Cuba is a magic place full of contradictions:: Cuban cigars, salsa, beautiful men, gorgeous beaches, splendid colonial cities - and of course, after decades of repression, an emerging gay scene. Cuba is rapidly becoming one of the hottest gay destinations in Latin America.
Gay Love Spirit is ready for the third Cuba adventure. This time we will combine Havana with the South. We will discover Havana and the surrounding area from various perspectives. We will have a unique GLS workshop together with Cuban men, old friends from last years group and new men that are curious…We will stay at the house of a gay couple with whom we will share our holiday, experiencing life in Cuba from their perspective. The penthouse of Erick has a great view. Erick is a musician from Havana, Anniel is a professional tourguide, born in Santiago de Cuba. They know a lot of cool places far from the tourist areas.
After some nice days in Havana, we go South towards Santiago de Cuba, birthplace of many Cuban music bands. On our roadtrip we will visit many interesting cities and places, many of them off the beaten path. We will have most of the time our own private transport, allowing us a lot of freedom. In Santiago we will stay at a gorgeous colonial house on a hilltop just outside the city.
We’ll do tons of exciting stuff: take a gay tour of Havana, visit gay parties, explore old colonial neighbourhoods and enjoy some of the most amazing beaches you’ll have ever seen. Do you want to meet Cuban gay men, artists, musicians and experience this rapidly changing island nation through the eyes of locals? Then this is your chance.
Note: This is a sample program, based on last years trip. Each trip is unique. This year we will explore the surroundings of Santiago more instead of going to Baracoa. We will do more off the beaten track travel bringing you in contact with the real Cuba.
Day 1: 4th January. Most of you arrive in the evening. We’ll have a lovely welcome dinner in our guesthouse.
Day 2: 5th January. We have a morning tour of Centro Havana and Havana Vieja, the old colonial heart of the city. Our gay guide will tell us about the history of gay men in Cuba, and the situation nowadays. In the evening we have the Gay Love Spirit Workshop „Find yourself, love yourself“ with Moxe, together with a few local Cuban men. Some of them will come for the second time. In the evening it’s time to dress up and party.
Day 3: 6th January. Today we head to the beach for some more socializing, together with some men of the workshop.
Day 4: 7nd January. This morning no program as some of you might want to sleep a bit longer. But it’s easy to explore the area around our guesthouse, full of ancient houses and very hard to get lost. In the afternoon, we’ll do a trip with Old Timers to the Hemingway House and the Havana Forest.
Day 5: 8rd January.
Travelling day. We start our roadtrip towards Santiago de Cuba, first visiting Trinidad.
Day 6: 9th January.
This morning we have a guided tour with the main highlights and some explanation about the Afro-Cuban culture. The afternoon is free for you to explore the city.
Day 7: 10th January.
Today we’ll have a daytrip out of the city. Depending on the groups interest this can be a tour on horseback or we can go hiking in one of the many nature reserves, there are many possibilities.
Day 8: 11th January.
We’ll head to the beach. A perfect day to relax.
Day 9: 12th January.
We go further south… and visit exciting places along the way, most of it very off the beaten track.
Day 10: 13th January.
Santiago de Cuba is the hometown of Anniel. We will stay in a gorgeous old mansion on a hilltop just outside the city. We have a great tour of the old town and see some of the nightlife.
Day 11: 14th January.
Today we take a scenic boat trip to the castle of harbour.
Day 12: 15th January.
We do some more exploration of the amazing countryside near Santiago.
Day 13: 16th January
We’ll go back in the morning to Havana. Once there we’ll give you some time to explore Havana Vieja, Centro or another part. In the evening we’ll go together to one of the many parties around town.
Day 14: 17th January
Last day in Havana. Back to the beach, visiting the museum de Bellas Artes, the Chocolate or Santeria museum… plenty of options. And some shopping time for those who like it. In the evening we’ll hang out with our Cuban friends to celebrate the last day.
Day 15: 18th January.
The program ends after breakfast.
The price include overnight stays in a double room (sometimes shared large bed) in Havana, Santiago de Cuba and the other visited locations, guided tours, entrance fees on the guided tours, transport in Cuba, and the Gay Love Spirit Mini-Workshop „Find yourself, love yourself“.
The price does not include international flights and food.
We will begin the program on the 4th in the evening and will end on January 18th. If you arrive before or want to stay longer,let us know. We can organize an overnight stay for you.
Moxe will be in Havana from the evening of 3th.