like home and I hope you can send many more travelers there, especially since they are expanding! Yailin was a great guide, her knowledge of Cuba and command of the English language was crucial for these Americans who don’t speak Spanish! She was flexible in scheduling and had great advice for when we should do the items on our itinerary (for example- classic car tour in the evening when it is cooler). She recommended we explore this cave that was in Vinales that was not on our original itinerary and we really enjoyed it! It was 5 CUC/person and free for Yailin. She did mention that during the season the wait could be 1.5 hours. We had no wait and it took us about 45 minutes start to finish, so maybe not worth the wait, but for us, it was great! She also recommended lunch at the restaurant at Las Terrazas and this was probably the best meal we had in Cuba! It also was not included, but for 13 CUC we had the traditional family style meal with PLENTY of food and a drink included. Finally, she made two dinner recommendations/reservations for us in Havana and both were great meals- Cafe Laurent and Mediterraneo Havana- both in the Vedado area of Havana near our casa. We also ate at O’Reilly (your rec- great!) and a new Cervezeria on one of the piers in Old Havana which was fun! We loved our time in Vinales, such a nice town to walk around and the tapas place there was probably our most fun night out in Cuba! Yailin and our driver Ariel also were there with their friends so it was fun for locals and tourists, alike!
A word on the flights from JFK- it was super smooth both leaving and re-entering, absolutely no hiccups. I am happy to give more details if you want for future clients you have using this charter flight. Our flight was about an hour late coming back but we got chatting with someone who takes the flight “all the time” and said it is “never late”, so apparently an anomaly.
All in all, it was a great trip and we loved Cuba! Our time spent with Cubans was the best part of the trip, including Yailin, Lily and others! Thanks so, so much! All our friends are jealous and anxious to hear all about it! I hope this email is helpful (and not too long!) and I am happy to keep talking about our experience if that is useful to you!
Muchos Gracias, Christina and Andrew