Choose & Book Your Little Havana Tour

We offer four different Little Havana walking tours. Take your pick!

Meet interesting locals along the way!

∞ Corinna’s Little Havana Cuban/Latino Heritage Tour

Tour Guide: Corinna Moebius, PhD Candidate & Cultural Anthropologist
Length: 3 Hours | 20 City Blocks
When Is It Offered? Tuesdays and Fridays from 3-6 pm (click on the Book Now button to see available dates)
Cost: $49

My 3-hour walking tour of Little Havana immerses you in the neighborhood’s history and traditions through sights, smells and sounds. As a cultural anthropologist and local resident, I’ll take you off the beaten path. Prepare for an adventure.

What We’ll Do

On my tours, get an “insider” cigar experience (your guide is a cigar aficionado, too).

On this 3-hour walking tour, we’ll start at a historic fruit market in the popular Calle Ocho arts and heritage district. After partaking in the ritual of sharing (and sipping) Cuban coffee, you’ll have a chance to purchase and try a cup of fresh sugarcane juice for just $1. I’ll explain little-known facts about the market’s history and the locally grown produce sold there.

Then we’ll venture into nearby Cuban Memorial Park. I will share intriguing stories about the monuments (including the Bay of Pigs monument)–stories based on my dissertation research! You won’t hear these stories on other tours. As an anthropologist who studies Afro-Cuban religions such as Santeria, I’ll also share facts–not fictions–about the park’s famous ceiba tree. We’ll also have an exclusive visit to the home gallery of a local artist.

From there, we’ll weave in and out of the district, since it has become so dominated by tour buses. On our journey, we will venture into bakeries, murals, galleries, a dance studio, a Botanica (spiritual shop), eateries, and more. I’ve arranged an extra special visit to a cigar factory, with access to areas off-limits to other tour groups. As a cigar aficionado who has visited Cuba multiple times, I have a great deal of knowledge about the cigar-making process, so you’ll get an insider experience.

Visit special places outside the heritage district.

Of course we’ll visit the famous Domino Park, but you’ll also see dominos being played at other locales along the way. See a variety of Little Havana architectural styles. Did you know that Little Havana was recently named a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in part based on its many historical buildings? I was one of the local activists working towards this effort.

Of course, you’ll meet many friendly and interesting locals along the way. I’m a local who treats others with respect, so we’ll be treated with respect, too.

My job is to make sure you never feel overwhelmed by the presence of other tourists, so I’ll weave in and out of places accordingly. And don’t worry, I don’t wear a logo T-shirt, wave a flag or lead my tour like that.

Includes:

  • 3-Hour Walking Tour
  • Cuban coffee tasting

Learn about Little Havana’s Afro-Cuban arts and spiritual practices.

∞ Little Havana Mystical Mysteries Tour

Guide: Corinna Moebius, PhD Candidate/Cultural Anthropologist
Length: 3 Hours
When Is It Offered? Thursdays from 3-6 pm
Cost: $49

Step into the world of Little Havana’s intriguing spiritual traditions. I’ll introduce you to the “Da Vinci Codes” of Santeria cultural arts, sacred trees, foods and ritual practices. We’ll walk off the beaten track and visit shrines, listen to music, meet practitioners, see sacred dances, and examine murals with sacred symbols.

What We’ll Do:

I’ll share some of the mysterious information about this statue and the ceiba tree behind it.

We’ll start at a restaurant on Little Havana’s Calle Ocho, where we’ll learn about Central American healing traditions and their indigenous and African roots. Then we’ll walk over to the beautiful shrine for Little Havana’s patron saint. Learn about the relationship between Cuban Catholicism and the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria, also known as Regla de Ocha. I’ll also explain the history and meaning of this site and its significance to Little Havana history.

At a popular Cuban bakery, you’ll have a chance to purchase inexpensive Cuban sweets (most are $1-2), including those presented at shrines and sacred sites as religious offerings. A complementary Cuban coffee tasting is included here.

Continuing along Calle Ocho, I will take you inside a local Botanica, or spiritual shop. I’ll guide you through the shop, explaining various objects on display, from special clothing to ritual candles.

I will point out and explain religious symbolism in murals and in paintings found in local galleries.

Discover religious shrines in local businesses–and Santeria’s China connection! I’ll describe the many influences on Afro-Cuban religious traditions as practiced in Cuba and here in Little Havana. At select local businesses, I’ll also give you an opportunity to handle (unconsecrated) musical instruments used for religious music. I’ll even demonstrate how these instruments are played!

What are the spiritual symbols hidden in this mural? Find out.

We’ll stop at past and present locations where locals sing and dance to the music of Santeria and other Afro-Cuban religions. At these sites, I’ll play clips of sacred Afro-Cuban music and popular Cuban music. My guests are always amazed by the connections! I’ll even demonstrate the meaning behind movements used in sacred dance … and now in salsa.

Hear the stories behind Little Havana sites and images influenced or inspired by secret societies–like Cuban Masonic orders and Abakuá.

At a local cigar factory, we’ll meet a Santeria priest (Babalawo), who will explain the role of the cigar in Santeria rituals (I will translate from Spanish). I’ll share additional details about the significance of tobacco.

Finally, we will visit Cuban Memorial Park and the most famous ceiba tree in Miami. It’s a sacred tree in many religions, including Santeria: I will explain why. Discover some of the other sacred trees and plants in the park as well.

At the monument to Afro-Cuban General Antonio Maceo, where we will conclude the tour, learn about the often misunderstood Afro-Cuban religion of Palo.

An Afro-Cuban dance class is offered at 7 on the same day as the tour; I will tell you where it takes place if you are interested.

Includes:

  • 3-Hour Walking Tour
  • Cuban coffee tasting

∞ Ralph’s Little Havana Cuban/Latino Heritage Tour

Guide: Miami-Born Cuban American Actor Ralph de la Portilla, M.A.
Length: 3 Hours | 12 City Blocks
When Is It Offered? Sundays, 1:30-4:30 pm; Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10 am – 1 pm; Saturdays 3 – 6 pm.
Cost: $49

Ralph’s 3-hour tour emphasizes the famous Calle Ocho, but beyond the realm of the arts district dominated by tour buses. This tour is less walking intensive than Corinna’s, but still includes fascinating stories, opportunities to meet locals, and insider opportunities.

Details coming soon …


∞ Ralph’s “Que Pasa USA” Little Havana Tour

Guide: Miami-Born Cuban American Actor Ralph de la Portilla, M.A.
Length: 3 Hours
Cost: $49

Experience Little Havana from the perspective of the neighborhood from the perspective of a Miami-born Cuban-American who is part of Little Havana’s history! Ralph emphasizes the role of Little Havana on Miami’s Cuban/Latino fusion arts styles on this unique and interesting tour.

Details coming soon …

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