What you'll do
Participants will meet me and my partner, Andi, at Parque de La Alameda. When you arrive to the park, walk to the famous waterfront, El Malecon, and look for the large yellow "CUBA" sign. From here, we will frequent a local farmer's market to purchase organic produce for our meal. We will then head to the predominantly AfroCuban neighborhood of Reparto Nuevo Viste Alegre where we will meet our hosts and lovely family matriarchs-our grandmother, Abuela, and her sister, Tia. After an invigorating shot of Tia's infamous Cafe Cubano, we will help to prepare the home-cooked meal. As we work, you will learn about the African and Indigenous roots of many Cuban cuisine staples like platanos, tamales, and Moros y Cristianos (aka congri). Tia and Abuela are pillars of the community so neighbors, friends, and family are always stopping by to say hello, use the telephone, and/or have some coffee. You are guaranteed to make lots of new Cuban friends! After enjoying our meal under the Cuban sky (weather permitting) we will return to Parque de la Alameda where we will have a cerveza bien fria from the hosts' favorite local beer stand and make a toast to new friends and unforgettable memories
Jannah is the owner of Culture Fix Travel, a boutique travel consultancy specializing in curating unique experiences that expose travelers to the local culture whose traditions are often exploited while its members receive little to no compensation for their contribution to the bilion dollar travel industry. For the past 2 years, Jannah and her partner, a Cuba resident, have been leading AfroCuban cultural experiences in Western Cuba. This summer they are bringing their services and expertise to Santiago de Cuba-the city of her partner's origin and a place they both call home.
A traditional AfroCuban meal including a pork or chicken dish, rice, plantain, & veggie salad. *Inform hosts of special diet…
A shot of Cuban coffee or shot of Cuban rum, a glass of fresh organic juice, and a local tap beer are included.
Transportation to and from the waterfront, El Malecon, will be provided. Please note that air-conditioning is not guaranteed.
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Where you'll be
We will frequent a market where we will shop like a local to gather fresh, organic produce for our meal. We will then frequent the AfroCuban neighborhood of Viste Alegre which is an off-the-beaten-path tourist destination. While there, participants will help to prepare a home-cooked meal with my family elders whose inightful conversation cannot be found in a book or online. The beer stand we will visit is a local hangout for Cubans near and far.
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 6 guests ages 2 and up can attend.
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.
Vegetarian or vegan modifications availble at no cost. FIsh or shrimp options available for an extra $5 cuc per person. Bottled water is NOT included in this experience.
AfroCuban Cooking con mi Familia Bella