After breakfast we’ll board a motorcoach and travel to the Jaimanitas neighborhood to see a remarkable art installation. Cultural Discovery: The vision of artist José Fuster was to create a kaleidoscopic art installation that sprawled across an entire neighborhood. Named “Fusterlandia” for its creator, the area is a surreal and eye-popping masterpiece of intricate mosaics, graffiti, sculpture, and painting. The works blend themes of everyday Cuban culture with homages to artists from Gaudi to Picasso to Dali and beyond, all interwoven with symbols and images evoking Santeria beliefs. You will learn how Fuster’s project inspired community pride and has helped to improve the lives of the residents. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a walking tour (or perhaps ride by bicitaxi) to explore a bit of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Unforgettable Moment: When was the last time you rode in a 1957 Chevy? Or Cadillac? Or Dodge Nash? You just may do so today, for we’ll be boarding some vintage American cars to ride to Finca Vigia, the Cuban home of writer Ernest Hemingway. The Nobel-prize winner worked on some of his most famous novels here, including For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. Walking around the house and peering inside, you will see rooms with period furnishings, including the writer’s study, with his typewriter perched on the desk as though he had just left the room seconds ago. Also on display here is his 38-foot fishing boat, Pilar.
The fun continues this evening when we enjoy dinner at the famous Café del Oriente near the Plaza de San Francisco in Old Havana. This classic eatery is one of the most elegant restaurants in town. Unforgettable Moment: Afterwards, it’s on to the Café Taberna, where you will take in the wonderful Cuban son music performed by members of the word-famous band the Buena Vista Social Club.
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner